iPhone on Vodafone from Janaury 14th - good tariff, free handset, but...
Apparently, there may be some of you still reading the site over Christmas, so the boss is demanding we tumble arse-over-tit down the ungritted path to the BW office, so we might continue to ladle news from simmering consumer tech broth. And so it's to the iPhone and news that Vodafone is gearing up to begin selling the iPhone from Janaury 14th.
Orange and Tesco have entered the iPhone market in the past few weeks - whereas Orange could offer little extra than and slightly cheaper tariff and the hope of better coverage, Tesco went for a tariff that undercut both O2 and Orange - if you were prepared to pay through the nose for your handset. So what's the good news from Vodafone? A £35-per-month tariff for a free 3G handset (on a 24 month contract) puts Vodafone on a par with O2 and Orange (and to get a free 3G handset through Tesco means paying £60 a month), but unlimited texts on Vodafone may suit plenty more punters:
[Note - whether any of these tariffs are a good deal or not depends on whethr you accept a 24 month contract as the norm now and don't roll your eyes whenever it's mentioned]
Courtesy of TechCrunch Europe
The major fly in the ointment is that rather than offering unlimited* (*fair usage shenanigans) data usage, it's capped at 1GB. As applications become increasingly data-hungry, it'll be interesting to see how many regular customers hit that ceiling in the months to come.