The iPhone 6S is the newest update to one of Australia’s most popular high-end smartphones, and will no doubt see significant interest from Apple fans. But with the pre-order RRP of both the regular and Plus models being well over $1,000, most Aussie iPhone aficionados will turn to mobile plan offerings for a good value phone deal.
Australia’s service providers have wasted no time in ensuring their plans are ready to roll out for customers on day one, with most offering several pre-order options.
So we’ve had a look at the latest offerings from the nation’s major telcos, so you can get your latest tech fix on the best possible plan. The following prices are based on an iPhone 6S with 16GB of memory.
N.B. Below prices accurate at time of print. Plan pricing accurate for 24 month contracts, phone / handset included.
Telstra’s four post-paid plan offerings closely mirror their current plans for other phones, with the only difference being the cost of paying off your new iPhone handset. Telstra’s plans are titled S, M, L and XL, and come with the following inclusions and starting prices:
|Cost per month||$87||$92||$99||$135|
Whilst the prices are fairly hefty, they do include unlimited texts as well as the subsidised cost of a new iPhone – furthermore, the company’s higher-end plans represent pretty good value, with the XL offering unlimited talk and an enormous 15GB of data for you to use watching cat videos on that gorgeous Retina display. All of their plans are on a 24-month contract, but Telstra will let you upgrade your handset early after 12 months, for a small fee.
Optus has five different plan offerings, the cheapest of which starts at $73 per month for the 16GB iPhone 6S. All of their plans include unlimited calls and texts, with the main variations being data and international minutes – check them out:
|Plan||$73 plan||$79 plan||$86 plan||$100 plan||$135 plan|
|Calls & Texts||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|International calls||None||150 minutes||300 minutes||400 minutes||500 minutes|
The top-line plan also includes up to 10 days of Optus Travel Packs, each of which basically allows you unlimited international calls and SMS in a large number of overseas countries. You can also combine any of Optus’s post-paid plans with one of their mobile broadband offerings and pool your data for others to use, which is ideal for families whose data use changes a lot.
Vodafone’s plan offerings support a range of different lifestyles, whether you just love your tech or you’re an absolute smartphone addict. All of Vodafone’s plans come with infinite standard calls and texts, as well as Vodafone’s unique $5 Roaming feature which allows you to use your phone plan as usual overseas for $5 extra each day. With the exception of the cheapest option, all plans currently offer six months of free subscription to one of Stan, Spotify Premium or the Sydney Morning Herald online – whether it’s TV, music or news you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Vodafone’s five plans consist of the following:
|Plan||$79 Plan||$82 Plan||$89 Plan||$103 Plan||$130 Plan|
|Int’l Calls||N/A||120 minutes||120 minutes||120 minutes||120 minutes|
Virgin offers the most extensive range of any major provider, with a whopping seven different plan options for you to bundle with a new iPhone. Their plans are also considerably cheaper than most others, starting at $61 per month inclusive of the phone repayment. Virgin’s big calling card is their Data Rollover, which lets you roll over your unused data inclusions to the next month of your plan. They also take a more traditional approach by including international calls in your monthly plan credit, as well as giving you unlimited calls and texts to other Virgin subscribers. Their current iPhone 6S (16GB model) plans are as follows:
|Plan||$61 Plan||$73 Plan||$73 Plan||$79 Plan||$83 Plan||$86 Plan||$100 Plan|
|Call and Text Credit||$300||$450||$500||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
With other providers likely to begin selling the new iPhone 6S on plans or outright within the next week or two, Aussie customers will be spoilt for choice when it comes to plan options. Of course, you can always neglect the plan option and buy your new phone outright along with a SIM-only phone plan.