I like (mostly aesthetically) the device and I logged on to the Vodafone site. I filled out a form expressing an interest in buying one and then I checked out Cnet Reviews where I noticed :
We also approve of the new price: $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB version, a pleasing price for all but the poor souls who shelled out nearly $600 a year ago
The price that Vodafone has on its site is (OMG!!) 499 euros for the 8GB model!
Now, checking out exchange rates at XE we realize that the US price is 129.12 euros or that the Vodafone price is 764.41 US dollars.
Who are the poor souls?