Orange confirms own iPhone for 10 Nov launch

Orange readies iPhone for sale
Orange readies iPhone for sale

Orange has confirmed it will be offering the iPhone 3G and 3GS for sale from 10 November, with stores opening at 7am to cope with demand.

The phone will be sold in Orange retail stores, online through the Orange portal, and through Phones4U, The Carphone Warehouse and Orange concession stands in HMV outlets.

The iPhone will also be offered on pay as you go deals, with the 3G version costing £343, the 16GB 3GS coming in at £440 and the 32GB effort will cost you £539.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that these prices - give or take a few VAT-altered pence - are identical to O2's, showing that Apple still very much has a stranglehold on the pricing structure for its phone.

Slight difference

The only slight difference is Orange has included a £30 per month deal for the iPhone on a two-year contract, although paying £225 for a phone and getting 150 minutes a month isn't going to attract a huge amount of interest.

The move will mark the end of O2's exclusive deal with Apple to stock the iPhone in the UK, although the network will continue to carry the device on its network.

If you're desperate to get an iPhone on Orange, you can pre-register at a dedicated mini-site, where you can see all the possible deals on offer (or you can just go on O2's website and work it out from there).

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.