‘Unlimited Data’ iPhone Plans Compared

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If you’re planning to upgrade to the newly-announced iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or upcoming iPhone XR – or just want a good deal for an older iPhone – you’re going to need the right data plan. And with the iPhone XS range offering more features and a faster performance than previous Apple devices, many buyers will find their data needs increasing.

Fortunately, excess data charges are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to the introduction in Australia of ‘unlimited data’ mobile plans. Currently, only Vodafone and Telstra offer these plans with iPhones, and there are conditions. But if you want a data-proof plan with loads of extras, they’re your best bet.

Telstra Unlimited Data iPhone XS Plans

Telstra’s Ultimate Unlimited is the only plan to offer truly unlimited high-speed data in Australia. Priced at $199 per month, it’s not a great option if you’re budget-conscious, but that price does include the handset cost for your iPhone XS or XS Max (regardless of whether you buy or lease your iPhone). This plan gives you unlimited standard national talk and text, plus unlimited standard international talk and text, and 10GB of international roaming data to use in selected countries each month. With regards to unlimited data, Telstra claims you can ‘enjoy unlimited data at the best speeds available’. This is a featured product.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$199 Ultimate Unlimited Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

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

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You’ll also get a bunch of entertainment extras on Ultimate Unlimited. Telstra is throwing in a free 24-month Foxtel Now Starter Pack subscription that’s valued at up to $360, so you can enjoy on-demand and live Foxtel entertainment on your phone, laptop, or smart TV. You’ll also get a six-month Apple music subscription with included data-free streaming, and free Telstra Air and Fon Spot WiFi access worldwide.

This offer is only available on a 24-month contract, so you do need to be prepared to commit. As mentioned above, if you buy your new iPhone on the Ultimate Unlimited plan from Telstra, your phone’s cost is factored into the $199 per month price; this includes both the iPhone XS  and XS Max, in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage sizes.

Telstra also makes this plan available with other iPhone models, including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE. Again, no matter which iPhone you go with, you’ll still only pay $199 for both your plan and phone (or $4,776 over two years).

If you don’t care about unlimited fast data, but want protection from excess usage charges, Telstra also makes ‘peace of mind’ data available on selected plans. This means that you’ll get unlimited data that is capped at 1.5Mbps: fast enough for general internet use, but not ideal for high-bandwidth activities such as streaming and downloading. This data is included free on the below Telstra 24-month plans, and can be added for an additional $10 per month to other Telstra plans.

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$99 Large Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • Peace of Mind Data

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

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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

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

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Vodafone Unlimited Data iPhone XS Plans

If you want an overage-free iPhone plan from Vodafone, the telco offers two choices on its Red Plus postpaid plans. Both technically include unlimited data, but there is a catch: that unlimited data is slowed to 1.5Mbps.

What this means is that, although you’ll get all the gigabytes you can use, your speeds will be noticeably slower. You’ll still be able to do general web browsing, emailing, and even social media, but activities such as HD streaming and intensive gaming will be limited. The good news is that Vodafone’s unlimited Red Plus plans do include a pretty generous amount of fast, full-speed data: up to 60GB on the $60 Red Plus Plan, and a huge 120GB on the $80 Red Plus Plan. These are featured products.

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$60 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $60 over 1 month plan period

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$80 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20GB Bonus Max Speed Data
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $80 over 1 month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go to Site
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While these $60 and $80 plans normally include 40GB or 80GB of data, respectively, Vodafone is currently throwing in bonus data for anyone signing up before 18 September, 2018. Vodafone is a huge fan of adding bonus and even double data to plans, however, so it’s possible these offers will be extended.

In addition to huge data allowances, Vodafone’s Red Plus unlimited plans also include unlimited standard national talk and text, and international calls: the $60 plan includes up to 2200 minutes to selected countries, while the $80 option includes up to 3300 minutes. You’ll also get bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points at sign-up, and if you add either plan to your existing Vodafone service, you can score 10% off plan fees each month.

All of Vodafone’s Red Plans are offered on a monthly basis, so aren’t bundled in with your iPhone repayments. This means you can switch between Red plans each month, without impacting on your phone payments. If you’re looking to buy a new iPhone XS or XS Max from Vodafone, on either a 12, 24 or 36-month contract, here’s what you’ll pay for each device on the above $60 or $80 Red Plus plans.

iPhone XS prices on unlimited Vodafone plans

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS on a $60 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $197.75 per month ($135.75 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee) Total cost $2,373
  • 24 months: $127.87 per month ($67.87 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,068.88
  • 36 months: $105.25 per month ($45.25 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,789

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS on a $60 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $218.58 per month ($158.58 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $2,622.96
  • 24 months: $138.29 per month ($78.29 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,318.96
  • 36 months: $112.19 per month ($52.19 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $4,038.84

Phone payment and plan prices for the 512GB iPhone XS on a $60 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $243.25 per month ($183.25 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $2,919
  • 24 months: $151.62 per month ($91.62 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,638.88
  • 36 months: $121.08 per month ($61.08 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $4,358.88

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS on an $80 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $215.75 per month ($135.75 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee) Total cost $2,589
  • 24 months: $147.87 per month ($67.87 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,548.88
  • 36 months: $125.25 per month ($45.25 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $4,509

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS on an $80 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $238.58 per month ($158.58 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $2,862.96
  • 24 months: $158.29 per month ($78.29 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,798.96
  • 36 months: $132.19 per month ($52.19 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $4,758.84

Phone payment and plan prices for the 512GB iPhone XS on an $80 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $263.25 per month ($183.25 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,159
  • 24 months: $171.62 per month ($91.62 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $4,118.88
  • 36 months: $141.08 per month ($61.08 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $5,078.88

iPhone XS Max prices on unlimited Vodafone plans

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS Max on a $60 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $209.91 per month ($149.91 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $2,518.92
  • 24 months: $134.95 per month ($74.95 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,238.80
  • 36 months: $109.97 per month ($49.97 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,958.92

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS Max on a $60 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $243.25 per month ($183.25 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $2,919
  • 24 months: $145.37 per month ($85.37 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,488.88
  • 36 months: $116.91 per month ($56.91 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $4,208.76

Phone payment and plan prices for the 512GB iPhone XS Max on a $60 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $257.41 per month ($197.41 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,088.92
  • 24 months: $158.70 per month ($98.70 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $3,808.80
  • 36 months: $125.80 per month ($65.80 phone payment, plus $60 plan fee). Total cost $4,528.80

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS Max on an $80 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $229.91 per month ($149.91 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $2,758.92
  • 24 months: $154.95 per month ($74.95 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,718.80
  • 36 months: $129.97 per month ($49.97 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $4,678.92

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS Max on an $80 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $250.75 per month ($170.75 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,009
  • 24 months: $165.37 per month ($85.37 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,968.88
  • 36 months: $136.91 per month ($56.91 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $4,928.76

Phone payment and plan prices for the 512GB iPhone XS Max on an $80 Red Plan:

  • 12 months: $277.41 per month ($197.41 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $3,328.92
  • 24 months: $178.70 per month ($98.70 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $4,288.80
  • 36 months: $145.80 per month ($65.80 phone payment, plus $80 plan fee). Total cost $5,248.80

Big data Optus plans for iPhone

Unfortunately, Optus doesn’t yet officially offer unlimited data plans to customers. However, the telco does provide some unbelievable data options for iPhone buyers – the 100GB and 200GB plans listed below are both available with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max on two-year contracts, and with older models of iPhone (although data inclusion may be slightly different).

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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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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