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8GB & 16GB iPhone 3G Available FREE On O2

Gordon Kelly


8GB & 16GB iPhone 3G Available FREE On O2

Here's a pleasant turn up for the books following the sadness which built in us during the rather curtailed iPhone 3G launch last night: O2's gone and got ultra competitive with the pricing...

Choosing to dispel our rip-off Britain tag for once, O2 is pushing ahead with deals that will see not only the 8GB iPhone 3G free with contract, but also the 16GBer too. It all works out as follows:

8GB iPhone 3G

£99 on £30 & £35pm 18 month contracts

Free on £45pm and £75pm 18 contracts

16GB iPhone 3G

£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 (eeek)

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

£45pm - 1,200 mins, 500 texts

£75pm - 3,000 mins, 500 texts

All deals come with unlimited data browsing over O2's HSDPA network and unlimited access to 9,500 Wi-Fi hotspots through both The Cloud and now BT Openzone. Yes, it isn't half bad with the £35pm and £45pm 16GB iPhone deals the best deals in my opinion.

Vitally O2 has confirmed existing iPhone customers can upgrade to the iPhone 3G for free. In its own words:

To thank you for being an iPhone fan, we're offering you an early upgrade to the brand new version when it launches on 11th July 2008. You won't have to wait until the end of your existing contract either, all you'll need to do is agree to a new 18-month minimum term contract.

Best of all, the new 8GB iPhone won't cost you a penny on our £45 and £75 tariffs. And it's just £99 on our £35 tariff and new £30 tariff. This special early upgrade offer is only available online at o2.co.uk anytime from 11th July until 11th October 2008.

Interestingly, both the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G will also be available for O2 PAYG customers with pricing to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Expect something in and around the £269 original iPhone launch price.

Feeling a little more positive? Yeah, me too…

Note: All original EDGE iPhones are off the market and not coming back (even at even lower prices) so you'll have to knock that idea on the head.


O2 iPhone 3G Tariffs


June 10, 2008, 6:26 pm

it does make me feel better - as I was in the market for a new GPS unit anyway (old one broke down) and won't have to spend &#163150+ on that. I only need basic A-B gps so google maps will do. However, I hear on the interwebs that TomTom have a working iPhone version in beta...

the 16Gb will probably be the better option with all the new SDK software and games on the way too...

Only problem is what to do with my old 8Gb iPhone phone - its basically worthless now.... and the wife don't like it.

Is it also true that as in the USA (AT&T) that activation must be done in o2 stores...?


June 10, 2008, 6:41 pm

Who pays &#16375/month for 3,000 minutes and 500 texts!? In fact, who pays &#16330/month for 75 mins and 125 texts? Dear lord that's terrible. The &#16335 is pretty good though.


June 10, 2008, 7:05 pm

Anyone buying the &#16330/pm contract gets a contract AND certified insane at the same time, so while you do get a swanky 3G iPhone, you can't actually use it because they confiscate that sort of thing before you're committed to the psych ward.

Anthony Armstrong

June 10, 2008, 9:26 pm

Well, we musn't grumble too much. It looks like AT&T in America has caught the 'rip-off Britain' bug and decided to effectively introduce a price hike by sneakily decreasing the cost of the i-phone to $199 whilst increasing the cost of data services by $10 a month. The result is that the new 3G phone will actually cost $20 more over the life of the contract than the previous (supposedly more expensive) model. Let's hope that 02 don't wise up and try to use the same scam.........



June 10, 2008, 10:23 pm

Why didn't you properly pounce on the new &#16330ppm tariff?

When you look down the scale of the tariffs, the &#16330 sticks out like sore thumb. Pay an extra fiver a month and you get a shedload more minutes. They shouldn't even of bothered creating it...

Also, what was this bull**** about it being no more than $200 worldwide? $200 is &#163102 quid as of today, feel free to put that tag of rip-off britain back on would you?


June 10, 2008, 10:57 pm

And now spare a moment for our fallen comrade - the iPod Touch. As always it was the black sheep in the family (though not always reaching the levels of black we would have liked).

Always left out in the cold with upgrade costs, and no real street cred, it's now dying of pricepoint hypothermia. The main reason for buying one - to avoid the horrid phone contract - is now exploded with the 3G's PAYG option, and it's not going to be too far away for the 8GB Touch's &#163199.

That's just my guess, but I'd like to see it stick around with a slashed price because I've always maintained the iPhone, for all it's fantastic usability, is still not great AS A PHONE (no bluetooth file transfer, no card slot, no MMS (!), no video recording, crap camera, and I don't care no one else gives a damn about ringtones, my phone - My Music - my ringtone - for free). And yet as a PMP I think it's rather handsome indeed, so I've always preferred the iPhone-Without-the-Phone.

Aww. Poor wee Touch.


June 11, 2008, 3:12 am

Errrr D-Unit, it ISN'T more than &#163102. In fact the most you can pay for an 8GB iPhone 3G is &#16399. Think you're a little mixed up ;)


June 11, 2008, 4:48 am

it should be &#16399 WITHOUT a contract, on PAYG....only then would I consider one of these nasty slabs!

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