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iPhone 4 Now Available on T-Mobile and 3 in the UK

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iPhone 4 Now Available on T-Mobile and 3 in the UK

The iPhone 4 has launched today on T-Mobile and 3, taking the total number of networks the phone is available on in the UK to six.

"Bringing iPhone 4 to our customers in the UK is a fantastic move for T-Mobile," said Lysa Hardy, vice president of T-Mobile Propositions. "With a range of value plans we're making iPhone 4 more accessible to even more customers in the UK."

However, while T-Mobile’s prices are roughly in line with Orange, O2 and Vodafone, all lose out quite clearly for value with 3.

On 3 a 16GB iPhone 4 will costs £99, for 500 minutes, 5,000 texts and 1GB data allowance – compared to £179 on T-Mobile for 300 minutes, Unlimited texts, and 500MB of data. 3 will give you a free iPhone 4 if you spend £45 a month with them, while T-Mobile will ask you to part with £60 a month.

It should be noted that all tariffs on both T-Mobile and 3 will lock you in for 24 months, while O2, Orange and Vodafone also offer 18 month contract. The only 12 month option come courtesy of Tesco Mobile – a virtual operator that piggy backs onto the O2 network.

3 advises on its web site that the 16GB iPhone 4 is currently only available in-store, so you’ll have to get queuing to pick one up.

T-Mobile also lists the white iPhone 4 as “coming soon.” We applaud its optimism.

Link: 3 iPhone 4 plans.

Link: iPhone 4 plans.

andy 1

July 30, 2010, 3:54 pm

Lets hope that 3 and T-mobile don&#8217t face the same problems that Apple iOS has caused other UK consumers and their recently reported roaming costs.





It is another setback once again for Apple it will be interesting to see what's next in the news regarding iPhone issues (antenna, manufacturing and now service charges) and their





Apples steps to refund cases won&#8217t make up for the iPhone 4's lack of function over form.





It's a shame to see so many issues with the iPhone 4 after so many people waited for it's release. What's more of a shame is that it seems Apple knew about some of these issues already, such as the problem with reception.





But Apple have created such a loyal following that people may just put up with what issues there are for the sake of owning the latest Apple product.


Personally, I'd be happier with an older iPhone - at least then the issues are all ironed out.





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Guess it's not all bad!

A Scotland

July 30, 2010, 5:01 pm

For me it's not all about owning the "latest apple product" but about owning a device that will still have legs at the end of an 18 month contract. Before I bought my first iphone (3G), I found that my phones typically had a shelf-life of 12 months before the battery was useless and the plastic frame was falling apart. I had the 3G for 2 years and it was only with iOS4 that it finally became too slow to bear. I thought about going for the 3GS and saving some money but given that you have to tie in for 18 months at least to get value these days I figured the faster processor and better battery in the latest phone was essential for long term use.

Ben

July 30, 2010, 5:38 pm

My party ended earlier this week when I dropped my iPhone 4 a couple of feet and the front screen shattered into a million pieces.





It still works fine, provided the operator doesn't value their thumbs.





Wish me luck at Regent Street on Saturday :/

jingyeow

July 30, 2010, 5:42 pm

Is this a turning point? I actually don't want an iPhone anymore, right about the time Apple are getting less strict about who stocks the iPhone...I believe it shows Apple are taking Android or more importantly HTC as a clear threat. I've recently purchased a HTC Wildfire and would never go back to wanting an iPhone. Can't wait for Android 2.2.

Keithe6e

July 30, 2010, 6:19 pm

@Ben: I dropped my iPhone 4 a couple of feet and the front screen shattered into a million pieces.





Ouch!!, Good luck. I assume you never went for the insurance option?, neither did I. Eek.

sockatume

July 30, 2010, 6:33 pm

Your choice of phone probably sums up the challenge Apple faces. Android is going after that "cheap but capable" phone market that Nokia used to have and which Apple can't really get at because of their phones' prices. If you want a phone that's not a glass and steel slab of overengineered nonsense.





I bought one this morning, though.

Sleeper

July 30, 2010, 6:41 pm

@darkspark88





I kind of feel the same. Initial lust has given way to complete boredom with the iPhone. It just feels a bit 2009 now.

xbrumster

July 30, 2010, 6:59 pm

i seriously want to try out Android for a while before making decisions whether to get an iphone 4 or something else.

Keithe6e

July 30, 2010, 7:30 pm

@Sleeper: way to complete boredom with the iPhone.





I had the same feeling after playing with a friends Android phone for a couple of mins, but to be honest I think that was down to Orange. She asked if I could put FaceBook on her phone, so I though Ok, no problem lets go to the Androids version of the App Store, to my amazement it had about 100 App's if that (and of course no Facebook App), it looked like Orange had put it's own App store or something on it, apart from that the Apps where like £3.99 for some pretty basic stuff. It's a shame really, as I fancied having a good play with Android, but looked like Orange had destroyed it. :(

Chris

July 30, 2010, 10:11 pm

@Keith: There's always this, if you really want to sink a few hours into setting it up:


http://developer.android.com/g...

Sleeper

July 31, 2010, 12:30 am

@Keith





Oh don't get me wrong, I'm sure lots of people will buy it and love it. It just doesn't do anything for me but then none of the current batch of phones do.





I'll see what's about towards the end of the year.

jerry

August 7, 2010, 5:22 am

does anyone know if the iphone 4 is coming the US??

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