iPhone 3G to go on Pay & Go

2 09 2008

Hi all

The iPhone 3G has been around for a while (just short of two months) and in that time, it has been pretty difficult to get hold of one (me included).  And I must say, it is my coolest device of the year!

 

The iPhone 3G is now available at this time and I’m sure many of you can easily get your hands on one including the white 16Gb model which has recently become available in the UK!

O2 has now announced a brand new option, it is going to be on Pay & Go for those who don’t want to go on the 18 month contract option (which in my opinion is the preferred option overall).  O2 will launch this service on 16th September now that the stock of iPhone 3G’s are regular.

However, despite this being good news to Pay & Go customers, there are two drawbacks…the first is that you will not have the Visual Voicemail option, it will be the plain old classic voicemail option (so if you want to hear the third message, you will have to hear the first two).  The second, which is probably the biggest of all drawbacks is the price!  For Pay & Go customers, an 8Gb model will cost you £349.99, and the 16Gb model will cost more priced at £399.99!  Now if you can afford this, well good for you…however, I am sure that there are many people who wouldn’t even dream of paying such a hefty price for this phone!!!

So the next question is, what’s the deal? What will you get offered if you use this option? Well, O2 have given a guideline of what you can get if you top up a certain amount a month. Between £10 and £14, you will get 500 minutes a month, between £15 and £29, you will get 1,000 minutes a month and for £30 or more, you will get unlimited minutes a month. But bear in mind, this only applies to calls as you will be charged 10p for a text message.

And how about Mobile Internet then? Well O2 have offered Pay & Go customers who buy the iPhone 3G using this option will receive 12 months free unlimited Internet access. After that, you’ll need to pay £10 a month to continue with this benefit.

So what alternatives are there then, if you are not prepared to pay for the iPhone 3G on Pay & Go?  Well there are two…first and most obvious option is to go on Pay Monthly as the prices of the iPhone 3G are far less…the maximum you will pay is £159 for a 16Gb model on £35 tariff for example.  The second option is to find someone who has an original iPhone who would be prepared to offer you so you can enjoy these benefits…except you won’t get 3G and the free 12 month unlimited access!

What do you think of O2’s Pay & Go deals? A good deal or bad deal? Let me know!

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iPhone 3G is coming!

11 06 2008

Hi all

Did you hear the news from WWDC ’08? Or has anyone? Well the interesting thing discussed was the launch of the iPhone 3G!

So what is new? Well first thing is that iPhone 3G is much faster than the current iPhone. It now has built in 3G which means faster access online on the mobile Safari web browser which is excellent and e-mail! Also, on Google Maps is a built in GPS receiver which will track where you are. Something that will be of good use when moving around.

The design of the iPhone 3G has slightly changed with a black or white plastic back, and the headphone jack can now take any pair of headphones which will be good news for anyone who has good quality ones! The screen is glorious and the camera is the same 2.0 megapixel as before and there is no video camera…but that may be a future requirement…who knows?

And what is the deal with pricing? Well O2 are giving a brilliant deal to new and current users who will finally have a chance to afford an iPhone 3G at long last! There are four tariffs and two iPhone 3G models. Here’s the run down:

iPhone 3G 8Gb
£30 tariff – phone price: £99, 75 minutes, 125 texts
£35 tariff – phone price: £99, 600 minutes, 500 texts
£45 tariff – phone price: FREE, 1200 minutes, 500 texts
£75 tariff – phone price: FREE, 3000 minutes, 500 texts

A good deal for £45 tariff, the iPhone 3G is absolutely free! What a cool deal!

iPhone 3G 16Gb
£30 tariff – phone price: £159, 75 minutes, 125 texts
£35 tariff – phone price: £159, 600 minutes, 500 texts
£45 tariff – phone price: £59, 1200 minutes, 500 texts
£75 tariff – phone price: FREE, 3000 minutes, 500 texts

In addition, the iPhone 3G 16Gb comes in black or white, the 8Gb is only available in black. All tariffs are subject to an 18 month contract…but good news existing iPhone users, you can upgrade to the new iPhone 3G even if you haven’t finished your current contract! But you have until 11th October to do just that…so plenty of time!

In addition, O2 are giving pay as you go customers a chance to get an iPhone 3G as well, so it should appeal to a wider audience!

With all this and more, don’t rush just yet for the iPhone 3G! It comes out on 11th July!

So what do you think of the new iPhone? Are you going to get one? Let me know!





iPhone price drop – a clue?

24 04 2008

Hi all

I have had a iPhone for about over 5 months now and I am enjoying what it offers on the go…Internet, E-mail, Maps…and the iPod of course!

But now what has happened as a limited offer in O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores is a special offer! You can the 8Gb iPhone for just £169! A £100 drop from the original price (but in Apple stores, it’s still £269). That sounds absolutely a brilliant chance to own this fabulous phone for less! But there’s some things to note…

1. The price drop only applies to the 8Gb model. The 16Gb remains priced at £329.
2. The limited offer ends on 1st June!

1st June? That’s suspicious! Apparently the phone is selling very well and some stores have reportedly run out of stock! But June is a special month for Apple as they launch the final version of their iPhone SDK, a software update for the iPhone (version 2.0)…and the brand new iTunes App Store which will finally allow iPhone users to download applications straight to the phone!

But there are also reports that Apple have something else up their sleeves…the rumoured 3G iPhone that has been going around for a while now…and people reckon that it will be launched in June as well.

So now that leaves some questions! Did O2 and Carphone Warehouse drop the price because of they want to get rid of their stock for the new 3G iPhone? Did they drop the price because of poor sales (and want to increase the number of customers)? Or is there some other explanation?

What do you think? Have you or are you going to buy the iPhone now? Or wait until June to see if the rumoured 3G iPhone is true? Don’t think long as the offer ends on 1st June!!! Let me know!





iPhone is a nightmare!

15 11 2007

Hi all!

What a nightmare! Just to get an iPhone activated is becoming a joke! It should have been a straightforward matter of choosing a price plan, doing a credit check and then completing the activation and getting a temporary mobile number while my current mobile number is transferred!!!

But no, it is a real problem right now and it has been over 24 hours with no luck in sight! The telephone support has been absolutely appalling! It seems no one knows what the problem is and definitely doesn’t have an idea of the problems I am having!

I really, really hope that this problem is sorted out soon because without activation, the iPhone is really a useless tool! But to be honest, it doesn’t seem like I am going to have much luck!

Has anyone else had the same problem? Has anyone not been able to activate their iPhone (or still hasn’t)? Let me know! It is a headache happening right now!