3 launches iPhone support

Summary:Three has launched a 3G SIM and data starter kit for those who want to get their iPhone from other carriers but use it on the 3 Network.

Three has launched a 3G SIM and data starter kit for those who want to get their iPhone from other carriers but use it on the 3 Network.

As the only major Australian mobile carrier not offering Apple's 3G iPhone, many 3 customers wanted to buy unlocked prepaid iPhones and swap an existing Hutchison SIM card into the handset to use the 3 network.

Unfortunately this hasn't been possible, with users having to hack their phone's hardware to make the iPhone work on the network. Now, however, the company has provided the necessary support for the popular device in the form of a starter kit with 3G SIM.

The kits will be available from 4 August at 3 stores across Australia. The pricing announced for iPhones on the 3 network is in the table below.

Min Monthly Spend Calls, SMS Freetalk 24/7 to anyone on 3 Monthly included data allowance in 3 broadband zones Additional use
$49 cap $350 $240 (300min) 1GB 10¢/MB
$69 cap $650 $350 (500min) 2GB 10¢/MB
$99 cap $1,000 $1,750 (2,500min) 2GB 10¢/MB
$129 cap $1,200 $1,750 (2,500min) 2GB 10¢/MB
$149 cap $1,600 $1,750 (2,500min) 2GB 10¢/MB
$199 cap $2,000 $2,100 (3,000min) 2GB 10¢/MB

Steps to use the iPhone on the 3 Network
A spokesperson for 3 said that as long as the iPhone was unlocked, preparing it for internet usage on the 3 network only took a few steps:

Go to: Settings, General, Network, Select Cellular Data Network, APN, 3 Services.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Optus, Telcos, Telstra

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Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for t... Full Bio

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