Apple, O2 to release PAYG iPhones this month
Pre-pay details announced
O2 will release the iPhone 3G on a pay-as-you-go tariff on 16 September, the carrier has just announced.
The 8GB version of the phone will cost £350 - just £50 less than the 16GB model. It'll be sold by O2, Carphone Warehouse and Apple.
O2 said that the purchase price includes a year's unlimited browsing - an "excessive usage" policy still applies - after which buyers will have to cough up £10 a month for it. Or upgrade to the next iPhone, if the line continues to be refreshed annually.
Apple's iPhone 3G: on PAYG next month
Unlimited Wi-Fi is included for the first 12 months after activation too.
The handset will come with a SIM initially linked to O2's Favourite Place tariff, which is pitched at callers using their mobile from a given location - they get free calls to other O2 mobiles and UK landlines.
O2 said buyers will be able to switch tariffs - if they don't, their call time will depend on how much they top up their account each month: 500 minutes if they pay £10-14; £15-29 a month yields 1000 minutes; spending more than £30 gives unlimited minutes.
Apple iPhone 3G
The article's misleading regarding pricing
The 'unlimited' pricing *only* relates to calling from one postcode, e.g. home. All other calls, e.g. using it as a mobile phone, cost way more.
Landlines & O2 mobiles: 25p/min for the first 3 mins/day then 5p/min for the rest of the day
Other UK network mobiles: 25p/min
Text messages: 10p/message
International calls from UK: £1.50/min or buy the International Caller Bolt On
That's massively more expensive than the 35/45/75 tariffs with their included data, minutes, text and cheap international calls/European roaming.
The real laugh is the "browsing" charges at £3/Mb! To quote their smallprint: "1MB is equivalent to browsing 150-200 pages" - complete rubbish as these days most pages will load up around 100Kb, e.g. 10 pages or 30p/page.
Finally -- can't find the reference but tant pis -- unlimited data browsing is £8.50+vat (=£10) per month as a bolt on (this is the price they've quoted in the iPhone upgrade sim which all iPhone upgraders have got for their old 1st gen iPhone.
You are missing the point.
Obviously there should be management. Just don’t call the deal ‘unlimited’ when there is clearly a limit. If it is 1gb call it 1gb, if it is 5gb call it 5gb. It really isn’t much to ask.
@ Dave S
erm, they're not. Try speccing SIMILAR hardware and you will see what I mean.
Plus, you get OS X - you can't put a price on reliability.