updated 09:40 am EST, Mon November 2, 2009
Options include subscription, pre-paid plans
Orange UK has publicly confirmed a 7AM, November 10th launch date for the iPhone, and simultaneously announced final pricing schemes. Non-business subscriptions range in cost from approximately £30 per month to £125, based on the number of texts and voice minutes a person selects, and the choice of an 18- or 24-month contract. People paying £125 a month can not only receive unlimited voice and texts, but included roaming voice and data allowances.
Depending on the plan, buyers can also receive anything from an 8GB iPhone 3G to a 32GB iPhone 3GS for free. All plans include unlimited data, and free BT Openzone hotspot access; in all circumstances however, traffic is restrained by a 750MB "fair usage" policy.
The same applies to pre-paid plans, for which bundled cellular data is further limited to 250MB per month for a year. Phone costs range between £343 to £539, and buyers can choose from one of five different sets of perks, including everything from free music and texts to cheaper long-distance calling.
Business plans are similar to regular subscriptions, but can apply to between one and five phones in a single order, and cost less in terms of both up-front prices and monthly fees. The latter range between £30 to £95 per month, with the most expensive plan including any iPhone for free and unlimited usage rights. Among these is tethering, which normally adds at least £5 a month.
Sales venues will include Apple Stores, everything run by Orange, and third-party retailers such as Phones 4u and Carphone Warehouse.