iPhone 3G Available On Other UK Networks? (Rumour)Written by Simon Barker on July 14, 2009 · Filed under Tech
There’s apparently more talk, or shall we say rumours that Apple might be in talks with other mobile phone networks that would see O2 lose their exclusivity deal on the iPhone 3G handset. The UK networks in question could well be Orange and T-Mobile, both of which would no doubt be eager to get the now entry-level iPhone 3G handset available to their customers.
I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there who have ended up on the O2 network simply because they wanted an iPhone and had no choice in the matter – I know I certainly have, before I got my iPhone 3G PAYG, I’d been with Orange for nearly 10 years and for the most part I would have been happy enough to remain with them had they been able to offer me the iPhone at the time, especially since the Orange network signal is better in my local area.
What with O2 having recently signed a UK exclusivity deal with the forthcoming Palm Pre, perhaps the writing was already on the wall? That could also go some way to explaining why O2 were charging their existing customers quite a lot of money for an iPhone 3GS upgrade – perhaps they were trying to maximise their revenue while they still have iPhone exclusivity in the UK?
You would think that if perhaps one or two other UK mobile phone networks could offer deals on the iPhone 3G, then surely that competition would be good for customers in terms of prices, deals, customer service and network signal quality.
It’s still only a rumour for now, but surely the time will come when O2 no longer have sole control of the iPhone in the UK?
Have you been holding off on getting an iPhone 3G as yet? If and when it becomes available on other networks, would that be the point at which you’d be happy to get one? Do you think that a move like this will help make the iPhone even more mainstream now?
UPDATE: Just over 2 months after we wrote about the rumour of the iPhone on other networks and it’s now been confirmed that the iPhone 3G and 3GS will be on Orange before the end of 2009 and Vodafone will have the iPhone in early 2010!
Via – Gadget Venue