O2 has been unveiled as the winner of the iPhone contract for the UK, confirming what was, officially, the worst kept secret in the world.
Here's the skinny on the deal: An 8GB capacity iPhone will be available from 9th November and will cost £269 including VAT. Contrary to some reports it has not been upgraded to 3G - it's 2G only. There will be three price plans available - £35, £45, and £55, but the phone will cost the same on all of them.
In a first for O2, each package will come with an unlimited data package. In addition, iPhone purchasers will get free access to 7,500 O2 Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK.
You'll be able to pick up the iPhone in the UK through O2, Apple, or the Carphone Warehouse either in a store or online. The phone will require online activation, and you'll be able to choose your tariff when you enter your credit card details directly on the phone.
£35 will get you 200 minutes and 200 texts, £45, 600 minutes and 500 texts, and £55, 1,200 minutes and 500 texts. Start selling those grandmothers....
This reporter finally got to have a decent play with the Jesus gadget at the launch, and yes, it's a wondrous, wizzy bit of kit. What it does, it does brilliantly, but its well documented limitations, such as lack of 3G, average camera, bizarre inability to send MMS messages and some others, mean my head is telling me to hold off on getting one. But I still want one - weird. I suspect though that come November 9th, wallets will be falling open at a pace.
Update: I nearly forgot to mention, O2 admitted that its new EDGE service will only cover 30 per cent of its network in time for the iPhone's 9 November launch. Currently, and most amusingly, this also excludes the Regent Street Apple store where our demos were limited to GPRS.