Where to find the best iPhone XS plan

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The iPhone XS is Apple’s latest 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.

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To get your comparison started, here are the cheapest published iPhone XS plans on offer from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus for the standard 64GB model over a 24 month plan period. This table shows some featured products from our referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $47 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,208 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $92Advertised Data^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,460 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $102.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $59 Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $55 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,736 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $114Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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The Cheapest iPhone XS Deal

If you’re looking for the absolute cheapest monthly iPhone XS plan, Vodafone’s $35 Red option – combined with a 36-month handset payment agreement – is arguably your best bet. Prices per month begin at $80 for both your plan and phone: $35 for the plan, with a $45 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 Vodafone Red plan, and you can switch between Vodafone’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 Vodafone 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 each major telco:

  • Vodafone $35 Plan (2GB data): $80 per month ($35 plan + $45 phone payment). Total cost $1,620 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $35 plan added on, $2,880 over 36 months.
  • Optus $45 My Plan Flex (4GB data): $82 per month ($45 plan + $37 phone payment on a lease plan). Total cost $1,968 over 24 months.
  • Telstra Small Plan (3GB data): $104 per month ($59 plan + $45 phone payment on a lease plan). Total cost $2,496 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. This table includes featured products from our referral partners:

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $50 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 50GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,820 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $117.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $20 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $99 Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Includes ‘Peace of Mind’ data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Includes 20GB bonus data
  • Price includes $25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,976 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $124Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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Telstra iPhone XS Plans

If Telstra is your iPhone provider of choice, you have plenty of options to consider, whether you’re looking for modest inclusions just to get your hands on the new iPhone XS, or you want to go all out with the best features the telco has to offer, including data-free NRL, AFL, and Apple Music streaming.

In addition to conventional two-year contracts, Telstra also offers the opportunity to lease the iPhone XS and upgrade to a new deal further down the line after you hand your device back. Lease plans will generally give you $10 off your monthly price compared to the buy option, with the opportunity to upgrade after 12 months for $99. If you want to lease the iPhone XS, monthly costs for the standard 64GB model range from $104 to $199. Minimum prices for the larger 256GB and 512GB models are slightly higher.

Telstra plans for the iPhone XS are listed below. These include the plan cost in conjunction with the 64GB phone on a buy plan. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Telstra, head over to our Telstra iPhone XS guide. The below table includes sponsored links.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $59 Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $55 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,736 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $114Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $79 Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Includes 10GB bonus data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $40 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,856 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $99 Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Includes 20GB bonus data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $25 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,976 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $124Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data
  • Includes 100GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Special offer: $10 monthly credit
  • Price includes $20 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,336 over 24 month plan period

160GBMax Data**/billing period $139Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $199 Ultimate

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • 10GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Price includes $0 monthly device payment

min. cost $4,776 over 24 month plan period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone iPhone XS Plans

You’ll be able to pick up the iPhone XS in all three storage sizes from Vodafone and combine your handset with any of the below Red or Red Plus monthly postpaid plans. Red plans start from $35 per month for 2GB of data, and you can also opt for unlimited 1.5Mbps data on Vodafone’s Red Plus deals. Red Plus plans include a hefty amount of high-speed gigabytes, plus unlimited slow data to prevent overage fees.

Depending on your choice of Vodafone plan, you can also score bonus data, Qantas Frequent Flyer points, and international call minutes. All of these plans are compatible with Vodafone’s $5 overseas roaming, as well as the Vodafone Passes, which give you access to data-free video and music streaming, social media and chat for an additional monthly cost.

It’s also worth noting that these plans are a month-to-month plan, while the handset cost is on a 12, 24 or 36 month contract. If you decide to cancel your plan, you will need to pay the remaining handset cost.

Vodafone plans for the iPhone XS are listed below. These include the plan and handset payment over a 24-month plan period. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Vodafone, including other phone costs, head over to our Vodafone iPhone XS guide. This table includes sponsored links.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,460 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $102.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1,000 standard international mins to Zone 1 countries, 150 mins to Zone 2 countries
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,700 over 24 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $112.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $50 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 50GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1,000 standard international mins to Zone 1 countries, 150 mins to Zone 2 countries
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,820 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $117.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2,000 standard international mins to Zone 1 countries, 200 mins to Zone 2 countries
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,060 over 24 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $127.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2,000 standard international mins to Zone 1 countries, 200 mins to Zone 2 countries
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,060 over 24 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $127.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 3,000 standard international mins to Zone 1 countries, 300 mins to Zone 2 countries
  • 20,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,540 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $147.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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Optus iPhone XS Plans

Optus offers the iPhone XS across the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage sizes. Much like Telstra, Optus also offers lease plans in addition to the ‘own a phone’ plans, with the lease option saving you about $10 on the device repayment. If you wish to upgrade after 12 months, you will need to hand the device back in good working condition and pay a $99 upgrade fee.

Aside from unlimited national talk and text on all plans, plans may also include unlimited international calling and texting to 35 countries, and up to 4GB of overseas roaming data each month. You’ll also get data-free music streaming from Spotify, Google Play and iHeartMusic, plus data-free streaming subscriptions to Optus Sport and National Geographic.

Customers wanting to stream video can also add unlimited data-free video streaming (including Netflix, Stan and ABC iView/KIDS) for an additional $5 each month. Optus may offer the data-free video streaming at $0 on select plans from time-to-time. Selected plans may also include bonus data and limited-time discounts.

Optus plans for the iPhone XS are listed below. These include the plan cost in conjunction with the 64GB phone handset payment on the ‘own a phone’ plan. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Optus, including phone costs, head over to our Optus iPhone XS guide.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $47 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,208 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $92Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $37 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,448 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $102Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $20 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • 2GB monthly roaming data to Zone 1 countries
  • Price includes $5 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,640 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $110Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • 4GB monthly roaming data to Zone 1 countries
  • Price includes $0 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,000 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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 Ultimate Unlimited plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over two years.
  • Vodafone Red Plus Plan (80GB + 70GB bonus max data): $147.50 per month ($80 plan + $67.50 phone payment). Total cost $3,540 over two years.
  • Optus $105 My Plan Plus (100GB data + 100GB bonus data): $110 per month ($105 plan + $5 phone payment). Total cost $2,640 over two years.

Here is a selection of big-data plans from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. This table includes featured products from our referral partners:

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points
  • Price includes $67.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,540 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $147.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free
  • Price includes $5 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,640 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $110Advertised Data^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

Apple iPhone XS 64GB + $199 Ultimate Unlimited

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS
  • 10GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $4,776 over 24 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Which telco is best for features?

This largely comes down to what takes your fancy. If sports are your thing, Telstra and Optus clearly stand out:

  • Telstra offers data-free NRL, AFL and AFLW streaming, in addition to Australian netball and A-League soccer.
  • Optus holds the rights to English Premier League soccer, as well as many other European leagues and top international soccer matches.

Telstra and Optus also have music streaming covered; Telstra offers data-free streaming of Apple Music. With Optus, you’ll get data-free Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play streaming.

Optus does also offer the option to add data-free streaming of  Netflix, Stan and ABC apps, which you can add to your plan from $5 per month.

Add-on data-free streaming is also available from Vodafone, again with prices starting from $5 monthly. Commit to Vodafone, and you’ll also get up to 20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points, and may be eligible for discounts of up to 10% if you’re a student or long-term customer.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard two-year phone plan, both Telstra and Optus offer lease plans; you’ll rent your device over two years, with the option to upgrade after 12 months for a $99 fee. These plans are usually around $10 per month cheaper than standard phone payment plans, but you won’t get to keep your device when your contract ends or you decide to upgrade.

International roaming data is included on higher-tier plans from Telstra and Optus, and Vodafone customers can use all their plan’s inclusions overseas from $5 per day. Each telco also throws in international calls and texts on selected plans, with unlimited international calling offered by both Optus and Telstra.

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 comparing your options to find which provider has the best iPhone XS plan to suit you.

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