Telstra's new iPhone plans are more expensive than ever

Telstra's new iPhone plans are significantly more expensive than last year's iPhone 5 plans

Telstra's new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c plans are significantly more expensive than last year's iPhone 5 plans.

Apple's new iPhone 5s will cost you a premium.
Apple's new iPhone 5s will cost you a premium.

The telco officially announced its pricing plans for the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last Friday, exactly a week ahead of their official launch on Friday, 20 September.

The pricing represents a significant increase on last year's iPhone 5 plans, and follows a trend in the Australian telco market where providers continue to raise prices but decrease data allowances.

Telstra offers both the iPhone 5s and 5c on four plans, starting from a "small" $60 per month plan, ranging up to an "extra large" unlimited plan for $130 a month.

However, Telstra customers will have to pay a monthly handset repayment on almost every plan, depending on the model of handset they choose.

The cheapest iPhone 5s 16GB model will cost $18 per month on Telstra's $60 plan, a total cost of $78 per month, while the cheapest iPhone 5c will cost $11 per month on the same plan, a total cost of $71 per month.

Curiously, this $71 per month iPhone 5c offering is even $4 more expensive than last year's cheapest iPhone 5 plan, which was available for $67 per month.

Telstra's cheapest plan for the iPhone 5c attracts an $11 monthly handset charge.
Telstra's cheapest plan for the iPhone 5c attracts an $11 monthly handset charge.

Telstra's $60 plan includes $600 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages, but only 1GB of data per month.

The 1GB data allowance is the same as it was on last year's cheapest iPhone 5 plans. However, Telstra offered a bonus 1GB of data per month for the first 12 months on its $80, $100 and $130 plans for the iPhone 5 last year, an offer it is not repeating for the iPhone 5s or 5c this year.

Telstra's $80, $100 and $130 plans include 1.5GB, 2GB and 3GB of data per month, respectively.

For comparison purposes, we've compiled a table of Telstra's cheapest plan for each iPhone 5s and 5c model, and compared prices directly with last year's iPhone 5 plans.

Firstly, the Telstra's cheapest plans available for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c:

Model Monthly plan cost Monthly handset cost Total monthly cost Voice inclusion Data inclusion Total plan cost (24 months)
iPhone 5s 16GB $60 $18 $78 $600 1GB $1872
iPhone 5s 32GB $60 $22 $82 $600 1GB $1968
iPhone 5s 64GB $60 $30 $90 $600 1GB $2160
iPhone 5c 16GB $60 $11 $71 $600 1GB $1704
iPhone 5c 32GB $60 $18 $78 $600 1GB $1872

Here's Telstra's cheapest plans that were available for the iPhone 5 at its launch last year:

Model Monthly plan cost Monthly handset cost Total monthly cost Voice inclusion Data inclusion Total plan cost (24 months)
iPhone 5 16GB $60 $7 $67 $600 1GB $1608
iPhone 5 32GB $60 $11 $71 $600 1GB $1704
iPhone 5 64GB $60 $17 $77 $600 1GB $1848

What do you think of Telstra's iPhone 5s and 5c plans? Are they too expensive? Will you still be buying a new iPhone anyway? Will you be buying outright instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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