The UK release date of the iPad is still not confirmed. Sources have pointed to an exact date of the 24th of April for the iPad to go on sale in the UK. Two different sources have both confirmed the date, one of them claiming to be an Apple employee. The other source says that Apple store staff are not allowed to take holiday on the 24th but they haven’t be told why. The same date has also been set for Canada also.
The plans start at £30 a month for 24 months, with additional handset charges ranging from £59 (iPhone 3G 8GB) to £239 (3GS 32GB). However, if you sign onto a £35 a month contract for 24 months the 8GB iPhone 3G is free.
Unlike Orange, O2 and Tesco Mobile; Vodafone don’t appear to be offering a Pay As You Go option for its customers.
There has been some concerns whether or not the network would be able to handle the major increase in traffic, but Guy Laurence, chief executive of Vodafone UK, says the company has been preparing for the launch for over a year, strengthening their infrastructure for the release.
After today’s announcement from Telefonica Europe that O2 will unlock their iPhones to every network once the iPhone is released on other networks means that perhaps other countries will have to follow suit and therefore perhaps the end of hacking to unlock the iPhone. Blacksn0w is the latest unlocking tool from GeoHot which unlocks the latest baseband, however I’m wondering as if to how they will roll out the unlock, either by a carrier update or software update I assume. But if so it won’t take a hacker too long to work out how it’s being unlocked and simply apply it to other phones making it harder for Apple to play the cat and mouse game.
The CEO stated that iPhones will be unlocked once the contract is up, but on Pay As You Go there is no contract so surly they should be sold unlocked, however the way it was started it seems that you have to go to get it unlocked and it won’t just be rolled out. And although I’m going to keep using O2 if they roll this out I’m going to unlock my 8GB iPhone 3G before I sell it to upgrade to a 3GS. Hopefully the rest of the world follows suit and the iPhone becomes a network free device.
With the release of the iPhone on UK network Orange about a week away, Orange have released the pricing details for the Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go plans. One thing to remember that Orange wasn’t planning on challenging O2 on prices but this gives people who don’t like O2 or who are already on Orange a chance to get an iPhone.
The only big difference between what O2 offers and what Orange offers is that for £122.34 per month you can get unlimited minutes and texts. For Pay As You Go, an 8GB iPhone 3G will cost £343, the 16GB iPhone 3GS is £440 and the 32GB iPhone 3GS is £539. The prices are slightly cheaper than O2 but what I still wonder about is does that now mean iPhone’s sold in the UK should work on both O2 and Orange?
If so, in the first quarter of next year UK iPhone’s will work on O2, Orange (Soon to be merged with T-Mobile) and Vodafone.
Update: So it’s been pointed out that now Orange’s ‘unlimited’ plan there is only 750MB.
The official iPhone UK carrier O2, have been reported that they are to be the official carriers for the Palm Pre. O2 has always had a strong smartphone market in the UK and with the iPhone and Pre being sold in the same store it will make things a little more interesting.
It seems this will be true as the O2 owner Telefonica, reportedly secured global rights to the Pre back in March.
O2 owner Telefonica reportedly secured broad global rights to the Pre back in March
The UK iPhone provider O2, have announced the prices for the new iPhone 3G S. Here’s the break down:
Pay As You Go:
- iPhone 3G 8GB – £342.50
- iPhone 3G S 16GB – £440.40
- iPhone 3G S 32GB – £538.30
The iPhone 3G 8GB remains the same price as it was before on Pay As You Go, all iPhones on PAYG come with 12 months of free unlimited data.
The iPhone 3G 8GB remains at the same price as before.