3 arrived late to the iPhone party, launching the iPhone 3GS after Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. Previously the only Australian telco not to offer the iPhone 3G, 3 announced in June that it will be selling the iPhone 3GS. 3's announcement came as the telco and Vodafone finalised a merger of their telecommunications businesses in Australia.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), 3's new parent company as part of the merger, has revealed that the iPhone 3GS will be available in July through 3 stores and online at 3's Web site.
3's 'hero' offer is the 16GB iPhone 3GS, which will be free on a $79 cap plan over 24 months. This plan provides $650 worth of calls and text, 1GB of data and $350 worth of calls to anyone on 3. The 16GB iPhone 3GS is also available on $39 and $49 caps with monthly handset repayments of $10 and $5, respectively, while the larger 32GB model comes on $39, $49 and $79 caps, with monthly handset repayments of $14, $10 and $5, respectively.
For heavy users, $110 per month will give you 3000 minutes worth of calls, 500 SMS or MMS messages and 3GB of data per month. On this plan, the 16GB iPhone 3GS is free and the 32GB model is $5 per month.
3 is also offering the 8GB iPhone 3G for free on a $49 Cap. This deal includes $350 worth of calls and texts, 300 minutes free to anyone on 3 and 250MB of data.
For more information, see our table below.
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|Cap||iPhone 3GS cost (16GB)||iPhone 3GS cost (32GB)|
Prices as of 16 July. Visit 3's's iPhone Pricing Web page for full details.
Virgin Mobile, a subsidiary of Optus in Australia, was one of the last networks to announce the iPhone 3G, but the telco launched the iPhone 3GS at the same time as the big three — Optus, Telstra and Vodafone.
Unsurprisingly, Virgin has currently exhausted all iPhone 3GS units and doesn't expect a new shipment until the end of July.
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