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T-Mobile iPhone 4 Tariffs Finally Announced

Andy Vandervell


T-Mobile iPhone 4 Tariffs Finally Announced

T-Mobile has finally joined the rest of the mobile phone carriers in announcing its iPhone 4 tariffs, or price plans as it prefers to call them. They are as follows:

Notable is the lack of any 18 month options, leaving you tied to the network for two years should you choose to do so. T-Mobile has also joined O2 in making the standard data limit on most tariffs just 500MB, though the option for a free Flexible Booster means this can be increased. Unlike O2, however, there doesn't appear to be any Wi-Fi provision.

Indeed, it's no wonder T-Mobile has waited so long to announce these plans: they're not very good. Even Vodafone, hardly renowned for its great value contracts, has T-Mobile at a disadvantage, undercutting it on handset prices and allowances. Ho hum.


T-Mobile iPhone 4 Tariffs

Ope Jacobs

July 9, 2010, 2:43 pm

They really might as well just not sell the phone, I fear for the sanity of anybody that buys one from them.


July 9, 2010, 3:34 pm

£25 for 100mins/texts and 500MB of data and you still have to pay £260 for the phone. And it's a two Year contract. Madness.


July 9, 2010, 4:04 pm

Are they serious? Whatever staffing resources were used in T-Mobile's acquisition of rights to sell iPhone, writing the webpage, training etc - were a complete waste! That's like knowing ASDA are selling a 20 pack of Bud for £9.99 and buying a 15 pack from Tesco for £14.99! Daft.


July 9, 2010, 4:44 pm


I'm on the same tarrif with my T-mobile Desire but I get 3GB of data and pay £10 a month. And the phone was £120.

That is a hefty premium!


July 9, 2010, 5:18 pm

@ nirelandman

"That's like knowing ASDA are selling a 20 pack of Bud for £9.99 and buying a 15 pack from Tesco for £14.99! Daft."

Then again, if you're buying Bud in the first place you must be daft to begin with. Unless that's the original, proper Czech stuff. ;)


July 9, 2010, 5:40 pm

on to a winner there T-mobile

thats if the plan was winning no ones business. seriously you gotta be a right clot to think these are worth the outlay. this makes the pretty naff offerings from O2 look like charity.


July 9, 2010, 6:04 pm

@nirelandman: buying a 15 pack from Tesco

Ironically it looks like Tesco have the best deals going.

Eg, this looks good ->

Unlimited Text, 1 Gig Data, 750 mins, £300 phone + £35 p/m, and best of all only 12 month contract.

A Scotland

July 9, 2010, 6:05 pm

Is anybody else a bit suspicious of the way all of the networks seem to have conspired over capped data usage limits. It reeks of price fixing and market manipulation to me.

Had my iphone 4 for about 2 weeks. I do not consider myself to be a heavy user but already over 500mb. Anybody else been tracking their data usage?


July 9, 2010, 6:43 pm

Price fixing has been going on for years. Although the networks are in fierce competition with each other for business, they are all in league with each other for many things.

Anyone taking out ANY sort of iPhone contract is a mug in my book. For every person taking out a iPhone contract, you are just justifying their greedy actions and the "Apple tax".

I have a HTC Desire with an O2 Simplicity deal. I pay £19.99 for 800 mins/1600 texts and I think a 3GB monthly data allowance (wouldn't surprise me if my data allowance has been cut since I took this deal out a year ago). But still, £20 is a bloody good deal for what I'm getting. And my phone doesn't drop calls...


July 9, 2010, 7:00 pm

@ A Scotland - Re price fixing - I agree with you, it's uncanny how EVERY single network has suddenly, mysteriously ALL agreed on roughly identical data packages and charges, isn't it? (/Sarcasm).

Also the 500 MB cap is a joke. It's just a shame that TR's own staff, Geoff Richards, didn't seem to think that there was anything worth shouting about when these limits and prices were announced, probably because as he said, he doesn't own a smart phone.


I'm pretty surprised actually at how the telco's have managed to manipulate the markets, the press and end users into so quickly accepting this reduced service and increases in prices. From a position of having lots of healthy competition in the mobile data market just a few months ago, it certainly looks as things have taken a giant leap backwards of late.


July 9, 2010, 7:18 pm

I miss the good old days where T-Mob had to undercut everyone to gain market share!


July 9, 2010, 8:10 pm

I hate T-Mobile, been with them for years, only reason I have stuck with them is I have a friends and family discount (or whatever it&#8217s called). But even now that&#8217s worthless as they charge you a fortune if you want to upgrade to anything half decent!

The company has become a shambles, and this proves it, who in their right mind would sign up for 2 years for such a measly tariff!


July 9, 2010, 8:13 pm

T-Mob still have fairly competitive deals on other phones. I think they just don't want to sell very many iPhones, but still want to have the rights to stock them so they can give special deals to valued customers who want it on their upgrade.

If you take their lowest tariff and compare it to their SIM-only prices for equivalent minutes and data, you get a £10 premium per month. Add that to the up-front price, and you pretty much have the cost of buying an unlocked iPhone. That can't be a coincidence. Like I said, it's probably a deliberate strategy of being able to stock it but not having to subsidise its sale.


July 9, 2010, 8:44 pm

@Steve price fixing is a pretty serious and libellous allegation to make and as such if you have evidence please bring it to the fore. If you mean they are in co-opetition (it is a real phrase trust me) then I'd agree with you but not in the is area. iPhone is genuinely a phenomena that networks love and dislike at the same time. The rise of the handset manufacturer where they thought they'd killed that type of thing off. So your assertion is incorrect but then with T-Mobile pricing why cannibalise 2 of your networks through a pricing policy when you can do it on one.

Everything Everywhere remember!


July 10, 2010, 4:21 pm

@lifethroughalens & Keith

Clearly I should have said "beer" not "Bud" and "Supermarket A & Supermarket B"! Haha you's knew what I meant though!

When is this merger between Orange & T-Mobile meant to be happening? Yes I could go and Google the details but really - T-Mobile are in need of a shake up if this is the sort of offer they've put out - were the decision makers drunk?

Compared to the deal Steve mentions above (along with his dig at iPhone 4 for dropping calls!) where he has the Desire on a great contract, this tariff is pathetic for Apple's latest.


July 10, 2010, 11:54 pm

@Dan I'm in the same position as you. I hate t-mobile, but stick with them for the friends and family plan. Despite the fact they charged me £170 for my HD2 - On a bloomin' £35 a month contract (Well, technically £17.50.)

As already said, these tariffs are just ridiculous. The only reason I would slightly consider them is because of the F&F discount, but I doubt t-mobile let's you even get an iPhone with it, or at least charges you an extra £100.


July 14, 2010, 7:42 pm

Am I right in saying (when it becomes available) three mobile will a sim only deal for iphone (once you have bought one), available on a 12 month contract. 2000 any network mins, 5000 texts, 5000 3 to 3 minutes, 1 GB data allowance, all for only £25, that has to be better value than anything else out there. Details of all their tarrifs here,unfortuately though, all but the sim only are for 24months. I'm gonna wait till all the fuss dies down after the summer and see what offers O2 through up for exisiting customers, as at the moment they wouldn't offer me anything other than the norm! Misers!±


July 14, 2010, 7:48 pm

Keith said on 9th July 2010

Unlimited Text, 1 Gig Data, 750 mins, £300 phone + £35 p/m, and best of all only 12 month contract.

Tesco is as above but £229 for the phone, not £300 as stated above.

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