Telstra’s Lunar New Year deal: save $480 on the iPhone XR

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Lunar New Year is less than a week away, but the celebrations have already started at Telstra. The massive Aussie telco is ringing in China’s Year of the Pig with a limited-time online offer for iPhone fans: a saving of $480 on the iPhone XR in good-luck red.

From now through to 5 February, 2019, you can pick up the (PRODUCT) RED edition of the 128GB iPhone XR on Telstra’s Medium postpaid plan from just $88 per month. If you opt to lease out the device over 24 months, you’ll pay $88 monthly ($79 for your plan, and $9 per month for your iPhone); if you decide to buy your phone over a two-year contract, you’ll pay $98 each month for your plan and device.

$20 monthly discount on buy and lease plans

This deal gives customers a $20 monthly discount on the price of their iPhone, regardless of whether you lease or buy the handset. So over a 24-month plan, you’ll save $480 in total. Customers should, however, be aware of the difference between buying and leasing: a lease plan will save you $10 per month, but means you won’t technically own your iPhone after your two-year plan expires.

Instead, you’re basically renting your phone for a 24-month period. Once that rental period is up, you’ll need to return it to Telstra, or opt to buy it for a nominal ‘fair market’ price. If you do decide to hand it back, you’ll have nothing more left to pay if the phone is undamaged; however, if your leased iPhone isn’t still in good working order, you’ll need to pay a fee of at least $229.

If you do go for a lease plan, you also have the option of upgrading to a new iPhone at the 12 and 18-month marks. You’ll need to pay a $99 upgrade fee to swap to a new device at 12 months, or wait until 18 months and upgrade for free.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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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 $1416 over 24 month plan period

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$79 Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Includes 10GB bonus data
  • Special offer: $20 monthly discount with the 128GB iPhone XR (PRODUCT) RED online. Ends 5/2/19

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

20GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$99 Large

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

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

50GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Includes 60GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Special offer: $10 monthly credit

min. cost $3,096 over 24 month plan period

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Telstra’s New Year iPhone promotion is only available on the 128GB version of the Red iPhone XR, and only when combined with Telstra’s $79 Medium plan (and when bought online). The plan includes unlimited standard national talk and text in Australia, plus 20GB of fast monthly data (10GB as standard, and an extra 10GB of bonus data each month).

You’ll also get data-free Apple Music streaming on all the above Telstra plans, as well as data-free live sport from the AFL, AFLW, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League, and unlimited free access to Telstra’s Air WiFi network.

In addition to being an especially auspicious colour, Apple’s PRODUCT (RED) iPhone XR release contributes to a good cause. The company’s (RED) partnership supports programs to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS in Africa, and a portion of each PRODUCT (RED) purchase goes towards The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Aside from colour and branding, the RED iPhone XR is exactly the same as all other iPhone XR variants. You’ll get a stunning 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HCD display, a 7-megapixel True Depth front camera and 12-megapixel rear camera, wireless charging, water and dust resistance, Face ID security, and much more. The iPhone XR also runs Apple’s newest iOS 12 operating system.

Vodafone and Optus iPhone deals

Telstra isn’t the only major network offering iPhone deals this month. Vodafone iPhone XR buyers can currently score a monthly Loyalty Discount on selected Red and Red Plus plans: depending on your choice of phone size and monthly plan, you can save up to $468 in total over 24 or 36 months of payments.

The $486 discount applies to the 256GB iPhone XR, while the 64GB size is discounted by $360, and the 128GB model will get you a price cut of $396. All models can be combined with one of six Red plans, including those shown below.

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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

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$60 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 60GB bonus full speed data per month (offer expires 04/02/19)
  • Up to 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720 over 12 month plan period

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$80 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 70GB bonus full speed data per month (offer expires 04/02/19)
  • Up to 40,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960 over 12 month plan period

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Over at Optus, you can take save 15% on the super-sized 200GB iPhone plans over 24 months. Available with the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, the two-year plan is normally priced at $125 per month, but is currently discounted to $106.25 (not including any device payments). This equals a total two-year saving of $450, and the plan itself includes plenty of features: 200GB of data each month, unlimited standard national and international talk and text, and 4GB of monthly overseas data roaming.

Optus’ plans also include unlimited data-free music streaming from Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRADIO, plus unlimited access to Optus Sport and the National Geographic app. You’ll also get data-free mobile TV streaming from Netflix, Stan and ABC iView when you sign up online, and – like Telstra – you can choose whether to buy your device on a regular two-year contract, or save $10 per month by leasing.

If you are interested in Optus’ 15% plan discount, its available to new and re-contracting customers from now until February 3, 2019. So if ‘new year, new iPhone’ is your Year of the Pig plan, you’ll need to move quickly – both Telstra and Optus’ iPhone offers expire next week.

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