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Vodafone iPhone deals land on Top 10 Mobile Phones

Vodafone iPhone deals land on Top 10 Mobile Phones

The iPhone has today gone on sale on Vodafone, making the carrier the fourth UK network to offer Apple’s all-conquering mobile phones.

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As recently as November last year, the handsets were solely available on O2. However, following the end of its exclusivity deal they can now be picked up on contract deals with Tesco Mobile and Orange. Virgin Media is now the only major UK operator not to feature Apple mobile phones part of its handset portfolio.

Vodafone is offering the latest 3G S edition of the handset for free from £45 per month when taken with a 24-month contract. This entitles buyers to 1,200 anytime minutes per month, as well as unlimited texts. The tariff also includes a monthly web and email usage limit of 1GB and unlimited WiFi use of BT’s OpenZone networks for free.

The previous generation edition of the huge-selling handset, the 3G, is free from £35 per month over 24 months, inclusive of 600 call minutes per month and unlimited texts. As with the 3G S, a monthly download limit of 1GB applies.

Vodafone’s campaign to entice iPhone customers away from other networks has principally focused on the quality of its network. Over the last 12 months, Vodafone has embarked on an improvement program to ensure that it was capable of handling greater demand for bandwidth associated with users of internet-enabled smartphone.

To highlight its network's strengths, the company has launched an online network checker, which allows users to verify signal strength. Vodafone has also made much of its Access Gateway femtocell, which boosts 3G signals in the home.

Guy Laurence, head of Vodafone’s UK business, told the Financial Times: “We started preparing our network over a year ago so that iPhone customers will really feel the advantage of being with Vodafone.

“We will offer an outstanding iPhone experience wherever our customers live, work and travel, delivering speed and reliability – something our customers have told us they really value.”

On the first day of iPhone availability on Orange some 30,000 units were sold in a matter of hours. This is thought to be the highest first day sales ever recorded for a handset in the UK. Vodafone’s chances of breaking the landmark figure are likely to be impaired by the fact that potential buyers by the fact that Tesco Mobile and Orange both started selling iPhones ahead of Christmas.

The arrival of four network operators offering iPhones may now reignite hopes of a price war in months to come. However, thus far networks have kept monthly tariffs and prices broadly in line with rivals and have opted instead to add sweeteners to differentiate their deals.

News of developments in the UK comes amid feverish online speculation over as yet unconfirmed fourth generation iPhone. Unofficially christened the iPhone 4G S by the tech blogosphere, the mobile phone will reportedly feature a 3D touchscreen user interface and will be home to a dual core processor to improve multi-tasking.

Conjecture also suggests that a removable battery will feature as well as an upgraded camera and an OLED display.

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