iPhone XR: Prices, Plans & Deals Compared

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After Apple’s initial announcement the iPhone XR is readily 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.

It’s available on plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone and in three storage sizes: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

Outright pricing for each size is:

  • 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 are available on Telstra’s range of four month-to-month postpaid plans, which are listed below. Like Vodafone, Telstra separates its device payments with the option to pay off your device over 24 or 36 months. Then you add on a postpaid plan and any other extras, such as international call packs. The prices you see here include the handset payments for a 64GB iPhone XR over 24 months, but expect to pay up to around $15+ more per month for the 128GB and 256GB models. These plans are also available with other iPhones, but prices for the device payment will vary. These are sponsored products.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $50 Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $52 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,448 over 24 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $102Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $60 Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $52 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,688 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $112Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $80 Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $52 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,168 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $132Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $100 Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $52 monthly device payment

min. cost $3,648 over 24 month plan period

160GBMax Data**/billing period $152Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Standard Telstra Plans for the iPhone XR

While previously Telstra had offered lock-in contracts over 24 months (along with lease plans), the telco has set focus on separating device and plan payments. If you’re looking at an iPhone XR plan with Telstra, below is how much you’ll pay per month over the different payment periods for the different storage options.

Phone payment prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • 24 months: $52 per month (total cost $1,248)
  • 36 months: $34.66 per month (total cost $1,248)

Phone payment prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • 24 months: $55 per month (total cost $1,320)
  • 36 months: $36.66 per month (total cost $1,320)

Phone payment prices for the 256GB iPhone XR:

  • 24 months: $62 per month (total cost $1,488)
  • 36 months: $41.33 per month (total cost $1,488)

Once you’ve selected your device size and how many months you’ll pay off your device, you can choose from the four postpaid plans to bundle with the device, plus any add ons like international calls. The device cost is the same over 24 and 36 months and you’re also free to change your plan. However, cancelling your plan altogether will require you to pay off the remainder of your handset.

Vodafone iPhone XR Plans

Vodafone 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 over a longer period of time 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. The below prices include what you may pay each month for a 64GB iPhone XR over a 24 month payment period. These plans are also available with other iPhones across a range of storage sizes. These are sponsored products.

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Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $51 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,064 over 24 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $86Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $45 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries
  • Price includes $51 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,304 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $96Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $55 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries
  • Price includes $51 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,544 over 24 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $106Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $65 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data (capped to 1.5Mbps after 120GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries
  • Price includes $51 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,784 over 24 month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $116Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone Payment Plans for the iPhone XR

As Vodafone offers separate phone repayments from the monthly 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 depending on your device repayment and plan of choice. It’s worth noting that Vodafone is only stocking the 64GB and 128GB capacity iPhone XR.

Phone payment prices for the 64GB iPhone XR:

  • 12 months: $102 per month (total cost $1,224)
  • 24 months: $51 per month (total cost $1,224)
  • 36 months: $34 per month (total cost $1,224)

Phone payment prices for the 128GB iPhone XR:

  • 12 months: $108 per month (total cost $1,296)
  • 24 months: $54 per month (total cost $1,296)
  • 36 months: $36 per month (total cost $1,296)

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, however if you cancel your plan altogether, you’ll have to pay off the remainder of your device.

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 bundled with the iPhone XR. These prices include what you’ll pay for your 64GB phone, but if you’re looking at a larger storage size or a lease plan, prices will vary. These plans are also available bundled with other iPhones.

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Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Price includes $43 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,112 over 24 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $88Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Price includes $28 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,232 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $93Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Price includes $13 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,352 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $98Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Price includes $3 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,592 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $108Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Apple iPhone XR 64GB + $125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Price includes $0 monthly device payment

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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing 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: $88 per month ($45 plan + $43 phone payment). Total cost $2,112 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $93 per month ($65 plan + $28 phone payment). Total cost $2,232 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Plus: $98 per month ($85 plan + $13 phone payment). Total cost $2,352 over 24 months.
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $108 per month ($105 plan + $3 phone payment). Total cost $2,592 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: $93 per month ($45 plan + $48 phone payment). Total cost $2,232 over 24 months.
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $98 per month ($65 plan + $33 phone payment). Total cost $2,352 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Plus: $103 per month ($85 plan + $18 phone payment). Total cost $2,472 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $113 per month ($105 plan + $8 phone payment). Total cost $2,712 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $128 per month ($125 plan + $3 phone payment). Total cost $3,072 over 24 months

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

  • 4GB My Plan Plus: $103 per month ($45 plan + $58 phone payment). Total cost $2,472 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Plus: $108 per month ($65 plan + $43 phone payment). Total cost $2,592 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Plus: $113 per month ($85 plan + $28 phone payment). Total cost $2,712 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $123 per month ($105 plan + $18 phone payment). Total cost $2,952 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Plus: $138 per month ($125 plan + $13 phone payment). Total cost $3,312 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 around $10 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 (in good working order) 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: $78 per month ($45 plan + $33 phone payment). Total cost $1,872 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $83 per month ($65 plan + $18 phone payment). Total cost $1,992 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Flex: $88 per month ($85 plan + $3 phone payment). Total cost $2,112 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: $83 per month ($45 plan + $38 phone payment). Total cost $1,992 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $88 per month ($65 plan + $23 phone payment). Total cost $2,112 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Flex: $93 per month ($85 plan + $8 phone payment). Total cost $2,232 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: $93 per month ($45 plan + $48 phone payment). Total cost $2,232 over 24 months
  • 20GB My Plan Flex: $98 per month ($65 plan + $33 phone payment). Total cost $2,352 over 24 months
  • 50GB My Plan Flex: $103 per month ($85 plan + $18 phone payment). Total cost $2,472 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $113 per month ($105 plan + $8 phone payment). Total cost $2,712 over 24 months
  • 200GB My Plan Flex: $128 per month ($125 plan + $3 phone payment). Total cost $3,072 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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