Why you should wait for the iPhone XR

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With all the hype around the iPhone XS and XS Max – both of which are now available to pre-order, and will hit Aussie stories on 21 September – it’s easy to overlook the upcoming iPhone XR. The cheaper, littler sibling to the XS series, Apple’s iPhone XR was officially unveiled this week, but won’t be available to order until 19 October.

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 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.

Prices and plans for the iPhone XR

The iPhone XR will be available on plans from Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone, and also to buy outright. Apple’s official outright pricing is as follows:

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

Telstra iPhone XR Plans – Coming 19 October

We won’t have official pricing for the iPhone XR from Telstra until 19 October, but we can always speculate. It’s likely the device will be available to either 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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$59 Small Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

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

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

10GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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$99 Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

30GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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$129 Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $10 Monthly Credit
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • Peace of Mind Data
  • 30GB bonus data
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

60GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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$199 Ultimate Unlimited Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone iPhone XR Plans – Coming 19 October

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.

We won’t know Vodafone’s exact iPhone XR pricing until 19 October, but 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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

min. cost $35 over 1 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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$45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 15GB Bonus Data
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

min. cost $45 over 1 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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$60 Red Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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$60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • 10,000 Qantas Points
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

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

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • 20,000 Qantas Points
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

min. cost $80 over 1 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus iPhone XR Plans – Coming 19 October

Optus will also stock the iPhone XR, but exact prices will remain a secret until the 19 October pre-order date. As with Telstra, Optus customers will probably have 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 that are likely to be bundled with the iPhone XR. These prices don’t include what you’ll pay for your phone, but again, you may be looking at payments of up to around $40 per month, depending on your plan and phone size. These plans are available with other iPhones.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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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
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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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
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

10GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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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
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

25GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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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
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

100GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Pre-Order Only Available*

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

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

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 pre-order, you can find every plan option for both phones via the links below:

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