BBC News reports that Vodafone, which announced in late September that it would begin offering the iPhone in the UK and Ireland in early 2010, has revealed plans for a January 14th launch in the UK.

The cheapest tariff available is 30 a month for 24 months, plus additional handset charges ranging from 59 (iPhone 3G 8GB) to 239 (3GS 32GB).

An 18-month, 30/month plan is also available, albeit at higher handset prices. Those looking for a free handset will need to step up to a 35/month tariff for 24 months and will receive a free 8 GB iPhone 3G. According to the report, Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence claims that the company has been working for over a year to build the infrastructure necessary to support the iPhone's heavy data demands.

The UK has seen a number of new carriers come on board as launch partner O2's exclusivity came to an end. Orange launched the iPhone in the UK last month to strong sales, while Tesco Mobile began offering the iPhone last week through its cooperative venture with O2.

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