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O2, Orange, Tesco Mobile & Others : All UK iPhone Monthly Tariffs On One Page

Tesco's decision to sell the iPhone in the United Kingdom must have really miffed the traditional mobile phone operators, possibly excluding O2 which will provide support and the back end for the MVNO.

We have compiled the monthly tariffs of the three existing iPhone retailers and we've also included the expected tariffs of the four other mobile phone networks, Virgin Mobile, Three, Vodafone and T-Mobile.

The two assumptions we are holding are (a) the price of their PAYG iPhone will remain the same as the rest of the competition (b) that the iPhone is indeed released on their networks.

We've also included a "special" tariff variable which is made up of SIM Only deals and PAYG iPhones to calculate total cost of ownership. The addition of these tariffs brings up some pretty interesting results.

The Tesco iPhone deal is still the cheapest monthly contract around with £462 with 250 minutes, 100 texts and a 12-month contract for an 8GB iPhone 3G.

Interestingly, the second current least expensive iPhone "contract" TCO-wise can be obtained by combining O2's new iPhone SIM Only offer with a PAYG iPhone. At £583, it is 25 percent more expensive than the Tesco one but comes with 1200 minutes and 600 texts.

An hypothetical line up of such combinations from Three (opens in new tab), Virgin Mobile (opens in new tab), Vodafone (opens in new tab) and T-Mobile (opens in new tab) show that all four mobile phone networks could have some pretty decent deals lined up if and when they launch the iPhone.

Click here to get a bigger version of the table below.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.