iPhone 4 UK: Coming To T-Mobile And 3; O2 Announces Early Upgrade Offer But Kills Unlimited Data Plans
The United Kingdom will be one of the select markets where Apple's new iPhone 4 shall be launching on June 24. The launch will also bring the iPhone to two new carriers – T-Mobile UK and 3 UK.
While the addition of the two new carriers is good news for iPhone users, these subscribers may however have to forego their existing unlimited data plans soon. O2 has announced their latest tariffs that has replaced the existing unlimited data plan with a tiered usage-driven pricing structure.
Monthly tariffs in the new plans range between £25 and £60 for subscribers who have signed up for a 24 month contract. The basic plan will offer 100 minutes of calling and 500MB of data while the most expensive plan offers unlimited calling and 1GB of data usage at £60. For subscribers who have signed up for an 18 month contract, the monthly tariffs will range between £30 and £65 for the same voice and data usage mentioned above. Check out the complete tariff structure in the table.
The data cap in the new tariff structure may however not be applicable to iPhone users immediately. O2 has indicated that the carrier shall offer unlimited data to its smartphone users for a limited period until October 1. Post this, subscribers may choose to sign up for an optional "Bolt-on" pack to avail additional 500MB or 1GB of data usage at a cost of £5 and £10 respectively.
O2 has also announced a "limited time" early upgrade offer for existing customers to upgrade to iPhone 4. According to this offer, subscribers can purchase a new iPhone 4 by paying an upgrade fee equal to £20 for every month of contract that has not been fulfilled. That would mean that a user who is five months away from their contract renewal date will need to pay a £100 upgrade fee while purchasing an iPhone 4.
The new tariff structure from O2 is along the same lines as the tariff announcements from AT&T early this month but are more expensive. It will be interesting to see if UK customers shall be offered unlimited data plans by one of the other carriers.
What do you think about the data caps? Now that you've 5 carriers to choose from in UK, which one do you prefer?
Thanks TimW for the tip!
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