Hong Kong mobile-phone operators have launched bargain offers hoping to prevent customers switching to Hutchison Telecom for the Apple iPhone 3G due to launch on Friday. PCCW Mobile yesterday introduced a new contract-free Web-and-talk tariff plan for heavy users. For HK$98 per month, users can have up to 1,600 voice minutes, unlimited access to PCCW's Wi-fi hot spots in phone booths and coffee shops, and 60 megabytes of 3G (third-generation) mobile internet usage. PCCW customers can access the internet through its 3G network with a download speed of 7.2 megabits per second and an upload speed of 2 megabits per second on their phones. PCCW will cap the price of unlimited access at HK$298 a month. If the voice plan is added to the bill, it will cost customers HK$396 a month. The plan undercuts Hutchison Telecom's iPhone 3G plan. For HK$498, Hutchison offers unlimited 3G data usage, 3,700 voice minutes and other value-added services - with a free phone. Hutchison's cheapest plan - with 500 megabytes of data and 500 minutes' basic airtime - costs HK$188 per month with the phone at HK$2,938. 'We believe our plan is very competitive in the market as we can offer free unlimited Wi-fi access around Hong Kong with 3G together at the low entry price of HK$98,' PCCW consumer group managing director Tom Chan Kee-sun said. Market watchers said the plan targeted potential iPhone 3G users who bought imported products rather than from Hutchison Telecom. 'Our plan is not only for iPhone 3G. With the launch of iPhone, we are in the best position to promote our wireless internet service,' Mr Chan said. Asked whether PCCW will sell iPhone 3G in Hong Kong later, Mr Chan said iPhone 3G was not limited to a partner on an exclusive basis, but declined to make further comment.