With Vodafone slightly slower off the mark than Orange, who’ve been enjoying Apple’s flagship device for over two months, and of course O2 who have carried the device since its launch back in June, was it really worth the wait?
Have Vodafone broken the mould or is it just a case of me too? Read on and we’ll take a closer look. On first inspection, Vodafone’s iPhone offering appears almost identical to its rivals.
You’ll find the usual selection of 18 and 24 month contracts ranging from £30 to £45 per month. Vodafone have followed in Orange’s footsteps, offering a £30 per month 24 month contract but have also decided not to offer the £75 per month tariff offered by O2 and Orange. This ommision aside, its very much like for like with pricing and you can expect to pay for the phone on anything lower than a £45 per month 24 month contract.
So this begs the question why Vodafone? Why was it worth those two extra agonising months? One Word; Texts. Since the iPhone first launched in the UK, punters have been crying out for more than the rather paltry 500 texts offered by O2 and now Orange. With Vodafone, your prayers have been answered with selected tariffs offering 3000 texts per month! That’s right, sign up for a £35+ 18 month or any 24 month tariff and you’ll be rewarded with 3000 texts per month which quite simply dwarves what’s on offer elsewhere. If you’re a heavy texter and have been holding off on taking the plunge with the iPhone, you’ve now got no excuses.
Elsewhere, Vodafone get one up on Orange by upping the monthly data allowance from 750MB to 1GB a month but as this is strictly speaking a fair usage policy rather than a cap, the differences are fairly minor.
As for the phone itself, it’s pretty much business as usual for the iPhone 3GS. The best-in-class 3.5 inch touchscreen with multi-touch technology is complimented by a 3.0 Megapixel camera with video capture and editing, GPS with a built in digital compass for more accuracy, voice control, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. Not to mention the all conquering app store that offers over 100,000 ways to enhance and customise your iPhone.
With three networks now to choose from, there’s never been a better time to join the iPhone revolution.