Newsy newsy news – gotta love it – and this piece of news relates to the diversification of carriers on which the iPhone 3G(S) will officially sit in the UK! Orange are taking the lead (in following O2), and getting the device ready for sale on the 10th November – also known as next Tuesday (relative to today).
The iPhone will be available in all 402 of Oranges stores, online, and also in the HMV outlets that Orange has a concession in. But not only that, Apple stores will have the Orange variant, along with Carphone Warehouse (and now Phones4U too!).
So what are the price points then? I mean, right now, that’s all anyone really wants to know:
Well, on Contract, you’ll need to pay £45/month to get the 3GS for free, and £30/month if you want the 3G model for free – those are 24-month kickers, so quite a commitment there. All the plans including unlimited Internet access (with fair use policy!), and also access to BT Openzone for WiFi (hmm, that model sounds very familiar!), with varying minutes/text dependent on the tariff. However, from a cursory glance I gave them, the tariffs look almost exactly the same, give or take a couple of pounds each way. Check it out in detail here.
On PAYG, again, the pricing seems frighteningly similar – forgetting the minutiae of the tariffs for a moment, the upfront costs of the devices (topping out at £539 for the iPhone 3GS), is pretty much exactly the same as O2 again. Check it out in detail here.
There are also some SME tariffs (here), just in case you might be interested – but I think the summary is that you are going to be paying pretty similar rates wherever you go. Nice.
[Original story via: Macworld.co.uk]