iPhone 8 and 8 Plus Phone Plans

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While they aren’t the newest batch of smartphones from Apple, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are still exciting phones, especially if you’re unsure about newest devices. So what are you options? You can buy your preferred new iPhone 8, or 8 Plus, outright and find a good SIM-only plan. Prices for the iPhone 8 start at $1,079. Or, you can sign up to a handset phone plan and gradually pay off your new phone in monthly instalments, alongside your plan inclusions.

Both can be good options, but in this review we’ll focus on the handset plans offered with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. All of the plans featured below come with unlimited talk and text, plus varying amounts of data and other extra incentives.

What are the best phone plans for the iPhone 8?

Vodafone provides the cheapest iPhone 8 plans in terms of ongoing monthly repayments. They start at around $62 each month, but for this you’ll be on a 36-month contract. If you’d like to pay off your device sooner, plans quickly escalate: the $35 Red Plan with an iPhone 8 on a 12-month contract will set you back $116 per month.

Starting prices with Optus and Telstra are a little higher, but these two telco giants are likely the best pick if you want bags full of entertainment features included in your bundle. Optus plans start from $75 each month on a standard two-year contract, while Telstra charges a minimum of $77.33 if you want to own the handset on a 36-month payment plan.

The entry-level published plans for each telco are listed below (not including phone payments). Some may include a link to the retailer for further details, and are sponsored products.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month, plus any device repayments

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $1,080 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $50 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus Plans

Vodafone’s iPhone 8 plans are pretty interesting as the telco is the originator of separating the plan and phone repayments. By doing this, you just have to pay for the phone repayment and can chop and change your plan as you like. However cancelling altogether will require you to pay off the remainder of your handset. Different contract lengths are available – 12, 24 or 36 months, with no total price difference between the three, only a difference in the month-to-month cost.

For example, if you choose a payment period of 12 months, you’ll be paying $81 per month for your device. If you opt for the 24-month option, you’ll pay $40.50 per month, while over 36 months your device repayments will be $27 per month. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be paying a minimum cost of $972 in device repayments. These prices do not include the plan cost, as whichever plan you choose will be additional to your device payments.

If you prefer the bigger iPhone model, the iPhone 8 Plus, the total minimum prices over 12, 24 or 36 months work out to be about $1,116. This does not include your chosen plan cost.

Generally, the priciest phone plan also comes with the most data. The most data you can expect is ‘unlimited’ with 125GB full-speed data (and unlimited data at a capped speed of 1.5Mbps), for which you’ll be paying $65 per month (plus any device repayments). Overall, Vodafone benefits from having flexibility, with separation between plan and phone.

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

$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $45 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 30GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $45 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$55 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$65 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 120GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Optus iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus Plans

If Optus is your telco of choice, iPhone 8 plans start from $85 per month ($45 plan, plus a $40 phone payment over 24 months). Optus’ entry-level $45 plan includes just 4GB of data, but comes jam-packed with lots of entertainment perks including data-free streaming and a subscription to Optus Sport.

Optus is a serious challenger to Telstra in the bonus features department, especially when it comes to live sports coverage; there is so much to choose from, it can actually get a little confusing. But Optus may shine through for English Premier League soccer fans. Optus’ iPhone 8 prices max out at $125 per month ($125 plan cost, plus $0 phone payment), or $3000 over a 24-month contract.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

60GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $2,040 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

80GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

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

$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $3,000 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Telstra iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus Plans

Telstra has taken a leaf from Vodafone’s book by separating device payments to the plan. This means that iPhone 8 device payments start from $41 per month over 24 months or $27.33 per month over 36 months. You can then choose from four postpaid month-to-month plans with the Small plan including 15GB data and going up to the Extra Large plan for $100 with 150GB of data.

Telstra clearly has the most costly iPhone 8 plans, but you can get some good value for your money. Data-free sports and music streaming is a big plus, along with access to the Telstra Air WiFi network. Plus, the telco has taken away excess data charges from all postpaid plans, so once you go over your inclusion, you’ll still be able to use data but at a capped speed of 1.5Mbps.

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

Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $50 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $60 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $80 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $100 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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iPhone 8 Plans: The Final Word

Overall, there are some things to really consider. Firstly, which model of plan suits you best — do you prefer the traditional 24-month contract where your device payment varies depending on your plan choice, or do you like the flexibility of choosing your plan separate to your device payment.

Then there is also the data inclusion to consider. Not only can you get small and large data inclusions from all three telcos, but both Vodafone and Telstra offer essentially ‘unlimited’ data even if it’s capped to speeds of 1.5Mbps. Optus however, doesn’t include this option on any plan. Entertainment extras is another thing to consider with both Telstra and Optus offering something different. Even Vodafone has the option to add entertainment extras for an additional monthly cost.

There are lots of plans to pick from, but try not to rush in without giving it serious thought. Phone contracts are serious financial commitments and should not be taken lightly, no matter how exciting the prospect of getting your hands on the best new phones.

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