Category: iPhone Carriers

Five UK Carriers Plan to Host iPhone 4, O2 Announces New Tariffs

Steve Jobs Unveils iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010

Steve Jobs Unveils iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010 | Photo by mathieuthouvenin

Today saw confirmation from the fifth UK carrier that it would carry the newest iPhone when it is released on June 24. At the time of publishing O2, Orange, Vodafone, Three and T-Mobile have all confirmed that they will carry iPhone 4.

Yesterday O2 announced prices for those who are already in a contract to upgrade to an iPhone 4. The company said that a flat rate of £20 per month would be charged for the remaining months left in a contract on top of the price of a subsidised handset and beginning a new 18 or 24 month contract.

O2 also announced today its new smartphone tariffs (below) that will be applied to those moving to iPhone 4. Markedly O2 has followed in the steps of AT&T in the U.S. and removed unlimited data from all the plans with the most data available being 1GB on a 24 month £60 tariff.

O2 added that just 3% of its smartphone customers would need to purchase extra data every month.

O2 Tariffs

Although none of the UK carriers have announced handset prices as of yet and O2 is the only carrier who has announced tariff details many of them have announced plans for the iPhone release.

Orange will begin pre-orders of iPhone 4 on June 15 and will announce handset pricing and tariffs at the time.

O2 will not allow pre-orders and will sell iPhone 4 on a first come, first served basis starting June 24.

Three confirmed with World of Apple that pre-orders of iPhone 4 would begin June 15 with orders delivered on June 24.

Vodafone and T-Mobile are yet to confirm their UK launch plans of iPhone 4.

O2 Sells 2 Millionth UK iPhone, Seeks iPad Deals

O2 has confirmed that it has sold 2 million iPhones in the UK since it began sales in November 2007. Matthew Key, the chief executive of Telefonica Europe, and Ronan Dunne, chief executive of O2 UK had told reporters in embargoed comments.

The executives also spoke about how they are still seeing benefits from the early exclusivity the carrier held over the iPhone. “It will take a long time before that goes away,” Dunne said.

In addition it is rumoured that O2 is in talks with Apple to offer the 3G iPad in the UK. Although it is also said that an exclusive agreement is unlikely despite AT&T currently having the device in the U.S.

The WiFi version of the iPad will debut in the UK in March with the 3G version following in April, according to Apple.

Rumours of Verizon iPad Persist

iPad

Apple iPad

Rumours of a Verizon attached iPad have been circulating since before the device was even announced. Last week when Apple announced a partnership with AT&T it looked like the rumours were simply untrue but the originator of the rumours Clayton Morris of FOXNews.com has spoken to his Verizon source who claims that Apple and Verizon are continuing to work towards a deal.

According to Clayton, Verizon is “more interested in the lucrative iPhone contracts” but the Apple and the carrier are “very much talking and plan to bring an iPhone and an iPad” to Verizon in 2010. AT&T’s exclusivity over the iPhone is expected to expire in June this year.

The report also adds some insight into the pricing of the data for the iPad stating that, “AT&T was able to outbid every other GSM carrier with a $14.99 or $29.99 plan that gives customers 250MB or unlimited data, respectively.”

Of course Verizon does not operate a GSM network and would require Apple to build compatible hardware to work on Verizon’s CDMA network.

Apple to Announce Verizon iPhone?

Peter Misek, analyst with Canaccord Adams speculated this week that Apple will announce during its special event on January 27 that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon during the summer.

Alongside this prediction Misek also expects Apple to announce iPhone OS 4.0. In Misek’s note he runs down what he expects to see in iPhone OS 4.0 with his predictions running along the same lines as those rumoured by Boy Genius Report earlier in the week including, multitasking, a simpler user interface, and a new way to sync contacts and calendar apps.

Misek goes onto suggest that although many U.S. carriers will adopt tiered data plans, the iPhone on Verizon will still carry an unlimited data plan according to his “industry sources”.

“Together with our semi-conductor partners, we have ascertained that there is a reasonable chance the Asian supply chain is prepping for mass production of a new iPhone in March, for availability in late Q2, likely June,” Misek said. The new iPhone according to Misek will be capable of running on both CDMA and GSM networks.

Misek also looks forward to 2011 iPhone models speculating that Apple will release an LTE-capable “4GS” iPhone.

Vodafone Sells 100,000 iPhones in 8 Days

Since January 14 when the iPhone went on sale with Vodafone UK the carrier has sold 100,000 iPhone 3G and 3GS units.

“The demand from both consumer and business customers has been phenomenal. They want an outstanding phone on an outstanding network and we’re delivering that,” said Vodafone UKCEO Guy Laurence.

Vodafone UK sold 50,000 units in the just first day.

Vodafone UK Ships 50,000 Pre-Orders

Vodafone UK began selling the iPhone this morning in the UK and confirmed that it had shipped 50,000 units to pre-registered customers.

The 50,000 units were ordered by customers who signed up ahead of the launch said Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence.

Vodafone UK is offering the 8GB iPhone 3G for £59 on a 24-month contract that features 300 minutes, and unlimited texts and 1GB of data. On a £35 month contract the iPhone 3G is free alongside 600 minutes. iPhone 3GS 16GB is free on a £45 a month, 24-month contract offering 1200 minutes and unlimited texts with 1GB of data.

O2 Admits Poor Network Performance

Mobile network operator O2 in the UK has owned up and apologised to customers who have suffered poor network availability and reliability in London.

In an interview with the Financial Times O2 executive director Ronan Dunne admitted that some customers in London were unable to make or receive calls and the transfer of data was slow and unreliable because of pressure placed on O2′s network from smartphones.

O2 stated that the situation occurred in the second half of the year and has now been rectified with a £30 million investment in the capital during December to help improve network capacity. Detailing the improvements further O2 said that it was working with its infrastructure supplier Nokia Siemens Networks on software modifications, installing 200 additional mobile base stations in London. O2 will also liaise with smartphone manufacturers to become aware of heavy usage applications.

In the article O2 failed to recognise a country wide issue with multiple outages occurring across the country during 2009.

“Where we haven’t met our own high standards, then there’s no question, we apologize to customers for that fact,” said Dunne. “But it would be wrong to say O2 has failed its customers en masse.”

Vodafone UK iPhone Launch January 14

Vodafone has announced today that the iPhone will be available on its network in the UK from January 14, 2010.

“We started preparing our network over a year ago so that iPhone customers will really feel the advantage of being with Vodafone,” said Guy Laurence, CEO, Vodafone UK. “We will offer an outstanding iPhone experience wherever our customers live, work and travel, delivering speed and reliability – something our customers have told us they really value.”

“We’re especially pleased to offer iPhone to business customers from launch, both directly and through a network of 20 dealers across the country – clearly demonstrating that Vodafone is the natural home for small business.”

Vodafone UK pricing for the iPhone remains in line with the likes of Orange and O2 who already sell the iPhone in the UK. The cheapest contract available is a 24-month £30/month with iPhone handset prices at £59, £149 and £239 for the iPhone 3G 8GB, iPhone 3GS 16GB and iPhone 3GS 32GB respectively. The £30 per month tariff offers 300 minutes, unlimited text messages, unlimited WiFi but only 1GB of network data transfer.

Unicom Shifts 100,000 iPhones

China Unicom chairman Chang Xiaobing has confirmed that the official iPhone carrier in China has sold 100,000 iPhones in the first 40 days of sales.

The comment comes after company Wednesday Marbridge Consulting reported that Unicom had sold only 10,000 units. This figure has now been confirmed to have been a typo.

Further on in the interview Xiaobing criticised the media for focussing on the high price of the contract-free 32GB iPhone 3GS which sells for an equivalent value of $1033. The chairman also refers to previous reports that China Unicom purchased 5 million units from Apple which Xiaobing describes as “not entirely accurate”.

Tesco Mobile Announces iPhone Availability and Pricing


Tesco Mobile has confirmed that it will begin selling the iPhone in the UK on December 14. The mobile provider which uses O2′s network has announced a starting tariff of just £20.

Tesco Mobile will offer a £20 a month contract with a duration of 12 months with a iPhone 3G 8GB available for £222. Tesco Mobile also offers a higher contract for £60 a month offering unlimited calls, texts and data although the duration is 24 months.