iPhone X Phone Plans Compared

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NOTE: The iPhone X is no longer available from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone as of September 2019. If you wish to purchase this device, you will need to buy the device outright either from retailers which still have stock or second hand. You can then pair your device with a SIM-only phone plan. 

While the iPhone X is now a couple years old, there are still some plans floating around. Pronounced the ‘ten’, the X starts at just under $1,500 outright, which you could then theoretically bundle with a SIM-only plan, but if that figure is a tough pill to swallow then a phone on a plan may be a bit easier on the hip pocket.

It’s worth noting that Apple has discontinued the iPhone X (after the release of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR), so finding an iPhone X on a plan is increasingly difficult unless you’re happy with the entry-level 64GB model.

SIM-only plans

As the iPhone X is no longer available, if you purchase this device outright, you’ll need a SIM-only plan to bundle with your phone. Here is a selection of postpaid SIM-only plans as published on Canstar Blue’s database, with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Vodafone iPhone X Plans

Vodafone is an interesting concept because the telco has separated the phone repayment from the plan price. What this effectively means is that the only contract you are tied into is the phone repayment – its ‘Red’ plans are month-to-month and can be chopped and changed as your needs change. While the Red Plans that Vodafone offers in conjunction with a new phone are month-to-month plans (with no early exit fees), if you decide to cancel your plan, you’ll need to repay 100% of the remaining costs of your device. Otherwise you’re free to switch between the different month-to-month Red Plans.

While the 12-month plans are paid off sooner, you’ll also be paying a larger amount each month. With Vodafone, plan repayments come down to striking a balance of what you can afford and selecting a phone repayment length you are comfortable with. The flexibility to choose a different Red plan each month, however, is noteworthy, as your needs may change over time.

It’s worth noting that Vodafone no longer has the iPhone X available for purchase. If you’re interested in other iPhones from Vodafone, the following table includes the plans available to bundle with your phone as published on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest, then data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Telstra iPhone X Plans

While Telstra generally has some of the priciest entry-level iPhone X plans, however there are generous inclusions that do tend to make up for the price. Prices start at $91.33 each month for the 64GB iPhone X over 36 months, which includes 15GB of data on the $50 Small plan. Prices max out at $162 monthly for both your plan and phone (with a $62 phone payment), on Telstra’s Extra Large plan over 24 months, which includes 150GB of monthly fast data.

Perhaps the most notable thing about Telstra, however, is its range of bonuses. Data-free streaming is available across the NRL, AFL, A League and Netball, as well as data-free streaming of Apple Music. You’ll also gain free access to the Telstra Air WiFi data network with more than one million hot spots throughout Australia. Telstra may be Australia’s costliest phone-on-a-plan provider, but its range of bonuses may more than make up for it.

Like with Vodafone, Telstra no longer has the iPhone X in stock. If you want to pick up another iPhone from Telstra, the below table includes the month-to-month postpaid SIM-only plans which can be bundled with your device of choice as published on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Optus iPhone X Plans

Optus also separates phone plans from handset payments, with reasonably priced handset and plan costs, plus with the added inclusions on these plans, it makes Australia’s second largest telco pretty hard to beat when it comes to value for money. While the data inclusions range from 10GB to 120GB, you won’t see any unlimited data plans or plans with unlimited capped speed data. Optus also offers some extra perks like data-free streaming of sports. Plans combined with new phones tend to have these entertainment extras thrown in at no extra cost, but it’s worth checking before you buy.

While the iPhone X is no longer available from Optus, there are plenty of other iPhones to choose from. The following table includes Optus’s month-to-month postpaid plans available to bundle with a new smartphone.

Is an iPhone X plan worth it?

Considering that iPhone X phones start at around $1,500 and stocks are now limited as Apple have discontinued this model, buying outright is now your only option, and you’ll need to bundle with your own cheap SIM-only plan. If you can stomach the high upfront cost, purchasing outright is a viable option; but this obviously varies with your own needs, so you should do your own research. Even if the iPhone X was your phone of choice, there are plenty of other iPhones still available from these telcos, so you might want to look into other iPhone models to see if there is a device to suit your needs.

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