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Cheapest way to get an iPhone 3GS when my contract's up in April?

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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
Happy new year HUKD!

So it's been nigh-on 2 weeks since Christmas, and I'm craving new gadgets already. I've held out on an iPhone 'til now, but after my initial bout of denial, I'm now coming to terms with the fact it's good - and, against all odds - could actually make my life easier.

I'm currently on o2's Simplicity (Sim only) deal for £19.57/month (big cashback deal last year, making it £11/month) - 800mins, 1600texts, unlimited internet.
The contract will be up in April and I'm wondering what o2 are like when it comes to keeping their customers sweet and tying them into another couple of years of service.
What's everyone on an iPhone tariff paying, and what's to look out for when going for an iPhone?
I will need x hundred mins/month, x hundred texts/month and unlimited internet. I don't need any kind of 'free music' tripe and will be jailbraking it as it leaves the box.

One thing that bothers me above all else on the idea of owning an iPhone is the lack of a QWERTY keyboard. People have said 'you get used to it', but these are people who have gone to an iPhone from the likes of a Nokia 3310 with T9 activated. I'm used to smartphones with slide keyboards like my HTC Hermes. What's everyone's opinions on this?

Thanks!
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7y, 1w agoPosted 7 years, 1 week ago
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#1
Ur better off buying one 2nd hand... The 3g iPhone goes for about £250.
banned#2
Personally if my contract was up in April, I'd wait 2 months and see what Apple announces in June.
#3
Take it from a recent iphone user, its all hype. But if you're determined to get one, I'd wait to see what Apple have on the horizon before committing.
#4
TGB
The contract will be up in April and I'm wondering what o2 are like when it comes to keeping their customers sweet and tying them into another couple of years of service.
In general they're not bad with retention deals, but they show very little if any flexibility on the iPhone tariffs. That may change with the introduction of the phone on other networks, but I wouldn't be hopeful about it. Only paying £20 a month won't really help you either. To get deals to shout about with retentions you generally have to be on tariffs that are £30+.

So yeah, you're not in the best position, especially if you're adamant about getting the 3GS. Depending on how much of a problem money is for you may wish to look at the other models, because as it stands you're unlikely to get much if anything off a 3GS tariff.

teerex
Take it from a recent iphone user, its all hype.
Personally (me being another recent user) I have been very impressed with the 3GS. It has a couple of glaring omissions, but beyond those I've really taken to it.
#5
if you buy the iphone on PAYG from o2 you get unlimited internet & texts for £15 top up a month
#6
or hold out for the new iphone
#7
To answer your question, isn't it the o2 buiness tarriff someone listed the other day? SOmething like £45 per month, with a two year tie in but crucially after one year you can get a free upgrade - perhaps to the next iphone.

Not sure if there are strings attached, but I think that is the best deal.
#8
Wait for the NEW Iphone :).

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