Second off the rank to publish its pricing structure for the iPhone 3G S is Vodafone. Additionally, Vodafone has avoided the storm that Optus brought on itself with the initial plan to charge for tethering. Vodafone state that:
“There is no monthly access fee for tethering. You can use the data included your iPhone 3G S Cap to access the internet when your iPhone is connected to your computer via USB or Bluetooth (tethered modem). From August 2009, Vodafone will be offering larger data bolt-ons designed for modem tethering.”
In a nutshell, on Vodafone – depending upon the cap plan you choose – over 24 months you’ll pay from $1,656 to $2,736 for the 16GB iPhone, and for the 32GB $1,776 to $2,736. The cap plans, and their call, text and data allowances are:
$59 cap – includes $350 worth of calls and text, plus 500MB data
$69 cap – includes $400 worth of calls and text, plus 1GB data
$79 cap – includes $550 worth of calls and text, plus 1GB data
$99 cap – includes $1,000 worth of calls and text, plus 1GB data
$114 cap – includes unlimited calls and text, plus 2GB data
Vodafone are also offering Pre-Paid options:
16GB: $929 upfront, and a $49 recharge gives you $350 worth of flexible credit, $350 worth of talk credit, and $100 of bonus credit.
32GB: $1,129 upfront, and a $49 recharge gives you $350 worth of flexible credit, $350 worth of talk credit, and $100 of bonus credit.
The recharge has a 30 day expiry, so you’re effectively looking at a $49 dollar monthly plan to keep your iPhone 3G S ‘active’.
You can find the full details of all the caps, plans and options on the Vodafone website (link will open in a new window).