Scottish Government payments on iPhones in last three years: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested


Details of any Scottish Government payments on iPhones in the last three years, including a full breakdown of the costs, quantity and date purchased.




This response covers the mobile telephony services provided by the central IT Division for the core Scottish Government and the following bodies: Accountancy in Bankruptcy; Scottish Human Rights Commission; Disclosure Scotland; Scottish Public Pensions Agency; Care Inspectorate Agency; Scottish Agriculture Science Agency; and Transport Scotland.

The Scottish Government introduced an iPhone offering as part of it’s mobile service in August 2017.

Table 1 details the number of iPhone 7’s purchased since this date; the total purchase costs, and the monthly standing charge per device.

iPhones purchased from August 2017

Purchase cost including VAT

Monthly standing charge* Including VAT




*3Gb data and unlimited UK voice/SMS (subject to Vodafone's fair usage policy).


Table 2 details the running costs of all mobile telephony connection types and devices in this period, not specifically iPhones.

Financial Year

Running costs of all Mobile Telephony including VAT



While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. In order to provide a breakdown of iPhone specific running costs would require manually checking all mobile connections in detail. Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12.


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