Vodafone opens pre-registration for the iPhone

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[UK] Vodafone will bring the iPhone 3G and 3GS to its UK network from January 14. You can pre-order the iPhone from today, with the 8GB iPhone 3G free on a £35 post paid plan. There will be unlimited texts on consumer price plans or unlimited calls to landlines for businesses.

Vodafone says it’s been preparing its network for “over a year” for the likely assault on its data networks.

However, iPhone customers will be offered up to 1GB of mobile data as part of their price plans – which contrasts with O2’s unlimited data plans.

Customers will also be able to use BT Openzone Wi-Fi networks.

Then again, customers who registered interest in the iPhone and chose to pre-order will get free Vodafone to Vodafone phone calls, for the life of their initial contract.

You’ll be able to buy directly from Vodafone or through Apple retail outlets, or through Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and others.

Small business customers can sign up to unlimited calls to landlines, included in their price plans.

Using the iPhone as a modem will cost £5 for 500MB, £10 for 1.5GB or £15 for 3GB.

Interestingly Vodafone has dumped the Windows Mobile powered HTC HD2 in preparation for the iPhone launch.

  • Jof

    I wonder if they will allow iPhone features (primarily visual voicemail) on their sim-only deals?

    • Jof

      Lame: http://twitter.com/VodafoneUK/status/6889241587

      So now visual voicemail then.

      • Jof

        That should be “no” of course, not “now”

        Suppose I’d better start answering my phone calls rather than switching them to voicemail all the time :P

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  • Joe

    I’ve been on Vodafone with my iPhone 3G for almost a year now (jailbroken, obviously). I wonder whether visual voicemail etc. will magically appear and whether things like native tethering will work. I also pay about a fiver a month extra for a data plan, which hardly exceeds this 1GB so I wonder whether I can ditch that and get it inclusive now. Just a bit iffy ringing Vodafone with these questions! Has anyone heard what will happen in this type of scenario?

  • carnegie

    So the new iphone (4G) is already being tested in California & is being released on June 28th, so people need to think very hard about signing up to anything longer than a 6 month contract (which obviously doesn’t exist). There’s nothing particularly to like about these tariffs (I’m already using Vodafone on a 30 day rolling contract 250mins/500texts/500gb data @ £9.96 per month). These tariffs are such a let down.

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