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September 12, 2013

O2 to sell iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on future-proof O2 Refresh tariff


O2 today announces that iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be on sale on Friday 20 September with iPhone 5c available to pre-order from Friday 13 September. From launch, new and existing O2 customers will be offered both handsets on the completely future-proof O2 Refresh tariff, which allows O2 customers to buy future iPhones without having to pay the remainder of their airtime contract.
Customers who buy iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c from O2 either in-store or online will choose from a range of O2 Refresh tariffs, which uniquely split the cost of the phone from the cost of the minutes, text and data. Recognising that customers don’t want to wait 24 months for the next iPhone, customers can get their hands on iPhone 5s and 5c now on one of O2′s Refresh tariffs and then get a future iPhone as soon as they want. Customers not already on O2 Refresh may be able to buy out their standard contract at a discount under Speed to Refresh, or take advantage of the 4G Price Promise if they took an iPhone 5 last year.


  • O2 offers iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on O2 Refresh tariffs, which will let customers get a future iPhone without paying to end their airtime
  • iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will both use O2’s new 4G network
  • Customers who trade in their old phone in store get further discount
“As the network that first brought iPhone to the UK, we’re proud to continue to innovate with our iPhone offering,” said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK. “Customers who purchase their iPhone from us get complete peace of mind that they can always be at the leading edge of technology.”

As well as offering customers peace of mind with future-proof O2 Refresh tariffs, customers can get an even better deal by trading in their old phone when they purchase iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. Depending on the condition and model of their phone, customers can get up to £280 back to take off the cost of their new phone or to help them pay off their old one.

Customers will be able to choose from a range of O2 Refresh tariffs to best suit their needs. These will include the following options:

iPhone 5s 16GB

  • Unlimited texts, unlimited minutes & 1GB 3G data: £37 a month with a £119.99 upfront cost
  • Unlimited texts, unlimited minutes & 5GB 4G data: £47 a month with a £119.99 upfront cost

iPhone 5c 16GB

  • Unlimited texts, 600 minutes & 750MB 3G data: £32 a month with a £49.99 upfront cost
  • Unlimited texts, unlimited minutes & 5GB 4G data: £42 a month with a £99.99 upfront cost

Full pricing and other tariffs will be available when the phones are available to order but, O2 has a Keep me updated page on their website here.

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are both 4G ready devices that will be enabled to run on our 4G network within the coming weeks – this will happen when new settings are ready to be sent b Apple and we will inform customers when they are available. Customers who buy iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on a 4G tariff before this update happens will get £5 off their bill for one month. Until the update, customers can still use all the data that comes with the 4G tariff and enjoy enhanced versions of O2 Tracks and Priority Sports on our 3G network.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini