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Vodafone Hits New Zealand iPhone Owners with Data Caps

Vodafone announced its iPhone 3G service plans late on Monday, and like Canada and other countries, those plans will include monthly wireless data caps. Subscribers will pay between NZ$199 and $549 for an 8GB iPhone, depending on which plan they sign up for, and the lowest price they can get on a 16GB model is $349.

Apple’s New Zealand iPhone partner will offer three iPhone packages with either 250MB, 500MB, or 1GB of data a month.

The 250MB plan includes 120 talk minutes for $80 a month, the 500MB plan includes 250 talk minutes for $130 a month, and the 1GB plan comes with 600 talk minutes each month. All three plans include 600 text messages a month.

The 8GB iPhone 3G will cost users $549 with the 250MB plan, $449 with the 500MB plan, and $199 with the 1GB plan. The 16GB model will set subscribers back $699, $599, or $349, respectively.

Vodafone will also offer the iPhone 3G without a contract at $979 for the 8GB model, and $1,129 for the 16GB model.

New Zealand isn’t the only country facing steep prices for the iPhone and service contracts. Canadian customers are upset over the rates Rogers will be charging them, and have even gone so far as to set up a Web site and online petition to let the carrier know how they feel.

Apple’s iPhone 3G is set to go on sale on July 11 in about 20 countries. It will include support for faster 3G wireless data networks while maintaining support for EDGE, includes a built-in GPS, access to third-party applications through the App Store, and more.

[Thanks to TMO reader LauriF for the heads up.]

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