Orange and O2 today announced their pricing plans for the new iPhone 4. The cheapest deal on Orange is £30 a month for two years plus a £169 down payment. That gets you 300 minutes of talk time and 750mb of data.
At their cheapest deal, O2 are offering a £25 a month two year deal with a £279 down payment. But that only offers 100 minutes and only 500mb of data. From October O2 will let you add data bolt-ons - £5 a month for another £5.
I'm not wowed by either of offerings. They look good at the top end of the range where £75 a month gets you anything you ever wanted and the phone for free. For the price-conscious iPhone 4 customer things are a little tighter with the cheapest offers and looks like the the Orange £30 deal just works out as better value than the O2 £25. Though the O2 deal is ten pounds cheaper overall, you get significantly fewer minutes and less data for it.
Orange: £169 + £30x24 = £889
O2: £279 + £25x24 = £879
Watch out for O2's pay as you go options too.
The Orange iPhone 4 tariffs
O2 iPhone 4 tariffs
[nb. this table is well confusing, whoever made the O2 tariff table needs to go back to table-making school.]