‘Unlimited Data’ iPhone Plans Compared

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If you’re planning to upgrade to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or 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

While Telstra had previously offered a pricey plan with unlimited high-speed data, Australia’s largest telco has instead shifted its focus to eliminate excess data charges on all postpaid plans. This effectively means that all four of Telstra’s postpaid phone plans are now ‘unlimited’ as once you go over your included data allowance, you’ll be able to continue using your data but at the capped speed of 1.5Mbps.

These four plans can be bundled with any iPhone, including the newest devices — the iPhone XS and XS Max. Plans also include entertainment extras including data-free music and sports streaming, plus you’ll have access to the Telstra Air WiFi network and the Fon Spot WiFi network worldwide. This table includes featured products.

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

  • 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

min. cost $50 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium Plan

  • 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

min. cost $60 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large Plan

  • 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

min. cost $80 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Large Plan

  • 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

min. cost $100 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra has put some effort into increasing data inclusions on a more simplified range of plans, however international calls and global roaming inclusions aren’t offered on these plans. For international calls, you’ll need to add this on to your monthly plan for an additional cost and for international roaming, you’ll need to add on a roaming pass (for an additional cost).

These four plans are on a no lock-in, month-to-month basis (and can be kept as BYO device plans), however if you choose to bundle with a new handset, you’ll technically need to be signed up to one of these plans. You’re free to swap plans each month, however cancelling will require you to pay off your remaining handset costs. For your handset, these prices are offered separately over a 24 or 36-month payment period. While paying off over 36 months will give you a smaller monthly bill, you’ll end up paying the same total amount as you would over 24 months. Below is what you can expect to pay for the iPhone XS and XS Max in addition to your plan cost.

iPhone XS prices on Telstra plans

Monthly phone payments for the 64GB iPhone XS:

  • 24 months: $68 per month ($1,632 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $45.33 per month ($1,632 in total over 36 months)

Monthly phone payments for the 256GB iPhone XS:

  • 24 months: $79 per month ($1,896 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $52.66 per month ($1,896 in total over 36 months)

Monthly phone payments for the 512GB iPhone XS:

  • 24 months: $92 per month ($2,208 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $61.33 per month ($2,208 in total over 36 months)

iPhone XS Max prices on Telstra plans

Monthly phone payments for the 64GB iPhone XS Max:

  • 24 months: $75 per month ($1,800 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $50 per month ($1,800 in total over 36 months)

Monthly phone payments for the 256GB iPhone XS Max:

  • 24 months: $86 per month ($2,064 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $57.33 per month ($2,064 in total over 36 months)

Monthly phone payments for the 512GB iPhone XS Max:

  • 24 months: $99 per month ($2,376 in total over 24 months)
  • 36 months: $66 per month ($2,376 in total over 36 months)

Vodafone Unlimited Data iPhone XS Plans

If you want an overage-free iPhone plan from Vodafone, the telco offers three 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 30GB on the $45 plan, 80GB on the $55 Red Plus Plan, and a huge 120GB on the $65 Red Plus Plan. These are featured products.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$45 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 30GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $45 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 120GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month plan period, plus any device repayments

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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In addition to huge data allowances, Vodafone’s Red Plus unlimited plans also include unlimited standard national talk and text, and international calls: the $45 plan includes up to 1100 minutes, $55 plan includes up to 2200 minutes to selected countries, while the $65 option includes unlimited calls to Zone 1 countries and 300 minutes to Zone 2 countries.

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 $45, $55 or $65 Red Plus plans.

iPhone XS prices on unlimited Vodafone plans

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS on a $45 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $180 per month ($135 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee) Total cost $2,160
  • 24 months: $112.50 per month ($67.50 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $2,700
  • 36 months: $90 per month ($45 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $3,240

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS on a $45 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $201.58 per month ($156.58 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $2,160
  • 24 months: $123.29 per month ($78.29 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $2,700
  • 36 months: $97.19 per month ($52.19 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,240

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS on a $55 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $190 per month ($135 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee) Total cost $2,280
  • 24 months: $122.50 per month ($67.50 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $2,940
  • 36 months: $100 per month ($45 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,600

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS on a $55 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $211.58 per month ($156.58 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $2,539
  • 24 months: $133.29 per month ($78.29 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,199
  • 36 months: $107.19 per month ($52.19 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,859

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS on an $65 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $200 per month ($135 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee) Total cost $2,400
  • 24 months: $132.50 per month ($67.50 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $3,180
  • 36 months: $110 per month ($45 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $3,960

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS on an $65 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $221.58 per month ($156.58 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $2,659
  • 24 months: $143.29 per month ($78.29 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $3,439
  • 36 months: $117.19 per month ($52.19 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $4,219

iPhone XS Max prices on unlimited Vodafone plans

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS Max on a $45 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $194.91 per month ($149.91 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $2,399
  • 24 months: $119.95 per month ($74.95 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $2,879
  • 36 months: $94.97 per month ($49.97 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $3,419

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS Max on a $45 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $215.57 per month ($170.75 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $2,589
  • 24 months: $130.37 per month ($85.37 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $3,129
  • 36 months: $111.91 per month ($56.91 phone payment, plus $45 plan fee). Total cost $3,669

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS Max on a $55 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $204.91 per month ($149.91 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $2,459
  • 24 months: $129.95 per month ($74.95 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,119
  • 36 months: $104.97 per month ($49.97 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,779

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS Max on a $55 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $225.57 per month ($170.75 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $2,709
  • 24 months: $140.37 per month ($85.37 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $3,369
  • 36 months: $121.91 per month ($56.91 phone payment, plus $55 plan fee). Total cost $4,029

Phone payment and plan prices for the 64GB iPhone XS Max on an $65 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $214.91 per month ($149.91 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $2,579
  • 24 months: $139.95 per month ($74.95 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $3,359
  • 36 months: $114.97 per month ($49.97 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $4,139

Phone payment and plan prices for the 256GB iPhone XS Max on an $65 Red Plus Plan:

  • 12 months: $235.57 per month ($170.75 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $2,829
  • 24 months: $150.37 per month ($85.37 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $3,609
  • 36 months: $131.91 per month ($56.91 phone payment, plus $65 plan fee). Total cost $4,389

Big data Optus plans for iPhone

Unfortunately, Optus doesn’t yet offer unlimited data plans to customers. However, the telco does provide some generous data options for iPhone buyers – there are two plans with 200GB of data, both are listed below and are available with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max on two-year contracts.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 2GB roaming data
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 4GB roaming data
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $3,000 over 24 month plan period, plus any device repayments

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