iPhone XR: Prices, Plans & Deals Compared

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More than a month after Apple’s initial announcement, and a week after pre-orders kicked off, the iPhone XR is now officially available to buy. If you’re looking for a more ‘affordable’ alternative to the iPhone XS and XS Max – but still want a premium smartphone experience – the XR deserves your attention, and it’s available on plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Apple is releasing the XR in three storage sizes: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Outright pricing for each size is below.

  • 64GB: $1,229
  • 128GB: $1,299
  • 256GB: $1,479

Of course, if you don’t have $1,200+ lying around, you can spread your payments out over 12, 24, or 36 months by buying on-contract from your preferred telco. Read on for all the plan info for Apple’s XR, or jump to your preferred provider.

Telstra iPhone XR Plans

All three sizes of the iPhone XR will be available to lease or buy on Telstra’s 24-month postpaid plans, which are listed below. The prices you see here don’t include the handset payments for your iPhone XR, but expect to pay up to around $40 per month for your phone, depending on your choice of plan and model. These plans are available with other iPhones. These are sponsored products.

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$59 Small Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period

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$79 Medium Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10GB bonus data

min. cost $1,896 over 24 month plan period

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$99 Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Foxtel Now subscription and Starter Pack
  • 20GB bonus data
  • Peace of Mind data
  • Unlimited international talk and text

min. cost $2,376 over 24 month plan period

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$129 Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $10 Monthly Credit
  • Foxtel Now subscription and Starter Pack
  • Peace of Mind data
  • Unlimited international talk and text
  • 60GB bonus data

min. cost $2,856 over 24 month plan period

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$199 Ultimate Unlimited Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Foxtel Now subscription and Starter Pack
  • Unlimited international talk and text
  • 10GB international roaming data

min. cost $4,776 over 24 month plan period

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Standard Telstra Plans for the iPhone XR

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $94 per month ($59 plan + $35 phone payment). Total cost $2,256 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $104 per month ($79 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,496 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $109 per month ($99 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,616 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $119 per month ($129 plan + $0 phone payment, minus $10 credit). Total cost $2856 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $109 per month ($59 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $2,616 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $119 per month ($79 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $124 per month ($99 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,976 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $134 per month ($129 plan + $15 phone payment, minus $10 credit). Total cost $3,216 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XR:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $119 per month ($59 plan + $60 phone payment). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $134 per month ($79 plan + $55 phone payment). Total cost $3,216 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $139 per month ($99 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $149 per month ($129 plan + $30 phone payment, minus $10 credit). Total cost $3,576 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Lease Plans for the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is also available to lease over a 24-month period. What this means is instead of paying off your phone over two years, then keeping it forever, you’re basically renting it; after 24 months of payments, you’ll need to hand your phone back to Telstra, or pay an extra ‘fair market’ price to own it.

These plans are $10 per month cheaper than the above standard payment plans, and also give you the option of upgrading your iPhone after just 12 months. To do this, you’ll need to hand in your phone, and pay a $99 upgrade fee.

Telstra Mobile Lease Plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $84 per month ($59 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,016 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $94 per month ($79 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $2,256 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $99 per month ($99 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,376 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $119 per month ($129 plan + $0 phone payment, minus $10 credit). Total cost $2,856 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Lease Plan prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $99 per month ($59 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,376 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $109 per month ($79 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $2,616 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $114 per month ($99 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $2,736 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $124 per month ($129 plan + $5 phone payment, minus $10 credit). Total cost $2,976 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Telstra Mobile Lease Plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XR:

  • Small Plan (3GB): $109 per month ($59 plan + $50 phone payment). Total cost $2,616 over 24 months
  • Medium Plan (20GB): $124 per month ($79 plan + $45 phone payment). Total cost $2,976 over 24 months
  • Large Plan (50GB): $129 per month ($99 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $3,096 over 24 months
  • Extra Large Plan (120GB): $139 per month ($119 plan + $20 phone payment, minus $10 credit). Total cost $3,336 over 24 months (special price)
  • Ultimate Unlimited Plan (unlimited data): $199 per month ($199 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $4,776 over 24 months

Vodafone iPhone XR Plans

Vodafone now separates phone repayments from its mobile plan prices, and you can choose to pay off your phone over a period of 12, 24, or 36 months. You’ll still pay about the same in total for your iPhone XR no matter which term you opt for, but spreading the payments out longer means you’ll pay less each month.

Below are some of the Red and Red Plus plans you can sign up for with your new device. Again, below prices don’t include what you may pay each month for your iPhone. These plans are available with other iPhones. These are sponsored products.

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$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 4GB Bonus Data

min. cost $35 over 1 month plan period

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$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 15GB Bonus Data
  • Up to 1150 minutes international calls

min. cost $45 over 1 month plan period

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$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • 20GB bonus data
  • Up to 2,200 minutes international calls

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

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$60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • Unlimited 1.5Mbps data
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Up to 2,200 minutes international calls

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

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$80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 70GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • Unlimited 1.5Mbps data
  • 20,000 Qantas Points
  • Up to 3,300 minutes international calls

min. cost $80 over 1 month plan period

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Vodafone Payment Plans for the iPhone XR

As Vodafone is the only major telco to separate phone repayment from your mobile plan, you have a little more flexibility when it comes to picking your payment term. The iPhone XR is available on interest-free payment plans of either 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months. The total cost of the device is basically the same no matter which option you pick, but your monthly payment will vary.

Phone payment prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • 12 months: $102.41 per month (total cost $1,228.68)
  • 24 months: $51.20 per month (total cost $1,228.80)
  • 36 months: $34.13 per month (total cost $1,228.68)

Phone payment prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • 12 months: $108.25 per month (total cost $1,299)
  • 24 months: $54.12 per month (total cost $1,298.88)
  • 36 months: $36.08 per month (total cost $1,298.88)

Phone payment prices for the 256GB iPhone XR:

  • 12 months: $123.25 per month (total cost $1,479)
  • 24 months: $61.62 per month (total cost $1,478.88)
  • 36 months: $41.08 per month (total cost $1,478.88)

All the above prices are for your phone payment only: you need to add them on to your Vodafone Red or Red Plus plan to get the total monthly cost. Although your iPhone payments require a contract, all Vodafone plans are on a month-to-month basis, so you can switch between plans monthly without penalties or fees.

Optus iPhone XR Plans

Optus is also stocking the iPhone XR, with customers having the option of leasing their phone over 24 months, or just signing up for a standard two-year payment plan.

Below are the 24-month Optus postpaid plans you can bundle with the iPhone XR. These prices don’t include what you’ll pay for your phone, but details of plan and phone pricing are listed below the table. These plans are available with other iPhones.

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$45 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $1,080 over 24 month plan period

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$65 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $1,560 over 24 month plan period

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$85 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $2,040 over 24 month plan period

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$105 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period

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$125 My Plan Plus

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

min. cost $3,000 over 24 month plan period

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Standard Optus Plans for the iPhone XR

Optus My Plan Plus prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • 4GB My Plan Plus: $77 per month ($45 plan + $32 phone payment). Total cost $1,848 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $87 per month ($65 plan + $22 phone payment). Total cost $2,088 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Plus: $90 per month ($85 plan + $5 phone payment). Total cost $2,160 over 24 months.
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

Optus My Plan Plus prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • 4GB My Plan Plus: $87 per month ($45 plan + $42 phone payment). Total cost $2,088 over 24 months.
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $97 per month ($65 plan + $32 phone payment). Total cost $2,328 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Plus: $100 per month ($85 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $2,400 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

Optus My Plan Plus prices for the 256GB iPhone XR:

  • 4GB My Plan Plus: $97 per month ($45 plan + $52 phone payment). Total cost $2,328 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $107 per month ($65 plan + $42 phone payment). Total cost $2,568 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Plus: $110 per month ($85 plan + $25 phone payment). Total cost $2,640 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $115 per month ($105 plan + $10 phone payment). Total cost $2,760 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

Optus Lease Plans for the iPhone XR

If you’re happy to lease your phone rather than buy it, you can save $10 or more each month by opting for Optus’ My Plan Flex deals. These plan means that you’ll pay a monthly lease price over 24 months, then hand back your iPhone to Optus rather than keep it at the end of your contract. You also have the option of upgrading at 12 months – you’ll need to pay a $99 upgrade fee, hand back your phone to Optus, and sign a new contract.

Optus My Plan Flex prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • 4GB My Plan Flex: $60 per month ($45 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $1,440 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $72 per month ($65 plan + $7 phone payment). Total cost $1,728 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Flex: $85 per month ($85 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,040 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

Optus My Plan Flex prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • 4GB My Plan Flex: $77 per month ($45 plan + $32 phone payment). Total cost $1,848 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $87 per month ($65 plan + $22 phone payment). Total cost $2,088 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Flex: $90 per month ($85 plan + $5 phone payment). Total cost $2,160 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

Optus My Plan Flex prices for the 256GB iPhone XR:

  • 4GB My Plan Flex: $87 per month ($45 plan + $42 phone payment). Total cost $2,088 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $97 per month ($65 plan + $32 phone payment). Total cost $2,328 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Flex: $100 per month ($85 plan + $15 phone payment). Total cost $2,400 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $105 per month ($105 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $2,520 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $125 per month ($125 plan + $0 phone payment). Total cost $3,000 over 24 months

iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS

If you’re unsure about the high-end XS phones – which start at $1,629 for the XS, and $1,799 for the XS Max – but still plan to upgrade your phone, you may prefer the lower-priced XR. The device packs similar software to the XS, including the all-new A12 Bionic chip, but forgoes the dual rear camera setup of the XS series in favour of a single 12-megapixel lens in back, and a 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera in front with Apple’s advanced Portrait Mode for amazing selfies.

Design-wise, the XR is built from aerospace-grade aluminium, with an edge-to-edge LCD Liquid Retina display. This isn’t quite as premium as the OLED screens you’ll get in the iPhone XS and XS Max, but still offers gorgeous colours and 6.1-inches of display space. Other features and specifications found in the iPhone XR include:

  • Face ID
  • IP67 water/dust resistance – can withstand water of up to one metre, for up to 30 minutes
  • Wireless Qi charging
  • 4K video recording
  • Dual SIM (nano SIM and eSIM compatible)
  • iOS 12
  • Siri assistant
  • ApplePay

While the build quality of the pricier XS range is superior, the XR is still a well-crafted device with an outstanding display, powerful performance and great range of features. It’s also being offered in half a dozen colours, including white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and the special Product (RED) finish, which contributes directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

One downside for buyers, however, may be that the XR will only be offered in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB  storage sizes – you won’t be able to buy a 512GB iPhone XR, unlike both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

iPhone XS and XS Max prices and plans

If you’d still like to compare mobile plans for the new iPhone XS and XS Max, both of which are now available to buy, you can find every plan option for both phones via the links below:

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