How much do iPhones cost?

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 iPhone range from Apple is the iPhone 12 series, which includes the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone SE (2020) is also available from Apple, and is the cheapest smartphone offered by Apple right now. Apple also stocks the iPhone 11 (not the Pro or the Pro Max) and the iPhone XR.

Of the current flagship devices, the iPhone 12 is the base model and includes some of the features that were previously available on the iPhone 11 series. The 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are essentially the same phone with differences mainly in size, camera and battery life. The 12 Mini is the cheapest model available in the 12 series, and has a smaller screen.

In 2019, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max were released, and in 2018, the iPhone Xs series was released. These phones are starting to become unavailable, with some now discontinued by Apple after the release of the iPhone 12.

Some of the older models, like iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone Xs, and iPhone X, are still available from some providers and retailers. 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 are starting to disappear 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 12 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 simple mobile phone plan comparison tool to see plans from a large 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 and Telstra 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 12 price: 64GB phone — $1,349, 128GB phone — $1,429, 256GB phone — $1,599
  • iPhone 12 mini price: 64GB phone — $1,199, 128GB phone — $1,279, 256GB phone — $1,449
  • iPhone 12 Pro price: 128GB phone — $1,699, 256GB phone — $1,869, 512GB phone — $2,219
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max price: 64GB phone — $1,849, 256GB phone — $2,019, 512GB phone — $2,369
  • iPhone SE (2020) price: 64GB phone — $679, 128GB phone — $759, 256GB phone — $929
  • iPhone 11 price: 64GB phone — $999, 128GB phone — $1,079, 256GB phone — $1,249
  • iPhone 11 Pro price: Discontinued by Apple.
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max price: Discontinued by Apple.
  • iPhone XR price: 64GB phone — $699, 128GB phone — $777
  • iPhone Xs price: Discontinued by Apple.
  • iPhone Xs Max price: Discontinued by Apple.
  • iPhone 8 price: Discontinued by Apple.
  • iPhone 8 Plus price: Discontinued by Apple.

Several phones on this list have been discontinued by Apple: in particular, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are no longer available. However, these phones may still be available from some retailers, although scarcely and with different prices and options depending on where you look.

How can I get my hands on an iPhone?

There are several ways you can get your hands on a new iPhone. While Telstra, Vodafone and Optus are the only telcos providing direct access to Apple products on a range of mobile 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 12 in green

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 your postpaid mobile plan. This allows you to select your device, the length of time you want to pay off your device, then your choice of postpaid phone plan, with the option to switch to a different plan down the line. Vodafone offers phone payment periods of either 12, 24, or 36 months, Telstra offers plans over 12 or 24 months (along with the option to purchase some devices outright), while Optus offers 12, 24 or 36-month payment plans and the option to buy select devices outright.

These plans are very customisable, 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 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, along with the iPhone SE, 11 and Xs. Phones are available on a 12 or 24-month repayment term, with the option to purchase outright, but you’re free to switch between mobile plans each month if you sign up on a plan.

If you were after a 64GB iPhone 12 Pro on a two-year plan, the cheapest option costs a total of $111.20 per month — that’s $55 for the Small plan (which includes 40GB of monthly data), and $56.20 for the handset repayment. Keep in mind though that this plan does not have 5G access – if you’d like to access 5G through Telstra, you’ll need a Medium, Large or Extra Large plan.

Telstra plans and prices for the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 Mini 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Telstra plans for the 128GB iPhone 12 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 120GB and 180GB 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 you 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 (subscription not included).

iPhones from Vodafone

If you’re after the latest iPhones from Vodafone, you’ll find the newest devices — the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 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 $120 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 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 Mini 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Vodafone plans for the 128GB iPhone 12 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 12 Pro, your cheapest option is on the 36-month phone repayment period, at $47.19 per month for the phone; combined with the $40 Lite Plan, you’ll be paying $87.19 per month in total. But you don’t get too many extras included on this plan, and it features a base of only 10GB data. If you were to hop on a 24-month repayment period, you’ll be up for $70.79 per month in phone repayments and, with the $40 Lite Plan, it would bring your monthly total to $110.79.

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 fast data and go up to $79 with 120GB of fast data, and all plans also feature unlimited speed-capped data (limited to 1.5Mbps). You also have the option of building your own postpaid plan: choosing your data allowance and international inclusions will determine your monthly plan costs.

You can pick up the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 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 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus plans for the 64GB iPhone 12 Mini 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus plans for the 128GB iPhone 12 Pro 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.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month Optus plans for the 128GB iPhone 12 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 were to get a 64GB iPhone 12 Pro on a 36-month payment plan, you would be paying $47.18 per month for your device, and bundled with the $39 plan, you’ll be paying $86.18 in total each month. On the 24-month plan, your device payments will be up to $70.77 per month and with the $39 plan, it will be $109.77 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 $141.54 per month for your phone and with the $39 plan, it will set you back $180.54 per month. Optus customers also get access to 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. 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, with a similar amount of extras. While Telstra’s plans are a bit pricier, there are more extras included on these plans.

Telstra and Optus do offer competitive phone repayment offers with enticing entertainment extras. Both provide perks for streaming and music services, so which telco you go with could be determined by which sports you watch, or which music streaming service you use.

If you were to buy a 128GB iPhone 12 Pro outright, at $1,699, that would work out to be about $70.79 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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