Handset now on sale at all major retailers as thousands queue outside stores nationwide
More than 1000 people queued outside the Apple Store in Regent Street as the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale around the country.
Amid chaotic scenes, hundreds of Apple Store staff were waiting inside the store to clap and cheer consumers eager to get their hands on the new handset.
A 22- year old student from Slovakia called Zjoltan was the recipient of the first iPhone 6 from the store. He had been paid £1500 by online gambling firm, Leo Vegas, to wait for 11 days outside the store.
Speaking to Mobile News, he said he was “happy”, adding: “Now I am off to sleep.” The phone was immediately handed over to a representative of the firm and despatched by courier to the winer of the competition the firm had been running.
The scenes were repeated around the country as the handset also went on sale at Vodafone, O2, Three, EE, Carphone Warehouse and a number of other retailers nationwide.
At Vodafone, the 16GB model of the iPhone 6 is free from £48.50pm, with upfront charges varying for the remaining two models. The iPhone 6 Plus 16GB is also available from £48.50pm but with an upfront charge of £179. Again, upfront charges vary on the two bigger models.
Three customers will have to pay £99 per month up front for all three iPhone 6 models with different monthly charges for the 16GB (£45), 64GB (£50) and 128GB (£55). The iPhone 6 Plus is also available with a £99 upfront cost for the 16GB (£51 per month) and 64GB (£56 per month) models. The 128GB models costs £119 upfront on a £60 per month contract. All prices quoted are on unlimited data plans although 1GB and 2Gb tariffs are available.
At Carphone Warehouse, the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models are free from £43.50pm, £48.50pm and £53.50pm on 24 month contracts respectively. The iPhone 6 Plus is free from £53pm at Carphone Warehouse, with upfront charges varying for the 128GB variant.
Tesco is not adding an upfront charge for either device. The iPhone 6 will be available from £41pm (16GB), £45pm (64GB) and £48.50pm (128GB), while the iPhone 6 Plus will be available from £45pm (16GB), £49.50pm (64GB) and £53.50pm (128GB).