iPhone X Phone Plans Compared

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The iPhone X is the latest and greatest iPhone yet, but how are you going to get one? Pronounced the ‘ten’, the X starts at about $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. Read on for what Australia’s phone providers are offering.

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 huge variety of phone plans. The iPhone X (64GB) is the more affordable of the two iPhone X models, and the telcos’ cheapest offers are as follows:

  • Vodafone: $78.86 per month in total (36 month phone repayment)
  • Optus: $90 per month in total (24 month lease plan)
  • Telstra: $104 per month in total (24 month lease plan)

As you can see, the big phone with lots to give also attracts a big phone plan price, with some of the most premium plans costing almost $200 per month. See below for a more detailed insight into what the big providers are offering.

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

$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $35 per month plus any device repayments

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

$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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. This results in a huge variation of phone plans, but the crux of it is:

  • The cheapest total plan configuration is a $43.86 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 $165 per month in total ($35 plan,  + $131.58 phone payment) .
  • The most expensive plan costs $211.58 per month: the $80 Red Plus phone plan, married to a phone repayment of $131.58 (12 month phone repayment).

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 needs may change over time.

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

$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $35 per month plus any device repayments

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

$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $45 per month plus any device repayments

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

$60 Red Unlimited

  • Unlimited Data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $60 per month plus any device repayments

Unlimited* Max Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$80 Red Unlimited

  • Unlimited Data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $80 per month plus any device repayments

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

$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $60 per month plus any device repayments

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus iPhone X Plans

Optus is one of two providers – the other being Telstra – to offer what’s called a ‘lease’ plan. This can be confusing when ordering from Optus online, as the Optus Shops’ plan builder is set to ‘leasing’ by default.

Leasing essentially means you have to give your phone back at the end of your term, or upgrade after a year for a fee of $99. This is great for iPhone geeks who like to get the latest every year, but maybe not-so-great for those who plan to have their iPhone X for a good while.

  • The cheapest lease plan is $90 per month in total ($45/$45 plan and phone repayment), for which customers receive unlimited calls & texts plus 2GB data.
  • The equivalent plan, where you get to own your phone after two years, is $100 per month in comparison.
  • The most expensive ‘own your phone’ plan is currently $125 per month, on Optus $125 200GB plan.

Optus, as one of Australia’s largest telcos, has a series of tasty bonuses tacked onto phone plans, which get more enticing as plans increase in price. Optus offers data-free music streaming for many services such as Spotify, plus data-free Optus Sport and National Geographic streaming. Customers on selected plans will also enjoy unlimited international calls and texts to 35 countries, plus up to 4GB of overseas roaming data each month.

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

$45 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$65 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$85 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$125 My Plan Flex

  • 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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free

min. cost $3000 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Telstra iPhone X Plans

As expected, the ‘network without equal’ has some of the priciest entry-level iPhone X plans. Prices start at over $100 each month, in which customers receive a relatively paltry 3GB of data on the $59 Small plan. Telstra is another telco to offer ‘lease’ plans, and similar deals for leasing apply – such as cheaper phone plans or data bonuses.

  • Leasing a Telstra phone plan usually takes off either $10 per month, or adds some extra data onto your phone plan.
  • Prices max out at $199 monthly for both your plan and phone, on Telstra’s Ultimate Unlimited plan with unlimited high-speed data.

Perhaps the most notable thing about Telstra, however, is its range of bonuses. It’s partnered with Foxtel Now to deliver up to three ‘Starter Packs’, which are worth $10-$15 per month each by themselves. Also included with many plans are Apple Music memberships, Telstra Air data, data-free NRL & AFL streaming and much more.

Telstra may be Australia’s costliest phone-on-a-plan provider, but its range of bonuses may more than make up for it.

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

$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

$79 Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1896 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

$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 Go To Site
Telstra Logo

$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 Go To Site
Telstra Logo

$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 Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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.

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 National Calls & SMS

min. cost $299.88 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 25 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $300 over 12 month contract

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Green 35

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 Months

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

Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$50 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 14GB Extra Data
  • 8,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Is an iPhone X plan worth it?

The big three telcos have finally shed some light about their iPhone X plans. 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’re only available 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.

  • iPhone X phones outright start at around $1,500. If you don’t want to spend quite so much, have you considered the iPhone 8 instead?
  • While this may be a bigger initial hit, it may work out cheaper in the long term to opt for this route and find your own SIM-only plan, with unlimited talk & text plus 2GB costing under $20 with the cheapest providers.

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’ll have to do your own research.

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