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.