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Apple iPhone 5 available on Vodafone from £47

Vodafone has just announced that it is taking preorders for the iPhone 5, for existing and new customers as well as for business and non-business ones.

The iPhone 5 is available on contracts costing as little as £25 per month (the 100 Plan), with an initial fee of £249 for the 16GB iPhone 5, £349 for the 32GB model and £409 for the 64GB on a two year contract. The plan provides 100 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB data allowance and 2GB Wi-Fi via BT Openzone. Note that you can get the iPhone 4S on that plan for £139.

Three other plans: Vodafone Red (£37 and £42) and the £47 Red Data are also available, all with unlimited voice and texts, 1GB of data for Vodafone Red and twice that for Red Data. Wi-Fi Allowance also grows from 2GB for the £37 to 3GB for the £42 and 4GB for the £47. Incidentally, it is on this last plan that you can get either the iPhone 4S or the 16GB iPhone 5 for free.

Perhaps deflecting the ruckus caused by the launch of EE, the first 4G network in the UK, the CEO of Vodafone UK, Guy Laurence said that the iPhone 5 is “easily the fastest iPhone yet on our 3G network” while punting its RED Box technology, which transfers contacts and content from old phones, as a great way to migrate to Apple’s latest smartphone.

It’s worth noting that that Vodafone has placed the 16GB and the 64GB iPhone on preorder while it lists the 32GB model as “coming soon”; perhaps an indication of which models will be the more popular. Vodafone will additionally have 12 month contracts, starting from £36 a month with a £349 initial fee.

Source: Vodafone

You can win an iPhone 5 in our iPhone 5 competition by answering a simple question about what generation the Phone 5 is. ITProPortal reported live on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5, we saw new iPod devices but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display.

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