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iPhone 4 Now Available From £35 Per Month

Vodafone has quietly cut the price of its cheapest iPhone 4 tariff plan to a mere £35 per month, a price that doesn't come with any upfront cost, unlike most of the competition.

This means that (opens in new tab) the total cost of ownership of the phone over a two year period is only £840, and on that tariff plan the user will get 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data and free Wi-Fi access, albeit with fair usage policy.

Three UK, the next best offer, is actually less expensive at £30 per month with an upfront cost of £99 (which means that the TCO is marginally less expensive than the Vodafone offer). For the price you get 300 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB data but no Wi-Fi.

Despite the increasing competition, the iPhone 4 remains a very decent handset. It is powered by the single-core Apple A4 SoC which is based on the Cortex-A8 and runs at 1GHz.

It comes with 512MB RAM and has 16GB onboard storage. Its main attraction though remains the gorgeous and yet unchallenged retina display, that 4-inch screen with a 960x640 pixel resolution that has the highest pixel density of any handset on the market.

The new iPhone 5 was rumoured to be showcased in early June during the WWDC in San Francisco, but this didn't happen; the next available launch slot is in September 2011, three months from now.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.