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EXCLUSIVE: PAYG iPhone 3G Getting Staggered Release

Gordon Kelly


EXCLUSIVE: PAYG iPhone 3G Getting Staggered Release

Time to bring you some more news firsts, since we've tracked down the iPhone 3G PAYG release schedule and price brackets...

In what is likely to be a couple of major disappointments for the contract-phobic, I can reveal O2 plans to charge the princely sum of approx. £350 for the 8GB iPhone 3G on PAYG. Furthermore, a 16GB PAYG iPhone 3G will come in at between £450 and £500 and won't be released until "two or three weeks later" according to my source.

Interestingly, what I have also learnt is that the delay behind the PAYG announcement has come due to uncertainty at the network over not only what to charge, but also how to position its launch. Consequently, O2 has decided to "test the water" (the words of my source) with the 8GBer and gauge public reaction for a few weeks before it hits people with the 16GB edition and possibly some pricing tweaks (hence the £450 - £500 price bracket).

In short, I think it's probably fair to say demand will be low - especially considering the from free contracts now on offer. Of course, in another light these prices are not extortionate compared to other fully fledged non-contract smartphones (of which the iPhone will be one with firmware 2.0) but it must be noted these iPhone's will not be unlocked, just contract free.

Ultimately then this seems to fall in line with the reasoning behind buying any standard handset unsubsidised and contract free: Why bother...?


O2 - iPhone 3G Product Page


June 23, 2008, 10:59 pm

What a waste of time. So they're basically just charging you the cost of what, a &#16325 a month contract for zero minutes all up front? I would have definitely respected them if they'd aimed for the original iPhone price. I'm not sure what AppleShafted is a pun OF but it's a colourful neologism that reflects my instant reaction.


June 24, 2008, 12:04 am

wow, &#163500 PAYG and still it's locked. They're taking the Mickey. Anyone know if they unlock it after a time period has elapsed or are we in jailbreak territory again?


June 24, 2008, 2:51 am

If you can't think of any reasons to buy an unsubsidised handset then you're just not thinking very hard. Example; my employer is a Vodafone corporate customer. They aren't going to switch over our entire account just because one or two staff would like an iPhone - however much O2 might like us to. So, an unsubsidised unlocked handset would be the way to go. Just like any other smartphone in the world!


June 24, 2008, 3:11 am

Trick Dickie- I've got my thinking cap on...still can't figure it out. Remember the phone is Locked still...even after handing over 10 big ones. So it can only be used on the O2 network. You might as well get one on contract if you that desperate (or ebay) and throw the contract in the bin, pay your monthly bill and hack it. Just like the last iphone then. Shame.


June 25, 2008, 11:30 pm

500 quid isnt much more then the new htc diamond, and i bet the russian hackers will have you able to unlock this for free before the fall.

Oliver Levett

July 1, 2008, 1:23 am

The Diamond can be got for under &#163440 from Expansys SIM free, unlocked, and without a contract... Seems like a better deal to me! (that and I hate the iPhone with it's limited feature set and over hyping)


July 15, 2008, 1:43 pm

I'm the perfect example of someone that has good reason to consider getting the iphone on PAYG. I've got a very good contract - unlimited data, 1000 minutes, 1000 texts for &#16327 a month - with o2 so if i can get the phone for &#163350 then I'd be happy. To not offer a PAYG option would be stupid.

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