iPhone Contract Analysis (o2 UK)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fabian9, May 7, 2010.

  1. fabian9 macrumors 65816

    fabian9

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    Guys,

    With iPhone 4th Gen being around the corner, I'm starting to look at which O2 package is best for my needs.

    Not sure if anybody else has analysed this in detail yet, but here is a breakdown of total costs over a 2 year period for the most common O2 iPhone contracts:

    300 minutes option:
    16GB iPhone 3GS PAYG: £449
    24 x £15 simplicity contract (12 months): £360
    Total: £809

    16GB iPhone 3GS (24 months): £149
    24 x £30 iPhone 300 contract: £720
    Total: £869


    600 minutes option:
    16GB iPhone 3GS PAYG: £449
    24 x £20 simplicity contract (12 months): £480
    Total: £929

    16GB iPhone 3GS (24 months): £89
    24 x £35 iPhone 600 contract (12 months): £840
    Total: £929


    900 minutes option:
    16GB iPhone 3GS PAYG: £449
    24 x £25 simplicity contract: £600
    Total: £1049

    16GB iPhone 3GS (24 months): £49
    24 x £40 iPhone 600 contract: £960
    Total: £1009

    In other words:

    - if you're only after 300 mins every month it's cheaper to buy the phone outright and get on a 12 months iPhone simplicity contract for £15.

    - if you're after 600 mins, it doesn't matter which way go.

    - if you're after 900 mins, it's cheaper to get the £40 iPhone contract.

    Hope this helps anybody else who might be in the same situation as me!

    I'm not too familiar with the options on the Orange and Vodafone network - maybe somebody can help out with that info so that this thread will become as useful as possible for everybody?

    I'm assuming that the 3G will be discontinued and replaced with the 3GS at the same price. The 4th gen will then replace the 3GS at its current price. (Hopefully this will be true)



    Fabian
     
  2. andybno1 macrumors 68040

    andybno1

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    Orange option (bear with me I'm going off initial on screen info):

    16GB 3Gs
    payg iPhone cost: £440 (on all plans except £50 topup - £10 off phone)
    get £10 credit automatically

    £25 a month sim only
    24 month contract £600
    total cost £1040

    Orange only do one sim only deal

    Vodafone option (I couoldn't find a payg option on handset):

    £25 per month - 24 months
    tariff cost: £600
    75 minute 250 texts
    iPhone cost £189
    total cost £789

    £30 per month - 24 months
    tariff cost: £720
    300 minute unlim texts
    iPhone cost £149
    total cost £869

    £35 per month - 24 months
    tariff cost: £840
    600 minute unlim texts
    iPhone cost £89
    total cost £929

    I hope that's what you were after for the other networks, my orange contract is due to run out in august so thinking of porting out to O2 and getting it on contract for £30/35 as I cant afford the full whack for the handset
     
  3. JDee macrumors 6502a

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    Go for a business O2 contract.

    24 month contract -

    iPhone 3G S 16 GB = £75.
    £28.51 exc. VAT
    300 minutes
    100 texts
    Unlimited O2 to O2 calls
    Free calls for up to 10 landlines
    New phone every 12 months if you keep the 24 months contract going.
    Choose from one of these:
    Unlimited Calls to UK Landlines
    Free 100 min anytime
    My Europe Extra

    Get:
    100 extra single minutes: £6.38 exc. VAT
    500 extra single minutes: £35.00 exc. VAT
    1000 extra single minutes: £55.00 exc. VAT

    Unlimited extra texts: £6.50 per month
     
  4. iPhonetherefore macrumors regular

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    what about for those people not running a business?
    how many lies do you have to tell O2 in the process? lol
     
  5. Jeeves macrumors newbie

    Jeeves

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    I am in the same position as you, and was thinking about this. However surely if you go on to the contract then after 18 months you are entitled to a the new iPhone (5G) or another new phone, so in the long run it will be better to on a contract.
     
  6. JDee macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't matter if you're in a business, they'll ask if you want to put it under a 'company' name or a personal name. If you choose personal, they won't even ask you a question regarding a business.
     
  7. mikechan1234 macrumors 6502

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    But you get more flexibility being on simplicity, so whether you want to change after 1 yr it's up to you. You may find a better deal 1 yr later.
     
  8. steezy1337 macrumors 6502

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    the only problem i see is that not everyone can afford to buy an iPhone outright straight away. i know i couldn't without saving for a good few months and i'm far too impatient that i'm happy to pay a little extra to have it now.
     
  9. fabian9 thread starter macrumors 65816

    fabian9

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    That's what I did with my 3G contract which latest 18 months - after it expired I downgraded it to iphone simplicity 300. But If you're on a 12 month (or 1 month running contract), then you get the choice to get a new phone after a year when the next one comes out. That might be quite a dangerous thing as well though as I'd be tempted to get the next one as well!

    Yeh that's a fair point, it feels better to pay it off every month. For some reason the idea of shelling out £450 in one day doesn't really appeal to me. But financially it might make more sense...

    Fabian
     
  10. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    I've always just gone the PAYG route myself, I make hardly any calls, I've only spent £30 credit in last 18 months! and had my iphones and full data access for entire period.
     
  11. Jeeves macrumors newbie

    Jeeves

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    Really? So when the Iphone 4/HD comes out and I purchase it outright on PAYG and use the iPhone simplicity plan for 12 months then year later i would be entilited to next new Iphone 5 for free???
     

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