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.


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.

24-month cap contracts
CapiPhone 3GS cost (16GB)iPhone 3GS cost (32GB)
$49$5/month $10/month

Prices as of 16 July. Visit 3's's iPhone Pricing Web page for full details.

Virgin Mobile

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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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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