iPhone 5S fan offers place in queue for sale

With Apple's new iPhone 5S due to go on sale on Friday, a queue has already started to form - and if you can't face joining it yourself, the spot at the front is up for sale.

Gad Harari, 17, has set up a tent - complete with Apple MacBook laptop - and says he's already turned down an offer of £200. But, says the Daily Mirror, he'll hand over his spot outside the company's Regent Street store if he's offered at least £1,000.
Harari and his friend Noah Green, also 17, have been camped out since Monday, and say they've always been amongst the first to get a new iPhone. "This time we really wanted to be first," he says.

The iPhone 5S is said to be much faster than its predecessor and features a Touch ID feature that allows it to be unlocked via fingerprint recognition. It will come in gold, silver and 'space grey' and cost between £549 and £709. Also going on sale on Friday is the brightly-coloured, plastic-backed iPhone 5C, which costs £469 or £549.

Very unusually, the company isn't allowing preorders for the S5, possibly confirming numerous reports that it's extremely short of supply. In the one country where it has allowed preorders - China - the phone sold out within minutes.

Meanwhile, carriers here are believed to have limited stock. In other words, joining a queue is the only way to be certain of getting hold of the S5 this month.

It's not the first time that iPhone supply has been tight; and nor is it the first time that positions in the queue have been put up for sale. Last year, at the launch of the iPhone 5, more than 200 people queued for others in the US, in a service brokered by the TaskRabbit website. There, queuers were paid around $10 per hour.

In previous years, queues at the Regent Street store have been substantial, although they've tended not to form until a day or two before the phones go on sale. Harari may have to wait a while for a taker, or at least drop his fee a little: as of Wednesday morning, he and Green are the only people waiting.

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iPhone 5S fan offers place in queue for sale

It is reasonable to assume that if you take out a mobile phone contract at £30 a month for 24 months that's exactly what you'll pay unless you exceed the tariff. Yet mobile phone providers have come under fire for a snag buried in the small print – a clause to allow mid-contract price rises.

Prices are rising by a median of 81p a month and 70% of consumers are completely unaware off this sneaky move, according to Tesco Mobile, so be sure to check any new contracts before you sign the dotted line.

Financial service providers always refer to 'typical APR' in advertising to attract customers with favourable rates of interest.

Yet the typical APR on loans and credit cards is only available for those applicants who have a squeaky clean credit record, everyone else could end up with a much higher rate. For example, under EU rules, credit card providers only have to provide the typical APR advertised to 51% of applicants.

So always consider this when applying for accounts and products, and if approved – look out the actual APR that you will be charged.

The highest paying savings accounts on the market tend to come with a string of strict terms, which if you fall foul of, result in a drop in interest. Common requirements include paying in a set sum each month and not making withdrawals during a set period.

Make sure to fully understand these terms before opening a savings account and if you choose an account with a six or 12 month bonus, remember that this will plummet when the bonus period ends.

Cashback credit cards that pay you a small percentage each time you spend on the card are full of loopholes in the small print. All have a maximum spend, but many have a minimum spend too.

For example, the Sainsbury's Cashback Low Rate card advertises that it offers users 5% cashback for the first three months. However the 5% cashback is capped at £50 a month. A further 5% cashback is subject to you spending £500 a month on the card (£250 of that at Sainsbury's).

Attempt to repay your mortgage early and you may be greeted with a hefty fee in the form of an early repayment charge. These penalties vary from lender to lender and even deal to deal, but are typically be around 10% of the outstanding balance.

Details of any early repayment charges should be clearly outlined in your mortgage contract but it is worth double-checking with your lender before you try to make a payment.

Insurance is an incredibly complex area of personal finance and different forms of cover are riddled with different hitches that make it crucial to read the small print. Failure to do so could lead you to pay for a product you would be never be able to claim upon, or unknowingly do something that invalidates your claim.

Always buy the right level of cover for your needs and pay close attention to any exclusions in the policy wording. For example, many travel insurance policies for winter sports won't pay out for treatment of injuries incurred while under the influence of alcohol.

Think a credit card can't do any damage at home in your drawer? Think again. Some credit and store cards charge a dormancy fee if you don't use them regularly.

For example, all Santander-issued store cards, including Topshop and Laura Ashley cards among others, charge a fee of £10 if you remain in debit for three consecutive months.

Exceed the monthly usage allowance in your broadband deal and you could be hit with a huge fee. Common with the cheapest broadband deals on the market, penalty charges for going over your contracted limit can push your bills up even higher than if you paid for a deal with unlimited usage.

According to Talk Talk, some households are being forced to pay an additional £40 per month for exceeding their usage allowance. BT for example, charges £5 per every 5GB extra used.

Familiarise yourself with the download limit in your package and the penalties for exceeding it, decide whether you are better off with an unlimited deal.


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