Orange has highlighted the new "Monkey" option for its PAYG iPhone. Intriguingly, it says that you will get free Music and texts on this package. The iPhone 3G 8GB will costs £343 with unlimited WiFi and 250MB monthly internet data allowance.
You can also get a £10 off your iPhone if you top up £50 in your first month. The 16GB 3GS retails for £440 while the 32GB model goes up to £539, which matches the pricing structure of O2.
Users on the Monkey option get free access to hundreds of thousands of tracks, albums and playlists including those of celebrities. You also get free pre-release tracks, up to 1000 free texts, all from as little as £10 top up every month. Oddly, Monkey is not available on pay monthly for now.
The question is, whether this is Orange's version of Spotify; the only thing known is that they have teamed up with 4Music to offer this option. Obviously, it will be interesting to see how Orange positions it versus its own Musicstore.
The iPhone is also available on Dolphin, Canary, Racoon and Camel. The first one offers free unlimited texts as long as you top up every month, the second free evening and weekend calls, the third option, 15p calls and 10p texts and the fourth, calls abroad from 5p.
Vodafone will be joining Orange and O2 early next year to sell the iPhone and it remains to be seen how the third network provider will differentiate itself from the competition.