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.

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With the iPhone just months away from being released in New Zealand, I’ve done a quick test of the Carpool New Zealand website, http://www.carpoolnz.org, and, surprisingly, the more-than-three-year-old interface seems to hold up pretty well on the little screen. See image:

Carpool NZ in iPhone

I’m interested to know how many users in New Zealand, A, already have iPhones and, B, are likely to make use of a carpooling website with an iPhone in the near future.

I can see it would be nice to rework the interface for the iPhone to make information easier to access and perhaps easier to read.

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.

This is interesting. Last night I couldn’t access www.telecom.co.nz to compare their plans as we are thinking of changing our home connect. The ironic thing is that we are on the Xtra network at home. When I changed my DNS servers to OpenDNS, I could access Telecom’s website with no problems.