Apple today announced the launch of the new 3G iPhone with roll-out in 70 countries worldwide including New Zealand.

Apple iPhone 3G

What this means for New Zealanders is that we now can get (legitimately) what is arguably the best mobile phone on the market. It will be offered by Vodafone with rumours Telecom may get some kind of deal to offer them as well.

Full details are already available on the Apple New Zealand website, www.apple.co.nz.

Good news for Apple geeks in New Zealand—the iPhone is coming (without the need for a hack!).

This week Vodafone announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe. Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network.

And I’m speculating we’ll see a new version of the iPhone at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June.

For those of you who have been supporting Baku for years, you may have noticed that their online shop has been “coming soon” for a very long time…. about four years I believe in fact.

The time has finally come to do something about it and Lucid Design has taken up the task of making it happen.

We hope to launch the new site with full shopping cart facility within the next two weeks.

If you would like to be notified of the launch of the new Baku website, please visit www.baku.co.nz and enter your email address.

We are developing the Lucid Directory and, to make it better and encourage people to spread the word, we are trialling a referral program. If you want to earn a little cash, feel free to sign-up. We intend to make the Lucid Directory one of the best tourism directories in New Zealand.

The way it works is that once you sign-up, you will be given a simple referral link that you can put on your blog, email out or do whatever you want with.

We will credit NZD $10.00 (incl. GST) to your account for anyone who takes out a paid subscription within 30 days of clicking your referral link. Simple as that.

Find out more about what makes the Lucid Directory different.

Widespread/co.nz

March 12, 2008

URL: http://www.widespread.co.nz

Widespread Portfolios Limited (stockmarket code WID) invests primarily in overseas-based mining and mineral exploration companies. Most investments are held for the longer term although part of the portfolio (usually about 10%) is committed to shorter term share-trading activity.

Our investment strategy is aggressive and inherently risky – a large proportion of the portfolio is invested in high-growth-potential, second line stocks and a narrow range of stocks is held at any one time.