Where to find the best iPhone XS deal

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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 really offers the best 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 the cheapest 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.

Cheapest iPhone XS Plans Compared

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. This table includes featured products from our referral partners:

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

$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Double data

min. cost $35 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1,080 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised 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 $80.25 for both your plan and phone: $35 for the plan, with a $45.25 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 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’s no termination fees for cancelling your service.

Here’s the cheapest way to get the 64GB iPhone XS from each major telco:

  • Telstra Small Plan (3GB data): $99 per month ($59 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,376 over two years.
  • Vodafone $35 Plan (4GB data): $80.25 per month ($35 plan + $45.25 phone payment). Total cost $1,629 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $35 plan added on, $2,889 over 36 months.
  • Optus $45 My Plan Flex (4GB data): $75 per month ($45 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $1,800 over two years.

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

$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • 20GB bonus data

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Optus Logo

$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2,040 over 24 month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Vodafone Logo

$59 Small Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised 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 want to go all out with the best features the telco has to offer, including data-free NRL, AFL and a 24 month Foxtel Now subscription.

In addition to conventional two-year contracts, Telstra also offers the opportunity to lease the new iPhone XS and upgrade to a new deal further down the line. If you want to keep the iPhone XS at the end of your contract, monthly costs for the standard 64GB model range from $99 to $199. Minimum prices for the larger 256GB and 512GB models are slightly higher.

  • To celebrate the new iPhone releases, Telstra is offering customers choosing its $129 Extra Large plan a $10 monthly credit, as well as bonus data – an extra 60GB per month. This means you’ll get a massive 120GB of data, plus your new iPhone, for as low as $119 monthly.

Telstra plans for the iPhone XS are listed below. These include the plan cost only, not the extra cost of the handset payment. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Telstra, including phone costs, head over to our Telstra iPhone XS guide.

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

$59 Small Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$79 Medium Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10GB bonus data

min. cost $1,896 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$99 Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited talk and text to 15 countries
  • 20GB bonus data
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • Peace of Mind Data

min. cost $2,376 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$129 Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited talk and text to 15 countries
  • $10 Monthly Credit
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • Peace of Mind Data
  • 60GB bonus data

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

120GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$199 Ultimate Unlimited Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited talk and text to 15 countries
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

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

UnlimitedMax 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 can combine your handset with any of the below Red or Red Plus monthly postpaid plans. Red plans start from $35 per month for 3GB 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 new Vodafone Passes for data-free video and music streaming, social media and chat.

Vodafone plans for the iPhone XS are listed below. These include the plan cost only, not the extra cost of the handset payment. To compare every iPhone XS plan from Vodafone, including phone costs, head over to our Vodafone iPhone XS guide.

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

$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Double Data

min. cost $35 over 1 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 5GB Bonus Data

min. cost $45 over 1 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • 20GB bonus data

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • Unlimited 1.5Mbps data
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Vodafone Logo

$80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 70GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • Unlimited 1.5Mbps data
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $80 over 1 month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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Optus iPhone XS Plans

For a limited time, you can score double data on almost all of Optus’ postpaid iPhone plans, including My Plan Pus and My Plan Flex. Sign up or re-contract before 13 January, 2019, and you’ll get twice the data on the following plans:

  • $45 Plan: was 2GB, now 4GB
  • $65 Plan: was 10GB, now 20GB
  • $85 Plan: was 25GB, now 50GB
  • $105 Plan: was 100GB, now 200GB

If you were already considering Optus’ $125 200GB plan, it makes sense to grab the double data $105 deal  – you’ll still get 200GB of data each month, but may pay less in total than on the $125 plan.

Aside from unlimited national talk and text, plans may include unlimited international calling and texting to 35 countries, and up to 6GB of overseas roaming data each month. You’ll also get data-free streaming from Spotify, Google Play and iHeartMusic, plus data-free subscriptions to Optus Sport and National Geographic.

Customers wanting more streaming video can also add unlimited data-free Netflix, Stan, and ABC iView/KIDS for an additional $5 each month. Selected plans may also include bonus data and limited-time discounts: right now, you can score up to 5GB extra each month when you sign up online, depending on your choice of plan.

Optus plans for the iPhone XS are listed below. These include the plan cost only, not the extra cost of the handset payment. 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

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1,080 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Optus Logo

$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1,560 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Optus Logo

$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2,040 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Optus Logo

$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free

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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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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 (150GB max data): $147.87 per month ($80 plan + $67.87 phone payment). Total cost $3,548.88 over two years.
  • Optus $105 My Plan Plus (100GB data + 100GB bonus): $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 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

$80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 70GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • Unlimited 1.5Mbps data
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $80 over 1 month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Vodafone Logo

$199 Ultimate Unlimited Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited talk and text to 15 countries
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

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

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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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 and AFL streaming, in addition to Aussie netball and A-League soccer.
  • Optus holds the rights to English Premier League soccer, as well as top international matches.

Telstra and Optus also have streaming music covered; Telstra offers a bonus six-month Apple music subscription, plus data-free streaming from the service. Go with Optus, and you’ll get data-free Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Play streaming, and you can also add data-free Netflix, Stan and ABC 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.

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