Pricing for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been revealed ahead of the smartphones’ 19 September release. Picking the right plan can be confusing, which is why we’ve compiled this cheat sheet to help qualify the plans from Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Virgin.
Cheapest iPhone plan
You could walk out of a Virgin Mobile store with Apple’s latest iPhone 6 for the low cost of $55 per month — that’s $5 cheaper than the next wallet friendly offering from Optus.
The $55 total is based on Virgin’s $30 plan, which comes with $300 credit for national calls and text messages, and 300MB of data. Making this plan worthwhile is an extra 2GB of data each month if you switch networks or upgrade before 19 October.
Most plans only account for national usage; however, Virgin’s 30 plan allows you to use the $300 credit on international voice calls. Calling and texting other Virgin customers is unmetered,
Be sure to check out the fine print of Virgin’s $30 plan before signing the 24 month contract.
Winner: Virgin Mobile
Best value plan
Virgin’s budget plan still requires $600 to be paid for the 16GB iPhone 6 over the its two year term. Compare that to Vodafone’s $70 Red plan, which charges $4 a month for a total charge of $96 over two years.
Vodafone’s Red Plan covers infinite voice calls and texting (SMS and MMS), a generous 3GB of data and 300 ‘standard’ minutes to be used on calls to overseas countries.
Best data plans
Vodafone and Optus are savagely competing when it comes to data allowances. Vodafone’s $100 plan usually offers 6GB, while Optus’ $100 My Plan Plus offers 5GB.
However, Optus is throwing in an extra 3GB of data until 2 November for a total of 8GB. Vodafone has since announced it will match Optus’ data increase by offering 8GB of data under its $100 Red Plan.
Apple’s 16GB iPhone 6 is available at no additional cost on both of these plans.
Winners: Optus and VodafoneRead more: Showdown: Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs LG G3
Plans with a free iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Spending $100 on Optus’ My Plan Plus will result in a 16GB iPhone 6 at no cost. Buying any other iPhone on this plan will require an additional charge.
Vodafone one ups Optus by making the same iPhone available at $0 on its $80 Red plan. Virgin manages the same feat by offering the 16GB iPhone 6 at no cost on its $80 Plan over 24 months.
No matter, Vodafone proves the real winner by offering most Apple iPhones at no cost on its top-tier plan. Level up to Vodafone’s $100 Red plan and the top-of-the-range 128GB iPhone 6 is free over the contract, along with the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus. Apple’s flagship 128GB iPhone is available for a monthly repayment of just $3 extra.
Winners: Vodafone and Virgin
Telstra’s network is renowned for the range and quality of its coverage. Many are happy to pay a premium for Telstra’s network.
Making Telstra even more attractive is the ability to upgrade your smartphone after 12 months. Buying a new iPhone on the company’s $70 Mobile Accelerate plan and above comes with Telstra’s ‘new phone feeling’ — a $10 extra usually — at no additional cost. The inclusion means you can hand your smartphone back to Telstra after a year and upgrade to a newer smartphone. Few terms and conditions apply to Telstra’s new phone feeling, which can be found here.
Bonus: Cancellation credit
People looking to exit their contracts early and sign up for an iPhone 6 should consider the latest offers from Optus and Telstra. The carriers will credit your account with $200 credit if you cancel your existing contract and join them. Another $250 credit is available if you trade in your smartphone, with how much credit depending on the model of the smartphone and the kind of condition it is in.
A difference separates the trade-in credit between Optus and Telstra. Whereas Optus will credit the value of your smartphone to your account, Telstra will transfer up to $250 “directly into [your] bank account or PayPal account”.
Winner: Telstra and Optus