Vodafone to start selling iPhone on 14 January
Prices up monthly packages
Vodafone will begin selling the iPhone on 14 January 2010
The 3G will cost you nothing, provided you sign up for a two-year, £35-a-month contract, or you can have it for £59 if you're only willing to pay £30 a month.
The 16GB iPhone 3GS is free on a £45-a-month package, rising to £59 (£40 a month), £89 (£35 a month) and £149 (£30 a month).
The 32GB version is free at £75 a month, £89 at £45 a month, £149 at £40 a month, £179 at £35 a month and £239 at £30 a month.
Orange will do you a 3G for free for just under £30 a month, and, like O2, offers the iPhones on 18-month terms too, though at a reduced subsidy of course. But then you have to pay Orange £44-odd quid a month to get the 16GB 3GS for free - O2 is the same.
Note that current Orange and O2 prices include VAT at 15 per cent, which will rise to 17.5 per cent on 1 January 2010. Vodafone's figures include VAT at 17.5 per cent.
All three companies offer huge quantities of bundled call minutes and texts so you're not likely to find yourself badly off on this score should you chose one network rather than another.
Both Orange and O2 offer the iPhone on pay-as-you-go packages, which Vodafone is not doing. ®
iPhones are really expensive - for a phone! And Apple believe their iPhones and iTouch are competitors to the DS and PSP do they? I can't see it happening at these prices.
Paris, cos she's cheap and only lets you touch her with a stylus.
Down with this Americanised date-abbreviation malarky I say!
"14 January 2010": what kind of a date is that? Is it really that much harder to write "The 14th of January, 2010" and avoid this puzzling and jarring neglect of innocent prepositions?
I shall now return to my pedant corner and mutter to myself.
Vodafone's "unlimited" mobile internet package currently has a "fair use" limit of a measly 500MB per month. Unless they have, perhaps coincidentally, increased this significantly in the past few weeks, most iPhone users are going to start falling foul of Vodafone's fair use policy within weeks of getting their new phones.
is it possible to get this cartel price fixing of this product investigated?
Surely having 4 networks carry this phone should have bought the price down, who is ordering the prioce fixing? apple or the networks?
Nokia still number 1
The Register seem to think that Nokia have "but ceded its dominance of the smartphone market with the arrival of the iPhone" (N900 review).
Their share may have fallen, but they still are the number one, with 40% of the market. Who have they ceded their domiance too? Certainly not Apple, with just a few per cent of the market. Plenty of other companies have started to chip away at Nokia (e.g., RIM).
Yet another media article that bows down to Apple.
"It's been playing catch-up ever since, sticking rigidly to a Symbian OS that only seemed to grow older looking with each new device."
As opposed to all the areas that Apple played catch up, not doing things even my 5 year old non-smart phone could do? (Copy/paste, Java, 3G, video, MMS etc.)
I love my Nokia 5800. Beats an Iphone hands down, at a fraction of the price.