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Why Vodafone Has The Best iPhone 4 Tariff For Now

Only three UK mobile phone operators have published their iPhone 4 tariffs at the time of writing and amongst the trio, Vodafone stands out as being the one which has the best plan for its existing and new customers.

There are a number of facts that support this statement; Vodafone (opens in new tab) is currently the one which provides with the biggest data quota of all. All monthly plans come with 1GB mobile internet and webmail AND 1GB of Wi-Fi with Openzone.

In comparison, O2 dropped (opens in new tab) its unlimited data plan and only the most expensive iPhone 4 packages get 1GB. As for Orange (opens in new tab), its "unlimited" mobile internet browsing and Wi-Fi packages are limited to 750MB each per month.

In addition, its plans over £45 include 5MB European data roaming per day or 150MB per month, something which will be extremely useful for business users.

While Vodafone entry level package (75 minutes, 250 texts for £30 per month on 18 month contract) is not as good as O2 (100 minutes, unlimited texts), the more popular 300, 600, 900 and 1200 minutes packages are competitive with its rivals.

That said, unlike O2 and Orange, Vodafone does not offer unlimited "minutes" packages and its tethering packages is less competitive than say, O2, which offers 3GB for £10.

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.