iPhone 3G still not coming to Luxembourg

I’ve just watched the WWDC 2008 Keynote presentation where Steve Jobs introduced the new iPhone 3G. At only 199$ for the 8Gb model there aren’t any excuses not to get one. By the end of the year this uber-phone will be available in 70 countries worldwide, but Luxembourg is not one of them. What the fudge? I don’t get it. How can one of the founding countries of the European Union not make a deal with Apple. All the primary schools in Luxembourg are operating with macs, but no iPhone for us. I guess I’ll just have to buy it in the UK with an overpriced O2 contract.

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  1. yes, it’s a shame! luxembourg has got an apple online store, an itunes store but no iphone. But how’re you gonna do that if you buy it in the UK? you’ll have to pay for the O2 membership, don’t you? and it’ll very expensive if you call sb from luxembourg?

  2. Since I’m studying in the UK I’ll be using it nationally for half the time. You’re right though that it’ll get complicated when I’m in Luxembourg.

  3. Check this webpage

    http://aaplinvestors.net/facts/iphoneintl/

    if it is true, we will have it this year. I hope so!!!

  4. yes, I think it’s true. It was in the “Luxemburger Wort” newspaper today. seems quite official. But when exactly? And with which price for calling, internet, etc….

  5. This is awesome. I really hope it’s true. They’ll certainly offer a data flatrate with it for a good price. After all Luxembourg’s got one of the lowest rates in Europe. Whohoo. That got me really excited now :)

  6. Let’s hope we can stand in front of the vox-shop sometime before x-mas. It’ll be funny to stand with just a few geeks in line & think about other cities where hundreds/thousands are lined up to get their iPhone 3G.

  7. I heard that 3G iPhone will come to Luxembourg this year but via Vodafone which should mean LUXGSM since they have Vodafone Live!

  8. I’ve read somewhere on the net that it’ll come to Luxembourg via Orange. In my opinion it’s all just made up and I won’ believe it until I see it on the official apple site. I guess we’re just out of luck for now.

  9. I can tell you that the I-phone will soon be sold in Luxemburg.
    Apple concentrates on large markets first, and are very demanding in sales information in return. Mobile phone Operators have to comply with very strong requirement from Apple. All these setups create a lot of workload for the operators and smaller operators from smaller countries simply don’t have the manpower to respond to Apple requirements. (That’s why the operator that will sell the I-phone will receive them from one big European operator and not directly from apple. I’m working for that big operator so I know what I’m saying ;-))
    I’ve heard that the I’phone should be sold in Lux before the end of September. Be patient!

  10. Have you got any more information from the company you work for Nikos?

    I asked in a vox shop yesterday if it would be released this month. The guy working there told me he couldn’t say anything, said he had also heard the rumours about September, and then smiled! Kind of makes me think it’ll be in the shops very soon! I hope so anyway!

    Well, once it does arrive I guess I’ll see you in the queue of 4 people waiting to be the first to have it!

  11. I just hope I’ll still be in Luxembourg by the time it arrives as I have to go back to uni in London. Plus it’s kind of trickey for me spending equal time in London as in Luxembourg. So I don’t know where to buy it. Luxembourg is the first choice though as the price plans are much lower than in the UK. We’ll see :)

  12. hi,
    no news about the exactly date from the iphone??

  13. @Jeroume:
    No unfortunately not. I will inform you right away when I hear something.

  14. okay thank you =)

  15. the iphone will be available in Luxembourg maybe as soon as next week. check out http://www.vox.lu

  16. @Joshi:

    Thanks a lot for the info! I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Though I’ll have to wait a little longer as I’m leaving for London in 2 days… That’s just my kind of luck I guess :)

  17. hm, yeah, bad luck. I really wanna know the price plans of vox mobile for the iphone

  18. Well they can’t be that expensive. after all luxembourg is know for it’s cheap mobile prices.

  19. @Jerome:

    It’s been available like that at the Luxembourgish online Apple Store for a while. The problem is that they redirect you to the Belgian store.

  20. I’ve just been to the Apple Store in Luxembourg City and ask when we can expect the iPhone. Apparently Apple hasn’t given Vox an official date. One SATURDAY it will there. Without anyone knowing. It’s as simple as that. At least now we have the day. Who knows, it might be this Saturday already. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  21. i hope it’s THIS saturday :P

  22. the iphone is going to be available tomorrow.

    he is what vox mobile wrote me:


    26th September 08: The iPhone3G is coming to Luxembourg with VOXmobile

    Dear joshi,

    Unfortunately, you haven’t been selected to be among the first exclusive 10 to acquire the new iPhone3G, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy one during our launch party.

    140 additional iPhone3G’s are in stock !
    In addition to the ones we blocked for the first 10 people, we have an extra stock of 140 phones that can be purchased during our launch party. As the demand is very high, we suggest you to be there on time to be sure to buy one on that evening.

    Where and When ?
    We welcome you as of 4 pm at our VOX shop in Luxembourg City, 1-5 rue Marché-aux-Herbes. Doors will be open from 6.00 pm til 9.00 pm.

    Please bring your identity card and bank details with you.

    We wish you a lot of fun during our launch party!

    See you soon

    The VOXmobile team”

    ok so far… but what about the prices?

  23. http://www.apple.com/lu/iphone/

    http://iphone3g.vox.lu/en/formules.cfm

    i think the plans are too expensive. in china you have everything unlimited (call,sms, internet) for 30 euro.

  24. hi
    someone knows if iphone comes to luxgsm too??

  25. just bought an iPhone 3G for my mom as a birthday present. she is very happy about her new iPhone.. .

  26. iPhone 3G is a great phone but i wish that they could drop the price’*,

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