Operators in a race to offer iPhone deals

Steve Dinneen
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UK operators are queuing up to cash in on Apple’s latest gadget.

Within hours of Steve Jobs unveiling the new iPhone 4, UK operators Vodafone and O2 confirmed they will both offer dedicated price plans for the handset.

O2 will give its customers a limited special offer to upgrade their existing deals to the new iPhone.

UK chief executive of O2 Ronan Dunne said: “Apple has once again raised the bar with the iPhone 4.

“With three years’ experience in selling the iPhone we are well placed to support the new device with the best overall experience, including making it easy for new and existing customers to get their hands on one.”

Vodafone, which began stocking the iPhone for the first time in January after missing out on the original contract to a last-ditch O2 deal, will also offer a dedicated package.

Vodafone is desperate to maintain the momentum it has built up on the iPhone after it shifted a staggering 100,000 in the first week on sale.

Orange – newly merged with T-Mobile – is expected to announce a deal for the handset soon.

The iPhone 4 will be released in the UK on 24 June and is expected to cost £199 for the 16GB model and £299 for the 32GB.

It is made of glass and steel, with an HD screen offering four times the resolution of its predecessor. It boasts a staggering 300 hours of stand-by battery life, with 40 hours of music play, or seven hours of talk time between charges.