Apple’s iPad (3G) will be available from Orange, O2 and Vodafone in the UK, the carriers confirmed this morning, but pending news from Apple no prices have been announced at this time. Continue reading
O2 is planning to launch a two-year Apple iPhone tariff for £25 per month. The tariff will include 100 minutes and unlimited texts. That follows announcement of a SIM-only deal last week.
O2 has much to fight for. It has sold over 2 million iPhones in the UK, but now faces stiff competition from other carriers who have broken its once exclusive hold on UK iPhone sales. Vodafone and Orange are both seizing share, with the former company confirming 100,000 new iPhone sign-ups in the first week the product went on sale.
The iPhone price war has at last begun in the UK, with Apple’s original exclusive partner, O2, introducing a new low-cost tariff for the device, a SIM-only contract.
The move is O2’s attempt to meet competition from Orange and Vodafone, both of which also now distribute the iPhone. Tesco Mobile also offers the device, under arrangement with O2.
The new SIM-only deal means customers who already have an iPhone can adopt a SIM-only tariff beginning at £15 per month for 300 minutes, unlimited UK texts, data & Wi-Fi on a 12-month SIM-only contract, or from £20 per month on a 30-day rolling contract. Unlimited UK calls, texts and data are also available from £45 a month.
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MADRID: Spain’s Telefonica, which owns UK mobile phone market leader 02, is battling Vodafone and France Telecom’s Orange over Deutsche Telekom’s flagging British arm T-Mobile, with Apple’s iPhone said to be playing a key supporting role in the proceedings.
Fascinating glimpse at future mobile telco consolidations.
Mobile Entertainment has seen documentation that states O2’s exclusive deal on the iPhone will end on October 9.
This opens an opportunity for other carriers to offer the device in the UK. At present, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile are all thought to be making a play to offer the device through their networks.
ME adds its “sources say that O2 may retain sole rights to the recently launched iPhone 3G S.”
Naturally, freeing the iPhone up for offer through other networks in the UK is extremely likely to generate a third wave of sales of the device. UK mobile phone users tend to prefer to make an open choice between carriers. Continue reading
Apple’s exclusive deal with France Telecom’s Orange for iPhone distribution in the country has been provisionally suspended by French competition authorities.
Orange France plans to fight the suspension as it attempts to retain exclusive rights for distribution of the Apple handset.
France Telecom’s Orange said the decision by the competition council is “serious” and endangers commercial partnerships between telecom operators and telephone equipment companies, such as the one it secured with Apple, reports Dow Jones.
Orange and O2 are denying claims that both operators will offer the iPhone in the UK from the end of the year, disappointing many who believed reports last week claiming Apple to be moving to liberalise its distribution arrangements in the UK.
As previously reported, Apple intended allowing Orange to distribute the iPhone in the UK from later in the year, when its exclusive deal with O2 was reportedly due to expire.
Orange and O2 have now dismissed these rumours.
The six biggest UK ISPs, BT, Virgin, Orange, Tiscali, BSkyB and Carphone Warehouse, have all agreed the deal, which commits all parties to work together to reduce illegal music file-sharing. Thousands of letters will also now be sent to ‘net users the BPI suspects of illegally sharing music.