Both O2 and T-Mobile seem to be dropping the prices of their flagship handsets – the iPhone 3G and the G1 respectively. It could signal an inventory clearout for the devices so that the networks aren’t left with hundreds in warehouses when their replacments hit the market.
Rumour has it that the iPhone 3G will be available free on the £35 and £45 tariffs from May. Currently, the 8GB model is free at the £45 price point, and the 16GB one is only available on the £75 a month tarriff. It’s unclear if the new iPhone will be some form of iPhone Nano, or whether it’ll just get an OS enhancement. There’s an Apple event going on this week, so we might know more very soon.
Then there’s the G1. We already know that the G2 is nearly here – it’ll be arriving on these shore in April. In the meantime, though, US retailer Costco has more than halved the price of the handset to just $80 wehn buying a two-year contract.
We don’t know if there are plans for a similar cut in the UK, but given that T-Mobile has lost out on the G2 exclusive to Vodafone, they’ll likely be wanting to lock people into G1 contracts sooner rather than later, so we can expect freebie G1s on contracts that could dip as low as £20.
(via Mobile-Phones and ITProPortal)