Australian telco Optus has announced its plan pricing for the new iPhone 3G S, which includes a free handset with some 24-month contracts. Free tethering, however, comes with a catch.
Optus will give away an 8GB (iPhone 3G), 16GB or 32GB iPhone 3G S on its A$99 'yes' timeless plans when combined with its $14.99 Mobile Internet Pack.
Around the world, some telcos are chosing to put restrictions on tethering - using your phone as a modem to connect a laptop to the internet. UK provider O2 is threatening to cut off tetherers unless they pay for a bolt on pack.
Vodafone NZ has yet to announce its iPhone 3G S plans, but says it will support tethering here. All a user has to do is change the APN (access point name) setting on their phone to www.vodafone.net.nz, says spokesman Paul Brislen.
For now at least, Telecom has yet to strike a deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone.
Optus is also offering a free iPhone with the $129 per month plan.
For lesser value plans, a free iPhone 3G 8GB is available with the $59 and $79 iPhone Plans.
As as sweetener, Optus will give away up to $100 bonus credit for online purchases. The plans are active as of June 26, 2009.
Handset pricing for 12 month contracts range from $21 per month to $76 per month depending on the value of the plan and iPhone capacity.
— Additional reporting by Computerworld NZ staff