When Irish iPhones are smiling

Nearly four months on from the UK launch, The Republic of Ireland's now ready to join the iPhone club.Apple's handset will once again be clad in O2 co

Nearly four months on from the UK launch, The Republic of Ireland's now ready to join the iPhone club.

Apple's handset will once again be clad in O2 colours, with the 8GB model going for €399 and the 16GB one setting folks back €499.

Tariffs aren't as generous as in the UK, kicking off at €45 for a paltry 175 minutes and going up to €100 for 700 minutes, with all the plans including 1GB of data rather than the unlimited stuffing offered to the Brits.

Speaking of which, O2's been telling how things have been going here. While keeping stum on exactly how many iPhone's it's sold, it does say it's been the company's most successful launch, helping it towards putting on 276,000 new contract customers in three months – its highest jump ever.

Looks like the gamble of going all-out to get the Apple mobile paid off, then. Next stop, 3G iPhone.

O2 Ireland Apple iPhone 8GB, 16GB

Price: €399, €499

On sale: 14 March

Contact: O2