T-mobile, Vodafone, 3 and Orange have made the Apple iPhone 4S available to pre-order.
T-Mobile is offering the 16GB version of the Apple smartphone on monthly tariffs priced from £25.54 per month, which comes with 100 minutes of calls, 500MG of mobile data and 100 texts, although users can add the unlimited text booster to the deal. However, the handset is subject to a £239.99 subsidy and it's a two-year contract.
For those that don't want to fork out money for the iPhone 4S, the 16GB smartphone is available for free on a £40.85 monthly contract, which is tied in for two years and comes with 1,200 minutes of calls, 500 texts and 750MB of data access, although once again a free unlimited text booster can be added to the package.
The network is also stocking the 32GB and 64GB models, which are available on packages also starting from £25.54 but Brits will have to pay £379 and £449 towards the devices respectively.
Meanwhile, Vodafone is offering the 16GB iPhone 4S on tariffs priced from £26 per month, tied-n for two years The deals come with 100 minutes f calls, 500 texts and 25MB of data but you’ll have to stump up a whopping £359 for the handset. If you don’t want to pay for the Apple smartphone, then you’ll need to take-out a £46 per month two-year contract, although you’ll benefit from 1,2000minutes, 750MB of data and unlimited texts. The price rises to £51 per month if you’re after an 18 month contract.
The 32GB iPhone 4S is available for free on a £62 per month two-year contract (or £67 a month across 18 months) with 3,000 minutes unlimited texts and 1GB of data. Meanwhile, the 64GB model costs between £29 and £519 depending upon which tariff it is purchased on.
Orange is offering the handset on two-year contracts priced from £20 per month. For this, you’ll get 50 minutes and 50 tests plus 100MB of mobile data but you’ll need to pay £309.99 towards the handset. To get the Apple iPhone 4S for free, you’ll have to take-out a £46 per month two year deal with 1,200 minutes of calls, unlimited texts and 750MB of data. The 32GB Apple iPhone 4S is only available free of the £61 per month contract, otherwise you’ll be forking out between £449.99 and £99.99 for the device depending upon which price plan you plump for. For those that was the 64GB capacity smartphone, you’re looking at spending between £99.99 and £519.99 for the device, once again, depending upon which tariff you opt-for.
3 is offering the handset for pre-order on two-year contracts starting from £30 per month, although its website says the deals are currently on available in store. The £30 per month deal has a £129 purchase price on the 16GB handset but comes with 300 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data. The device is only available free on the £49 per month contract. The 32GBiPhone 4S is available on the same price plans but with between a £219 and £90 upfront cost towards the handset, depending upon the tariff. Finally those that want the 64GB version will be looking at forking out between £309 and £180 for the handset.
O2, which was the first UK network to reveal it was stocking the handset, the morning after it was unveilled by Apple, has yet to reveal pricing and according to it's website, will not be offering the device for pre-order.
"O2 will 100% be selling iPhone 4S. Stay tuned here for updates as soon as we get details for you," the mobile network said on its official UK Twitter feed in response to a tweet asking whether the handset would be available.
Apple unveiled the highly-anticipated smartphone at an event in California, which also saw a new iPod touch launched. The iPhone 4S retains the same thin glass and stainless steel design of the iPhone 4, but benefits from a dual-core A5 chip which according to Apple delivers twice the processing power and up to seven times faster graphics than the previous iPhone.
The handset also benefits from a dual-antenna that will intelligently switch between two antennas to send and receive. Hopefully, the iPhone 4S won’t be plagued with the same call-dropping issues that affected the iPhone 4 on launch, and resulted in Apple having to issue a bumper to prevent this.
Other features of the Apple iPhone 4S include Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. For example if you say "will I need an umbrella this weekend?", it understands you want a weather report. The iPhone 4S also comes with an 8Mp camera with a custom lens, grid lines on screen and ability to capture video in full 1080p HD.
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The smartphone will run iOS 5, the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile platform, which benefits from 200 new features including iMessage that allows users to send messages, photos, videos and contact information to other users of the app for free over Wi-Fi and a new Photos app that ensures images can be cropped, rotate and enhanced on the device.
The iPhone 4S also features iCloud, Apple's new online storage service that automatically syncs music, apps, games and photos taken on the device, in the cloud so they can be accessed from other devices that support the service.
The Apple iPhone 4S has been made for pre-order direct from Apple today (October 7) and will ship on October 14. The SIM-free device costs £499 for the 16GB version while the 32GB and 6GB models are priced at £599 and £699.