Tesco Mobile is to join O2, Orange and Vodafone as a network provider of the Apple iPhone, according to an announcement earlier today.
Which mobile providers have the iPhone?
Tesco Mobile operates in partnership with fellow mobile provider O2, which until recently had exclusive rights to sell the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in the UK.
O2’s exclusive deal recently came to an end when rival mobile networks Orange and Vodafone revealed new partnerships with Apple allowing them to sell the iPhone.
Other leading UK mobile providers – including 3, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile – do not yet have rights to the Apple iPhone.
When will the iPhone be on sale at Tesco?
In the announcement on its website, Tesco Mobile revealed that it will ‘shortly’ introduce the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S in Tesco Phone Shops and online through Tesco Direct in the UK.
Tesco has not yet revealed exact dates or price plans, but a Tesco Mobile spokesperson has been quoted as saying that it hopes to get the iPhone in stores before Christmas and would like to bring ‘a bit of Tesco value’ to its offer.
Which? mobile services expert Ceri Stanaway says: ‘So far there’s been no sign of an iPhone price war, since Orange price plans are very similar to those already offered by O2, and Vodafone won’t sell the iPhone till early 2010.
‘We look forward to seeing whether Tesco’s PAYG and contract iPhone price plans stir things up a bit, and offer people who want to buy a cheap iPhone a superior deal to those offered by O2 and Orange.’
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