Live in Japan? Want an iPhone 3G for FREE?
And we thought $99 rumors at Walmart sounded cheap! According to Apple Insider, if you live in Japan and don't mind signing a 2-year deal with official carrier SoftBank, you can take home an 8GB iPhone 3G for FREE!
No matter the exchange rate, zero is zero, so if you've been holding out for an iPhone of your very own, is this finally enough the sway you? And most importantly, what Emoji will you use to express your free iPhone feelings?
(For our non-Japanese readers think AT&T, Rogers, or any other carrier will match this deal any time soon..?
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Sorry way off topic. :)
Korea is mostly CDMA, I believe. Japanese iPhones run on GSM, just like everywhere else :)
hate these kinds of posts, and this kind of marketing. it's all subsidized by the contract, so these stories are meaningless unless the details of the contract are included along with the story.
This won't be news to anyone outside of North America.
For example Optus (and I assume the other Australian carriers) in Australia give away iPhones for "FREE" on a 24 month contract (yes OMG Free!!!!!!).
The price is all built into the plan (in this case AUS$129/~USD$69 per month). Although some plans are better than other I don't think you can consider any of them giving you an iPhone for FREE.
The day Rogers gives the iPhone for "free", Bell and Telus would have to be GSM and giving away Storms at $0.
This phone support both WCDMA and GSM so that you should be able to use it around the world (well most of it).
These stories seems to counter what you claim of no GSM in Japan:http://www.japan-zone.com/new/mobile_sim1http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/SoftBank+Mobile
they have a page about the iphone, but its all in Japanese. When you hit the english button you get something else.