New iPhone 9 and X Plus: Plans, Pricing & Features

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The biggest smartphone event of the year is almost here! It’s not official yet, but Apple is likely to reveal its 2018 flagship iPhones sometime in September – the successors to last year’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and premium iPhone X.

At this stage, even the names of this year’s iPhones are up in the air. Depending on which rumours you believe, the premium iPhone X update could be known as the iPhone X Lite, the iPhone X2, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XI, or even the iPhone 11, with a supersized version already being called the iPhone X Plus. As for the smaller, less expensive iPhone, for now it’s mostly being referred to as the iPhone 9 or simply (and confusingly) ‘iPhone’– but even this may be subject to change.

Although nothing’s been confirmed by Apple, it’s never too early to speculate about iPhone plans and prices. Here’s what we know so far about the 2018 iPhones.

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iPhone 9, X and X Plus Launch Date

Apple hasn’t yet announced the date of its September keynote, but expect the event to take place early in the month – rumours suggest September 12 to be the likeliest day (September 13 here in Australia). It’s almost certain that the company will use the event to unveil its three new iPhones, along with new and updated iPad Pros and Apple Watches.

Once the iPhone announcement is done and dusted, you won’t have to wait very long to buy: last year, pre-orders commenced three days after the initial launch, and phones arrived in store just a week later. So, if all goes well, you’ll be able to take home your very own new iPhone less than two weeks after the device is announced.

iPhone 9 and X Prices

Obviously, we won’t know exactly how much the newest iPhones will cost until after the official Apple announcement – and this includes how much you’ll pay to pick up the device from Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone.

From leaks and online whispers, it’s likely that Apple will release three sizes of iPhone: a 6.5-inch flagship phone (possibly the ‘iPhone X Plus’), a 6.1-inch ‘iPhone 9’, and a smaller 5.8-inch version of the iPhone X. Weirdly, it seems that the mid-sized 6.1-inch option is likely to be the cheapest (more on this below).

iPhone X Plus

Buyers with an eye on the premium ‘X Plus’ model are likely to pay similar upfront prices to last year’s X, beginning at $1,579 for the 64GB (and $1,829 for 256GB). Rumours have suggested that cost-cutting by Apple may mean the new iPhone X could be up to 10% cheaper than last year’s model, but we’re not holding our breath: expect to shell out a minimum of $1,500 for the best-of-the-best Apple smartphone.

iPhone 9 and iPhone X 2018

If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, however, reports indicate that Apple is set to release a new ‘low-cost’ device in the so-called iPhone 9, similar to the iPhone SE or 5c. The iPhone 9 is likely to feature an LCD display (rather than the OLED display found on current iPhones), be smaller in size (about 6.1 inches), and skip some of the premium components found in the flagship X and X Plus handsets. Talk also suggests the 9 will feature a single-lens rear camera, as opposed to the dual-lens shooters on the X series.

If Apple doesn’t cut prices for its ‘cheap’ 2018 handset, expect the standard iPhone 9 and ‘2018 iPhone X’ phones to be similar to Apple’s pricing plan from 2017: from $1,079 upfront for the 64GB iPhone 9, and from $1,229 for the mid-range 64GB iPhone X. If you’re wanting an upgrade to 256GB of storage, you’ll pay around $1,329 for the 9, and $1,479 for the 2018 X.

iPhone 9 and X Plans

As with previous Apple releases, the newest iPhone will be available on contract from Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone, or to buy outright directly from Apple or selected retailers (such as Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi).

It’s likely that the three big telcos will offer exclusive plans and deals for iPhone buyers once pre-orders begin, but the below tables are a general guide only as to the plans you’ll be able to match to your new phone.

Vodafone Plans

Vodafone is the only major Aussie telco to separate phone payment plans from its actual mobile service. With repayment options of 12, 24, and 36 months, Vodafone customers can choose the phone contract that’s right for them, without being locked into a postpaid service plan.

Once you’ve decided which repayment period you’d prefer, you can then pick from a month-to-month postpaid Red plan. All plans include unlimited national talk and text, plus generous data and extras.

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

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Students get Double Data

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $80.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

Telstra Plans

Telstra plans usually don’t come cheap, but Australia’s biggest telco does provide great coverage and plenty of bonus extras (including data-free Apple Music, data-free live sport, free Wi-Fi data at Telstra Air hotspots, and even free Foxtel Now subscriptions).

If you’re looking at a Telstra plan for your iPhone, you’ll likely have to choose between a regular 24-month contract (after which the phone is officially paid off and yours to keep), or a two-year Go Swap leasing plan. Go Swap plans give customers the option of upgrading their device after 12 months; you’ll need to hand back your leased phone and pay a $99 fee to upgrade.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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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
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$79 Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1896 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$99 Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

min. cost $2376 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

min. cost $3096 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$199 Ultimate

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack

min. cost $4776 over 24 month plan period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period

Optus Plans

Last year, Optus announced an insane, limited-time 200GB plan for iPhone 8 and X buyers, so it’s possible that this year’s iPhone will come with a similar promo. Currently, Optus’ phone plans include extras such as data-free mobile TV and music streaming (Netflix, Stan, Spotify, Optus Sport and more) and included international roaming.

If you ‘opt’ for Optus, you’ll also be able to choose between paying off your iPhone over two years, or leasing it via the telco’s My Plan Flex deal. As with Telstra, My Plan Flex allows Optus customers to hand back their phone and upgrade after 12 months for a $99 fee.

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

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 1GB Extra Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 2GB Extra Data

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $3000 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$145 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $3480 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $145Advertised Data^^/billing period

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