Where to find the best iPhone XS plan

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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.

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The following table shows the cheapest 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.

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 (5GB data): $78.61 per month ($35 plan + $43.61 phone payment). Total cost $1,570 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $35 plan added on, $2,830 over 36 months.
  • Optus $45 My Plan Plus (4GB data): $112 per month ($45 plan + $67 phone payment). Total cost $2,688 over 24 months.
  • Telstra Small Plan (15GB data): $95.33 per month ($50 plan + $45.33 phone payment). Total cost $1,632 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $50 plan added on $3,432 over 36 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.

You’ll be able to choose between 24 or 36-month device payment periods, while the 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 plans for the 64GB 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 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.

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 5GB 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 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. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Vodafone, including other phone costs, head over to our Vodafone iPhone XS guide. The following table shows all published 24-month phone plans from 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.

Optus iPhone XS Plans

Optus offers the iPhone XS across the 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage sizes on 24-month plans. 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 streaming subscriptions to Optus Sport. 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. To compare other iPhone XS plan from Optus, including phone costs, head over to our Optus iPhone XS guide.

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 $100 Extra Large Plan (150GB data + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped-speed data): $168 per month ($100 plan + $68 phone payment). Total cost $4,032 over two years.
  • Vodafone $65 Red Plus Plan (120GB high-speed data + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped-speed data): $130.41 per month ($65 plan + $65.41 phone payment). Total cost $3,130 over two years.
  • Optus $105 My Plan Plus (200GB data): $140 per month ($105 plan + $35 phone payment). Total cost $3,360 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, 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 also 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. Each telco also throws in international calls and texts on selected plans, with unlimited international calling offered by both Optus and Vodafone.

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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