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O2 pay-as-you-go iPhones due 'later this year'

updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon July 7, 2008

O2 iPhone pay-as-you-go

O2 UK customers wanting a pre-paid iPhone 3G will have to wait longer than contract subscribers, the carrier has announced. The wording on its pay-as-you-go subsite has been changed to list availability for "later this year," in contrast with the July 11th launch for contract plans. One of the few third-party distributors of the iPhone, Carphone Warehouse, has meanwhile issued a statement saying that pre-paid 3Gs will ship "in time for the Christmas period."

The move is believed by some to be a means of forcing more customers into the 18-month contracts otherwise required for the device in the UK. Pre-orders are already being taken under this scheme. No pre-paid options were available for the original 2.5G iPhone, but this is likely because Apple income depended on revenue sharing from monthly fees.

by MacNN Staff



  1. apostle

    Joined: Dec 1969


    pay as you go

    I have a Tracfone which runs me about $7.00/month. Tracfone is a pay-as-you-go service. Locking into a contract is too expensive as I only use the cell phone for specific reasons. I'm not one to chatter away for no particular reason.

    Having a Pay-As-You-Go iPhone would be ideal. A contract-bound iPhone for me is a waste of money.

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