As tipped by Smarthouse, Apple has announced a new White iPhone which is set to be sold on the problem-plagued Vodafone network as of today.
Pricing for the white iPhone 4 ranges from $20 to $0 dollars per month, depending on the 24 month Vodafone plan chosen. The white iPhone is also available on a 12 month contract.
On an ‘Infinite’ $45 plan, an extra $15 dollars a month will take the 16GB version, while the 32GB iPhone goes for $20 extra. On a $65 plan, the 16GB iPhone comes free and the 32GB for $5 on top.
On an $85 plan, either phone comes free.
The phone also comes with Contract Caps that start from $29 per month.
In an interview yesterday, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller, said that the 10-month delay on the white iPhone had to do with how the white material’s performance “holds up over time,” including its resistance to UV rays from direct sunlight and its effects on the phone’s sensors.
Original promises of a white version no later than July were the result of assumptions about the quality.
“We thought we were there a year ago, or less than that, when we launched the iPhone 4, and we weren’t,” Schiller said.
What wasn’t brought up were rumours that the issues had been solved by a newer Japanese technique to combat longevity and consistency problems. Part of Apple’s solution came in the changing of sensors on the new iPhone, changing the proximity sensor from a grill seen last June to a cut-out now.
Vodafone has released a range of exclusives since its network hit a barrage of issues including poor reception, service outages and a consumer backlash in and out of the court room. These include the recent HTC Desire Z release, and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 10.1v tablet.