Updated: Apple iPhone 3G S pricing comparison

Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3: Which telco offers the best value iPhone 3GS plans in Australia?

The iPhone 3G S will be available on all major carriers in Australia -- Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 and Virgin Mobile.

The iPhone 3G S will be available on all major carriers in Australia -- Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 and Virgin Mobile.

Apple's hotly anticipated iPhone 3GS smartphone has hit the streets in Australia. Although not accompanied by quite the buzz as the iPhone 3G launch 12 months ago, there is still plenty of interest in Apple's latest smartphone.

Australia is a unique iPhone market: it is one of the only countries in the world that with all major telcos — Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and 3 — carrying the iPhone. In the US people have to sign up with AT&T if they want an iPhone, as it is the exclusive iPhone carrier.

With the competition for customers so intense, what network offers the best value plans and what can you expect to pay for a new iPhone 3GS? Keep up to date with all the pricing and plan information.


Optus was the first Australian telco to unveil pricing plans for the iPhone 3GS, announcing the details four days before launch .

Optus offers the iPhone on a range of caps, but the "hero" offer is the 32GB iPhone 3GS, which will be available for $0 a $99 Timeless plan over 24 months. The plan includes unlimited standard national calls, text and MMS, plus 1.5GB of mobile data.

The $99 Timeless plan includes a mobile Internet pack. This normally cost users an extra $14.99 per month, but for people who sign up for the plan in the next three months, Optus will credit the fee each month for the duration of the 24-month contract. The offer will apply to new and recontracting customers.

Optus will allow Internet tethering on the $99 Timeless plan (and all other Timeless plans) at no extra cost. Tethering on Optus' non-timeless iPhone plans will cost $9.99 extra per month. Users who sign up for any iPhone 3GS plan online will receive $100 free credit.

Here is a breakdown of the Optus iPhone 3GS pricing:

24-month handset price12-month handset price
'yes' Timeless Plans
‘yes’ Timeless $99 Plan when you take the $14.99 Mobile Internet Pack 8GB$0 upfront $21/month
16GB$0 upfront $34/month
32GB$0 upfront $48/month
‘yes’ Timeless $129 Plan 8GB$0 upfront $21/month
16GB$0 upfront $34/month
32GB$0 upfront $48/month
'yes' Cap Plans
'yes' $19 Cap iPhone Plan 8GB$20/month$50/month
16GB$27/month $63/month
32GB$34/month $76/month
'yes' $49 Cap iPhone Plan 8GB$6/month$36/month
16GB$13/month $49/month
32GB$19/month $62/month
'yes' $59 Cap iPhone Plan 8GB$0 upfront$31/month
16GB$8/month $44/month
32GB$14/month $57/month
'yes' $79 Cap iPhone Plan 8GB$0 upfront$26/month
16GB$3/month $39/month
32GB$10/month $52/month

(Prices as of 22 June)


Telstra waited until the day of launch to official unveil their iPhone plans, a far cry from Optus who revealed their plans four days earlier and also had a midnight launch at many stores across the country.

The big news from the Telstra camp is the introduction of Telstra iPhone cap plans for the first time. The iPhone 3GS is also available on the current iPhone plans and Telstra's phone plan ultimate.

Telstra's hero offer is the 32GB or 16 GB iPhone 3GS for $0 over 24 months on a $150 phone plan ultimate. The ultimate plan provides 2000 minutes of standard voice calls, 2000 text messages in Australia and 150MB of data per month.

On the Next G cap plans, consumers have to add a data pack to their monthly cost. Packs start at $5 for 5MB all the way up to $119 for 9GB. Telstra has yet to confirm if they will charge extra for tethering, but this is unlikely — customers should be able to simply add on one of the data packs.

Telstra has also reduced upfront prices for the existing 8GB iPhone 3G.

For more information, see our table below.

3G and Next G cap plans
CapiPhone 3GS upfront cost (16GB)iPhone 3GS upfront cost (32GB)
Plan details
PlanIncluded monthly spend
Browsing packs
CostIncluded data

Prices as of 26 June. Visit Telstra's iPhone 3GS Pricing Web page for full details.


Vodafone offers the iPhone 3GS 16GB free on its $69 iPhone Cap over 24 months. The plan includes $400 worth of calls, text and MMS, unlimited free Vodafone-to-Vodafone calls during the evening and on weekends, and 1GB of included data.

The 32GB iPhone 3GS will be free on a $114 Cap over 24 months, which includes unlimited calls, text, MMS and voicemail and 2GB data.

Unlike Optus, Vodafone will not be charging its iPhone customers a monthly access fee to use Internet tethering, but the telco has provided the option to purchase additional data for tethering: 1GB will cost $24.95 and 2GB will cost $29.95 (both options will be available from August).

Interestingly, Vodafone is also offering the iPhone to prepaid customers. The existing 8GB iPhone 3G will cost $759 up-front on a prepaid plan, while you'll pay $929 up-front for the 16GB iPhone 3GS and $1129 for the flagship 32GB model. Customers who purchase and register a prepaid iPhone before 31 August will receive a bonus $500 Flexible Credit ($100 bonus Flexible Credit on each of their next 5 Prepaid Recharges on $49, $79 or $149 Flexi-caps).

Vodafone only offers the iPhone on 24-month plans (Optus has a 12-month option on most plans), but it is the only Australian telco thus far to offer Visual Voicemail. Post-paid customers who purchase the iPhone 3GS online before 30 June 2009 will receive $100 bonus credit.

For more information, see our table below.

24-month cap contracts
CapiPhone 3GS cost (16GB)iPhone 3GS (32GB)
iPhone 3GS cost (16GB)iPhone 3GS (32GB)

Prices as of 24 June. Visit Vodafone's iPhone Pricing Web page for full details.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Be aware that the 3 french carriers sell the iphone 3GS ( ORANGE, BOUYGUES TELECOM and SFR). Though the result on pricing and plans offering is not that obvious in term of competition. Fake competition over there.



I work at Telstra and I can reveal that:-

Telstra will offer the iPhone 3G s on all current cap plans. These are currently on www.telstra.com

MRO will be offered for sales price divided by how many months contract. so, 32GB would be on a $36.00 per month MRO for 24 months plus monthly cap plan, which start at $49.00 per month.



Where is the comparison? You outline one in detail, then say the rest don't exist yet.

How is this a comparison?



Because it hasn't been announced yet genius, it says at the top that they will update it when the rest release their plans.



CAREFUL with "Timeless Plans"

I am currently on Timeless $129 p/m, they tell you it's unlimited calls to national landlines and mobiles, national SMS, MMS and free voicemail retrieval.

BUT, they don't tell you the landline does NOT incl. any 13, 1300, 1800 or basically any free or corporate/customer numbers, so if you think you could call Optus or your electricity company, or the bank and you are in the que for 45 minutes, that 45 minutes is timed and will cost you around $30-$40 dollar each time!!! I got burnt because I thought what they offered was a perfect plan to ditch the homephone... I rang them and they blamed me for not reading the fine print... I can't wait to leave Optus, bunch of w**kers

So pls besure YOU read the fine print and don't call any of those numbers if you can avoided.

Ross Catanzariti



Hi all,
There is no

Hi all,

There is no comparison yet because Optus is the only Australian carrier to unveil pricing plans. As soon as Vodafone, Telstra and Virgin (and then 3 in July) announce their plans, this article will be updated. It will continue to be updated periodically to have the latest information to compare.

In regards to the Telstra rumour, for those interested, Telstra's current cap prices are listed here: http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/plans/3g_nextg_cap_plans.html

Telstra has not confirmed any information regarding their iPhone 3G S pricing, so it will be interesting to see if this rumour comes to fruition. There have been whispers regarding cap plans for a week or so though.

Does anyone else work at a telco and want to share some iPhone 3G S goss? :-)



Current iPhone 3G tethering works perfectly on Vodafone. It'd be nice to see some pricing from other carriers very soon as the phone is out on Friday. It'd be good too if there was a way to upgrade to the new 3GS for current 3G customers without having to pay out the contract as it's going to cost a fortune to do so. I know I can't afford it.



Comparison ??

Where is the comparison wanker ? you posted a fake heading!!

Optus disagrees


Two Optus sales reps have so far denied any offer to refund the cost of the mobile internet pack (14.99) if the customer signs up for the $99 plan within the first three months. The minimum payment for the $99 plan is 113.99/mth.



Optus vs Vodafone

So for the same price (114 AUD per month):

- Vodafone offers 2 Gb of data compared to 500 Mb offered by Optus.
- Vodafone offers unlimited calls to any numbers within Australia, including 13/1300/1800 numbers that Optus charges extra to call.
- Vodafone offers visual voicemail.

Why would I even consider signing up with Optus exactly?



Why optus

Some people might ask why optus the reason is because they are the only telco offering 12mnth contracts



Maybe because their mobile network coverage is greater than vodafones? or it could be that in the case of the first iphone, optus was by far cheaper than vodafone, and so many customers looking to upgrade to the new iphone will receive cheaper upgrade costs if they stay with optus.



is there any contract free iphone 3gs, i heard that we can get it directly from apple stores which the phones is unlocked and free of contract... is that true?



Optus now charging per min

Optus are charging per 60 seconds so if you connect to someone for a second and hang up you are charged for a full minute.

This is different to the previous iphone 3g plan launched last year. last year it was per 30 second billing.

Step backwards



The apple Store (both in store and online) sell them outright.

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