The eagerly awaited Apple iPhone is due to be released Friday 9th November from O2 instore and online.
After personally speaking with O2, I would like to inform potential buyers of the facts.
The iPhone will only be useable on the O2 network once you have signed up to an 18 month contract with O2, details on which tariffs are on their website. You can however purchase the phone, but the phone functionality will not work until the contract has been signed with them, therefore it will effectively work as an iPod until that time.
If you became an O2 customer or upgraded on or before 18th September 2007
You can switch to an O2 tariff for iPhone without paying any remaining monthly charges on your existing contract.
If you joined or upgraded after 18th of September 2007
You have a choice, you can either
(i) Enter into a second pay monthly contract whilst keeping your existing contract; or
(ii) Start a new contract by paying a one-off transfer charge of £219 instead of the remaining monthly charges on your existing contract.
If you are already an O2 Pay & Go or Simplicity customer you will need to sign into the 18 month contract.
If you attempt to unlock iPhone and use on another network, it may become permanently unusable. Making unauthorised modifications to the software on your iPhone violates the iPhone software license agreement, and the inability to use your iPhone due to unauthorized software modifications is not covered under your iPhone's warranty, so this is a big risk to take as you will not be covered if the unlocking process damages the iPhone
Please consider these facts when deciding wether to purchase an iPhone as I am sure people do not want to be disappointed when they receive their item.