PCCW Retaliates in Hong Kong 3G War

By Butterboom Writers  /  July 16, 2008

PCCW Mobile offers new plan to combat iPhone mutiny.

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PCCW Mobile has returned fire against Hutchison’s initial 3G iPhone launch in Hong Kong.  As anyone with eyes in Hong Kong knows, 3 was the first to launch the new 3G iPhone in Hong Kong with data/talk plans ranging from HK$189-HK$498 per month last Friday.

To stop the exodus of users, PCCW is offering a crazy non-contract “Web & Talk” plan of only HK$98 a month. This is probably the best offer yet in Hong Kong, and a great reason for you to think twice about that Hutchison 24-month contract, since its also been confirmed that the iPhone will in fact be sold via Apple Hong Kong’s online store (but with no definite date set, but we hear next month).

Apple, maker of the iPod, intends to make the iPhone 3G handset available at its online store in Hong Kong, a United States-based Apple spokesman said, though he could not say when that would happen.

The company would try to keep prices close to those the company has been touting since it introduced the device last month – US$199 for the 8-gigabyte-capacity model and US$299 for the 16GB version.

And even if you are linked to Smartone-Vodafone, you might even get a shot at it as well as they are still negotiating with Apple:

“This will give local consumers more choice of which network and which data plans best suits their needs,” said Stephen Chau Kam-kun, chief technology officer at 3G network operator SmarTone- Vodafone. Mr Chau said SmarTone-Vodafone was still in talks with Apple about a partnership with the company in Hong Kong. “I hope we can move forward and get to an  acceptable arrangement,” he said.

Although this new PCCW plan has already been out in the Chinese press, we’ve waited to confirm this with PCCW direct and they have just sent us the link to their website with the English details. Get more information of this plan by visiting the PCCW Mobile site.

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