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O2 Cuts iPhone Price & HD Movie Purchases Hit iTunes

Gordon Kelly


O2 Cuts iPhone Price & HD Movie Purchases Hit iTunes

It's a busy day in Apple land folks, so let's waste no time diving in...

First up O2 has announced reduced price iPhones for those willing to take up a longer two year contract. From 3 April, customers will be able to snap up a free 8GB model on a £34.26pm plan (600 minutes, 500 texts, unlimited data and WiFi access) while a £44.05 deal (as cheaper tariff but with 1200 minutes per month) snags a free 16GBer. By comparison that saves £96.89 and £57.74 respectively on the current prices, but at the cost of those six extra months.

Next High Definition movies are now available for purchase on iTunes in the US for the rather princely sum of $19.99. The format had previously been only been available for rent at $4.99 for 30 days with older titles going for $3.99 with approximately 1,200 flicks in its HD back catalogue. Obviously the move pre-empts a similar leap for the UK market so let's hope 1) those licensing agreements don't take long and 2) the weak pound doesn't kill us.

Finally for those (illogically) considering purchasing Apple's flawed new iPod shuffle (8GB Sansa Clip only £40), the silver and black versions can now be bought in any custom colour you like courtesy of those chaps at Computer Choppers. That said, while the minimalist overkill little player is already overpriced a new lick of paint will set you back another $50 so once again I say: Sansa Clip...


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Computer Choppers


March 20, 2009, 6:48 pm

"(8GB Sansa Clip only &#16340)" Or the Sansa Fuze for &#16360, which is the same prices as the Shuffle.


March 20, 2009, 7:28 pm

Fourth generation? Guys, 3g doesn't stand for third generation in this context now, does it?


March 20, 2009, 7:35 pm

Hope the PAYG price follows suit and drops as well!


March 20, 2009, 7:40 pm

A 2 year contract is a looooong time. I wonder how happy the folks that snap up this bargain will be if the rumoured iPhone replacement materialises in the not too distant future and they're stuck for 2 long years with an already out of date phone.


March 20, 2009, 7:42 pm

Hopefully an upgrade option would be available like with the first to second gen iPhone. Doesn't help me with my unlocked-and-on-Orange handset though :(

evil mart

March 20, 2009, 7:50 pm


I upgraded to the iPhone at the begining of the month, and paid for it on tuesday.

How did i guess this was going to happen...


March 20, 2009, 8:01 pm

@evil_mart - well, we have been preaching to you that a new iPhone is only 2/3 months away so you do it to yourself ;)


March 20, 2009, 8:09 pm

"By comparison that saves &#16396.89 and &#16357.74 respectively on the current prices, but at the cost of those six extra months."

So it doesn't really save you anything at all because you're tied in for those extra 6 months?


March 20, 2009, 8:10 pm

@Gregor - I'm confused. Who said anything about fourt generation?

evil mart

March 20, 2009, 8:24 pm


Very true, been listening to TR's advice for years, only have myself to blame.

Who can resist giving steve jobs their money though? :)


March 20, 2009, 8:28 pm

@John McLean - Gregor's quoting the link from the TR front page, which is subtitled: "So the iPhone fourth generation clearly isn't far away..."


March 20, 2009, 8:33 pm

@Kingsley - clearly a victim of that 'Friday Feeling'. Fixed :)


March 20, 2009, 8:49 pm


of course an upgrade option will be available like last year, if not, how many millions of people wont be able to get an iPhone '4G', Apple are not that blind! its all about the benjamins baby!


March 20, 2009, 9:16 pm

Now we know for sure that the current iPhone gets iPhone OS 3.0 for free I suppose the up-front price reduction is quite nice. 24 month contracts are just evil, though - like 18 month isn't bad enough.

Brian ONeill

March 20, 2009, 9:21 pm

I have my iphone unlocked and run it on asda mobile, they use the vodafone network so coverage is great. At only 8p a min, 4p a text message, and 10p a meg for data its a bargain. When the new ones comes out you should find a raft of people flogging the old ones, so play it clever and you could pick up a bargain. I got mine of a friend when he upgraded his to the 3g version.


March 20, 2009, 9:42 pm

@Kingsley - ah, thanks for clearing that up. I rarely go through the front page as I generally pick everything up from the RSS feed.


March 20, 2009, 9:42 pm


You have a 14 day 'cool off' period on contracts (in the UK) so you can just send it back...pay for the calls you made, and wait for the new version.


March 20, 2009, 9:47 pm

"I have my iphone unlocked and run it on asda mobile, they use the vodafone network so coverage is great"

@the TR team - I'm know we've all known this for years- smaller carriers piggy backing bigger Telco's networks for a fee. If this is really the case, with no caveats, what's the advantage of being on Vodafone rather than someone like Asda or Tesco?

Ridicule from you're mates aside :o)


March 20, 2009, 9:54 pm

New models, new tarriffs (so to include MMS) and iPhone OS 3.0 to see a simultaneous launch perhaps?

I just hope they strike a deal with other networks, I want to enjoy all the benefits of the O2 tariff but on a network with 3G in my area and a decent signal in the surrounding parts, namely - Vodafone :)


March 20, 2009, 9:55 pm

There isn't an advantage really - as long as network coverage is good where you want to sue the phone it makes sense just to go with the best value carrier? Regardless who that is.


March 20, 2009, 10:05 pm


Okay, cheers. I was always under the illusion that callers on piggy backed providers get 'bumped' of the network first if it's really busy.

Either way, I think i'll start paying more attention to these smaller providers in future.


March 21, 2009, 1:51 pm

Yay! An orange Shuff- oh wait, it's the new Delboy one.

And Clip you say? Well keeping in line with my now 8-year long rejection of an iPod, I am torn between an 8gig Sansa Clip, a 16gig iAudio 7, and a 32gig Creative Zen. Now if Sansa releases a 16gig clip - and they certainly managed it on their &#181SDHC cards - then that'd be a sweet spot between ease of use and capacity, ergo : DEAL.

evil mart

March 21, 2009, 7:27 pm


Yeah, forgot about that, todays the last day of the two weeks as well, Thanks!

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