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The hugely popular Apple iPhone is on sale by Vodafone from today, with price plans starting at £30 a month.

Vodafone is the fourth to join the ranks of mobile service providers competing for iPhone customers – rivals O2, Orange and Tesco already sell the iPhone. 

iPhone price plans on Vodafone

The cheapest tariff for the iPhone 3GS 16GB costs £30 a month. On an 18 month contract this will get you 75 minutes, 250 texts and 1GB of mobile internet and webmail. Commit to 24 months and you’ll get an extra 225 minutes and unlimited texts. 

The handset costs £189 and £149 respectively on these 18 and 24 month deals. If you want a free iPhone 3GS 16GB you’ll have to pay for a price plan of at least £45 a month.

If you’re willing to settle for the older generation iPhone 3G, the handset’s free on a £35, 24 month tariff and you’ll get more minutes and texts. But upgrading to the iPhone 3GS 32GB whacks costs up significantly and you’ll only get a free handset on a £75 a month tariff. 

Vodafone vs O2, Orange and Tesco

Unlike O2, Orange and Tesco, Vodafone does not offer the iPhone on a pay as you go (PAYG) basis.

You can read our news story on O2, Orange and Tesco’s iPhone price plans to see how Vodafone’s cheapest contract deals measure up to its rivals. 

Which? mobiles expert Ceri Stanaway says: ‘There appears to be high competition for the iPhone since O2’s exclusive deal with Apple expired last year. But if you compare the 18 month cost of the cheapest price plan among the four mobile providers – O2, Orange, Tesco and now Vodafone – there’s not a great deal in it. 

‘So make sure you also consider things like customer service, the length of the contract and how many minutes and texts and how much internet is included.’

For more Which? advice on how to get the best customer service take a look at the Which? guide on the best mobile provider.

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