iPhone 4 Confirmed For Release on Orange
On June 8th, Orange UK confirmed via an official press release that they will be launching the iPhone 4 on June 24th. Details regarding pricing and availability will be unveiled in due course.
Should I buy the iPhone on Orange?
The Orange iPhone represents the end of two years of exclusivity to a single UK network, and is available from 10th November 2009.
Orange pricing remains similar for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, yet offering the widest 3G coverage seems to be the strength that they are focusing on.
Orange offers the iPhone on Pay Monthly, Pay As You Go and business tariffs, with pay monthly having a fair usage policy of 750MB per month.
Orange are selling the iPhone through more vendors than previous networks, with HMV concessions, Phones 4U as well as their own 400+ stores across the country stocking the device.
Orange also have developed applications specifically for the Apple device, the first being an ‘Orange Wednesdays’ application that takes advantage of their 2-for-1 cinema offer on Wednesdays, also offering movie news and reviews.
Orange iPhone pricing - The iPhone 3G (8GB) will be available for free on a £30, 24 month contract (150 mins and 250 texts with unlimited wi-fi / browsing), whilst the 3GS (16GB) is available for free on 24 month contracts from £45 per month.
Prepay iPhone pricing is a little more, with the 3G available for £343 and the 16GB 3GS model selling for £440. The 32GB iPhone 3GS costs £539.
250MB of mobile internet and unlimited wi-fi (750MB fair usage) is included in the £10 minimum Orange top-up, and spending £50 on credit gets you a tenner lopped off the cost of the iPhone – not a bad gesture!
iPhone on Orange coming 10th November – According to a report in the Times, an undisclosed source has tipped the iPhone 3G and 3GS as becoming available from the 10th of November, a day after the O2 exclusivity agreement expires. Not wasting any time, are they?
Both 3 and Vodafone are tipped to bring the handset to their networks in 2010, whilst Orange remain the earliest to make the handset available…
The iPhone is coming to Orange: it’s official! - Following months of speculation, rumour and hearsay, Orange has finally announced that they will be selling the iPhone later on in the year.
Ending O2’s two-year exclusivity contract, this deal means that Orange will be bringing both the iPhone 3G 8GB, and iPhone 3GS to their millions of customers in the UK.
No details regarding dates and pricing have been unveiled, but this side of Christmas is highly likely with a potential iPhone price war on our hands!
The iPhone will be available at all of Orange’s points of sale, including high street stores, online and through partner retailers.
The Orange website already has a dedicated page for users to register their interest, and surely are pinning their hopes on emulating the huge success that the coveted handset proved for O2.
T-Mobile x Orange merger alert! What does this mean for the iPhone on Orange?
Only good things… With October seeing the end to O2’s exclusivity, Orange’s CEO Tom Alexander seems optimistic:
“We’ve got a fantastic platform and are obviously the network of choice for all multimedia devices, including potential(ly) the iPhone in future”.
Gervais Pellissier, FD of Orange’s parent company France Telecom, said: “We [France Telecom and T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom] are both very good partners of Apple in our domestic markets and [the joint venture means] we have a very good chance to be a strong partner here in the UK”.
With the iPhone on Orange in France and T-Mobile in Germany, it could happen…in the meantime we have the best O2 iPhone deals on the iPhone 3GS 16GB and iPhone 3GS 32GB at Omio!