As I said yesterday:
Unfortunately, it appears that Australian telcos simply don’t understand the nature of [the iPhone] and the way it will be used. #
And today, the media and significant parts of the Australian blogosphere seem to agree, and have said so:
- Mark Pesce suggests we should build our own network
- Craig Thomler proposes that the government should guarantee mobile broadband (alongside fixed lines)
- Stilgherrian makes the point that the telcos have indeed, missed the point
- Paul Hagon does the math (and comes away underwhelmed)
- Problogger Darren Rowse sticks the boot in
- News.com.au compares the plans and is less than impressed
- SMH notes Citi’s report that says the Nokia N95 on 3 is a “viable alternative” and that “Telstra’s pricing seemed to be voice centric and designed to protect the company’s existing mobile content”
- Gizmodo doesn’t even reach whelmed (let alone underwhelmed) on Telstra’s ridiculous pricing
- Business Spectator weighs in and makes no bones on price gouging by the telcos
The dissatisfaction is reflected too, in the mood on Twitter, which is to say the least, unhappy. I think many people, including myself who would have purchased on or close to 11 July will be backing off that choice now.
Certainly, I will not be buying a 3G iPhone any time in the foreseeable future. I will be waiting for one of the telcos to have the inevitable epiphany that will bring reasonable call/SMS rates coupled with equally reasonable data.I have no expectation that data will be unlimited in Australia any time soon, but a fair price, as noted by Mark pesce in his post above, is possible and should be expected by the Australian public.