Telefónica O2 UK has retained the exclusive distribution rights for Apple iPhone handsets in the UK, despite feverish rumours to the contrary ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday.
O2 will make the new iPhone 3G S models available from O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores on prepay and contract in the UK from June 19. The iPhone OS 3.0 software will also be available to download through iTunes on June 17, free to all existing iPhone customers.
The new iPhone versions come with improved battery life, a higher resolution 3 megapixel autofocus camera and a new built-in digital compass for instant navigation (click here for full specifications).
The 16GB version of the new iPhone 3G S will be available for £184.98 on an 18-month contract of £29.38 per month, with 75 minutes, 125 text messages and umlimited data and Wi-Fi usage. The 32GB version will be available on the same tariff plan with a £274.23 premium.
The old iPhone 3G drops to £96.89 on the £29.38 18-month plan, immediately.
The iPhone 3G S 16GB will also be available for £184.98 on a £34.26 18-month contract, allowing instead 600 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited data usage. The 32GB version is, again, £274.23 at this price point. The iPhone 3G is available at £96.89 on the £34.26 18-month plan.
The 16GB model drops to £87.11 on a £44.05 18-month deal, affording 1,200 minutes, 500 texts and unlimited data. The new 32GB model is £175.19. The iPhone 3G is free at this pricepoint.
The £73.41 18-month contract (3,000 minutes, 500 texts, unlimited data) sees the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3G s 16GB available for ‘free’, and the iPhone 3G S priced at £96.89.
The iPhone 3G is also available for free on any 24-month deal.
The iPhone 3G s 16GB is available at £87.11 on a £34.26 24-month plan and ‘free’ on the £44.05 and £73.41 deals. All 24-month deals enable the same usage allowance as their 18-month equivalents.
The 32GB version is available at £175.19, £96.89 and for ‘free’ on £34.26, £44.05 and £73.41 deals, respectively.
Prepay pricing sees the iPhone 3G 8GB available at £342.50, the iPhone 3G S 16GB at £440.40 and the iPhone 3G S 32GB at £538.30.
To use the devices as an internet modem for a computer, O2 has priced ‘internet tethering’ bolt-ons at £14.68 for 3GB per month and £29.36 for 10GB per month. Both include Wi-Fi access via The Cloud.
The iPhone 3G S is available to preorder from Carphone from tomorrow (June 10).
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