What are the best iPhone plans?

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Looking for a new iPhone? While buying a new iPhone can be costly, you can pick up your device of choice on plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

The advantage to buying a new phone on a plan, rather than spending well over $1,000 upfront, is that you can spread out your device payments over 12, 24 or 36 months (depending on what the telco offers). For many Aussies, this is a more affordable way of picking up the latest smartphone without that big upfront cost.

iPhone 11 series phone information

So, if you’re curious about the best iPhone plans, here’s a quick summary of some good iPhone deals currently on offer from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone:

iPhone 11

  • iPhone 11 64GB from Telstra — $50 Small plan (30GB) + $49.95 device payment over 24 months ($99.95 per month, $2,398.80 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 11 64GB from Optus — $49 Medium plan (60GB) + $49.95 device payment over 24 months ($98.95 per month, ‭$2,374.8‬0 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 11 64GB from Vodafone — $50 Red Plus Plan (60GB) + $46.20 device payment over 24 months ($96.20 per month, $2,309 in total over 24 months)

iPhone 11 Pro

  • iPhone 11 Pro 64GB from Telstra — $60 Small plan (60GB) + $72.87 device payment over 24 months ($132.87 per month, $3,188.88‬ in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 11 Pro 64GB from Optus — $49 Medium plan (60GB) + $72.87 device payment over 24 months ($121.87 per month, ‭$2,924.88 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 11 Pro 64GB from Vodafone — $50 Red Plus Plan (60GB) + $69.12 device payment over 24 months ($119.12 per month, $‭2,859‬ in total over 24 months)

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB from Telstra — $50 Small plan (30GB) + $79.12 device payment over 24 months ($129.12 per month, $‭3,098.88‬ in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB from Optus — $39 Medium plan (10GB) + $79.11 device payment over 24 months ($118.11 per month, ‭$2,834.64‬ in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB from Vodafone — $40 Red Plus Plan (10GB) + $75.37 device payment over 24 months ($115.37 per month, $2,769‬ in total over 24 months)
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Cheapest iPhone plans

If a low price is what you look for when signing up to a plan, to pick up an iPhone on the absolute cheapest plan from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, you might have to make some compromises.

All three telcos separate phone payments from the actual plan, meaning you can choose how long you want to pay off your device, with 12, 24 or 36-month options available. Then you can bundle with your plan of choice. Keep in mind the cheapest plans will often have the smallest data inclusions, and may lack other added extras. Both Telstra and Vodafone offer unlimited capped-speed data,  available after you use your fast-speed data inclusions.

Choosing the 36-month payment period will give you the cheapest monthly device payment cost, however you’ll be locked into your device contract for longer. Adding on the cheapest plan available from each telco will give you an idea of how much you’ll pay each month. As an example, here are the 36-month plan options for the 64GB iPhone 11 from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone:

  • Vodafone 64GB iPhone 11 over 36 months — $30.80 device + $40 plan (10GB) ($70.80 per month, $2,639 total over 36 months)
  • Optus 64GB iPhone 11 over 36 months — $33.30 device + $39 plan (10GB) ($72.30 per month, $2,602.80 total over 36 months)
  • Telstra 64GB iPhone 11 over 36 months — $33.30 device + $50 plan (30GB) ($83.30 per month, $2,549 total over 36 months)

If 36 months is a bit too long of a commitment, just below we’ve included the cheapest plans over 24 months for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Simply switch between tabs to change between devices.

The following table shows the cheapest 24-month 64GB iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows the cheapest 24-month 64GB iPhone 11 Pro plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows the cheapest 24-month 64GB iPhone 11 Pro Max plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.


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Best iPhone 11 plans

Each telco offers four different postpaid plans that can be bundled with any device. While light data users might find the inclusion on the cheapest plans to be adequate for their data needs, moderate and heavier data users might need a bit more data than 10GB-30GB.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 128GB iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Best iPhone 11 Pro plans

The iPhone 11 Pro is a bit of an upgrade to the iPhone 11 , featuring a triple rear camera setup. You’ll have a choice between 64GB, 256GB or 512GB storage sizes. You can then bundle with your selection of postpaid plan from your provider of choice.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 256GB iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Best iPhone 11 Pro Max plans

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is a larger upgrade to the iPhone 11 Pro, and also comes in the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB options. Simply pick your payment period and bundle with your choice of postpaid plan.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 512GB iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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Best iPhone XR, XS and XS Max plans

If you’d prefer one of the 2018 iPhones, you might find stocks of these devices are disappearing from stores as the XS and XS Max have been officially discontinued by Apple. While the iPhone XR is technically still available, stocks are running short. If you know these devices are what you want, you might have to buy the phone outright from a retailer and pair with a SIM-only plan.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 64GB iPhone XR plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Best iPhone plans with over 100GB data

If a huge chunk of data is what you want in an iPhone plan, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all offer phone plans with 100GB of data or more. Below is a selection of iPhone plans with 100GB of data or more. Simply switch between tabs to change between devices.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 64GB iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 100GB of data, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 64GB iPhone 11 Pro plans on Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 100GB of data, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of 24 month 64GB iPhone 11 Pro Max plans on Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 100GB of data, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

What about older iPhones?

While there are still older iPhones around, including the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 (or discontinued iPhone X), as these devices are now a few years old, it’s harder to find stocks of these devices available from telcos or retailers.

Going with an older phone will generally be a much cheaper option than choosing the latest iPhone, however there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to find the exact device (colour, storage size, etc) that you want. As these devices become older each year, there is also the downside that the new software upgrades may no longer be compatible with the older devices. It’s worth looking into these potential issues before buying an older iPhone.

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