Let’s face it, the super-cheap iPhone 5c failed to really materialise. Sure, it’s here, but is it super-cheap? No. What you’re left with is (effectively) an iPhone 5 with a bit of colour or, if you’re loaded, the all-new iPhone 5s.
Today Vodafone have revealed their prices for the latter and, with their shiny new 4G network and Sky Sports or Spotify Premium packages, they’re keen to get you on-board.
Now, I’ll do some preparation before you read these iPhone 5s prices. They’re going to be expensive. Very expensive. If you decide to go on a two year 4G plan and want 2GB of data to use (it’ll be 6GB per month if you sign up before the end of next month) then you’ll be paying £47 per month and, if you choose the top-of-the-range 64GB iPhone 5s, you’ll need to pay £229 up-front. That’s a two-year cost of £1357. I could buy a car for that! Unlimited texts and calls are included though, and you can choose to reduce that up-front cost by going for the slightly cheaper 32GB or 16GB model.
Switch to 3G-only and the two-year plans are .. well.. have a look for yourself below. For £42 per month you’ll get a measly 1GB of data and unlimited texts / calls. The iPhone 5s has an upfront cost of £79 for the 16GB model, £149 for the 32GB version and £229 for the 64GB version. That, my friends, means you’ll be paying a £1237 overall cost over two years.
If you’re sold on your 4G stuff and want to have the Sky Sports Mobile package or the Spotify Premium package then go for it, but you can get the iPhone 5s (16GB model) on 4G with EE for £46 per month and you get a whopping 10GB data allowance, plus you’re paying £49.99 up-front. Compare this to the Voda 4G plan where you pay a pound more per month (£47) and £79 for the iPhone 5s 16GB.. and you get 6GB for the duration of your contract if you sign up before the end of October, otherwise you get just 2GB.
Oh and to top it all, we originally thought that the EE iPhone 5s prices were expensive!
Let me know what you guys think, because I’m just scratching my head in amazement here.
Full details in the press release below.
It’s likely that both versions of iPhone will be popular, so any customers unable to get hold of an iPhone on day one will be able to order across all our channels (telesales, online and shops) and we’ll deliver it as soon as stock becomes available again.
iPhone 5s is a 4G-ready device, available from launch on Vodafone’s Ultrafast* 4G network – with a choice of either Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium included, and we’ve set out the 4G plans below. Once online ordering of iPhone 5s goes live on Friday morning you’ll be able to find out more here http://www.vodafone.co.uk/
iPhone 5s will be available on both Vodafone Red 4G-ready and Vodafone Red 3G 24 month plans. We’re also offering both 4G-ready SIM Only plans (from £26) and 12 month plans.
Our 4G-ready plans come with a minimum of 6GB data (that’s the standard 2GB you get with Vodafone Red 4G-ready plus the ‘4GB bonus’ which is an extra 4GB per month for the duration of your contract for anyone who signs up before the end of October), unlimited calls and texts and a choice of either Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium.
Upgrade early to Vodafone 4G
Customers with an iPhone 5, Samsung SIII or Galaxy Note II don’t have to worry if they’re not due for an upgrade yet. They can bring it back to one of our stores, even if their plan hasn’t ended. We’ll knock 75% off their remaining charges, let them upgrade early and start a new 4G plan. iPhone 5, Samsung SIII or Galaxy Note II customers can take advantage of the 4G Phone Promise until the end of the year (for more details see http://www.vodafone.co.uk/4g/
Business users will also be able to buy iPhone 5s on both 4G-ready and 3G plans. Those who want to enjoy Ultrafast* 4G and the ability to share their data allowance at no extra cost with Vodafone Red Business 4G-ready, will also receive an extra 4GB of data for the length of their contract as part of the 4GBonus.
As we’re sure you know, we’ve already launched 4G in London, will launch 4G in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield on 28 September and by the end of year will have extended that further to Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. By 2015 we’ll have reached 98% of the population with indoor 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.
Consumer 24 month Vodafone Red 4G-ready plans (including VAT)
Vodafone Red 4G-ready Vodafone Red 4G-ready L Vodafone Red 4G-ready XL Monthly line rental £47 £52 £57 Data (until end October) 6GB 8GB 12GB Minutes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Texts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Sky Sports or Spotify Premium 6 months 24 months 24 months iPhone 5s 16GB £79 £19 £19 iPhone 5s 32GB £149 £99 £49 iPhone 5s 64GB £229 £159 £99
12 month Vodafone Red 4G-ready plans (including VAT)
Vodafone Red 4G-ready Vodafone Red 4G-ready L Vodafone Red 4G-ready XL Monthly line rental £52 £57 £62 Data (until end October) 6GB 8GB 12GB Minutes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Texts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Sky Sports or Spotify Premium 6 months 12 months 12 months iPhone 5s 16GB £249 £199 £149 iPhone 5s 32GB £299 £239 £179 iPhone 5s 64GB £379 £319 £269
Consumer 24 month Vodafone Red plans (3G) (including VAT)
Vodafone Red Vodafone Red L Vodafone Red XL Monthly line rental £42 £47 £52 Data 1GB 2GB 4GB Minutes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Texts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited iPhone 5s 16GB £79 £19 £19 iPhone 5s 32GB £149 £99 £49 iPhone 5s 64GB £229 £159 £99
12 month Vodafone Red plans (3G) (including VAT)
Vodafone Red Vodafone Red L Vodafone Red XL Monthly line rental £47 £52 £57 Data 1GB 2GB 4GB Minutes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Texts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited iPhone 5s 16GB £249 £199 £149 iPhone 5s 32GB £299 £239 £179 iPhone 5s 64GB £379 £319 £269