whoaa long question.... OK my answer's are gonna go through steps:
1. Go for the vodafone contract as that's a rare bargain and how the hell did you get that deal?
2. The iPhone 3G sounds really good from the original but with all due respect it ain't too much of a difference from the original:
* Color: Black (8 GB or 16 GB) or white (16 GB)
Size: 4.5 in (110 mm) (h) × 2.4 in (61 mm) (w) × 0.48 in (12 mm) (d)
Weight: 133 g (4.7 oz)
* Tri band UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
* Assisted GPS, with fallback to location based on Wi-Fi or cell towers
* Camera features geotagging (producing geocoded photograph)
* Battery has up to 10 hours of 2G talk, 5 hours of 3G talk, 5 (3G) or 6 (Wi-Fi) hours of Internet use, 7 hours of video playback, and up to 24 hours of audio playback, lasting over 300 hours on standby.
Although all these small differences make a big change...
3. Any Country other than here will be better to buy, cause its always expensive here and always will be:
* Check out for Germany since they sell unlocked 3G iphones or North America, there heavily populated by them...
* Purchase a foreign iPhone designed for vodafone as any Vodafone Sim will work regardless of region/country
*I'm guessing it'll be cheaper in the U.S due to demand but search the currency difference online...
4. If you get a UK iPhone then it'll be hard to unlock cause it's got a feature called a sim ejector found on the top of the device... specialised hackers or a few phone unlockers can deal with this.
If yer getting a foreign device then do it online and check:
* That the website has a official security certificate
* It also has a Paypal system
* Check that it has the correct contact details (Just check that it's not fraudulent)
I reckon go to a US website like Walmart or Virgin US etc but be cautious of what you purchase (at yer own risk)
Hope that helps...
· 1 decade ago