Vodafone confirms UK iPhone release date

Vodafone has announced that it will start selling the iPhone in the UK on 14 January 2010.

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The company is the latest of the UK’s major phone networks to offer the iPhone to customers, which is already available on O2, Orange and T-Mobile.

Vodafone’s cheapest tariff available is £30 a month for 24 months, plus additional handset charges ranging from £59 (iPhone 3G 8GB) to £239 (3GS 32GB). Both business and consumer contracts will be subject to a 1GB monthly data limit on mobile internet use.

Guy Laurence, chief executive of Vodafone UK, says the company has been preparing its network for over a year to handle the introduction of the iPhone.

Vodafone has also introduced a charge for customers wishing to use their iPhones as a modem – starting at £5 to download 500 MB.

O2 lost its UK exclusivity to the iPhone this year and Orange and Vodafone immediately revealed plans to launch the handset. Orange launched the phone the day after the exclusivity ended.

Tesco Mobile launched its iPhone package last week (14 December), in time for Christmas.

The supermarket giant is offering the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to Tesco customers from just £20 a month, the lowest monthly contract price in the UK market.

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