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3 UK Last To Unveil iPhone 4 Tariffs

The smallest of UK's mobile phone networks, 3 UK, has apparently confirmed that it will be the last one to publish its tariffs for the Apple iPhone 4 because it wants to undercut the plans offered by the rest of the competition.

Unbeatable claims to have received this tidbit from 3 UK employees who also suggested that 3 UK, which is owned by Hutchinson Whampoa, is in direct talks with Apple to offer the cheapest tariffs in the UK. This follows a similar tactic by 3 UK which introduced its iPad package last, undercutting everyone else on the market with a 10GB monthly package for £15.

Alongside T-Mobile, 3 UK will offer the iPhone for the first time, having missed the first three generations. But despite this, 3 UK could well offer the best package around by combining native tethering and Spotify packages.

We reported back in April that some 3 UK customers were being sneakily offered iPhone smartphones to prevent them from switching to other networks and this has been confirmed by a number of readers.

Currently, parties are being invited by 3 to register their interest on 3 UK's website (opens in new tab); interestingly, the most expensive 3 UK tariff currently tops £30 per month which is significantly less than the cheapest iPhone 4 contract on the market.

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.