Significant savings are on offer for consumers who opt for a mobile broadband dongle deal with O2 instead of using the third-gen iPhone as a USB modem.
Under the contract terms revealed today for the iPhone 3GS, buyers will have to pay an additional fee of £14.68 or £29.36 per month on top of the headline monthly rate to tether the device to their laptop and use it to get online.
The monthly charge of £14.68 offers 3GB of usage per month. This means that over the term of a 24-month contract, a customer would pay £352.
However, consumers who instead choose to go for an O2 mobile broadband dongle deal would pay significantly less due to the generous introductory terms on offer, whereby those on a 3GB package pay just £9.79 for the first four months.
This cuts the total payment over the course of the contract to just £332.76.
Jonathan Leggett, staff writer at Top 10 Broadband, said: “O2’s decision to impose additional charges for using the new iPhone as a tethering device has proved a controversial one, to say the least.
“But with savings on offer on dongle deals, we think that is clearly a better option for potential iPhone 3GS buyers.”
As well as contract mobile broadband deals, O2 also operates a pay as you dongle offer. This is priced at £7.50 per GB of usage.