iPhones for all !

In two seperate press releases this week it has been announced that 02 exclusivity of the iPhone has ended and other networks have been keen to pick it up.

There are over 1 million iPhones in the UK and all the networks have already claimed to have seen unlocked versions live on their networks, it was first thought that 02 would retain the exclusive deal for the latest model and Orange & T-Mobile would run a product behind, however it now appears that both Orange and Vodafone have been able to pick up the lucritive 3Gs deal.

Orange now have the iPhone availalbe in 28 countries and have the largest 3G network in the UK.  Both Vodafone and o2 will be able to offer the product across the UK and Ireland and it is rumoured that T-Mobile (who will get the phone anyway when the Orange merger goes through) and H3g are also in negotiated to get the product.

Orange will go live with the iPhone 3g and 3gs this year whilst Voda will have to wait until the new year.

What does this mean for the customer ?

We will have to wait and see how these deals will effect the price of the handset.  Apple are very clever at setting and sticking to thier prices, the Macbook Pro is availalbe in mulitply competing retailers but you will struggle to get it for less that £899.

It does mean more choice for customers though and more competitive tarriffs.  People will be able to choose a network that gives them the coverage that they need, something that 02 have suffered from greatly in Northern Ireland is the lack of 3G coverage.

See below – Vodafones press release.

29 September 2009

VODAFONE TO SELL iPHONE IN UK AND IRELAND

Vodafone and Apple today confirmed that they have reached agreement to bring iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to the UK and Ireland in early 2010.

Beginning today, Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland customers can register their interest in iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS at www.vodafone.co.uk/iphone and www.vodafone.ie/iphone respectively.   Pricing, tariffs and availability information will be announced locally in the future.

Vodafone now offers iPhone through thirteen of its operating companies.

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