Feeds

Orange saves callers pennies with iPhone tariffs

The future's bright, the future's 11p cheaper

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Orange will launch its iPhone offering on 10 November, at a price almost indistinguishable from O2's existing one.

Anyone expecting that the end of O2's monopoly would lead to some sort of price war will be disappointed to hear that Orange will be offering the top-end iPhone at exactly the same (two-year) tariff as O2, though customers will save 11 pence on the cost of the 16GB handset.

So a punter signing up for 24 months of 3GS goodness will be paying £34.36 a month regardless of which network he's using, for 600 minutes and 500 texts, though if that network is Orange then he'll only have to shell out £87 for the handset, compared to the clearly-overpriced £87.11 that O2 will charge him.

If our punter only wants to be locked in for only 18 months, with the same monthly tariff and minutes, but perhaps with a 32GB handset, then he could save as much as 23 pence by choosing Orange over O2.

Those familiar with how Apple does business won't be so surprised by the remarkable similarity between the prices, given the manufacturer's preference for uniform pricing.

There are a few marginal differences, but even the exhaustive analysis provided by MoneySupermarket.com fails to throw up any significant favourite: "For first time iPhone customers looking to switch there is nothing between the two operators", said mobile manager James Parker.

So O2's monopoly might be over, but Apple's monopoly on supply remains in place and thus its ability to set the price. James remains optimistic, noting that "there is still the prospect of Vodafone offering the iPhone in the New Year which may really get the competition going", but the more-cynical know that Vodafone's offer will be another photocopy of the prices set by Cupertino. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls
Filing suggests handset with display strips
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Tim Cook in Applerexia fears: New MacBook THINNER THAN EVER
'Supply chain sources' give up the goss on new iLappy
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.