I bought a 16G iPhone today <3
We tried it with a pre-paid SIM card (after activating it through iTunes with my SIM which is on account – not an iPhone plan) and it worked fine for phone and txt.
VFNZ data will work while on pre-paid. It doesn’t even work on corporate APNs, believe me I have tried! Even the Apple Corporate configuration utility didn’t help 🙁
After talking to the Vodafone NZ iPhone help desk, they mentioned that iPhone has its own APN (like a blackberry on the special blackberry plan), so that would explain it.
Don’t let the store people convince you that you need a data plan to activate it, you definitely don’t! iTunes does it all.
WiFi works of course, If you are in Hamilton then drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – they have set up a WiFi network in the CBD and are providing free access to iPhone users!
Hopefully when the jailbreak arrives we’ll be able to use non iPhone APNs on it like people with hacked 1st Generation iPhones can now!
Update: Talked to the iPhone support team again today, they might be able to set up the corporate APN on my iPhone, they need to talk to level 2 support who don’t work on the weekend of course!
The person I talked to confirmed that they lock down the APN so that people on pre-paid can’t access data. (Bastards!)
Update 2: Got a call back, apparently I need the iPhone APN set up on my SIM to be able to access my corporate APN (which didn’t even make sense to the person I was talking to). Of course to have the iPhone APN set up you need a data plan on your SIM, which negates the whole point of a corporate APN!
Back to waiting for the hacks….
Update 3: You can get data to work on prepay (and apparently corporate APNs, just not mine… 🙁 ), details: