I’m writing this non-programming article because I’m uber frustrated by the iPhone G3 launch here in Belgium. It’s been now over 4 months since introduction and I still haven’t been able to buy an iPhone.( I prefer to 16Gb black iPhone but there also shortages on the other models.) I’m on a few waiting lists and when I call the “Mobistar” stores the nice people there all tell me the same story: “We get 3 phones a week and when we receive them we call the next person in line that is on the list”
3 phones per store? Come on !! In USA they were storing the iPhones in trailers outside the stores with extra security simply because they didn’t had enough place in the Apple stores to stock the copious amounts of iPhone 3G’s. In Germany, The Netherlands, UK and France there is no shortage of iPhones. Buying one there would be an even more expensive solution since all my calls would be international)
Seems to me that Mobistar doesn’t want the iPhone to sell. But why?
- Is Apple limiting the amount to Belgium because our phones need to be unlocked by law?
- Apple made a deal with Orange and Mobistar is a part of Orange. I assume that Belgium was in the package negotiated between Apple and Orange France. Maybe they (Orange FR) find the Belgian market too small to really care about it?