Fans 'assured' of getting iPhones
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.