Macworld UK: O2 bringing the iPhone to the UK

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  1. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Macworld UK are reporting that O2 appear to have 'won' the competition to be the UK's network provider for the iPhone and that Carphone Warehouse will also be selling it through their stores.

    O2 gets iPhone, Carphone Warehouse plans iPod shop
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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    o dear - i was hoping t-mobile would get it - due to there data plans!

    but hay ho 02 mm well let's hope they drop the data cost's
     
  3. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

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    Groovy, though i really wish Apple hadn't stuck with just the one partner. I know they had to do it, to break into the US market, but iPhone is established in the collective conciousness. If it turns out that O2's network is a turkey, we're stuck with them, just like the yanks are stuck with AT&T.

    FYI the first phone i had was O2, or rather it's earlier name and the service was fine. Just the customer service in latter years has been a great big pile of poop.

    M. :D
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    They simply have to. The device requires data, and lots of it. If there is not a suitable plan the whole thing will flop before it`s even got started.
     
  5. liketom macrumors 601

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    yes that's what i'm thinking too


    and before anyone ask's i'll jump in and ask first

    "will my super duper hacked activation US of A with non 3G iPhone that i bough off the bay of E, work on 02 ? "

    err No would be my guess
     
  6. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    Agreed. The current data plans are a bit of a joke, but I <3 O2 and I'm chuffed that they got the deal. iPhone for me then... without the pain of having to switch to the likes of Vodafone. :)
    I'm all for a good call/text plan with unlimited data and I'll quite happily throw up to £50 a month to get it.

    :D I think you'll be proven correct... at least for the short term before some smart alec gets their hacking on...
     
  7. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I believe that one of Apple's requirements (that was apparently a sticking point) was the requirement of a sensible data plan... so here's hoping.

    I'm due an upgrade in the next month but kinda want to see what the iPhone offer is before I go for something else...
     
  8. DeathChill macrumors 68000

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    Well I do believe people already have their iPhones running on O2 in the UK with the Turbo SIM method and hardware unlocks.
     
  9. liketom macrumors 601

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    yes but i would think that 02 will have a iPhone tariff only and only for people who buy it from them - and Apple may have a few nasty tricks of there own
     
  10. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    its almost definately O2..

    and mobileshop.com even had a potential release date of Sat Dec 15th yesterday!!

    i just want to know what the contract options and pricing will be .. oh.. and also if it's 3G or not 3G :D
     
  11. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    O2 rocks! I just hope I can get a Pay & Go iPhone, im not signing any contracts and paying monthly fees.
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Have fun paying for your data usage on pay as you go :rolleyes:
     
  13. liketom macrumors 601

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    PAY as you talk from 02 costs;



    Standard calls1 Daytime (Mon-Fri) 35p
    Evening & Weekends 10p
    O2 mobiles Daytime (Mon-Fri) 20p
    Evening & Weekends 10p
    Other UK network mobiles Daytime (Mon-Fri) 50p
    Evening & Weekends 30p
    Video calls 50p
    Text message2 12p per message
    Picture message3 25p per message
    Voicemail 901 10p per call
    WAP via 915000 or +44 7712927927 10p
    GPRS WAP4 £3 per MB
    i-mode®4 £3 per MB
    O2 Customer Service (4445 or 08705 678 678) 25p per call from O2 mobile
    O2 Directories 118402 60p (minimum charge 60p)
    1200 Trafficline™ 45p
    International calls from UK £1.50 or buy the International Caller Bolt On
    International text message 20p per message
    Premium Rate numbers from 80p
    0500, 0505, 055, 056, 080, 082 15p
    07744 / 07755 numbers 25p
    070 numbers 50p
    0844/0845/0870 numbers 25p
    0871 numbers 35p
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Ouch.
     
  15. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    A Nokia with a suicidal joystick? ;) :D
     
  16. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    My O2 Pay & Go gives my 1MB free data and 300 free texts if I top up £10 a month. If I top up £20 I get 500 texts, top up £30 I get 1000 texts. OR... if the O2 computer goes wrong I get 500 free texts for £10 :D
     
  17. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    But 1MB of data isn't going to get you anywhere (not talking about free texts) you'll use that up fairly quickly if you use Safari. Unless you only intend to use the Safari/Mail aspects when attached to a wireless network, you'll definitely want an unlimited data plan. But then I guess some people only will use their web functions when attached to a wifi connection...

    But I don't think a PAYG iPhone is on the cards for quite some time - the contracts are too much of a cash cow for Apple. Remember they get 10% of all iPhone associated revenue, and contracts guarantee that...
     
  18. paulinbognor macrumors member

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    shame 02's got it but providing Apple has made sure there are decent data plans we SHOULD be ok.

    Wont there be a UK unlocked one though? I thought there was something about in the UK phones must be able to be unlocked?
     
  19. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    I just got my 3G phone (n95 from o2) And i dont think i can go back to EDGE (Its to slooooooow).
     
  20. emotion macrumors 68040

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    Apart from major cities 3G is far from ubiquitous (look at O2's coverage map, I did and was very surprised). You're better off with EDGE there and wifi in the cities.

    Based on that I'd say it's highly likely the UK phone will be the same, more or less, as the US model.

    I think we might see tomorrow.
     
  21. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

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    is EDGE 2.5G because my N95 is 3.5G (HSDPA)??
     
  22. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Hey my Orange Pay & Go gives me that exact same deal!

    How odd. :D
     
  23. emotion macrumors 68040

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    EDGE is nowhere near HSDPA in terms of speed. UNless you've got no 3G signal (80% of UK), then I'd rather EDGE than 3G.

    Of course the N95 has it all in terms of specs. The real point here is that it may have good connectivity but I'm not sure it's there in terms of usability in the same way the iPhone is.

    As I'm sure you know.

    ps. Do you know your sig says that you have a 15 foot macbook? :)
     
  24. prisoner54 macrumors newbie

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    spinal tap

    ha! that is the EXACT problem that happens in This is Spinal Tap! leading to the 14 inch high Stonehenge on stage. made me laugh anyway.
     
  25. psychofreak Retired

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    Its the EXACT OPPOSITE problem to that in This is Spinal Tap (the film was absolutely brillopads by the way)
     

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