Apples and Oranges: what Jordanian iPhone rumors did YOU hear?

Given the power of rumors in this country and the tendency of people to believe the strangest things (like the get-rich-quick schemes offered by devious “stock market” and “forex” charlatans), I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the following iPhone rumors in Jordan:

“The iPhone will only be given to sons of current and previous government ministers”
“In Jordan, the iPhone will come in a gold-plated edition”
“An Iraqi businessman has already bought all the iPhones in Jordan and has used him to tile his villa in Abdoun”

Well.. here are some rumors I actually DID hear:

“The iPhone will be sold for JD 600 in Jordan”
“The iPhone will be sold for JD 200 in Jordan but with a 2 year plan”
“The iPhone will be launched by Orange in the coming week or so”
“Orange will be launching its 3G network in the coming weeks, although no one was awarded a 3G license yet!”

Today I read in AppleInsider that Apple is preparing to launch the iPhone in 29 more countries including Jordan.

Does anyone out there have some insider info to be shared ;-)


12 Responses to “Apples and Oranges: what Jordanian iPhone rumors did YOU hear?”

  1. Moey Says:

    The contract part is right, I said the news (which were correct before), my sources are stable.

    It will be given with a 2 years contract and an option of installing the arabising as well.

  2. Magnus Says:

    If you hear something, let us know ;-)

  3. Rumors of iPhone Launch in Jordan : Shufflegazine - Apple Lifestyle Magazine Says:

    [...] Ahmed Humeid writes on his blog about rumors that he has heared about iPhone in Jordan: “The iPhone will be sold for JD 600 in Jordan” “The iPhone will be sold for JD 200 in Jordan but with a 2 year plan” “The iPhone will be launched by Orange in the coming week or so” “Orange will be launching its 3G network in the coming weeks, although no one was awarded a 3G license yet!” [...]

  4. Thaer Says:

    Well, is it gonna be the 1st or 2nd generation of the iphone here in jordan?
    through reading blogs since the release of iphone 2nd generation, most people still prefer the 1st addition, as it is more stable.

    now, how about going for google andriod phone? i saw some videos of it, and it looks promising,with an SDK already available, people will be creating lotsa of apps, and for sure it wont be like the apple store, with a kill switch to uninstall unapproved iphone software

    Jordan has 3 operators, and no 3g yet, shame! i wont be going for an iphone yet, i bought one for a friend of mine, and every once in a while, i play around with it, but still, im not that interested in it

  5. Nayef Says:

    Who said the 1st generation iPhone is more stable?
    They both have the same software, and with the new 2.1 software, its amazingly fast now.

    I use an unlocked 1st generation iPhone here in Jordan, and my friend bought an iPhone 3G of which I unlocked – both are stable and running great.

    I heard it will be out in October. Even if 3G gets released this year, it will be extremely expensive. Data plans in the U.S include unlimited 3G connection. Here, they will probably charge per KB which gets expensive. EDGE JUST started to get cheap with the Internet bundles offered by Zain.

    Google Maps might not be very useful since Jordan has no maps yet – although I know a company working on it already !

  6. Hameed Says:

    As Nayef said, the software part is irrelevant…version 2.0 inroduced many new bugs and was indeed slow, unresponsive and not very stable, but starting from version 2.1 things are back to normal…This applies to both the first and second generation iPhones.
    @Nayef,
    “my friend bought an iPhone 3G of which I unlocked ”
    You mean “Jailbroke and Activated” but not unlock…Otherwise I’d REALLY like to hear how you did it :)

  7. ArabCrunch Says:

    Breaking: Orange Jordan to Introduce iPhone 3G Next Month, Qatar and Egypt Soon….

    ......

  8. rached Says:

    Apple started selling unlocked iPhones starting today in Hong Kong, which might be an indication to how things will shape up.

    http://store.apple.com/hk/browse/home/shop_iphone/family/iphone?mco=NzY2NzA0

  9. Ghaith Says:

    ArabCrunch broke this news about iPhone on 22 /9/08 here http://arabcrunch.com/2008/09/breaking-orange-jordan-to-introduce-iphon-3g-next-month-qatar-and-egypt-soon.html

    AC has confirmed info from related parties to iPhone in Jordan about the launch date and price, though if u note in the update Orange customer said that iPhone will be on sale on Orange website soon.

  10. Rami Says:

    who can unlock the 3G iphone in jordan??? and how much it cost.

    but the most important thing….is it guaranteed??

  11. Tim Says:

    A buddy of mine just spoke with an Orange rep and they said “by the end of the year.”

    cop-out

  12. Laith Says:

    Hi there. The guy at the Orange counter in Smart Buy said they’re due to release the iPhone in Jordan “within the next two weeks.” No details of price, though.

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