UK operators get iPhone 4


Operators Vodafone, O2 and Orange have this morning (June 8) confirmed they will be stocking the fourth Apple iPhone handset from June 24.

Apple chief Steve Jobs unveiled the much anticipate iPhone 4 at the manufacturer’s annual conference in San Francisco yesterday.

The device, which now includes volume buttons, a five megapixel camera and is almost a quarter thinner than the previous three models (9.3mm), will be available in the UK on O2 and Vodafone from June 24.

Mobile News also understands operator Three has been in discussions with Apple in recent weeks about stocking the device.

O2, who first launched the device exclusively three years ago has confirmed it will offer existing customers still in contract the chance to get the new version as part of a “special upgrade” offer. Details on this are expected in the next couple of days.

O2 has also today launched a new website dedicated to providing customers with the latest news and updates on the iPhone 4.

Details on tariffs and pricing will be announced shortly.

O2 UK chief executive Ronan Dunne said: “Apple has once again raised the bar with the iPhone 4. With 3 years’ experience in selling the iPhone we are well placed to support the new device with the best overall experience, including making it easy for new and existing customers to get their hands one.”

Vodafone UK consumer director Mark Bond added: “As many iPhone users are aware, having the latest technology just isn’t enough; you need a great network to get the most out of it. We are very excited about the new iPhone 4 and are confident that our customers will enjoy a great experience on the Vodafone network.”

In addition, existing UK iPhone users will be able to upgrade their operating system to iOS 4. Apple said not all features of iOS 4 are compatible with all devices, such as multitasking which will not be available on the iPhone 3G model.

Apple said iOS 4 offers a better email service, iBooks, built-in spell checking, wireless keyboard support and the ability to send apps as gifts.