O2 announces iPhone 5S and 5C pricing on Refresh tariff


Former to be available from £37 a month with an upfront charge of £119.99, while latter will cost £49.99 upfront on a £32 a month contract

O2 has announced the pricing for the Apple iPhone 5S and 5C on its Refresh tariff, which allows customers to upgrade their phone mid-contract without penalty.

The iPhone 5S 16GB will be available from £37 a month with an upfront cost of £119.99 that will provide unlimited minutes, texts and 1GB of 3G data. The 4G plan will cost £47 a month with the same upfront cost, minutes and texts, but with 5GB of data.

The iPhone 5C will offer 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of data for £32 a month with a £29.99 upfront cost. The 4G plan is £10 a month more expensive with unlimited minutes, texts and 5GB of data with an upfront cost of £99.99.

O2 said both new devices will be enabled to run on its 4G network in the coming weeks, and this will begin when new settings are ready to be sent by Apple.

Those buying an iPhone 5S or 5C on a 4G tariff before this update will get £5 off their bill for one month. Until the update, customers can still use the data that comes with the 4G tariff.

The tariffs are open to new and existing customers. O2 said those not already on a Refresh tariff may be able to buy out their standard contract at a discount under ‘Speed to Refresh’, or take advantage of its ‘4G Phone Promise’, if they took an iPhone 5 last year.

Customers can move from the 3G to 4G version of Refresh through Speed to Refresh, with O2 paying 25 per cent towards a customer’s remaining contract.

The operator’s 4G Phone Promise enables those taking the iPhone 5 from September 21, 2012 to March 31, 2013 able to upgrade during their contract as the device isn’t compatible with the operator’s 4G network.

Through O2 Recycle, customers trading in their old phone for an iPhone 5S or 5C can also get up to £280 back to take off the cost of their new phone (dependent on the condition and model of phone) or receive help in paying off their old one.