Pay-as-you-go customers may have limited options when the iPhone 4 goes on sale on 24 June, after it emerged that Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U will offer the device only to contract customers for the foreseeable future.
V3.co.uk reserved a pay-as-you-go phone at a Carphone Warehouse store last week, but were informed today that we will not be sold the handset on Thursday as contract customers will be given priority.
A Carphone Warehouse advisor told us that pay-as-you-go handsets were not available for around a month after the iPhone 3GS went on sale. The store also sold out of its 3GS stock in three days last year, he added.
Phones4U confirmed that it will not sell the device on pay-as-you-go, and V3.co.uk were told to put down a £5 deposit to get an iPhone on Thursday. Customers will not be able to just turn up and buy the phone.
On the Phones4U web site, the iPhone 4 is available only through Orange, but customer representatives told V3.co.uk that other networks such as O2 and Vodafone will be available in store.
V3.co.uk was told at an Orange store that contract and pay-as-you-go options will go on sale on 24 June, with 16GB handsets starting at £480 if £10 top-up is purchased.
Vodafone has SIM-only plans listed on its web site, but the £25, 30-day rolling contract option leads to an error page.
At a Three store, meanwhile, staff said there would be no stock available to buy on 24 June, explaining that it would be at least another fortnight before the iPhone 4 is available.
T-Mobile has yet to announce any details.
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