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iPhone 3G S Hits Pre-order As CPU Specs & 3.0 Firmware Spill

Gordon Kelly


iPhone 3G S Hits Pre-order As CPU Specs & 3.0 Firmware Spill

It has been a busy few days since the somewhat low key iPhone 3G S was unveiled and the storm created by the expensive O2 tariffs have seen a combined total of over 170 comments hit the site and counting. So what's new?

First up the iPhone 3G S has hit pre-order in the UK with both O2 and the Carphone Warehouse now happy to take your money ahead of the 18 June official launch. O2 has also defended its pricing saying a) the iPhone 3G S isn't subsidised to the same level as the iPhone 3G and the unsubsidised nature of the original iPhone was the only reason customers were able to upgrade early in the past.

The under fire network has also revealed that its 'Priority Lists' will allow some customers to upgrade their handsets. The rather messy system means Platinum (£80+ spending per month), Gold (£50+ pm) and Silver (£35+ pm) will enable contracts to be renewed six months, three months and one month early respectively. If your spend is below that you're out of luck.

That said if you really want to get back at O2 buy the iPhone 3G S on PAYG and take out a Simplicity contract. Do the sums, the life time cost is virtually identical to a £35pm tariff, plus you'll get double the minutes and only be held to a rolling 30 day contact. If you can afford the initial outlay it's one way to take the power back.

Elsewhere T-Mobile Netherlands has deliberately briefly leaked the hardware specs inside the new iPhone 3G S revealing 256MB of RAM (doubling the first and second generations) and a 600MHz CPU (up from 412MHz). Naturally enough these details have now been pulled.

Finally, for those of you feeling impatient the Gold Master (retail distribution version) of iPhone OS 3.0 has leaked onto torrent sites. Following verified reports I've taken the plunge myself and can happily report all is well. First impressions of the new firmware are much snappier performance in Google Maps and Safari, while the new unified messaging works a treat (MMS is automatically set up by O2). There is also far less keyboard lag, Email search is a godsend and handset search is fast.

So if you're willing to hop aboard ahead of the 17 June official firmware release, then the files you'll need are 'Phone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw' for the first generation iPhone, 'iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw' for the iPhone 3G or 'iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw' for both iPod touch models (which saves the upgrade cost too). File size is approximately 230MB.

So at least that's some consolation for those of you still spitting blood feeling frustrated...


Carphone Warehouse iPhone 3G S Pre-order

O2 Priority Lists

T-Mobile.nl iPhone Specs Page


June 11, 2009, 5:53 pm

Can you post a link to the o2 pre-order page please. I called them yesterday and they said they were not taking pre-orders this year for the iPhone. I can't find the pre-order page on the o2 website.


June 11, 2009, 6:00 pm

"O2 has also defended its pricing saying a) the iPhone 3G S isn't subsidised to the same level as the iPhone 3G"

Hmm, okay then, I'll believe that O2 isn't giving customers as big a subsidy on the 3G S, no problem there. So, uh, why are the contracts the same price for the same number of minutes, texts and data exactly? Why are we still commited to 18 or 24 month contracts? Why isn't there a £25 or £20 a month option to account for the extra £120 we're paying to buy the handset.

Come on O2, your customers (or in this case potential customer) aren't stupid. You've gotten greedy and now don't compete with the rest of the market to an almost comical degree, plain and simple.


June 11, 2009, 6:01 pm

i installed it last night aswell, working fantastically. I have been trying to figure out all '100 features' that are new to this OS 3.0 release. The one thing i thought was on this OS was the 'percentage battery life indicator', but i cant seem to find it. Do you reckon it is just for the iPhone 3G S?


June 11, 2009, 6:21 pm

"That said if you really want to get back at O2 buy the iPhone 3G S on PAYG" - i was thinking about this, but do you then also have to fork out for bolt-ons for unlimited Wifi and internet etc, which come as standard with the 35 tariff?


June 11, 2009, 6:22 pm

@Jai - simple answer to that innit? ;)



June 11, 2009, 6:26 pm

@Ninjakettle - nope, you can choose unlimited data as a free bolt-on with any £19pm+ deal I believe (may be £25). Personally, I find the WiFi hugely overrated and wouldn't bother. With PAYG you'll miss out on Visual Voicemail too but that's hardly the end of the world in exchange for (*adopts Braveheart voice*) FREEDOM!

@Den - I hear there was a last minute delay at O2 but it should be up soon.


June 11, 2009, 6:43 pm

That T-Mobile leak is actually from the Dutch T-Mobile.

I just looked at the prices on T-Mobile here (Netherlands) and they are actually quite attractive from a minutes/messages and data for you money point of view. It is pretty much impossible to impossible to get a comparable plan on T-Mobile with any other phone for the same amount of money. Pretty strange I'd say. It's &#836430 for 150 minutes, 150 SMS messages and unlimited data, I just can't get anything comparable for that price. You quickly end up being about &#836410 more expensive than that for a roughly comparable plan.


June 11, 2009, 6:55 pm

@Helmore - good spot Helmore, thanks - fixed.


June 11, 2009, 7:04 pm

Tried installing new OS but it just reinstalls current OS... What I am doing wrong? Do you need a jail broken phone?? It doesn't let me select the file.

Rob 8

June 11, 2009, 7:11 pm

You suggest getting a Simplicity SIM with a PAYG 3GS but there's a snag: you're charged just under £1 a day whenever you access data - so you'd end up with a pretty heft bill. Best just to use the SIM that comes with the PAYG 3GS. It gives you unlimited data for 12 months. Thereafter you pay £10 a month to continue using browsing the web etc.


June 11, 2009, 7:43 pm

@Ninjakettle - Gordon is right at the moment you can select a bolt on to be included in the tariff price on Simplicity, so for £19.58(inc VAT) you can get 600 Minutes 1200 Texts and Unlimited Web Bolt on and only a 30 day contract. It's also worth noting that at the moment I can tether my N78 to my laptop (or my ipod touch) and use the Unlimited Web at no cost, I think if you started to use it for downloading music or movies they would soon catch on though.


June 11, 2009, 7:48 pm

@Gordon - Thanks dude!


June 11, 2009, 7:50 pm

@Dylantherabbit - What you must do is download the corresponding file as suggested above by using any popular Torrent sites then go to iTunes, connect your iPhone/iTouch, then hold down SHIFT and click on update then select the file you downloaded!


June 11, 2009, 8:01 pm

Just installed this as well...

Anyone know if Voice control works with this update and a 3G?

Eddie fb

June 11, 2009, 8:02 pm

I've just been on the phone to O2, and the carphone warehouse, both have told me they are not taking pre-orders from current O2 customers? I've been waiting since my K810 contract ended in april, on an O2 simplicity tariff, because I NEED an iphone. Trustedreviews told me to wait (sensibly - thank you TR) but now I'll have to wait for the great unwashed to get their iphones first, because I'm a loyal customer?? At the first opportunity, I shall dump O2 like a hot potato..............but annoyingly, I'll still be on the phone friday morning...damn gadgets.


June 11, 2009, 8:06 pm

@fooey - voice control is only on the 3G S I believe.


June 11, 2009, 8:11 pm


As Gordon points out, you can get an unlimited web bolt-on with the £19.58 tariff, which includes 600 minutes and 1200 texts.

That comes out at around £40 more for an 8GB 3G over 18 months, but it's got 8 times as many free minutes and virtually no commitment.

To me this just points out how silly these tariffs are, when even the overpriced PAYG looks like a good deal...

Geoff Richards

June 11, 2009, 8:37 pm

CPU MHz aside, I'm more excited about the updated graphics core to Series 5 PowerVR SGX. John Carmack has said the iPhone has more grunt than Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, and he's doing stuff like porting cut-down Doom III to iPhone.

Incidentally, this graphics core is also inside Palm Pre, and is licensed by Intel as GMA 500, which is under the hood in various netbooks like MSI Wind, Dell Mini, select EeePCs etc :)


June 11, 2009, 9:04 pm

@Jai...Cheers I think I was using CTRL and not SHIFT .... I am such a muppet at times.


June 11, 2009, 9:09 pm

I looked a the PAYG + Simplicity route but it doesnt work out cheaper over 12months the equivalent monthly cost at £20pm would be approx £65pm taking into account the price of the 32gb iphone 3gs. 18months would be £50pm and 24months £42pm.

The contract 32gb iphone 3gs at £35pm works out £50pm on an 18m contract and £42pm on a 24m contract so is an extra £20pm and the loss of visual voicemail worth the freedom of a 12m contract?

All in I may go with a 32gig iphone on a 24m contract if the iphone evolves as it has done so far with only incremental changes then I'd be happy to sit the next one out.


June 11, 2009, 9:10 pm

Guys..I was just wondering, are the iphones on payg unlocked?


June 11, 2009, 9:51 pm

If you use Quidco.com you can get £60 cashback from mobiles.co.uk on a new 3GS... Not a bad deal that. No affiliation with myself.


June 11, 2009, 9:58 pm

@sktobites: Yes, I was referring to the 8GB 3g on the cheapest contract, I imagine it would look worse the further up the range you go.

@Apoc: No, unfortunately.


June 11, 2009, 10:31 pm

Ok here are my figures - got bored!

All figures are for the 32GB 3GS on the £34.26p Tariff.


It will cost you £890.91p on an 18 month contract (600 Mins + 500 texts + Web + Wifi)

It will cost you £997.43p on a 24 month contract (600 Mins + 500 texts + Web + Wifi)

SIMPLICITY: All figures are assuming the £19.58 simplicity tariff & £538.30 handset.

It will cost you £890.74p equivalent over 18 months (600 Mins + 1200 Texts + Web NO WiFi)

It will cost you £1,008.22p equivalent over 24 months (600 Mins + 1200 Texts + Web NO WiFi)

Remember you also get free 12 months Web & WiFi with the sim card that comes with the iPhone. If you were to use this and stayed on a 'Text & Call' PAYG tariff - which you would have to top up by £15-£29 each month- you would only get 100 mins talk and 100 txts included.

If you stayed on this tariff and only topped up by the minimum £15 per month, & assuming that you just made calls on your £15 credit @25p p/m - this would give you an extra 60 mins talking - so a total of 200 mins talk + 100 txts p/m. The web bolt-on needs to be added at an extra £10 p/m after month 12 as well.


18 months would cost - £868.30 (for 200 mins & 100 Texts + 18 months web + 12 WiFi)

24 months would cost - £1018.3 (for 200 mins & 100 Texts + 24 months web + 12 WiFi)

Breath deeply....So, what can we tell from this little exercise, apart from the fact that i'm a sad g*t for working that out? :o)

Put simply- you're all being screwed for roughly a grand what ever option you pick, and that's assuming you don't have any extra bill events over the entire period!

(PS Disclaimer: of course I could be completely wrong)


June 11, 2009, 10:45 pm


No they're not. Not the O2 payg ones at least.


You could just port your nmuber to another network on payg and then transfer back. Hassle but you'll be a new customer.

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