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MacRumors
Dec 14, 2009, 02:12 PM
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UK supermarket and retail chain Tesco, which announced (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/11/25/tesco-to-begin-selling-iphone-in-uk/) late last month that it would begin offering the iPhone through its existing cooperative venture with existing iPhone carrier O2. Today marked the first day of sale for the iPhone via Tesco, offering pricing plans beginning as low as £20 per month, albeit with hefty handset prices at that level.


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Tesco's £20 plan includes £60 of calls and texts at the current 20p/minute and 10p/text rates (with half-price charges to 5 favorite numbers) and requires only a 12-month contract. At the higher £60 plan that requires a 2-year commitment, customers can receive a free 8 GB iPhone 3G or 16 GB iPhone 3GS, or a 32 GB iPhone 3GS for only £50. Pay as you go options are also available.

Article Link: Tesco Launches iPhone in UK Today (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/12/14/tesco-launches-iphone-in-uk-today/)



fabian9
Dec 14, 2009, 02:38 PM
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UK supermarket and retail chain Tesco, which announced (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/11/25/tesco-to-begin-selling-iphone-in-uk/) late last month that it would begin offering the iPhone through its existing cooperative venture with existing iPhone carrier O2. Today marked the first day of sale for the iPhone via Tesco, offering pricing plans beginning as low as £20 per month, albeit with hefty handset prices at that level.


http://images.macrumors.com/article/2009/12/14/151146-tesco_pricing_matrix_500.png

Tesco's £20 plan includes £60 of calls and texts at the current 20p/minute and 10p/text rates (with half-price charges to 5 favorite numbers) and requires only a 12-month contract. At the higher £60 plan that requires a 2-year commitment, customers can receive a free 8 GB iPhone 3G or 16 GB iPhone 3GS, or a 32 GB iPhone 3GS for only £50. Pay as you go options are also available.

Article Link: Tesco Launches iPhone in UK Today (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/12/14/tesco-launches-iphone-in-uk-today/)

Wow no included minutes and texts?

The overall money spent at the end of the contract is much lower than on O2, but can quickly ramp up if one isn't careful about how many minutes and texts are used...

EDIT: Just noticed the £60 calls and texts. So that's 300 minutes or 600 texts or a mixture thereof. I guess that's alright...

iZac
Dec 14, 2009, 02:43 PM
High phone prices, but i guess its a good deal to low use customers. The £20 a month gives you what ... 300 minutes OR 600 text so ... 150 minutes / 300 text split? I guess it wouldn't suit most people looking to buy a phone that basically encourages high use and not many people are going to swallow a £60 monthly fee either.

Still its a good thing in that its a fresh approach, instead of Orange just trying to ape O2s price points.

Im not going to bother to do the lifetime price comparisons, but at least everybody loves 12 month contracts!

BoyBach
Dec 14, 2009, 02:44 PM
I'm hoping that Tesco's decision to offer a twelve month contract persuades Vodafone to do the same whenever it is that they begin selling the iPhone in 2010.


High phone prices...

Think of the (double) Clubcard points, though! :eek:

daneoni
Dec 14, 2009, 03:13 PM
O2 Simplicity is a far better tariff IMHO

Jasonhenley
Dec 14, 2009, 03:26 PM
O2 Simplicity is a far better tariff IMHO

It is, but the trouble with the Simplicity is that it does not offer Visual Voice Mail, and you can only choose one bolt on.

So you would have to give up either the unlimited Web or Wi-Fi.

The people that upgraded / purchased their 3G iPhone on an 18 month contract are now up for renewal, has anyone tried to speak to O2, to say you are leaving for Orange / Tesco? Did you get any better deals?

Diode
Dec 14, 2009, 03:27 PM
~97 US /month for unlimited calls, text and data doesn't seem like that bad of a deal when you throw in the free 16GB 3GS

alexk82
Dec 14, 2009, 03:56 PM
wow 538 pounds for a 32 gb now thats expensive

torbjoern
Dec 14, 2009, 04:12 PM
They sell iPhones at Tesco? And I who thought of buying a 3GS soon. Well, this just means that a new iPhone is around the corner. Hopefully, it will be compatible with the new high-speed data-traffic standard, also known as the 4G (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G).

m4rc
Dec 14, 2009, 04:34 PM
It is, but the trouble with the Simplicity is that it does not offer Visual Voice Mail, and you can only choose one bolt on.

So you would have to give up either the unlimited Web or Wi-Fi.

The people that upgraded / purchased their 3G iPhone on an 18 month contract are now up for renewal, has anyone tried to speak to O2, to say you are leaving for Orange / Tesco? Did you get any better deals?



You can have as many bolt ons as you like as long as you pay for them. On the cheapest tariff you don't get one included, but with the others you do, and you can change it to any other bolt on and add any others you fancy. I have unlimited landline calls and unlimited web, I don't see the point in the wifi, I have used it in the past but never found it much faster than 3G to be honest. Most of my calls are to landlines, and for £26 a month I can make all the landline calls I like, 600 mins to mobiles and I have 1200 texts and free internet.

adder7712
Dec 14, 2009, 04:54 PM
Why they limit WiFi? It's supposed to be free (my country's iPhone carrier at least).

Mac-Addict
Dec 14, 2009, 04:55 PM
They sell iPhones at Tesco? And I who thought of buying a 3GS soon. Well, this just means that a new iPhone is around the corner. Hopefully, it will be compatible with the new high-speed data-traffic standard, also known as the 4G (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G).

Lol LTE will be rolling out hmm let me think 2015?

daneoni
Dec 14, 2009, 04:58 PM
It is, but the trouble with the Simplicity is that it does not offer Visual Voice Mail, and you can only choose one bolt on.

So you would have to give up either the unlimited Web or Wi-Fi.

The people that upgraded / purchased their 3G iPhone on an 18 month contract are now up for renewal, has anyone tried to speak to O2, to say you are leaving for Orange / Tesco? Did you get any better deals?

The new iPhone specific Simplicity Tariff affords you Visual Voicemail & Wi-Fi in addition and its only a 30-day contract

mockbrown
Dec 14, 2009, 05:22 PM
Lol LTE will be rolling out hmm let me think 2015?

The world's first(?) 4G network is commercially available as of today, in Stockholm...

http://www.telia4g.se/

Bennieboyİ
Dec 14, 2009, 05:28 PM
Why they limit WiFi? It's supposed to be free (my country's iPhone carrier at least).

this is england, we get screwed for everything ;)

instaxgirl
Dec 14, 2009, 05:36 PM
They sell iPhones at Tesco? And I who thought of buying a 3GS soon. Well, this just means that a new iPhone is around the corner. Hopefully, it will be compatible with the new high-speed data-traffic standard, also known as the 4G (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G).

Ignoring the 4G thing there won't be a new iPhone until June at the very earliest. They're on a yearly release schedule, and are updated every Summer.

torbjoern
Dec 14, 2009, 06:09 PM
Lol LTE will be rolling out hmm let me think 2015?

The world's first(?) 4G network is commercially available as of today, in Stockholm...

http://www.telia4g.se/

In Oslo as well: http://www.netcom.no

torbjoern
Dec 14, 2009, 06:30 PM
Ignoring the 4G thing there won't be a new iPhone until June at the very earliest. They're on a yearly release schedule, and are updated every Summer.

The last 2 iPhones were released in Summer, that's correct - July 2008 and June 2009. We can't, however, make deductions about the dates of forthcoming releases on this basis. After all, the first 2 iPhones were released in Sept 2007 and Feb 2008.

Apple does obviously have release schedules - for iPhones as well as Xserves - but these schedules are known by Apple only.

noshjewman
Dec 14, 2009, 06:54 PM
Why they limit WiFi? It's supposed to be free (my country's iPhone carrier at least).

They don't limit your access to WIFI on, for example, your home network. But there are a bunch of O2 Wifi zones around the country, and some Orange ones, and you have access to this WIFI (plus BT Openzone) within your usage limits.

ggt
Dec 14, 2009, 07:09 PM
The new iPhone specific Simplicity Tariff affords you Visual Voicemail & Wi-Fi in addition and its only a 30-day contract

Have you got a link to the iPhone Simplicity Tariff? I can't see it on the o2 website, it sounds really good.

jayducharme
Dec 14, 2009, 08:01 PM
~97 US /month for unlimited calls, text and data doesn't seem like that bad of a deal when you throw in the free 16GB 3GS

That was my thought, too. Compared to AT&T, it's a bargain -- if their plan truly is "unlimited."

daneoni
Dec 14, 2009, 09:45 PM
Have you got a link to the iPhone Simplicity Tariff? I can't see it on the o2 website, it sounds really good.

Its not on the site and is currently only being offered to those coming to the end of their contracts...just to keep them. However you can call customer retentions and ask for it....more often than not you'll get it...regardless of contractual situation

Nevis8
Dec 15, 2009, 03:34 AM
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Nevis8
Dec 15, 2009, 03:35 AM
The new iPhone specific Simplicity Tariff affords you Visual Voicemail & Wi-Fi in addition and its only a 30-day contract

Can you give us some idea of the tariffs for these ?

ggt
Dec 15, 2009, 03:45 AM
Its not on the site and is currently only being offered to those coming to the end of their contracts...just to keep them. However you can call customer retentions and ask for it....more often than not you'll get it...regardless of contractual situation

nice one cheers, i'll give them a ring as mine is coming to an end

iphones4evry1
Dec 15, 2009, 04:03 AM
They get a pay-as-you-go plan with unlimited web surfing.

This just shows how evil AT&T is.

Kebabselector
Dec 15, 2009, 04:15 AM
wow 538 pounds for a 32 gb now thats expensive

You not noticed the price Apple are charging for the PAYG 32gb 3Gs?

ramases
Dec 15, 2009, 04:19 AM
has anyone managed to buy one from Tesco yet? Their web page still says available from 14th and register your interest?

OllyW
Dec 15, 2009, 04:19 AM
Can you give us some idea of the tariffs for these ?

O2 Simplicity 20 for iPhone - 600 minutes / 1200 texts - £19.57 per month (£20 from 1st January)

O2 Simplicity 30 for iPhone - 1200 minutes / 2400 texts - £29.36 per month (£30 from 1st January)

Both on a 30 day rolling contract with unlimited internet, free cloud / openzone wifi and visual voicemail included.


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=830720

SimonTheSoundMa
Dec 15, 2009, 12:21 PM
O2 Simplicity 20 for iPhone - 600 minutes / 1200 texts - £19.57 per month (£20 from 1st January)

O2 Simplicity 30 for iPhone - 1200 minutes / 2400 texts - £29.36 per month (£30 from 1st January)

Both on a 30 day rolling contract with unlimited internet, free cloud / openzone wifi and visual voicemail included.


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=830720

I'll be doing that when my PAYG iPhone is a year old when the free web/wifi bolt on runs out. £10/month for Web & Wifi bolt on, plus standard topup of £15 or £10 per month, the £20 simplicity looks better than standard PAYG.

Bungle73
Dec 15, 2009, 01:52 PM
They get a pay-as-you-go plan with unlimited web surfing.

This just shows how evil AT&T is.

Yeah, but only O2 offer it after you've had you initial twelve months.

Ori
Dec 15, 2009, 05:37 PM
I'm hoping that Tesco's decision to offer a twelve month contract persuades Vodafone to do the same whenever it is that they begin selling the iPhone in 2010.




Think of the (double) Clubcard points, though! :eek:

Vodafone launch the Iphone in Jan. I'm already with them after porting over my number from O2. Network is soooo much better than O2 with data that actually works properly.

Saying that if O2 would have offered me £60 a month for unlim calls and texts then I would have taken it. I ended up moving both my phones to Vodafone business and getting unlim calls, texts and data for £40 each.

Ori
Dec 15, 2009, 05:38 PM
It is, but the trouble with the Simplicity is that it does not offer Visual Voice Mail, and you can only choose one bolt on.

So you would have to give up either the unlimited Web or Wi-Fi.

The people that upgraded / purchased their 3G iPhone on an 18 month contract are now up for renewal, has anyone tried to speak to O2, to say you are leaving for Orange / Tesco? Did you get any better deals?

O2 now do Iphone simplicity which includes visual voicemail.

Sizzl.rr
Dec 16, 2009, 10:04 AM
has anyone managed to buy one from Tesco yet? Their web page still says available from 14th and register your interest?

Bought from store on Monday - they were having huge teething problems with the IMEI tracking within their POS software, resulting in a 1hr 40m sale time, and they couldn't even activate the phone in store due to software/firewall problems.

Think the sales side of it has been resolved now, but exchanges are still out... The volume up button doesn't work on my 3GS, so took it back last night to get it swapped out, and yet again, the POS software comes up with spurious errors resulting in lengthy phone calls to their IT provider, who still haven't resolved it (as of the time of this post).

Bit of a rushed job, resulting in a very much "blue stripe" impelementation from Tesco in order to hit the pre-xmas launch date, it seems.

- could be a contributing factor to the lack of presence on the online ordering front.