UK mobile phone operator Three has announced a small but significant change to the price of its iPhone 4 contract as part of its January Sale promotion.
The deal, which is only available in official Three stores before the end of the month, does not require the upfront charge for the handset, which currently stands at £49.
This means that the iPhone 4 with 8GB onboard storage, 500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB data will cost only £30 on a two year contract, or a total cost of ownership of £720.
Given that the phone on its own can be had for £399 on PAYG at Three, the monthly cost of the contract is just over £13.30 per month, which is fairly expensive.
The new iPhone 4 differs from the older one by the amount of onboard storage - which stands at 8GB rather than 16GB or 32GB.
It still has the same single core Cortex A8, Apple A4, chipset as the older version, the same 3.5-inch 640x960 pixel capacitive display, identical front and rear cameras and outer chassis.
In comparison, the iPhone 4S costs £35 on a two year contract from Three for the same amount of minutes and texts, plus a £49 upfront charge.