David Frith | July 08, 2008
Oh, how words can come back to haunt you. Greg Winn, Telstra’s US operational chief and one of chief executive Sol Trujillo’s famed three amigos, must be regretting his disparaging remarks last year about Apple’s iPhone.
Winn, who is considered second in command at Telstra and has a hand in all major product decisions, was copping a terrible shellacking on internet chat sessions last week following Telstra’s surprise announcement that it would be marketing the iPhone Down Under after all, in competition with Optus and Vodafone.Back in February last year Winn notoriously had this to say about the iPhone in a media interview:
“You can pretty much be assured that Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE and others will be coming out with devices that have similar functionality.”
“I think people overreacted to the iPhone. There was not a lot of tremendously new stuff if you think about it.”
Apparently there was enough new about it for Sol Trujillo to pursue last week’s deal with vigour.
The 3G iPhone goes on sale at Telstra, Optus and Vodafone stores from July 11.
Read the full post via Australian IT > HERE
…”So much for sticking to your knitting.”
iPhone in Australia – Jan 2008 – Generation One iPhone Demo – See Video HERE
Optus iPhone Pricing & Pre-registration > HERE
Vodafone iPhone Pricing & Pre-registration > HERE