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16GB White iPhone 3G Finally Hits UK

Gordon Kelly


16GB White iPhone 3G Finally Hits UK

It feels a bit much to have an entire story devoted to this, but we know many, many of you out there have been holding off for the white/girly version of the iPhone 3G. Well, the wait is over...

The Carphone Warehouse has the first white editions of the iPhone 3G to hit the country now on pre-order for 26 August delivery.

As you might expect stock isn't going to be high and given the white model will come only with a 16GB capacity demand will no doubt be strong. On the other hand there will be no price premium for buying a 16GB white iPhone 3G over a black one (just as there jolly well shouldn't).

As with the existing iPhone tariffs, pricing for the 16GB white iPhone will break down as follows:

£159 on £30 and £35pm 18 month contracts

£59 on £45pm 18 month contract

Free on £75pm 18 month contract

Package Allowances

£30pm - 75 mins, 125 texts (nasty)

£35pm - 600 mins, 500 texts (the sweet spot)

£45pm - 1,200 mins, 500 texts

£75pm - 3,000 mins, 500 texts

Given the handset is also now a few firmware updates in, those of you holding back may well find the timing ideal. As our review explained it would be one of the smarter decisions you could make.

As for that illusive PAYG edition, it's still nowhere to be seen.


Carphone Warehouse iPhone Page


August 22, 2008, 8:03 pm

"&#16359 on &#1635pm 18 month contract"

Sign me up for that one! ;) hehe.

Geoff Richards

August 22, 2008, 8:59 pm

A rather wishful-thinking typo from Gordon. Clearly that should say &#16345 per month (and has been fixed to say so)

Lt. Templeton Peck

August 22, 2008, 9:15 pm

I brought a 16GB white iPhone 3G from the London apple store over a month ago :)


August 22, 2008, 9:24 pm

@Shaun & Geoff - thanks guys, you may have noticed we had some temporary formatting issues with &#163 signs which was complicating things. All solved now.

@Lt. Templeton Peck (great name!) - very impressive, the official line was they were not available. You're very lucky, though of course I assume - being white - it must be for a girl you know... ;)


August 22, 2008, 9:25 pm

Myself and a few of my friends all bought White iPhones on the 1st week of release. I only got white cos the black ones had all sold out! (Apple store Brent Cross London)


August 22, 2008, 9:27 pm

White iPhone 3G's have been available in Apple stores since launch day. I saw them in London and Bluewater. This story was incorrect on The Register also and they changed it. Is it CPW who are getting it all wrong?

This only benefits upgraders.

Being a new customer, I had some choice in the matter. I thought I wanted the white, but in the flesh they just don't look quite right IMHO. Still, that keeps them nice and exclusive if you're one of the folks who has one or wants one.


August 22, 2008, 10:50 pm

What we know for certain guys is the Carphone Warehouse and O2 have never had white iPhones in stock, so this could be the first time it has spread outside official Apple stores (which aren't the most plentiful of outlets).

Apple certainly claimed white handsets wouldn't be available at the UK launch but it seems some have already been slipping through the net from what you guys have said.

gary gatter

August 22, 2008, 11:25 pm

Also the countdown is fake (restarts when you refresh). This was pointed out on http://www.pause.com/index.php...

I think this may backfire, reporting fake products is never a good idea.


August 22, 2008, 11:37 pm

&#16330pm - 75 mins, 125 texts... that's just plain evil

Tony Walker

August 23, 2008, 3:40 pm

Another White iPhone 3G owner from launch day. Apple store in The Trafford Centre, Manchester. They seemed plentiful. Only took 10 hours to get my phone that day - went to an O2 shop first only to find they only had 3 16gb ones and those were snapped up by the first three in the queue (I was 8th). So i chanced a run to the Trafford Centre but got caught up in the O2 system failure fiasco. Still amazed at how well the store staff treated us - like royalty - and walked out with my White 16-gigger at around ten-to-five.

Girly? Deffo not. It's an ice white and looks wayyyyy better than the black one.


August 26, 2008, 7:28 am

@Tony - congrats :) but let's see what you think of that back 10 months down the line ;)

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