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iPhone O2 tariff price drop shock

30 January 2008  |  9255 views  |  3

O2 have cut the monthly price for iPhone users - which as of yesterday included me - hurrah.

I had been looking to replace my iPod and dodgy phone - and ideally wanted something that did proper web browsing and actually made calls with some degree of success.

Google maps on the iPhone is astonishing. Press a button and it works out where you are. At the moment it has pinpointed me as being in St Martins Lane - which is pretty un-nerving. It's like an episode of Spooks.

Email too is a joy - or will be once I've mastered the fiddly, virtual keyboard. It'll read attachments too - pdf and Microsoft office docs.

The stocks applet is entertaining - lots of red figures on it again I see. 

Sadly my bank's web site doesn't work at all - I shall drop them a line and ask them about it. It strikes me the mobile web browsing market is going to keep growing and folk ignore it at their peril - something other companies have sussed - Nationwide for example. I'd be interested to hear anyone's experience in mobile banking. Chip in with a comment. 

The biggest let down with the iPhone is the sound quality - there's an audible hiss all the time through the earphones regardless of the volume level - and being Apple they've managed to provide an earphone socket you can't use without an adapter or a saw. This strikes me as a bit rubbish for something claiming to be a music player.  The other minor issue is I can't get a signal in my flat. But hey. I can move house. 

Otherwise a big 8 out of 10*. As is often the case with Apple - you find it such a joy to use that you forgive them. Stephen Fry puts it more eloquently here.


(* Peter's iPhone user-satisfaction figures delayed by at least 20 mins)


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Navjeet Khosa
Navjeet Khosa - Finextra - London | 30 January, 2008, 14:16

Although O2 has moved to lower its tarrifs for the iPhone, it is the actual cost of the handset that is still a major barrier to customer adoption in the UK.

However many bells and whistles it may have, the £260 price tag for the handset, along with the cost of the contract, makes the iPhone prohibitively expensive for many customers.

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Steve Ellis
Steve Ellis - Metia - London | 30 January, 2008, 16:26

So, a device that 'can't get a signal in my flat', is a 'rubbish' music player and has a 'fiddly' keyboard, gets 8/10?

But you didn't mention its other major attribute, the ease with which almost anyone - 25% of all iPhone users at latest count - can hack into it - http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=144392

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Peter Roberts
Peter Roberts - UCL - London | 30 January, 2008, 17:07

To be fair - it's probably more to do with O2 than Apple that I can't get a signal in my flat. Works fine here - although it switches to wifi when it can.

And yes it still gets an 8/10 overall, cos' it's fun! If I find I still can't type on it in a few days I may revise my opinion downwards. 

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Paul Penrose
Paul Penrose - Finextra - London | 31 January, 2008, 10:03

Apple recently introduced a new icon feature that enables companies to drop their corporate logo onto the home page of the iPhone screen, thus providing a direct link to their Web site. Wachovia in the US is one of the first major banks to have an iPhone Web clip app ready for customer adoption.

So Pete, when can we see the Finextra logo appear on your iPhone screen?

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Peter Roberts
Peter Roberts - UCL - London | 31 January, 2008, 13:14 It's done. iPhone users who bookmark Finextra will have a nifty icon for their home page.
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