Three adds interesting iPhone 5 deals to portfolio

Three has joined Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile as it unveiled its iPhone 5 tariffs and there are a couple of surprises.

Firstly there’s no “free” iPhone offer, you will have to pay at least £79 upfront fee to get an iPhone 5. The other surprise is that unlike all its mainstream rivals, Three is not offer unlimited texts and minutes, only data.

Also compared to others, Three doesn’t offer Wi-Fi but is the only one to offer tethering, at least on its “The One Plan” plan which carries a total cost of ownership of only £943 and includes 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and 5000 Three-to-Three minutes plus unlimited Skype calls and unlimited data.

Another package called Ultimate Internet 500 includes all of the above minus the tethering, the free Three-to-Three minutes and with only 500 minutes, all for £34 per month, that’s a total cost of ownership under £900.

The 32GB iPhone 5 costs £39 a month on The One Plan plus £89 upfront cost and £37 a month plus £89 upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 500 while the The 64GB iPhone 5 costs £42 a month on The One Plan plus £109 upfront cost and £40 a month plus £109 upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 500.

At the time of writing, both O2 and Tesco Mobile (an O2 MVNO) have yet to publish their iPhone 5 tariff tables.

Source: Three

You can win an iPhone 5 in our iPhone 5 competition by answering a simple question about what generation the Phone 5 is. Check ITProPortal live report on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5, we saw new iPod devices but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display.