o2 to provide free iphones?

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  1. sananda macrumors 68020

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  2. bentoms macrumors regular

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    Sounds good, but wouldn't mind giving my old one to my wife.. just hope I can legitimatly unlock it!!
     
  3. Chris Bangle macrumors 6502a

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    WHAT????? But I assume ill still have to trade my old one to get it free.. My local 02 better have them in stock. Imagine reading the text feed on macrumors then gettin 3g iPhone before the end of the night.
     
  4. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Pay as you go will be a major selling point for me. Hopefully this part is true.
     
  5. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    A PAYG option would be pretty good for my other half, but at the same time the iPhone really is a data centric device. That isnt going to play so well with a PAYG tariff as data is very very expensive.
     
  6. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i've been using my iphone on o2 pay and go pretty effectively. they have a data bolt on which costs £7.50 per month and gives up to 200MB (which i never exceeded despite heavy use)
     
  7. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Thats good though that you know about how to go about it. In general, the majority of people are really really dumb and dont have the foggiest of an idea what data even is on a mobile device. People on the forum are generally a bit more in the know with all this stuff.

    Anyway to get back to my point I was having a detailed look through the O2 website. It took a while to find but this page shed some light on the data charges:

    O2 Costs

    Now you have shown a bit of common sense and obviously have that as part of your Pay & Go setup. There are going to be a massive number of other people on the other hand, who lets face it are dumbo's when it comes to this.

    At £3 per MB thats going to be a killer shock to their balance. For example racking up 10MB is easy even on GPRS, thats £30 already, imagine what the effect would be doing this on a 3G enabled iPhone. Yea, you got it, your balance being wiped out very quickly.
     
  8. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    If this comes to pass I'll quite happily accept my free iPhone 3G and sell on my existing iPhone - a nice little cash injection!
    But I doubt it'd be free - upgrading now to a phone that is fresh out usually costs something (depending on the tariff though) but then if it is around the £100 mark I'd still be happy as I'm sure I'll get that at least for my current iPhone.

    I'd just like to know when I can get my mits on the new model... roll on the 9th!
     
  9. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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    yes, that is true.
     
  10. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Im thinking otherwise. Upgrading at a subside will add another 18 months onto the contract, your then in for basically another 2 and a half years!!

    I think im just going to buy the new 3G iPhone outright from the Apple shop and continue my current contract on it. Thats what I hope I can do anyway!!!
     
  11. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    Two things

    As a 1st gen iphone owner, I would need two things:

    1. To be able to not have to trade in old phone. I own it. Its mine
    2. To be able to keep and unlock old phone. Would be very nice to be able to use if for travelling and international SIM cards.

    If not, No deal. Wouldn't object to new contract. Old one is only two months old.
     
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    If this is true that means contract activation in the store. Otherwise you could walk out with a free iphone and just jailbreak it.
     
  13. sananda thread starter macrumors 68020

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    yes, or less likely a rebate after activation.
     
  14. Project macrumors 68020

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    I've got some money set aside for an upgrade but hopefully we won't have to pay the full price.

    £99 plus renewing the 18 months is perfectly reasonable.
     
  15. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Free upgrades? £100/£0 for a new handset? This sounds too good to be true, so it probably isn't.

    Also, what would happen to sales in the Apple stores? How much would the handset be there? I can't see them selling any at full price if O2 are subsidising heavily, but I can't see Apple Store employees signing you up for an O2 account instore either (which they would have to if they are being given away free, as noted above).
     
  16. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Now thats a brilliant idea actually.
     
  17. Project macrumors 68020

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    Full price, then when you sign up for the contract on iTunes it credits your account.
     
  18. .adam macrumors regular

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    Any thoughts on whether you'll be able to walk into an Apple store, buy a 3G iPhone contract-free, jailbreak/unlock it when you get it home and then put your Three simcard in and use with an existing Three contract?
     
  19. Ish macrumors 68000

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    I'd prefer a smaller tariff with data than PAYG.
     
  20. a456 macrumors 6502a

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    People like me are lost down a hole between the iPod Touch and the iPhone. The iPod Touch would be good enough most of the time thanks to Wi-Fi but there are times when I'll need email out and about. One day a month or a few weeks every year - not worth £35. But PAYG I'd buy an iPhone tomorrow, secure in the knowledge I could pull down email even when there's no WiFi. With VOIP (e.g. Skype) I'd also make it my business line.
     
  21. moveteam macrumors member

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    Would like to know that too, because I'm from Denmark :p

    £3 per MB :eek: I pay £0,1 per MB, and don't pay fees or anything.
     
  22. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    Please let this be true!

    A 3G iPhone on Pay-As-You-Go, with the Data Bolt-On is exactly what I want. If I can't have that, a £20 per month contract would suffice.
     
  23. markym07931 macrumors regular

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    please let it be not true.. i prefer the elitist status of being a mac snob, rather than having the same phone as everyone else...

    people will buy it, not even realise it does email, etc. and (maybe) complain about the poor quality photos...

    maybe it is just me, but an iphone on a PAYG isn't a good idea at all..
     
  24. Piarco macrumors 68030

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    What, 18 months in addition to the full current contract? Hmmm. Never heard of that happening. It's usually a case (as with most upgrades) that the 18 months starts from when you agree to take the new phone. Still, if that is the case it's not a dealbreaker for me as I like my tariff...
     
  25. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

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    Dont quote me on it, ha ha ha, quite ironic. That is what I have heard. Really the whole thing is up in the air until the 9th and even after that probably until the 10th minimum for O2 to get thier staff up to date with what is going to be the deal.

    Word of advice, phone the O2 iPhone call centre, from my experience the people in the O2 shop have exactly no clue at all!!
     

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