Google calls it the best phone on the planet. That’s quite a statement. But if you’re prepared to find out for yourself, Canstar Blue will guide you through your plan options for the Google Pixel. We won’t waste your time by going over all the techy features and gimmicks, instead we’ll just dive straight into the detail and tell you how you can get your hands on the Google Pixel and what it will cost you.
- The Google Pixel 2 comes with a RRP of $1,079 for the 64GB version, or $1,229 for the 128GB device.
- The Pixel 2 XL, with the 6 inch screen, will set you back $1,399 for the 64GB model or $1,549 for the 128GB version.
- If you don’t want to splash out the full price upfront, you can get your hands on the Pixel phone by signing up to a bundled phone plan – paying off the cost monthly, on top of your chosen plan inclusions over 2 years.
So, if you want to sign up to a plan, what are your options? Well, unlike other flagship smartphones like the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel is only available through one service provider in Australia. It goes by the name of Telstra. You may have heard of it. If you don’t want to go with Telstra, your only other option is to buy the phone outright and find a good SIM-only phone plan with another provider.
Google Pixel 2 Phone Plans with Telstra
Telstra Google Pixel (64GB) plans start from $77 a month for both the $59 plan and the actual handset repayment. Telstra also throws some extra perks into the mix, including a 6 month subscription to Apple Music, data-free music streaming with the service, plus data-free streaming of NRL, AFL and netball matches. Prices gradually increase as you throw in more data, international inclusions and Foxtel Now packages.
However, it’s important to note that the cheapest prices for the Google Pixel 2 are on ‘lease’ plans, rather than traditional phone plans where you pay off the cost of the handset over time and then own it for yourself. With lease plans, you will have to return the phone to Telstra – or upgrade to the next latest and greatest handset – at the end of the contract.
- At the cheapest end of the pricing spectrum, lease plans cost $10 less a month.
- The 128GB model will typically cost about $10 a month more than its 64GB stablemate for the same plan.
This is how Telstra’s Google Pixel 2 lease plans shape up. There are six plans to choose from, with prices ranging from $59 up to an eye-watering $199 a month – though you do get an incredible 100GB of data for your money! Keep your eyes peeled for the minimum cost details over the 2 years.
What if you want to own the Google Pixel 2?
If you don’t like the idea of a lease phone plan, you can sign up to a more traditional plan and get to keep the Google Pixel 2 at the end of the contract. Prices for the cheapest plans cost $10 more than the leasing options, but as data allowances and inclusions increase, you’ll see prices are the same as lease plans. You’ll have to consider if getting a bit more data or a discounted phone plan is worth the sacrifice of your phone to the Telstra Gods at the end of your term is worth it; you could sell your phone at the end of your term and recoup some of your expenditure!
Google Pixel 2 XL Phone Plans with Telstra
Just like its rival smartphones – the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy 8 – the Google Pixel comes with a bigger brother, the Google Pixel XL.
- Once again you can choose from a 64GB or 128GB memory size.
- If you want to sign up to a plan, Telstra is once again your only telco option in Australia.
Google Pixel 2 XL (64GB) plans with Telstra start from $94 a month if you want to lease the phone or $104 a month if you want to own it at the end of your 2 year contract. Plan inclusions simply reflect those with the Pixel 2 mentioned above, with the extra costs simply to pay off the more expensive handset.
If you want to go all out and sign up for the Google Pixel 2 XL (128GB), you will pay a minimum of $99 a month to lease the phone, or $109 a month to own it. This is how the lease plans look:
What if you want to own the Google Pixel 2 XL?
If you’d prefer to own the Google Pixel 2 XL at the end of your contract – and why wouldn’t you? – this is how Telstra’s plans shape up:
Should you sign up for a Google Pixel plan?
The great thing about the Aussie phone market is that it’s so competitive. If you take the iPhone X for example, there are four service providers all with different plan options and features for you to consider – namely Vodafone, Optus and Virgin Mobile, as well as Telstra. Competition is always healthy and will naturally help to keep prices ‘competitive’. However, in the case of the Google Pixel, Telstra is your only option – provided you want to sign up to a plan and pay off the cost gradually over 2 years. Telstra may have an extensive mobile network across Australia – probably the most extensive – but the telco giant is clearly not everyone’s cup of tea.
If you want the Google Pixel phone, but don’t want Telstra’s company for 2 years, the alternative is that you can buy the handset outright (easier said than done, we know) and find a good SIM-only plan from one of more than 20 different carriers.
The great thing about SIM-only plans is that they often come with no lock-in contract, so you’re free to switch whenever you want, or when a better deal comes up. Above you can see that unlimited calls & texts plus 2GB data can be found for under $15 these days, but do keep in mind the 12 month contracts often found with these low, low prices!
- Compare this with stomaching the cost of your phone outright plus a cheap plan, and you could save hundreds of dollars over two years!
Whichever route you decide to take, just be sure to do your research first. Owning a new smartphone is great, but whether you sign up a contract or buy it outright, it’s going to be a big financial decision.