The iPhone XS is Apple’s 2018 flagship device, leaving Aussie telcos queuing up to offer you a great deal on it. But which telco really offers the best overall deal for you? It can be hard to see through all the marketing and promises of bonus data etc. Fortunately, Canstar Blue has produced the following guide to help you compare plans and truly find the right deal for both your usage needs and your entertainment preferences.
We’ll look at cheap iPhone XS plans that Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have to offer, as well as those with arguably the best features. After all, cheap plans are fine if all you want is your hands on the new phone, but if you’re going to pay top dollar for it, you might as well find a deal with all the added perks you want, too.
It’s worth noting that after the launch of the 2019 iPhone 11 series, Apple announced that it was discontinuing the iPhone XS and XS Max, so you might find certain storage sizes and colours are out of stock from certain telcos.
The Cheapest iPhone XS Deal
Note: Vodafone and Optus are no longer stocking the iPhone XS, although the phone is still available through Telstra.
If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest monthly iPhone XS plan, Optus $39 Small plan – combined with a 36-month handset payment agreement – is arguably your best bet. Prices per month begin at $66 for both your plan and phone: $39 for the plan, with a $27 discounted phone payment.
This combo sees you paying off your iPhone over 36 months, which may be a little too much commitment for some buyers. However, keep in mind that you’re not locked into your Optus plan, and you can switch between the telco’s data options on a monthly basis without affecting your phone payments. If you’re looking at a 24 or 12-month contract for your phone, you will pay more each month than on the 36-month contract.
If you decide to leave Optus before your iPhone payments are up, simply pay out the remaining balance of your device and you’re free to go. There are no termination fees for cancelling your service.
Here’s the cheapest way to get the 64GB iPhone XS from Optus, Vodafone and Telstra:
- Vodafone $40 Red Plus Plan (10GB data): $66 per month ($40 plan + $26 phone payment). Total cost $936 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $40 plan added on, $2,376 over 36 months.
- Optus $39 Small Choice Plan (10GB data): $66 per month discounted price ($39 plan + $27 discounted phone payment). Total cost $972 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $39 plan added on, $2,376 over 36 months.
- Telstra Small Plan (40GB data): $90 per month ($55 plan + $41 phone payment). Total cost $984 over 24 months just for your phone; with the $55 plan added on $2,304 over 24 months.
Which iPhone XS Plans have the best features?
If you’re more interested in the best value than the cheapest prices, here is a selection of arguably the most attractive iPhone XS deals offered by Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. The following table shows a selection of published 24-month phone plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone for the 64GB iPhone XS 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 comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Telstra iPhone XS Plans
If you’re looking to Telstra as your iPhone provider of choice, you have some flexible options to consider. Adopting the model of separating your phone payments from your plan means that you have more flexibility, with extras like international calls available as add ons at an additional cost. Telstra has also scrapped excess data charges with all plans now offering unlimited data at a capped speed of 1.5Mbps once you go over your data allowance.
Phone plans are available on 24-month device payment periods, while the postpaid plans are run month-to-month, allowing you the option to switch plans if you find you need more data. While the plans are month-to-month, if you cancel your plan, you’ll still need to pay off the remaining amount on your handset. Telstra is running out of stocks of the iPhone XS with 64GB and 512GB the only storage sizes available in limited colour choices.
Telstra plans for the 512GB iPhone XS are listed below. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Telstra, head over to our Telstra iPhone XS guide. The following table shows all published 24-month phone plans from Telstra for the 512GB iPhone XS 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 comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Vodafone iPhone XS Plans
Note: The iPhone XS is no longer available from Vodafone, although you can pick up a phone from the iPhone 11 range of phones or the iPhone SE.
Optus iPhone XS Plans
Note: Optus no longer has the iPhone XS available, although you can pick up the iPhone SE or a phone from the iPhone 11 range through Optus.
Which telco is best for data?
Want big data? If you’re looking at 100GB or more, plans with an iPhone aren’t cheap. But comparing Telstra, Vodafone and Optus at this data level over two years, here’s what you’ll pay for a 64GB iPhone XS:
- Telstra $115 Extra Large Plan (180GB data + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped-speed data): $156 per month ($115 plan + $41 phone payment). Total cost $3,744 over two years.
- Vodafone $80 SIM Only Ultra Plan (150GB high-speed data + unlimited 25Mbps capped-speed data): $139 per month ($100 plan + $39 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over two years.
- Optus $79 Extra Large Choice Plan (120GB data): $119.50 per month ($79 plan + $40.50 phone payment). Total cost $2,868 over two years.
The following table shows the published 24-month phone plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone with the biggest data inclusions for the 64GB iPhone XS 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 comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Which telco is best for features?
This largely comes down to what takes your fancy. If sports are your thing, Optus clearly stands out. Optus holds the rights to English Premier League soccer, as well as many other European leagues and top international soccer matches.
For music lovers, Telstra might interest you. Telstra offers data-free streaming of Apple Music. Add-on data-free entertainment streaming is also available from Vodafone, again with prices starting from $5 monthly.
International roaming data is included on higher-tier plans from Optus, while Vodafone customers can use all their plan’s inclusions overseas from $5 per day. Most telcos also throw in international calls and texts on selected plans, with unlimited international calling offered by both Optus and Vodafone, however Telstra requires you to pay extra for international call add ons. That being said, Telstra unlimited international texts on Upfront plans, along with 30 minutes of calls to standard international numbers.
If you are looking into the iPhone XS, you do have plenty of options from the big three telcos. Whether you want to keep your plan on the cheaper end of the spectrum or if you want huge data and lots of extras, it’s always worth weighing up your phone plan options to find which provider has the best iPhone XS plan to suit you.