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Vodafone Dates & Details 2010 iPhone Packages

Gordon Kelly


Vodafone Dates & Details 2010 iPhone Packages

It was back in September that we first heard of the Vodafone iPhone deal, so it's about time we got some specifics.

Vodafone clearly agrees and today it announced eager customers will be able to get their mitts on the iPhone 3G and 3GS from 14 January. It also details a comprehensive range of price plans which - whilst not overly different from the iPhone O2 and Orange tariffs - do have a few notable plus points.

The tables above and below give you the nitty gritty, but a clear sweet spot is the £40pm, 18 month tariff for a 16GB 3GS (you don't really need 32GB) which lands you the handset for £89 along with 600 minutes, unlimited text messages, free WiFi and a 1GB monthly data allowance. The less contract-phobic may also be tempted by the £45pm, 24 month 16GB 3GS deal which ups the calls allowance to 1200 minutes.

Meanwhile business bundles lose out on unlimited text messages, but get marginally cheaper handset prices along with unlimited calls to landlines. Note their prices exclude VAT.

So what of these other notable plus points? I've already touched upon one: 1GB of data is more than the 750MB Orange offers, while O2 continues to be obtuse refusing to put a figure on its allowance. Vodafone should also be applauded for not calling it 'unlimited'. In addition, Vodafone claims its customers won't suffer the data issues encountered by O2 customers with CEO Guy Laurence stating “We started preparing our network over a year ago so that iPhone customers will really feel the advantage of being with Vodafone.”

Finally a tethering option is available separately charged at £5pm, £10pm and £15pm for monthly data allowances of 500MB, 1.5GB and 3GB respectively. Yes, tethering should be free and taken from your price plan's data, but at least an option is here.

Vodafone stores and the company's website are taking pre-orders now, with Apple retail outlets and partners the Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and "20 of the leading business dealers" all getting in on the act. Consumers who had already pre-registered interest in the iPhone on the network will also be rewarded with free Vodafone to Vodafone calls for the life of their initial contract. Can't say fairer than that.

In related news (and speaking of data issues), O2 has apologised for yet another data outage after mostly London-based customers found themselves cut-off in recent days. No reasons were given for the collapse, but O2 confirmed "we are working to resolve this as quickly as possible and apologise to any affected customers." Bet that makes you feel better?

Still, things could be looking up for the network with rumours spreading that it has bought successful VoIP provider Jajah. A $200m price has been suggested with Jajah having approximately 15m subscribers. Combine this with the O2 LTE plans and maybe, just maybe, 2010 could signal the start of a more progressive year for the controversial network.


Vodafone iPhone 3GS

O2 Outage via Tech Radar



December 21, 2009, 7:00 pm

Also noticed that they're no longer offering the HD2....Hmmmm...


December 21, 2009, 7:26 pm

'Vodafone claims its customers won't suffer the data issues encountered by O2 customers...'

yeah right, by implementing a 1GB cap on data usage, can't even spotify every day!


December 21, 2009, 7:39 pm

I have always wondered about the tethering issue, I would like to know if the network can tell if you are using the handset tethered if you have unlocked the ability to do so?


December 21, 2009, 7:42 pm

@Bal, yep we mentioned that a few weeks ago ;)



December 21, 2009, 7:46 pm

@xbrumster - well, at least Vodafone is offering more data allowance than the other two networks...

I get the Spotify frustration, though at the same time it is like saying: "Stupid network won't even let me stream music to my phone all day long" - it's understandable.

Personally I like the Spotify app offline and over WiFi, but I don't see the point over 3G when the iPhone won't let it multi-task, it will drain you battery in 4/5 hours and while you use it you can't receive phone calls...


December 21, 2009, 8:35 pm


I'd agree, using the off-line mode is ideal with Spotify. But been able to use 3G to download is handy too, I've downloaded Albums over 3G while while in the car, and with the phone being plugged into Cigarette lighter the battery is not an issue.

Also not sure what you mean about not been able to receive phone calls, you of course can still receive phone calls while syncing/playing tracks, and then just resumes after you end your call.


December 21, 2009, 8:40 pm

@Keith - you can't receive 3G calls when using 3G data, likewise 2G. As for the data allowance, Spotify mobile typically uses low Ogg bitrates while streaming so you're not looking at much more than 50MB per album. That's 20 albums to download over 3G for offline usage per month (admittedly without doing anything else), but even 10 (1 every 3 days) seems not unreasonable to me.


December 21, 2009, 8:51 pm


I have no problem receiving phone calls while using 3G.. As far as I am aware 3g/2g etc, all use a separate sub-band or something like that.. Not been able to receive calls while say surfing the Net etc would just be silly anyway.


December 21, 2009, 9:16 pm

@Gordon/Keith - You can receive calls while using 3G data on Vodafone and probably other networks too. They are improving their network next month so that you will be able to do this on 2G as well.


December 21, 2009, 9:36 pm

I'm sold on the £40 18mth contract so well played Vodafone. We knew they were never going to undercut Orange/o2 massively but this is pretty clever in my view and will win quite a few customers.


December 21, 2009, 10:06 pm

It's the major benefit of using 3G GSM, it allows you to make calls while browsing the web. Try calling someone, then going into home and surfing through safari, I can guarantee you it works. It's why Evdo(3G) CDMA and 2G GSM sucks, it can't do that.


December 22, 2009, 4:43 am

The £35pm 18 month contract seems to be the most cost effective. The phone over that time comes to £706; the cheapest I've seen. The Orange and O2 contracts are about £50 more expensive over the course of their respective cheapest contracts. The £45pm might give you the phone free but it comes to over £800.


December 22, 2009, 2:57 pm

@Orinj, As far as I know even using GPRS you still receive phone calls, I think what Gordon is mistaken things with is been able to use 3G while on the phone. I believe like you said it depends on the network, just done a quick test with O2 & Iphone3G and yes I can still use 3G while on the phone. Can be handy, say if I wanted to look up a restaurant or something while on the phone to a friend etc..


December 22, 2009, 5:08 pm

One hidden extra I currently "enjoy" on vodafone is that picture messages are not included in your text allowance. Whilst T-Mob and O2 charge you 3 or 4 of your allowance, Vodafone sting you for 36p each. I don't send a great number, but it adds £2-3 to my bill.

Having said that vodafone 3.5G service is brilliant in most of London from my experience, which is worth a premium over O2 anyday in my book.


December 23, 2009, 4:38 pm

Just spoke to O2 and asked why I had data issues at the weekend, the first guy said they had a major network outage and when I asked to speak to someone else regarding compensation (Yeah, I know, fat chance!) the girl on the resolution team said it was an upgrade to their 3G service, but they didn't expect it to go down and affect so many people. She did say that the benefits would be seen now, so here's hoping!!

I hate the fact that if I have a data issue, they say they don't provide a fault free service and I don't actually pay for data so they don't care, which is basically what they said. They do not provide compensation for such matters either.

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