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The Vodafone iPhone will be released early next month

Wireless provider Vodafone will officially become the latest UK phone network to offer the popular Apple iPhone, confirming it will be released on January 14.

The base contract is available for £30 -- including a mandatory 24-month phone contract -- with £35 and £45 per month contracts also available.  

Users looking to avoid long-term phone contracts can purchase the phone for £239, though those who spend more per month and are locked into a contract can get a free iPhone.

Each contract includes unlimited text messaging.

Vodafone iPhone users have a 1GB monthly cap on mobile usage, with subscribers charged more if they go over the limit.  Orange has a 750MB cap per month for iPhone mobile Internet use -- both companies have unlimited Wi-Fi, however, the service includes an additional charge.

The iPhone for the Vodafone network is now available on pre-order.

To overcome Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, Vodafone -- which could be dropped to the No. 3 position -- hopes to offer superior network service over competitors, especially with the iPhone.

AT&T, the only U.S. wireless provider supporting the iPhone, has been slow to upgrade its networks, and instead blames iPhone owners for its lackluster 3G coverage throughout the United States.  Vodafone has likely watched AT&T's issues, and realizes that the company with the best network in the UK is the one that consumers will be drawn to.



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Thank god for AT&T
By Timmer1978 on 12/22/2009 3:45:53 PM , Rating: 4
Makes you wonder what AT&T had to pay to get exclusive rights to the iphone over here in the states. Thank goodness they have the nations fastest 3g network and cover over 98% of the population in the united states, or else I'd really hate having to go with AT&T!




RE: Thank god for AT&T
By Smartless on 12/22/2009 3:55:09 PM , Rating: 2
Sarcasm? Or no sarcasm? I guess I'm getting old because these damn commercial wars, THANK GOD FOR DVR!


RE: Thank god for AT&T
By AEvangel on 12/22/2009 4:36:01 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, I liked the Island of Misfit toys one.


Finally...
By Aloonatic on 12/23/2009 3:54:20 AM , Rating: 2
...Some competitive prices.

So far O2 and Orange (along with Tesco, who are just a reseller) have stuck to almost identical pricing schemes and allowance.

Now unlimited texts are finally on offer. I know, not all that exciting for a device like this really, but when your wife is of the texting generation, where not replying to a text within 30 mins no matter what or where you are is grounds for divorce*, then it's important.

*yes, I'm exaggerating slightly, but you gotta keep them happy and the odd text from time to time isn't that big a deal, I just hate being ripped off and asked to pay well over the odds for a few bytes of data.




'mandatory' 24 months?
By darkblueslider on 12/23/2009 9:16:02 AM , Rating: 2
Given that 18 month contracts are available - there's nothing mandatory about the 24month contracts.




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