Tesco Mobile will be the fourth UK network to carry Apple’s iPhone, bolstering hopes increased competition will bring lower prices.

The network joins recent market entrant Orange in offering the device, which was previously exclusive to O2 customers.  

Tariff and pricing information remains unavailable at present, but a spokesperson for the network confirmed it hopes to start selling both iPhone 3G and 3GS phones before Christmas. Vodafone will launch the handset in January.

MoneySavingExpert.com consumer products analyst Archna Luthra says:  "After Orange’s failure to offer substantial tariff savings, iPhone fans’ last hope was a Vodafone price drop in January.

"This additional competition can only be a good thing for consumers. Would-be iPhoners should hang on until all the prices are in so they can ensure the best deal."

Launched in 2003, Tesco Mobile is a joint venture with O2, and piggybacks on the latter’s network infrastructure for coverage. 

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