Apple iPhone 4 - how to get the best tariffThe cheapest and most expensive iPhone 4 tariffs

30 June 2010

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Taking the latest iPhone on a 24-month pay monthly contract could set customers back as much as £1800 in total. 

This includes monthly charges and initial handset costs over the two year period on networks' most expensive tariffs. How much are you willing to pay to get your hands on Apple's latest smartphone? 

Customers have three options of iPhone tariff - a pay monthly, micro Sim-only or pay as you go (PAYG) deal. We've looked at tariff options from O2, Orange, Vodafone, Three (3) and Tesco Mobile. T-Mobile has not yet announced its iPhone 4 pricing. 

Find out more about the latest version of Apple's smartphone in the iPhone 4 First Look including a video review. 

Cheapest and most expensive iPhone 4 pay monthly tariffs

The cheapest overall costs for a pay monthly deal (including initial handset cost) are available if you take a basic 12 or 18-month contract and the cheaper 16GB iPhone. 

Monthly charges for iPhone 4 start from £20 on Tesco Mobile's cheapest 12-month contract. However the initial handset costs are higher than many other deals, at £349 for the 16GB iPhone 4.

Basic 18-month tariffs from O2, Vodafone and Orange, with the cost of the 16GB handset added, come out at under £800 over the contract period. These basic tariffs do not come with as many inclusive minutes, texts and data allowances as the more expensive tariffs, so customers need to consider how much they are planning to use their phone. 

The most expensive 24-month pay monthly tariffs available from O2, Orange, 3 and Tesco Mobile all add up to over £1000 during the two year contract period, including the initial handset cost. Of these, Orange's unlimited minutes 24-month tariff with a £75 monthly fee works out to be the most costly at £1800, but customers will get the 16GB handset for free. 

For more help choosing the best mobile phone see our video buyers guide.

iPhone 4 pay monthly

Taking a pay monthly deal means customers will get a discounted, or in some cases, free handset, but this requires signing up to a contract with a monthly charge. The iPhone 4 is available in 16GB and 32GB versions and initial handset costs for the latter will be higher. 

Pay monthly deals are available on 12, 18 or 24-month contracts. Tesco Mobile are the only network to offer 12-month tariffs, while 3 only offers longer 24-month deals. 

Find out how the original iPhone compares to other smartphones in the Which? mobile phone reviews. 

iPhone 4 Sim-only and PAYG

3 is the only network provider to announce pricing for Sim-only tariffs so far. It offers a one month rolling contract for £15 a month or a 12-month contract for £25 a month. 

Buying the iPhone Sim-free does mean users will pay full price, from £499 for the 16 GB models and from £599 for the 32 GB version. Customers can purchase the iPhone 4 directly from Apple, either online or in store Sim-free. It's worth noting that the iPhone 4 uses a micro-Sim instead of a standard sized Sim, so you need to make sure the network you choose offers micro-Sim iPhone plans. 

O2, Vodafone and Tesco Mobile will all be offering PAYG tariffs but availability and pricing has not yet been announced. Orange has details on its PAYG tariffs online. 

For further pricing and tariff information for iPhone 4 check the mobile network provider's websites. 

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