MOBILE OPERATORS are licking their lips at the chance to gouge punters as the Iphone 4 nears launch.
For the first time, consumers are being given a choice when it comes to which mobile network operator they want to hook up with to use their shiny Iphone 4, and to help, we broke out the abacus to give you a rundown on the tariffs that are being offered.
We've posted the raw data but for those who want to cut to the chase, here are the scores on the doors.
Lowest total cost for an Iphone 4 16GB
O2 18 month £30/month contract. Total cost: £749.
Highest total cost for an Iphone 4 16GB
Orange for its shocking 24 month, £75/month tariff. While the firm might claim that punters get the Iphone 4 for free, the total cost over the 24 month contract is an eye watering £1,800.
Lowest total cost for an Iphone 4 32GB
O2 18 month £30/month tariff. Total cost £839.
Highest total cost for an Iphone 4 32GB
Orange once again posts a commendable performance in this category with its 24 month, £75/month tariff. Only this time, the firm has the gall to ask you to also fork over £29 for an Iphone 4 32GB making the total cost £1,829.
What is clearly apparent is that the 'cheapest' monthly tariffs offer terrible value for money when it comes to price per minutes. It was also clear that signing up for a 24 month contract might initially soften the blow of paying for a handset but at the end of it all customers will be worse off, in some cases by almost 10 per cent.
We have collected data from mobile operators that have published pricing for the Iphone 4. Out of the four mobile operators who have announced support for the Iphone 4, only T-Mobile have yet to release pricing, a day after the device's launch. When T-Mobile finally decide the time is right, we will update the tables.
The metrics we have chosen focus on each aspect of the tariff in isolation. If there are other metrics that you think are valid, please let us know and we will consider adding them.
Total price = Iphone cost + (monthly cost x contract length)
Price/minutes = Total price / (monthly minutes x contract length)
Price/texts = Total price / (monthly texts x contract length)
Price/MB = Total price / (included monthly data allowance x contract length)
O2 Iphone 4 price list
Orange Iphone 4 price list
Vodafone Iphone 4 price list
3 Iphone 4 price list
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