It’s good to see that the preorder madness has extended across the pond to the New Zealand Microsoft store. Preorders for the 950 and 950 XL went up in the last couple of days, while the prices are relative to AU, it’s good to see them there anyway.
The other issue is that we have no idea which carriers or retailers will carry the device for now, except of course Harvey Norman.
PCWorld is reporting that Optus will carry both devices, but that VodafoneAU will not. Telstra has declined to comment.
Optus has confirmed to PCWorld it “is planning to stock both handsets”. The carrier has yet to determine “timing or pricing details”. Vodafone representatives said the carrier will not offer the smartphone, while Telstra reserved its right to comment.
We will have to wait for official confirmation from carriers and retail outlets as to the timing of availability, and of course pricing. If you are looking at picking either phone up, it’s nice to know that there will be contract options available, but at what price?