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O2, Orange & Vodafone Confirm Deals For iPhone 4

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O2, Orange & Vodafone Confirm Deals For iPhone 4

We'll cut this one off before we have to cull too many questions all asking the same thing: what UK networks will the iPhone 4 be on?

Existing iPhone partners Vodafone, O2 and Orange have all confirmed they will be offering the handset, but sadly none will announce pricing until closer to the release date (24 June). The Carphone Warehouse will also be continuing its long standing relationship with Apple by flogging the handsets on behalf of these three networks.

As yet there is no news whether T-Mobile, 3, Virgin Media or Tesco Mobile (don't snigger, it has happened before) will get a look in or whether it remains primary partners for now.

What do we think pricing will be? I personally don't expect to see it change much from the existing iPhone 3GS packages currently on each network. This would also likely see a contract free 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4 retail for around £449 and £549 respectively. Yes that's a bitter pill, but combined with a sim-only rolling monthly deal it generally works out cheaper over 18 months and you won't be roped into signing your life away.

In related news the iOS 4 patent has been resolved with Cisco issuing a formal statement saying: "Cisco has agreed to license the iOS trademark to Apple for use as the name of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The license is for use of the trademark only and not for any technology.”

Apple has also done a deal with a (lucky) company called FaceTime which confirmed on its site: "Our agreement with Apple to transfer the FaceTime trademark to them comes as we are rebranding our company to better reflect our capabilities. We will be announcing a new name in the coming months."

I'll bet significant money changed hands between these three. *Tries to think of cheesy Apple brand for the future*

Update: Phones4U will also join Carphone Warehouse in shipping the iPhone 4. It already sells the iPhone 3GS.

Links:

O2 iPhone 4 Confirmation

Orange iPhone 4 Confirmation

Vodafone iPhone 4 Confirmation (via TechRadar)

Go to comments

Kaben

June 8, 2010, 12:11 pm

I wonder if Vodafone will still be enforcing a 500mb limit on the iphone 4? If they dont offer some kind of extended surfing package i will go to a different network. Luckily my contract ends this month so no agonizing about whether to get an early upgrade or not etc.





If you were going to go the handset only route for a smartphone such as the iphone 4, which network provider would you use for the best internet deal on pay as you go? 3 has been suggested, but i still have horrible memories from years ago when their network was dire - i have no idea if that has improved now or not?

Kaben

June 8, 2010, 12:11 pm

I wonder if Vodafone will still be enforcing a 500mb limit on the iphone 4? If they dont offer some kind of extended surfing package i will go to a different network. Luckily my contract ends this month so no agonizing about whether to get an early upgrade or not etc.





If you were going to go the handset only route for a smartphone such as the iphone 4, which network provider would you use for the best internet deal on pay as you go? 3 has been suggested, but i still have horrible memories from years ago when their network was dire - i have no idea if that has improved now or not?

DrDark

June 8, 2010, 2:21 pm

3 offered me an iPhone upgrade a couple of months ago, so could happen.

Jay4d0

June 8, 2010, 2:50 pm

woo hope 3 mobile get it, they already have microsims for the ipad so they should be good to go

KultiVator

June 8, 2010, 3:42 pm

18 months on a 'sweet-spot' contract doesn't work out so bad.





For users who travel a lot, the little extras like Wifi access can be worth entering into a contract for.





Each to their own, I guess.





Talking of which, it a real shame so many of the news articles here on TrustedReview, just lately, have been tainted. Thought we could *Trust* this site not to spin too much editorial in and let people make up their own minds based on facts!

Coffee_With_Bailey's

June 8, 2010, 3:47 pm

Gordon: What's with you just lately?





My own niaive thoughts... it might have been more constructive to provide readers with a price comparison article rather than the flat-out negativity. Needs and preferences vary.





Standards are slipping on this site.

DrDark

June 8, 2010, 4:22 pm

@Kaben: Been with 3 for over three years now and can't complain. It probably still depends on area though. There should be a link somewhere on the 3 website where you can order a free PayAsYouGo sim. Although it won't be a microsim of course.





Their "unlimited" mobile internet addon is also 1GB, so more generous than most.

Geoff Richards

June 8, 2010, 4:25 pm

@Bailey's_Coffee - no UK network pricing has been announced, so that comparison will follow

Orinj

June 8, 2010, 4:50 pm

@Kaben > I use a Vodafone PAYG SIM in my iPhone 3GS and pay £7.50 a month for their unlimited (250Mb) data bundle. Since they cannot currently measure data usage on Pay As You Go, there is no actual cap. Last month I used 700Mb and wasn't charged any extra. Even their 50p per day data rates are pretty good since they're not capped.

KultiVator

June 8, 2010, 5:51 pm

@Geoff - I appreciate your comment... but the article does itself cite pricing based on current models - so why not go the whole hog rather than dismissing options that might fit a proportion of your reader's needs.





I just priced a non-contract iPhone 3GS (32GB) with 300 inclusive minutes & SMS texts (but no doubt exclusive of MMS / Visual voicemail and definitely devoid of Wifi hotspot access) and it came in more expensive than a middle of the road 18 month contract with all the bells & whistles - total cost of ownership of £909 vs £879. And the contract user gets to keep more money in the bank with a much lower initial outlay.

jon67

June 8, 2010, 10:05 pm

Other providers could take a leaf out of Tesco mobile's tariffs and offer 1TB internet usage per month on iphone contracts.

autosapien

June 8, 2010, 10:16 pm

@KultiVator - I would say the flexibility of a monthly rolling contract is worth the extra £30 over 18 months (or 24 months as more and more contracts are requiring).





Plus call and data costs go down every year, so you would save more than the £30 by being able to switch to more competitive tariffs as they become available, rather than being stuck on a tariff that may be competitive when you start but almost certainly won't be at the end of a 18/24 month contract.





Losing visual voicemail is a real shame, but I don't place any value on the wifi hotspots as I've virtually never used them. It's a legacy offering from the original iPhone that didn't have 3G and so was desperately slow using it out and about. Now that HSDPA is commonplace it's not really required either.

shinken

June 8, 2010, 11:10 pm

T-Mobile will stock this iPhone too!


http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/serv...

KultiVator

June 9, 2010, 3:34 am

@autosapien - good points.





But I must say that the contract I entered into with the iPhone 3G almost 2 years ago is still pretty competitive today. No data capping either, which is a trend that seems to be on the creep today.





Wifi has it's uses - not for everyone, but for me is tremendously useful and was worth the minor inconvenience of being tied in for 18 months. Just makes me careful to invest in a handset (and associated content ecosystem) I can live with for that period of time.

patmoore

June 9, 2010, 4:06 am

Seems some folk on O2 will get to upgrade earlier. Likely be a 2 new contract year offer as in the USA.


http://www.broadbandgenie.co.u...

savant

June 9, 2010, 10:09 pm

Just now O2 listed its early upgrade options with some caveats:


http://shop.o2.co.uk/new-iphon...





in addition there is also the option of selling your existing iphone to O2 recycle


http://www.o2recycle.co.uk/

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