What are the best iPhone plans?

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 is that you can spread out your device payments over 12, 24 or 36 months, rather than spending well over $1,000 upfront. For many Aussies, this is a more affordable way of picking up the latest smartphone without that big upfront cost.

From left to right: The iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

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 (discounts may be available):

iPhone 12

  • iPhone 12 64GB from Telstra – $55 Small plan (40GB) + $56.20 device payment over 24 months ($96.20 per month, $2,308.80 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 64GB from Optus – $55 Medium plan (80GB) + $56.19 device payment over 24 months (111.19 per month, $2668.56 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 64GB from Vodafone – $55 Super plan (60GB) + 52.04 device payment over 24 months (107.04 per month, $2,568.96 in total over 24 months)

iPhone 12 mini

  • iPhone 12 mini 64GB from Telstra – $55 Small plan (40GB) + $49.95 device payment over 24 months (104.95 per month, $2,518.80 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 mini 64GB from Optus – $55 Medium plan (80GB) + $49.95 device payment over 24 months (104.95 per month, $2518.80 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 mini 64GB from Vodafone – $55 Super plan (60GB) + $45.79 device payment over 24 months (100.79 per month, $2418.96 in total over 24 months)

iPhone 12 Pro

  • iPhone 12 Pro 128GB from Telstra – $55 Small plan (40GB) + $70.79 device payment over 24 months (125.79 per month, $3,018.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 Pro 128GB from Optus – $55 Medium plan (80GB) + $70.77 device payment over 24 months (125.77 per month, $3,018.48 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 Pro 128GB from Vodafone – $55 Super plan (60GB) + $70.79 device payment over 24 months (125.79 per month, $3,018.96 in total over 24 months)

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB from Telstra – $55 Small plan (40GB) + $77.04 device payment over 24 months (132.04 per month, $3,168.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB from Optus – $55 Medium plan (80GB) + $77.04 device payment over 24 months (132.04 per month, $3,168.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max 128GB from Vodafone – $55 Super plan (60GB) + $77.04 device payment over 24 months ($132.04 per month, $3,168.96 in total over 24 months)

iPhone SE

  • iPhone SE 64GB from Telstra – $55 Small plan (40GB) + $28.29 device payment over 24 months (83.29 per month, $1998.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone SE 64GB from Optus – $55 Medium plan (80GB) + $28.29 device payment over 24 months (83.29 per month, $1998.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone SE 64GB from Vodafone – $55 Super plan (60GB) + $28.29 device payment over 24 months ($83.29 per month, $1998.96 in total over 24 months)

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.
Firstly, the cheapest iPhone offered by all three major telcos right now is the iPhone SE, a smaller, budget-oriented iPhone with the technology of the iPhone 11 (minus the all-screen front and the cameras). It’s a lot cheaper compared to the premium iPhone 12 range, and is definitely one of the most affordable ways to get a new iPhone.

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 your phone 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. No matter which payment term you pick from your provider, you’ll pay the same in total for your phone – it’s just your monthly repayments that will vary. 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 (keep in mind that Telstra doesn’t offer 36-month plans). This being said, 12-month plans are much more expensive month-to-month, but it gets you off the plan quicker, which is great if you want to consider jumping to another network provider.

Below you’ll find the cheapest 24-month plans for the iPhone SE from all three providers, and in the table below you’ll find 24-month and 36-month iPhone SE plans.

  • iPhone SE 64GB from Telstra – $55 Small plan (40GB) + $28.29 device payment over 24 months ($83.29 per month, $1998.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone SE 64GB from Optus – $45 Small plan (20GB) + $28.29 device payment over 24 months ($73.29 per month, $1758.96 in total over 24 months)
  • iPhone SE 64GB from Vodafone – $40 Lite plan (10GB) + $28.29 device payment over 24 months (68.29 per month, $1638.96 in total over 24 months)

36-Month Plans for the 64GB iPhone SE

The following table shows selected published 64GB iPhone SE plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our phone plan comparison tool to conduct research on plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

24-Month Plans for the 64GB iPhone SE

The following table shows selected published 64GB iPhone SE plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our phone plan comparison tool to conduct research on plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Best iPhone 12 plans

Each telco offers a range of 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 10-50GB.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB iPhone 12 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 12 Mini plans

The iPhone 12 Mini is the cheapest of the 12 range, and is basically just the iPhone 12 but smaller. It’s available in all of the same colours with all of the same data capacities. You can bundle this phone with the plan of your choice.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB iPhone 12 mini 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 12 Pro plans

The iPhone 12 Pro is a bit of an upgrade to the iPhone 11, featuring a triple rear camera setup. You’ll have a choice between 128GB, 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 12 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.

Best iPhone 12 Pro Max plans

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is an upgrade to the iPhone 12 Pro, and also comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity 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 12 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 plans

Though this phone is from 2019, it is still widely available, and can still be picked up from all three major telcos and from Apple itself. The iPhone 11 comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage capacities, and can be paired with your postpaid plan of choice.

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 SE plans

The iPhone SE is a budget-oriented iPhone released in early 2020 and is perfect for somebody who wants an iPhone but doesn’t want to spend that much money. You can pick it up from the three big telcos with a postpaid plan.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 64GB iPhone SE 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 you want a huge amount of data from your iPhone plan, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all offer phone plans with 100GB of data or more. Below is a selection of postpaid plans with over 100GB that you can couple with an iPhone from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.

What about older iPhones?

While there are still some older iPhones around from some retailers or online (such as the iPhone XS, iPhone X and iPhone 8) these devices are more than a few years old now, so it’s harder to find them in stock. That being said, Telstra and Apple still list the iPhone XS, so you may be surprised.

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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