Vodafone has announced their pricing for the new 3.0 iPhone 3GS which will be available (from 7am) and in selected Vodafone stores on Friday, 26 June 2009. Users will not be charged a tethering fee similar to what Optus is charging claims the carrier.
Instead they are charging a 1GB and 2GB rate from August 2009.
Vodafone will offer the iPhone 3G S 16GB free on its $69 iPhone Cap (24 months), which includes $400 value, unlimited free Vodafone-to-Vodafone calls during the evening and on weekends and 1GB of included data downloads. The iPhone 3G S 32GB is free on Vodafone’s $114 Cap (24 months), which includes unlimited calls and a massive 2GB data. Vodafone business customers can purchase the iPhone 3G S on the corresponding $69 Single Business Cap and $114 Unlimited Single Business Cap, 24 month contracts.
Vodafone claim that they have a great range of mobile broadband tariffs and the ability to use these services directly on their handset ‘as a modem’, known as ‘tethering’, connecting their laptop or computer to the internet via their phone.
Vodafone customers will not be charged a monthly access fee to ‘tether’ their iPhone 3G S but will have the option to purchase additional data for tethering; 1GB for $24.95 or 2GB for $29.95, available from August 2009. Until that time any customer who wishes to try the new tethering service can do so using the data allowance included on their plan.
· For the first time, Vodafone will also offer the iPhone to prepaid customers. The 8GB iPhone 3G is available for $759 up front, the 16GB iPhone 3G S for $929 up front and then 32GB iPhone 3G S for $1129 up front. Customers who purchase and register their Vodafone Prepaid iPhone and mobile number before 31 August, 2009 will receive a bonus $500 Flexible Credit ($100 bonus Flexible Credit on each of their next 5 Prepaid Recharges on $49, $79 or $149 Flexi-caps).
· Since announcing the launch date of the iPhone 3G S in Australia, Vodafone has been inundated by tens of thousands of customers who have pre-registered their interest in the device, in-store and online.