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Tesco Mobile to offer the iPhone before Christmas

We all know that "every little helps" when it comes to forking out for an iPhone, and the news that supermarket giant Tesco will be offering

Yes you heard right – Tesco Mobile has announced it will be carrying both the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3G S on its network, and hopes to get both contract and PAYG offerings on shelves in time for Christmas.

If this is the case, a pre-Christmas launch would beat Vodafone’s planned release date of the handset in January – another blow to the network which already lost out to Orange on timescales.

The good news is that Recombu has been told Tesco wants to be as competitive as possible, but that pricing is still being negotiated. Could this spark off the price war we’ve waited for?

Although no release date has been confirmed, we do know that you’ll be able to pick up the iPhone in store and online, and there’s currently a holding page on the Tesco Direct website for you to register your interest.

Now the bad news for many will be that Tesco Mobile is a joint venture with O2, so will see the network receiving the same 3G coverage as O2 handsets – something O2 has not proved itself to be that strong in in recent months.

What do you think – will Tesco come in at a lower price that O2 and Orange? Does Tesco Mobile sharing O2’s 3G coverage bother you, or is it the price that matters? Let us know below.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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