Orange undercuts Apple on iPhone prices
Orange will offer the iPhone 4 without a contract even cheaper than Apple, according to its newly released price list.
Orange is the first UK operator to officially announce its prices for the iPhone 4, after Vodafone took down its tariff list earlier this week, saying it was only a test page.
On a pay-as-yo-go SIM, Orange customers can pick up the 16GB iPhone 4 for £480 and the 32GB version for £570. Apple is charging £499 and £599.
On a two-year, £35 a month plan, the 16GB version will cost £189 and the 32GB version will cost £269. On an 18-month contract, the 16GB iPhone 4 will start at £229, while the 32GB edition will start from £319.
Business users will get a special tariff, with the iPhone 4 starting at £101 and £186 for each version, and last year’s iPhone 3GS available free.
Vodafone’s “test page” suggested it would start pricing at £189 and £280, but the contracts differ and the operator stressed the tariffs weren’t official.
As iPhone owners tend to access the web on the go more than other smartphone users, one contract point to keep an eye on is the mobile data plans. O2 earlier this week announced it would cap mobile browsing at 500MB a month for its standard contracts, while Orange promises “unlimited” access but actually caps downloads at 750MB a month with its fair usage policy.
While Orange has announced its prices, it isn’t yet taking pre-orders and hasn’t made any promises that it will be shipping on the 24 June launch date.
On the Apple store, the white version of the iPhone 4 is still unavailable, while the delivery date for new orders of the black edition has fallen to 2 July.
In the US, mobile operator AT&T suspended orders of the iPhone 4 in order to manage demand, saying online sales were ten times as high as for last year’s 3GS.