Apple’s iPhone 5 will cost from around £45 per month on 3G networks, and less than £10 extra per month on EE’s 4G service, sources suggest
Prices for existing 3G services are expected to be confirmed tomorrow when pre-orders open for the device, which will be available on September 21.
Industry sources suggest that the iPhone 5 will cost £45-48 per month on a 3G tariff on a two-year contract, in line the launch prices for the iPhone 4S. Although the 4S price fell relatively rapidly, the 5 is expected to fall slower as it is a more expensive device.
The base model, which will retail for £529, could therefore cost £1080 over two years, rather than £1009 if bought outright and then tied to a £20 per month contract.
Other models of the iPhone 5 will retail for £599 and £699.
Although price details of EE’s first British 4G services will not be revealed for several more weeks, it is expected that the iPhone 5 will cost less than £10 per month extra on a two-year contract. EE said customers would be able to join its other networs, Orange and T-Mobile, and then upgrade when 4G details a re announced. A new sim card will be provided free of charge.
Although Apple retains tight control over pricing for the iPhone, details have not yet been confirmed and could still change.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is also expected be in shorter supply than its predecessor, as Apple expects to sell more devices in America and the Far East than previously.
Apple announced the iPhone 5, its first 4G phone, at an event in San Francisco last night. Showing off the new smartphone, Phil Schiller, Apple's marketing chief said: "We've updated every aspect of iPhone 5."
The new handset is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter than the iPhone 4S but runs twice as fast, with graphics that are twice as fast, thanks to a new processor, said Schiller. Apple has also upgraded the camera in the iPhone to include new features such as a low-light mode and a panorama feature.
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