When I met up withlast month, they were explaining that generally the main reason they take longer to get phones is that as a company they will purchase a much smaller quantity of any particular phone than the larger networks, and hence their requests for stock and customisations will always take second place. They also commented that in terms of phones like the , they felt the costs were too high, both to them and to the consumer. Well, I think this is about to change…
The day before I metI heard rumours that their Customer Services staff had been saying they would be carrying the within 3 months, and both that and a direct question on whether would be stocking the were, looking back, not actually answered on the night.
This week I’ve heard more Customer Services staff saying the statement today saying that they don’t have a commercial relationship with Apple, but that they hope to resolve that in 2010. That post also states that the was their best selling phone of 2009, but what it doesn’t say is that the , costing £35 per month, is their current best selling phone. This shows that buyers are willing to spend £35 per month on a contract, something that may not have been so apparent a year ago when PAYG and £15-£20 per month contracts were much more common.will come next month (although personally I suspect it’ll be announced in the next month or so, as opposed to being on sale), and have put out a
Combine all these thoughts with statements bylast month that they felt they should advertise their “Coming Soon” phones better and I think the is going to be announced fairly soon; in my opinion it’s rare for networks to talk about phones before they are pretty much ready. With the experiences of the , know their customers will happily pay more for high spec smartphones, and with the comments from their own Customer Services staff I think this all shows it’s coming to the network.
Now, I might be wrong of course, and I suspect it’s possible they’ll only pick up the, although I suspect they’ll be able to sell the too. I also suspect that if / when a new 4th Generation model is announced in June / July, it won’t be seen on for a little longer than the other networks (due to the commercial points in the first paragraph), but we may well see some form of on sale on before too long.
Interestingly, unlike some Nokia phones, it appears that people aren’t having problems getting theirSIMs to work in unlocked iPhones, so that bodes well. Of course, I would expect to ship it with their own on 3 and Email on 3 solution, which may take a little while to get ready and released into the App Store. In fact, I wonder if this is the only thing stopping the announcement happening today, hence why are happy to start talking about the device…