Prior to yesterday’s iPhone 4S announcement, all three major local carriers had put up pre-order pages that were blatantly designed to attract potential new iPhone customers, even if they didn’t spell that out. Now we know what we’re getting, what has happened to these sites? Telstra has updated its page, but Optus and Vodafone have stuck with generic “find out about new smartphones” pages.
Telstra has changed its generic future devices page for one that allows you to pre-register for specific iPhone 4S information. Optus’ site continues to promote information on “the latest smartphones” (and its decision to use an “Optus gives you 5” tagline now looks a little foolish). Vodafone’s actual registration page hasn’t changed, but it does have a “iPhone 4S coming soon” link to it elsewhere on its site. Note that in all these cases, pre-registering for information doesn’t guarantee you a phone (which wasn’t the situation for the first iPhone release in Australia).
Pre-orders in Australia don’t begin until October 8, and we don’t yet know whether that will cover contract phones or just outright buys from Apple. We might see all the pricing this week; the carriers might not announce it until October 14 itself. But as soon as we hear, we’ll let you know.