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June 17, 2010

O2 reveals full details of iPhone 4 tariffs

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by Darren Allan

O2 has put its iPhone 4 pricing details online, after Orange did so yesterday (and Vodafone’s were leaked the day before, although the accuracy of those figures is still yet to be confirmed).

You’ll be able to pick up an iPhone 4 with O2 starting at £25 per month on a two year contract, and £30 per month on 18 months.

However, this is where O2’s lowest price tier gets a bit odd – the 16GB handset costs £279 on the two year deal, and £209 on the 18 monther.

The difference isn’t so bad if you plump for the 32GB iPhone 4, which is £323 on a two year deal, and only a bit less at £299 on the 18 month option.

A lot of folks have been tweeting at O2 that this must be a mistake, but the company has simply been patiently replying along the lines of: “You’re welcome to take whichever tariff you like :)”; and “You’re welcome to pick any tariff you like, you don’t need to take the 24 month one if you don’t want to”.

If you want a free iPhone 4 16GB, you’ll need to step up to the £60 per month tariff on two years, £65 on 18 months. On this plan, the 32GB variant will cost £29.

There’s no difference between the cost of the handset on 18 and 24 month contracts on any of the other tiers, just the bottom rung.

On a middling deal, the £35 per month two year, the iPhone 4 16GB will set you back £119, and £209 for its bigger brother. That’s the same as Orange in the former case, but £10 cheaper than Orange in the latter.

If Vodafone’s leaked figures are correct, it will be £30 cheaper than O2 for a 32GB handset on a two year £35 per month tariff.

O2’s PAYG prices still haven’t been listed.

O2 is also offering an upgrade scheme for existing customers, to the effect that you can buy your way out of your current iPhone contract for £20 per month remaining, and upgrade straight onto a shiny new iPhone 4.

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9 Comments »
  1. Am so confused! So if I want an 18 month contract at 45 a month tariff am I right in saying al need to pay 89 quid?

    Comment by Mark — June 17, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

  2. 89 quid I meant upfront for the phone

    Comment by Mark — June 17, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  3. @mark- you didn’t state your network! Have a look at both orange and o2! They are the only 2 networks( as at 17th) who have confirmed prices! The handset cost seems cheaper with o2 however the monthly tariff is higher!

    Comment by Nnegg — June 17, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  4. My problem is that I have successfully pre-ordered from Apple, and as far as I have seen so far, no provider is giving any option that doesn’t involve buying another iPhone 4 within one of their contracts. All I want is a microsim and the chance to buy a months usage for twenty quid to see how it goes. Which option appears to be easy with any other phone. :-(

    Comment by Tony Fox — June 17, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  5. @ Mark, There will be no 18 month plans for any contract except the £30/month. The rest are all 24 month contracts so for the £89 handset you would be tied in for 24 months. hope this helped.

    Comment by Joe — June 17, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  6. I think O2 have played a smart card.

    They’ve probably realised that most Iphone users want to upgrade every year as new handsets come out. WIth 18 month contracts and a price to ‘upgrade early’ (if you have 6 months or less left on your contract) then they’ve saved themselves headaches, the possibility of loosing customers and earned themselves and ‘upgrade early’ fee every year.

    Comment by And — June 18, 2010 @ 7:11 am

  7. Hi Mark, yes you’re quite correct, for a 16GB iPhone 4 the handset costs £89 up front, on an 18 month £45 per month deal with O2.

    (There are 18 and 24 month contracts across the board, Joe).

    Finally, And - that’s a good point, well made.

    Comment by Darren Allan — June 18, 2010 @ 8:13 am

  8. If you have the money buy one from Apple that way you can choose any carrier on a 12 month sim only contract

    I’ve just paid £499.99 for a black 16GB and gone with vodafone for 12 months sim only for £20 a month Total £739.99 far cheaper than any deal being offered at the moment.

    Also the £20 deal give me 600mins Unlimited Text and 500mb internet
    (remember to ask for a micro sim)

    Comment by Ben — June 18, 2010 @ 8:28 am

  9. Think o2 tarrifs is ok looks better to go for 18months but rember you pay more for a month for 18months so thats where they can charge cheaper on phone cost, but realy you pay same as 24months.

    Comment by nigel — June 18, 2010 @ 11:29 am

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