Fans 'assured' of getting iPhones

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 July, 2008, 12:00am

The telecoms company responsible for registering Apple iPhone 3G subscribers is 'confident' fans will not have to wait too long to score one of the popular devices, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

While there will not be enough phones for tens of thousands of pre-registered customers, a Hutchison Telecom spokeswoman stated the company 'is confident it will call up the remaining pre-registered customers in the coming weeks to arrange service provisioning'.

Only 500 pre-registered customers, along with more than 1,000 of Hutchison's premium subscribers, will get iPhones tomorrow when they go on sale in 22 markets worldwide.

Meanwhile, a second Hong Kong mobile-phone operator has entered the fray in a bid to stop Hutchison Telecom taking the whole 3G market. SmarTone yesterday reduced its monthly plan fees for HTC Touch Diamond handsets - and offered bonuses to be credited over the 18-month life of the contract.

The company offers HTC Diamond owners a special rate of HK$406 per month for unlimited 3G data usage with 1,000 voice minutes.

It undercuts Hutchison's iPhone HK$488 tariff for unlimited 3G usage.