No iPhone Price War in UK

8:25 AM -- Anyone hoping that the end of Telefónica UK Ltd. 's iPhone monopoly in the U.K. would herald drastically lower prices for the iconic device will be sorely disappointed. Today, Orange UK revealed its iPhone price plans, and they are practically the same as what O2 already offers. (See O2 UK Loses iPhone Monopoly and iPhones aPlenty for Brits.)

For example, Orange will offer the 3GS with 16-GByte storage for free with a monthly tariff of £44.04 (US$72) on a 24-month contract, while O2's monthly price for this contract is just a pence more. Orange will offer the 3GS with 32-GByte storage for free on 24-month contracts starting at £73.40 ($120) per month. All of Orange's iPhone price plans are available here, and O2's pricing can be checked out here.

Orange will start selling the iPhone on November 10.

The news from Orange today makes it look unlikely that Vodafone UK will shake up the market with radical pricing of its own when it starts selling the iPhone early next year.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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