Now that the details of the contract you need to sign in blood with O2 (UK) or AT&T (US) have been announced, it looks like UK consumers may actually have the better end of the deal! Here’s why:
1. O2 only requires 18 months
of slavery on contract, as opposed to AT&T’s 24-months.
2. AT&T requires a credit check on both new and existing customers. As far as we know, O2 isn’t being that Orwellian.
3. O2 has plans to make the iPhone 3G available to pay-as-you-go customers. AT&T at best promises to someday make it available to people unwilling to sign up for 2 years.
4. If you plan to use £75 a month on the phone, it’s free with O2. AT&T charges $199 for the 8Gb model, and $299 for the 16GB, imposes a $36 activation fee on new customers and you’ll still have to pay them line rent for 2 years.
So overall, it does look like the grass is greener for iPhone fans on this side of the pond.
Check here for the details on the AT&T deal
And here for the details on O2