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Beatnik (493)

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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Tuesday July 08, 2008
01:39 PM

iPhone 3G in BE WTF?!?!?!?

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Still eyeballs deep into boxes, light fixures and bubble wrap, I checked the page that Mobistar (the belgian cell phone provider that won the exclusive deal with Apple) sent me.. Finally, some details on getting the iphone. I wasn't expecting low prices like The Netherlands (1 euro for the phone on a 2 year plan, 45 euros per month) or the UK (free iphone for a 1.5 year plan, 45 pounds sterling a month). Knowing the belgian market, I was assuming something closer to the announced $199 ceiling (or ever 199 euros).

After reading the announcement page, I wasn't all that eager anymore to get one. It seems that Mobistar is planning on selling these phones for 525 euros for the 8 gig and 615 euros for the 16 gig version. Serious WTF??!?!?!?!?!. Their plan seems equally retarted: 30 euros for 3 hours voice or 300 text messages + 200 meg data. 45 euros for 6 hours voice or 600 text messages + 500 meg data. 60 euros for 9 hours of voice or 900 text messages + 1 gig dara.

I really hope they realize that they're definitly not going to sell like hotcakes. If I had known, I would have bought a hacked first gen for 250 euros ($399) and used it without GPS :)
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