No January sales for Vodafone’s iPhone

Vodafone has revealed it will start selling the Apple iPhone from 14 January – but those hoping for New Year bargains will be disappointed.

No January sales for Vodafone's iPhone

The cheapest iPhone 3GS package available is £30 per month on a two-year contract, but you’ll still have to pay out £149 for even the lowest-end version of the phone.

There are 18-month contracts starting from £40 a month, which offers the iPhone 3G 8GB handset for free, but charges £89 for the iPhone 3GS 16GB and £179 for the 3GS 32GB. All of the plans come with 1GB of mobile data and Wi-Fi access.

Tesco is offering a £20, 12-month contract, although even the lowest end model will cost £222.

Vodafone is also making the iPhone available on business contracts.

“We’re especially pleased to offer iPhone to business customers from launch, both directly and through a network of 20 dealers across the country – clearly demonstrating that Vodafone is the natural home for small business,” Vodafone chief executive Guy Laurence said in a statement.

The operator is cushioning the blow of missing out on Christmas by giving free calls to customers who’ve already registered an interest in the iPhone, letting them call other Vodafone customers for free for the length of their contract.

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