All of the UK's major mobile networks have made Apple's new iPhone 5C available for pre-order on both 3G and 4G contracts for delivery on 20 September.
The phone, which was originally rumoured to be targeting a more budget market, still carries a premium price tag of £469 for the cheapest model. It does however feature iPhone 5-level specifications coupled with a selection of bright colours and improved battery life.
The iPhone 5S, meanwhile, is not available for pre-order but will still be generally available on 20 September.
V3 has put together a list of all the places to pre-order the 5C handset with some selected tariffs to show what is typically on offer.
The phone is available to pre-order outright for £469 or £549 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively. It also offers the phone with a Three pay as you go SIM for an extra £15, which comes with 300 minutes, 3,000 texts and unlimited data for 30 days.
EE, Orange, T-Mobile
EE, the 4G arm of Orange and T-Mobile, is selling the 16GB 5C for as little as £9.99 for a £51 per month contract offering 20GB of data. However, the firm is touting its £69.99 up-front payment on a £36 per month contract as its "recommended" deal. The firm's cheapest monthly plan is £26, with an up-front phone cost of £189.99 offering 500MB of 4G data.
12-month contracts are much more expensive, with the equivalent 500MB contract priced at £41 per month with the phone at £439.99.
T-Mobile and Orange each offer two different 24-month 3G contracts priced at £32 and £37 with up-front phone costs ranging from £29.99 to £89.99.
While Three's 4G network won't be arriving in the UK until December, consumers can still pre-order the 5C on contract with a view to upgrading to 4G for no extra cost when the time comes.
Three recommends its £41 per month two-year contract, which includes unlimited data, 2,000 any network minutes, 5,000 texts and 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes, and comes with a 16GB 5C with an up-front cost of £49. It also offers £39 and £37 per-month plans with the same up-front cost with progressively less data. A 32GB 5C brings the prices up to £46, £44 and £42. Three's pay as you go option is currently listed as "out of stock".
Vodafone's 4G network is only available in selected locations, but all customers can pre-order a Red 4G ready plan with the iPhone 5C from today. All contracts include either Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile and start from £42 per month for the 16GB model on 4G. On this contract, the up-front cost is £19 and includes 2GB of data, with an added 4GB included if the contract starts before the end of October.
3G plans start from £29 per month with the 16GB model costing £149 upfront. However, the 3G contracts do not come with the data bonuses and Spotify or Sky add-ons, which are exclusive to 4G customers.
O2's 4G and 3G contracts are flexible. Buyers can choose the data they want, and then how much they'd like to pay up front. With no up-front cost, a 1GB 4G contract with a 16GB phone will cost £47 per month. Paying £99.99 up front will bring that down to £37 per month, paying around £140 less overall for the life of the contract.
O2 is also offering flexible 3G plans, with the phone costing as little as £29.99 on a 24-month £32 per month contract.
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