iPhone X Phone Plans Compared

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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 a 64GB model.

iPhone X Plan Prices

The big three providers in Australia to offer phones on a plan (Vodafone, Optus and Telstra) have come to the table with a variety of phone plans. The iPhone X (64GB) is the is the only iPhone X model still available and the telcos’ cheapest offers are as follows:

  • Vodafone: $76 per month in total ($41 phone payment + $35 Red Plan over 36 months)
  • Optus: $90 per month in total ($45 phone payment + $45 plan over 24 months)
  • Telstra: $109 per month in total ($50 phone payment + $59 plan over 24 months)

Below are the three cheapest iPhone X options from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. While Vodafone lets you choose between 12, 24 or 36 months for your device payment where 36 months will give you the cheapest price. For our below comparison, we’ve included the cost of the 24-month device payment to keep it consistent between all three telcos.

It’s also worth noting that you’ll only be able to take advantage of these plans for as long as stocks of the iPhone X last with the three telcos.

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

Apple iPhone X 64GB + $35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $2,316 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $96.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone X 64GB + $45 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $2,160 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone X 64GB + $59 Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $2,616 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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.

The cheapest total plan configuration is $41 phone repayment over 36 months tied into a $35 Red plan. With this you get unlimited calls & texts and 2GB of data. The equivalent plan with the phone paid off over 12 months will cost over $158 per month in total ($35 plan + $123 phone payment), whereas over 24 months, the phone payment will cost you $61.50. The most expensive plan costs $23 per month: the $80 Red Plus phone plan, combined with a phone repayment of $123  over 12 months.

As you can see, 12-month plans are paid off sooner, but mean you’ll 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.

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 payments

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $45 over one month, plus any device payments

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$50 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 50GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $50 over one month, plus any device payments

50GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $60 over one month, plus any device payments

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $80 over one month, plus any device payments

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

$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $60 over one month, plus any device payments

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 $109 each month for the 64GB iPhone X over 24 months, which includes 3GB of data on the $59 Small plan. Prices max out at $199 monthly for both your plan and phone (with a $0 phone payment), on Telstra’s Ultimate Unlimited plan with unlimited high-speed data and 10GB of data roaming in select countries.

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.

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$59 Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$79 Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Includes 10GB bonus data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $1,896 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

20GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$109 Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Includes 20GB bonus data
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $2,616 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data
  • Includes 100GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Special offer: $10 monthly credit

min. cost $3096 over 24 month plan period

160GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$199 Ultimate

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS
  • 10GB international data roaming
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $4776 over 24 month plan period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Optus iPhone X Plans

Optus generally has slightly cheaper phone plans (compared to Vodafone plans over 24 months rather than 36 months) and the inclusions on these plans make Australia’s second largest telco pretty hard to beat when it comes to value for money. While the data inclusions range from 4GB to 200GB, you won’t see any unlimited data plans or plans with unlimited capped speed data. This might not be a problem if you find video and music streaming are the two things that chew through your data. Optus offers data-free music streaming (including Spotify) and Mobile TV streaming (including Netflix and Stan), but whether you will have to pay extra for access depends on which plan you’re on. 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.

If you’re looking at the iPhone X 64GB, the cheapest option is $90 per month, which includes a $45 plan and $45 handset payment, with 4GB of data. The most expensive plan will set you back $125 a month, but includes $0 handset payment and a generous 200GB of data.

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

$45 My Plan Plus

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

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

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$65 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $1,560 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

20GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream music data free

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

50GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

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

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

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

$125 My Plan Plus

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

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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Don’t forget about SIM-only plans

While this page will compare the handset phone plans offered by the big telcos, remember that you can instead purchase the iPhone X outright and opt for a SIM-only deal instead. If you can afford the upfront cost, your world will be opened to some great-value, postpaid SIM-only deals, with many of them offering generous data inclusions for less money.

Below is a selection of published deals from the providers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are sponsored products.

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

Value 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19.99 over one month plan period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $19.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 25 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls
  • Unlimited national and international SMS

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Green 35

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 months plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

$49 Medium BYO Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 15GB + 15GB bonus data

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$50 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 60GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Is an iPhone X plan worth it?

You will be paying around $80 per month at least for the most basic plans, but well over $100 each month in many other cases. Keep an eye out for Vodafone’s cheaper offerings under $80 – but be aware that they run on a three-year contract.

Overall, even the $80 monthly price tag could be a big hit to the wallet for many people, and many may be wondering if purchasing outright is better value. Considering that iPhone X phones start at around $1,500 and stocks are now limited as Apple have discontinued this model, buying outright might save you a bit in the long run if you choose your own cheap SIM-only plan. This way you will be less likely to be on a lengthy contract, with more freedom to move around. 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.

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