How much do iPhones cost?

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Whether you’re an Apple loyalist, or just someone who enjoys the functionality and design of Apple devices, iPhones are still one of the most popular smartphones on the market. With Apple releasing new models every year, it can be hard to keep track of which version of the iPhone is the latest, and really, if the latest iPhone is actually the right device for you.

Compared to other smartphones on the market, iPhones are generally known for their higher prices. While Apple has brought out more affordable options in the past, they can still be pricey for those who are on a tight budget, especially if you’re looking to buy a phone outright.

Which iPhones are currently available?

The latest offerings from Apple are the iPhone 11 series, which includes the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. In 2018, the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR were released after the success of the 2017 release of the iPhone X. The iPhone 11 is the base model and includes some of the features that were previously available on the 2018 premium devices. The 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are essentially the same device with differences mainly in the size and battery life.

Some of the older models, like the iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, and iPhone 7/7 Plus, are still available from several providers. If you want a new phone, but aren’t dedicated to the newest devices, you can get these older phones reasonably cheaper. However, you might find that the storage capacity and colour options are limited, as these phones start disappearing from shelves.

iPhones on a Plan

While you can pay for your new iPhone outright, many Aussies choose to bundle their preferred device with a plan, spreading the cost of repayment over time. So what plans can you get? The following table shows a selection of the cheapest 24-month 64GB iPhone 11 plans 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 providers. This table includes products with links to a referral partner.

iPhone Prices in Australia

While the big telcos don’t generally offer the option to buy an iPhone outright (although Optus does have this option available for some devices), it’s worth looking at the current price of buying an iPhone upfront to help you determine the best value for your money, which depends on what you need from a phone plan.

  • iPhone 11 price: 64GB phone — $1,199, 128GB phone — $1,279, 256GB phone — $1,449
  • iPhone 11 Pro price: 64GB phone — $1,749, 256GB phone — $1,999, 512GB phone — $2,349
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max price: 64GB phone — $1,899, 256GB phone — $2,149, 512GB phone — $2,499
  • iPhone XR price: 64GB phone — $1,229, 128GB phone — $1,299, 256GB phone — $1,479
  • iPhone Xs price: 64GB phone — $1,629, 256GB phone — $1,879, 512GB phone — $2,199
  • iPhone Xs Max price: 64GB phone — $1,799, 256GB phone — $2,049, 512GB phone — $2,369
  • iPhone 8 price: 64GB phone — $979, 256GB phone — $1,229
  • iPhone 8 Plus price: 64GB phone — $1,149, 256GB phone — $1,399
  • iPhone 7 price: 32GB phone — $749, 128GB phone — $919
  • iPhone 7 Plus price: 32GB phone — $929, 128GB phone — $1,099

Because the iPhone X has been officially discontinued and removed from the Apple website, it might be hard to find stocks of these in stores: however, if you do, you’ll find prices around the $1,500 mark. It’s also worth noting that the iPhone Xs and Xs Max have also been discontinued and are no longer on the Apple website.

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How can I get my hands on an iPhone?

There are several ways you can get your hands on the range of iPhones. While Telstra, Vodafone and Optus are the only telcos providing direct access to Apple products on a range of plans, the other option is to buy your phone outright from a retailer (such as the Apple Store) and then find a SIM-only plan that works for you.

This gives you more options than sticking to the big three telcos; however, the upfront cost of an iPhone could be too expensive for most. The benefit of going with Telstra, Vodafone or Optus lies in the convenience of paying for the phone in smaller increments with a plan as part of a contract.

iPhone 11 in six colours with water splash
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Telstra vs Optus vs Vodafone: What is the difference?

All three of the big telcos offer iPhones in conjunction with plans. While once these telcos offered plans on the traditional two-year contract, all three of these telcos now separate phone payments from the postpaid plans. This allows you to select your device, the length of time you want to pay off your device, then your choice of postpaid phone plans to bundle with your device. Vodafone offers phone payment periods of either 12, 24, or 36 months, Telstra offers over 24 or 36 months, while Optus offers 12, 24 or 36-month payment plans and even the option to buy select devices outright.

These plans are much more customisable than the previous contracts, with the idea that you select your phone (the model, colour and storage capacity), then select the length of  your phone repayment period (12, 24 or 36 months). This will then calculate how much the phone repayments are each month. Once you have an idea of how much your device will cost, you then select the plan that you want, and add the plan cost on top of your phone payment, to give you the total you’ll be paying each month.

iPhones from Telstra

Telstra has a wide range of iPhones available, including the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, along with the iPhone XR, Xs and Xs Max, plus some of the older models. Phones are available on either a 24-month or 36-month repayment term, but you’ll still pay the same in total for your device no matter which option you go with.

If you were after a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro on a two-year plan, the cheapest option is a total of $122.87 per month — that’s $50 for the Small plan (which includes 15GB of monthly data), and $72.87 for the handset repayment. This plan also includes free access to the Telstra Air WiFi network, with more than 1 million hotspots Australia-wide.

Telstra plans and prices for the iPhone 11, 11 Prop and 11 Pro Max 64GB

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the 64GB iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max 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 providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

If you want a bit more data,  Telstra’s Large and Extra Large plans go up to 100GB, and 150GB of included monthly high-speed data respectively, and all plans include unlimited data capped at speeds of 1.5Mbps. This means even if you use up your plan’s fast gigabyte allowance, you’ll still have slowed-down data to tide your over until the next month (and no excess data fees).

One other sweetener that Telstra offers across all plans is data-free streaming of Apple Music, and data-free sports streaming of the AFL, AFLW, NRL, Netball and A-League. If you’re a big footy fan, then a Telstra deal might be right for you.

iPhones from Vodafone

If you’re after the latest iPhones from Vodafone, you’ll find the newest devices — the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max — plus a few older iPhones. Vodafone’s handset plans allow you to select your device, decide your repayment period, and then add on the plan you want, with plan costs starting at $40 and going up to $80 per month.

If you’re willing to sign on for 36 months, your handset repayment will be cheaper each month than on the 24 or 12-month plans, but overall you’ll pay the same total no matter which repayment period you opt for.

Vodafone plans and prices for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max 64GB

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the 64GB iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max 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 providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

If you’re after a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro, your cheapest option is on the 36-month phone repayment period, at $48.58 per month for the phone; combined with the $35 Red Plan, you’ll be paying $83.58 per month in total. But you don’t get too many extras included on this plan, and it features a base of only 5GB data. If you were to hop on a 24-month repayment period, you’ll be up for $72.87 per month in phone repayments and, with the $35 Red Plan, it would bring your monthly total to $107.87.

A good option at a more mid-level price would be to go for one of the Red Plus Plans over 36 months. This means that once you get through your high-speed data allowance for the month, you can continue using your data without additional fees, but at a capped speed. You can get the $45 Red Plus with 30GB of high-speed data and combined with a phone repayment of $48.58, you’ll be up for $93.58 each month. If you want more data, the $55 Red Plus Plan has 80GB of fast-speed data while the $65 Red Plus Plan has a generous 120GB of Max Speed data. Combining the $65 plan with a 36-month phone repayment, you’ll pay $113.58 per month. If you were to choose this plan on a 24-month repayment, you would be paying a fair bit more at $137.87 per month.

iPhones from Optus

Optus lets you pick your phone plan payment period of 12, 24 or 36 months to bundle with a postpaid plan. Once you’ve selected the device, colour, storage capacity and payment period, you have a range of plans to choose from. These plans start at $39 with 10GB of data and go up to $79 with 120GB of data. You also have the option of building your own postpaid plan when choosing your data allowance and international inclusions will determine your monthly plan costs.

You can pick up the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, along with a range of older iPhone models. Some of these devices might also be available to buy outright.

Optus plans and prices for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max 64GB

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus plans for the 64GB iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max 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 providers.

If you were to get a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro on a 36-month payment plan, you would be paying $48 per month for your device, and bundled with the $39 plan, you’ll be paying $87 in total each month. On the 24-month plan, your device payments will be up to $72 per month and with the $39 plan, it will be $111 per month. If you didn’t want to be stuck on a payment plan for too long, on the 12-month payment period you’ll pay $144 per month for your phone and with the $39 plan, it will set you back $183 per month.

It’s also worth noting that Optus does have some entertainment extras to sweeten the deal. You can get data-free streaming on a range of entertainment extras, including Optus Sport (which includes the English Premier League).

Which option is best for me?

You’ll really need to weigh up what you can afford, especially whether you can afford to buy a new iPhone outright, to help you determine your best option. All three big telcos have pros and cons, so you need to take into consideration things like entertainment extras and data allowance.

All three tend to offer phone payments are around the same price point, with Vodafone and Telstra generally offering the same monthly price, while Optus might be a little cheaper, it’s the only telco of the three to not offer unlimited capped-speed data. Vodafone does have the cheapest phone plan to bundle with a device, but with 10GB of data, it’s not the most enticing offer unless you’re a light data user. Optus has its $39 plan with 10GB of data, and it will cost you an extra 5c. While Telstra’s plans are a bit pricier, there are more extras included on these plans and you’ll also get unlimited capped-speed data on all of these plans.

Telstra and Optus do offer cheaper phone repayments and enticing entertainment extras. Both provide data-free streaming for a range of sports and music services, so which telco you go with could be determined by which sports you watch, or which music streaming service you use. Telstra also offers free use of Wi-Fi hotspots could be more useful to some phone users.

If you were to buy a 64GB iPhone 11 Pro outright, at $1,749, that would work out to be about $72.87 per month over 24 months. There are a range of prepaid and postpaid SIM-only phone plans that can offer decent data inclusions for under $50, so you could end up paying less than $100 per month over two years. While many can’t afford to buy a new iPhone outright, if you can, you might be able to snag yourself a bargain when pairing with a cheap phone plan.

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