SELLER OF SHINY TOYS Apple's latest incarnation of the Iphone has gone up for pre-order priced from £499.
It's not the Iphone 5 but the Iphone 4S and those who want to get one can pre-order the device now. It has a release date of 14 October, which is a week from today.
Phones 4U said, "A recent Phones 4u survey found that 68 [per cent] of people would prefer to pre-order Apple's new iPhone rather than queue up for it - and in this British weather who can blame them."
This time around, there is a device with a larger storage capacity of 64GB in addition to the 16GB and 32GB models. Prices on the fruit themed firm's web site start at £499 for the smallest of the three and you can add £100 to that for each memory increase, making price tags of £599 and £699 for the larger ones, respectively.
Unlike the Iphone 4, the Iphone 4S is available with either a black or white coloured case straight off. This contrasts to the considerably long time it took between the Iphone 4 launch and white Iphone 4 to appear.
If you're looking at getting the gadget on a contract basis, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone launched price plans today. O2 and Three have not yet released pricing for the Iphone 4S.
Between Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile, the cheapest contract that will get you the handset 'free' is £46 per month on a two year contract from Orange and Vodafone. However, T-Mobile is technically the cheapest at £45.96 for the same deal on the 16GB model. You're probably best off opting for Vodafone because it is offering £59 back on all pre-orders.
The 32GB model will set you back £62 per month if you don't want to shell out dosh for the phone without a contract. The 64GB isn't available for free on any contract so you'll have to pay at least something for the phone, depending on the terms of the deal, and at least £26 a month for it from Vodafone for example. Orange and T-Mobile have similar deals on the Iphone 4S 64GB.
If you're not bothered about having the latest Iphone then the new 8GB Iphone 4 might be a good option. It's not that much cheaper on a contract, though, at £36 per month with the phone free.
If you're wondering whether it's worth upgrading to the Iphone 4S, check out our head to head review. µ
Three has announced its pricing for the Iphone 4S. You can get the 16GB model for free if you pay £43 per month on a two year contract but this isn't the best deal as it comes with a 1GB data cap. If you pay a £49 upfront fee for the handset you'll only pay £40 per month and get unlimited data along with 2,000 minutes and 5,000 txts.
You'll have to pay an upfront cost of at least £90 for the 32GB model but once again this won't get you unlimited data. The 64GB model will set you back at least a £180 upfront cost with the same 1GB data cap. The same £43 and £40 tariffs apply. It's worth noting that not all the Iphone 4S deals are available on Three's web site at the moment.