Apple have just introduced a new iPhone. I finally got around to buying one of these fairly recently on an 18 month contract (and my wife was so taken with it, we bought an iTouch for her on MY birthday – could not justify another iPhone subscription).
I knew when I signed that there was a good chance that within the 18 months of the contract, Apple would come out with an update. However, I noted that O2 had offered customers a very cost effective upgrade from the iPhone to the iPhone 3g when that was introduced and the general view was that they would do similar when and if a new iPhone appeared.
Sadly, current announcements indicate that they are not doing anything beneficial for existing contracts. They will have to pay off their
existing contracts (including unused air time – not just any subsidy including in the monthly charges) and take out a new contract. Great!
The latest version of the operating software for both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS allows tethered computing i.e. use the iPhone as a “modem” to the high-speed mobile network for your laptop. However O2 want something like £15 per month for 3Gb and £per month for 10Gb (no rollover) – both give you unlimited WiFi as well. So,not much different from purchasing a mobile “broadband” dongle.
Think I shall wait.
Some people think this is just facts of life in these credit crunch times l whilst others think that this could damage Apple sales in the UK and Twitter users have been “signing” a petition to encourage O2 to offer upgrade options (nearly 2000 entriesat time of writing) – I signed.