O2 iPhone 5 tariffs: Poor on Data, Exceptional on everything else

Telefonica-owned O2 has published its iPhone 5 tariff table and at first glance it appears a little bit disappointing if you are a data-hungry user.

All the preorders units O2 had have already been snapped up and O2 advises users to check back on launch day, this coming Friday.

The cheapest offer with a free iPhone (16GB version) costs £46 per month with unlimited texts and minutes but only 1GB of data and sadly no Wi-Fi. All iPhone 5 offers from O2 actually have unlimited minutes and texts with various upfront fees for the phones on a two-year contract.

Oddly O2 has two iPhone 5 tariffs: On & On & a standard tariff. The only difference between the two, other than price, is that the latter offers a six-month early upgrade option.

If you plan to use the iPhone 5 mostly on Wi-Fi and are not a data-hungry user away from hotspots, then O2’s £26 monthly data tariff (with an upfront fee of £250) offers the cheapest 2-year total cost of ownership of all networks, narrowly beating Three’s offer (£874 vs. £895).

It’s worth noting that the price difference between a £26 contract and a £63 contract which give you almost the same thing can vary between 73 per cent for the 16GB version to 57 per cent for the 64GB iPhone 5. You can check our list of the 72 iPhone 5 contracts currently available in the country.

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 theiPhone 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.