Archive for November 2, 2009

In China, an iPhone will run you $730 (Wi-Fi not included)

Apple iPhone in China

And you thought your cell plan was expensive. The iPhone, released last week in China, will cost upwards of $730 per unit, reports the Wall Street Journal. Oh, and that doesn’t include Wi-Fi. Unsurprisingly, the Chinese aren't exactly fighting tooth and nail to get their hands on one.

From the WSJ:

“Hundreds of people braved cold and rain to attend a Friday night party thrown by China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., the state-owned carrier selling the iPhone, at a Beijing shopping center. Still, the crowd seemed subdued compared with the thousands who turned up at stores when the iPhone was introduced in markets such as the U.S. and Japan, where it quickly sold out in many locations. As of Sunday night, stores around Beijing still had the iPhone in stock.

“Apple and Unicom charge $730 to $1,020 for the iPhone, not including discounts on service, making it more expensive than gray-market iPhones in China and legitimate iPhones in many other markets. And an important feature, Wi-Fi Internet service, has been disabled on Unicom's iPhones to comply with Chinese government rules."

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Get the student discount for Windows 7–even if you’re not a student

As the Windows 7 roll out continues, the folks over
at PC Magazine have posted answers to their readers’ top questions
about the new OS.  One in particular caught my eye:

Q: How can I qualify for the Student price of Windows 7? What about the OEM pricing?
A: You really just need an e-mail account from an
institution of higher learning. When I tested a recent alumna
coworker's address from the University of Colorado, it was accepted
immediately. To get this bargain-basement price of $30, head
OEM pricing is intended for system builders, and usually buying a major
system component like a motherboard or hard drive qualifies you for a
price considerably lower than what you'd pay for the retail box. But
some part sellers will
offer the lower price to all takers. Note that the OEM version won't
come with both 64-bit and 32-bit discs, nor will it include support
from Microsoft.
So even if you’re technically no longer in college,
but have access to an ".EDU" email address, you qualify for the
discount. If you’re a student at a college or other educational institution that doesn’t provide an email address, You might still qualify for a Windows 7 discount. Check this link at Microsoft
For more, see our ongoing Windows 7 coverage and commentary, including “Windows 7: To upgrade or not to upgrade?–Nick K. Mandle

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