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Tech and Living in Thailand's City of Angels

The Hacking Bangkok blog covers I.T. and technology in general, and my experiences working and living in the Kingdom of Thailand. Bangkok has a very long Thai name, which starts with Krung thep - City of Angels.
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Thursday, November 13, 2008

True Move to Carry iPhone in Thailand - AIS Still Flapping Lips

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According to this news report from Reuters, those who lust for the Jesus Phone in Thailand will finally.... um... be able to get one "legitimately". Not that the gray-market-ness of the iPhones for sale in MBK, Pantip, and everywhere else has slowed anybody down - Reuters estimates there are 100,000 iPhones in use in Thailand. But still, at least there will be visual voicemail now (I guess?), and possibly lower prices (don't bet on that, but hey, maybe!)

The Reuter's article says:
True Move, said on Thursday it had signed a deal with Apple Inc to sell the 3G iPhone in Thailand.

The deal could make True Move, a subsidiary of True Corp TRUE.BK, the first operator to sell the new phone in the fast-growing Thai market. Bigger rival Advanced Info Service ADVA.BK says it is still talking with Apple about iPhone.

"True Move has signed an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to Thailand in the coming months," True Move said in a statement. It gave no precise date.
I recently wrote a blog post about True Move's opening of a new "flagship cafe/store/hangout" place. Looks like they're staying true to their name, and bustin' a move, finally, to bring the iPhone (3G version, no less) to Thailand. The big remaining issue is the lack of 3G coverage in the Kingdom.

So - with no 3G network yet, is the sheer desire of many Thai people to own the most status-showing phone of them all enough to help True Move continue their untrammeled rise? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Update: 3GWeek - Asia's Mobile News is also covering this story.
Update 2: Due to a misconfiguration with my blog, it was unavailable for roughly the past four days. Doh!