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Breaking : Orange Selling 32GB iPhone 3GS Cheap?

Low stocks of the 16GB version of the iPhone 3GS have apparently forced Orange to sell the more expensive 32GB version of Apple's latest smartphone for a mere £20 more than the cheaper one until tomorrow.

Anonymous sources have claimed that Carphone Warehouse is offering the deal instore only either on 18 months or 24 months contracts. This means that the 32GB version of the handset will cost at least £20 on the £75 monthly contract and £209 on the £30 monthly contract.

Online prices (opens in new tab) though will remain unchanged and we haven't heard of anything similar coming from O2 or Vodafone while calls to Carphone Warehouse's HQ have remained unanswered.

Orange is the only of the three main mobile phone operators selling the iPhone not to offer the 32GB version for free on its most expensive 18-month monthly plan.

It is likely either that Orange is suffering from a temporary restocking issue with the 16GB model or that it is trying to slowly clear out existing stocks ahead of the forthcoming release of the iPhone 4G, possibly towards the end of June 2010.

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.