The iPhone phone and service plan is a little bit over-the-top expensive IMO. Hard to believe that Zhonghua Telecom has the gall to sell it with that kind of premium and service plan requirements. Well, I guess one can argue the same about Taiwan Mobile and BlackBerry plans.[/quote]
I went to a Senao to get a new 中華電信 postpaid 3G sim for my HTC Dream (G1 from my T-Mo service in the States). While I was there, I asked them whether it was possible to get a subsidized price on the HTC Magic (I’m sure you’ve all seen the ads on National Geographic Channel). Apparently they won’t even subsidize the Magic at this point; you have to pay the full NT$20,000 price. But atleast they don’t require you to get a dataplan. I dunno how that makes sense in a smartphone context.
In February I burned up NT$3000 on recharge vouchers for my prepaid 中華 3G sim. NT$3000 that only bought about 30 megabytes of data :loco:[/quote]
I find it terrifying that they don’t require some sort of data plan on a WinMo phone. My first (and last) WinMo phone was a Samsung Blackjack with AT&T a few years back and that thing had a mind of its own and decided to connect somewhere at the PPU rate of $0.01/kb…
I was expecting an iPhone 3G to cost the same or less than how much AT&T charges: $199USD for an 8GB, $30USD/month of data reqs for 2 years, but was surprised to find it priced much higher than expected. This simply doesn’t make sense in a country where mobile rates are so much lower than that of the US, and at even more cutthroat competition.