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Old 03-10-2011, 3:32 PM
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iPhone 3GS prices have dropped this week

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The new iPhone will be announced on 4th October. Close-out of holidays in shops 14/15 October point to that being the release date. The question is - what phone/s will they release

The new iPhone has been announced - the iPhone 4S will be available in the UK from 14 October and comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, starting at 499 on a no contract basis.


Have a read of the updated Cheap iPhones article for details on the new model. Tariff prices have yet to be announced, but we will update the guide as soon as we know more.

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Nice to see the prices are dropping :-)

Now that new new iphone 4s is out, where is the cheapest place to buy the old Iphone 4 without a contract?

And what is the cheapest place to get the old 4 refurbished?
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The new iPhone has been announced - the iPhone 4S will be available in the UK from 14 October and comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, starting at 499 on a no contract basis.


Have a read of the updated Cheap iPhones article for details on the new model. Tariff prices have yet to be announced, but we will update the guide as soon as we know more.

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Some of the tarriffs have been announced
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Some info here

http://hexus.net/mobile/news/apple/3...ne-4s-tariffs/
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Some of the tarriffs have been announced

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I'll be paying the equivalent of 34.95 per month over 24 months by buying direct from Apple (unlocked) and getting a GiffGaff SIM. Can't wait - ordered the 32GB this morning.
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I'll be paying the equivalent of 34.95 per month over 24 months by buying direct from Apple (unlocked) and getting a GiffGaff SIM. Can't wait - ordered the 32GB this morning.
Is my understanding correct that you were happy to take a loan at more than 40% APR for buying a toy? If so, using your savings, or at least your credit card, would be a much wiser financial decision.
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Is my understanding correct that you were happy to take a loan at about 40% APR for buying a toy? If so, using your savings would be a much wiser financial decision.
Nooooo, not at all. Not sure where you've got the 40% APR thing from either!

I was trying to say that I would be spending the equivalent of 34.95 per month by buying the phone upfront for 599 (with money I have!) and then 10 per month on GiffGaff. To illustrate that if you can afford it, buying upfront works out cheaper in the long term. I can't imagine there are any contracts offering a free iPhone 4S 32GB for 34.95 per month. (I may be proven wrong.)

To clarify, I paid 599 for the phone upfront, from money I have. No loans. I will be paying 10 per month to GiffGaff. Over the course of 24 months, which is the standard contract length, I will have spent 839 in total. Divided by 24, this is 34.95.

That was what I meant!
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I see. So the monthly 34.95 figure included 10 for giffgaff?
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I see. So the monthly 34.95 figure included 10 for giffgaff?
My apologies for misunderstanding.
Yes that's right. Sorry for being unclear!
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I was considering buying from Apple and sticking with my 8 per month Talkmobile micro sim. However after analysing some different tariffs from Vodafone in a spreadsheet, a 12 month contract for the 64GB version works out at 9.42 per month if you subtract the RRP of the phone from the total annual cost. This includes subtracting Vodafone cashback of 59 and Quidco cashback of 40. Upfront cost is 299.

((51*12)+299-59-49-699)/12=9.42

For the effective 9.42 tariff element of the contract I get 1200 mins, unlimited texts, 750MB data and the 25MB a day when abroad in Europe. Plus I don't have to stump up 699 in one go. I'm not 100% doing it yet, but it is very tempting.

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I was thinking of buying phone from Pple 499 and getting a micro sim from 3 for 15 a month on a 30 day contract, so will work out at 680 over 12 months.

Or anyone any idea when tesco will have there prices out?
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I was thinking of buying phone from Pple 499 and getting a micro sim from 3 for 15 a month on a 30 day contract, so will work out at 680 over 12 months.

Or anyone any idea when tesco will have there prices out?
I seem to remember Tesco being quite slow last time... certainly slower than the major networks. Is that right? My memory is a bit hazy, hmm. They may be quicker this time though, knowing the demand will be high.

Have you looked at GiffGaff? They offer 30-day packages starting at 10 per month with unlimited data, with no contract. They use the O2 network so coverage isn't an issue. Still trying to find the catch!
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I'm on Giffgaff and couldn't be happier with them! They offer payg services.. top up only or one off monthy "goodybay" options.

I'm not a big phone user and they track how many mins/calls you make and send you an email regarding which of their packages is best for you. Mine is just simple standard pricing at 10p min call and 6p text. Some goodybags have unlimited calls or unlimited txts. The goodbags last for 1 month and they are a good idea, they don't roll over unless you buy another one. If the goodybag ends and you dont buy another then you just go back to standard pricing. They have data goodybags coming out soon for people who have tablets.. and blackberry services like push email coming soon too! I'm really happy with them. If you recommend them then you can they give you money for each person you recommend. I'm not into that but I've heard people who have earnt hundreds of pounds!

At the moment with quidco you can get 5 cashback when you order a free sim from Giffgaff.
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I was trying to say that I would be spending the equivalent of 34.95 per month by buying the phone upfront for 599 (with money I have!) and then 10 per month on GiffGaff. To illustrate that if you can afford it, buying upfront works out cheaper in the long term. I can't imagine there are any contracts offering a free iPhone 4S 32GB for 34.95 per month. (I may be proven wrong.)

To clarify, I paid 599 for the phone upfront, from money I have. No loans. I will be paying 10 per month to GiffGaff. Over the course of 24 months, which is the standard contract length, I will have spent 839 in total. Divided by 24, this is 34.95.
That's good to know someone else has done the maths. I felt that was probably the case, so I've been hanging on awaiting to see what happens with models versus prices. I can feel a purchase coming this side of Christmas at least!
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I was thinking of buying phone from Pple 499 and getting a micro sim from 3 for 15 a month on a 30 day contract, so will work out at 680 over 12 months.

Or anyone any idea when tesco will have there prices out?
How do you find the 3 network? I keep hearing bad thing's but their prices seem pretty fair for the amount of mins and data they are offering.

I've pre ordered my iPhone 4S from Apple and I'm waiting to get a micro sim which has the best data and min allowance, so far that seems to be giffgaff...
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How do you find the 3 network? I keep hearing bad thing's but their prices seem pretty fair for the amount of mins and data they are offering.

I've pre ordered my iPhone 4S from Apple and I'm waiting to get a micro sim which has the best data and min allowance, so far that seems to be giffgaff...
Sorry to butt in but had to reply. I'm with 3, I have a HTC Wildfire, it was the cheapest package at the time but I wouldn't use them again, their network coverage is awful and phone keeps cutting off mid call. I thought perhaps it was our area but my husband's friend has an iphone on the network too and he says a lot of their calls cut off midway through a conversation.
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Ok, I have an iPhone in three, no problems, never cut off, and I have been with them 10 years( Mysore and son too, no issues). Which is a good thing as you really dintwant to have to phone their customer services, 0/10.
Get a free three payg sim and see if you get a good signal at home, work etc then you'll know what to expect.
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