After a very long wait, Pelephone and Partner announced today that they will bring the iPhone to their customers starting in October. Cellcom not expected to market the device.
The launch takes place late in relation to the rest to other countries. Over the years, the device has been brought independently by many people and there are currently an approximate number of 80 thousand iPhones in Israel.
According to to the financial newspaper “Calcalist” the iPhone will be sold in Israel for a subsidized price, estimated at 199$, similarly to its subsidized price in other countries.
That is due to both operator’s agreement conditions with Apple, forcing them to rise subsidies to 200 million ILS per year. According to Calcalist Orange’s (Partner Israel) expense on subsidies was 87,000 ILS on 2008 (Pelephone does not disclose those details).
Cellcom who has decided not to market the iPhone at this point continues to lower its subsidies on devices. A smart move on one hand, but on the other hand not as smart if Cellcom won’t start to heavily subsidize at least on real premium device to allow them to push content and app to customers.
The mobile blog of Israel is proud and happy to hear that the iPhone is finally coming to Israel at a reasonable price and congratulates Pelephone and Orange for their wise decision to give the iPhone “Alia”.
Pelephone is running an interesting device promotion campaign. Pelephone offers to buy now a new handset, sign a contract for 18 months and after one year to get a a new, more advanced device for free. A TV spot showcases the first “A Star is born” (the Israeli version of the American Idol) diva – Ninnet. She buys a new phone, a year passes and she returns to Pelephone store to get a new one. The spot is a bit strange. In order show that a year has passed copywriters used a creative presentation of four seasons. That’s OK but… there is no snow in Israel and other seasons don’t look Israeli too…It seem more like Romania. Oh what a surprise the commercial was actually shut there. Read the rest of this entry »