Telstra, Vodafone release iPhone 5S, 5C pricing

Summary:Ahead of the launch of the new iPhones 5S and 5C this week, Telstra and Vodafone have released their pricing plans for the devices.

Ahead of the Friday launch of the new iPhones 5S and 5C in Australia , Telstra and Vodafone have released their post-paid pricing plans for customers wishing to sign up for 12- or 24-month contracts.

Image: Apple

The iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver, and "space-grey" colours, a 4-inch display like the iPhone 5, a 64-bit A7 chip, a fingerprint reader, 10 hours of long-term evolution (LTE) browsing or 3G talk time, an 8-megapixel camera, and the long-awaited iOS 7 operating system.

The iPhone 5C is Apple's product aimed at the lower end of the smartphone market, but is still quite expensive on its own. It comes with a polycarbonate backing in green, grey, light blue, peach, and yellow. It has a 4-inch screen, an A6 chip, an 8-megapixel camera, and iOS 7.

The iPhones 5S and 5C can be bought outright. The 5S comes in three sizes, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, priced at AU$869, $999, and AU$1,129, respectively, while the 5C comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes, priced at AU$739 and AU$869, respectively, to purchase outright.


For those customers wanting to go on plans, Telstra has four 24-month plans for each the 5S and 5C broken into Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large:

  • The Small comes with AU$600 worth of calls, unlimited texts, and 1GB of data per month

  • The Medium comes with AU$800 worth of calls, unlimited texts, and 1.5GB of data per month

  • The Large comes with AU$900 in call value with unlimited texts, and 2GB of data per month

  • The Extra Large comes with unlimited local calls and texts, and 3GB of data per month.

iPhone 5S Small Medium Large Extra Large
16GB AU$78 AU$88 AU$104 AU$134
32GB AU$82 AU$92 AU$109 AU$139
64GB AU$90 AU$101 AU$115 AU$145

Based on the prices for the iPhone 5 plans that Telstra first took to market last year, Telstra has raised the price for the 5S in some cases by as much as AU$13 per month.

iPhone 5C Small Medium Large Extra Large
16GB AU$71 AU$82 AU$100 AU$130
32GB AU$78 AU$88 AU$104 AU$134


Customers signing up with Vodafone will be able to get the iPhones 5S or 5C on the new Red plans on either 12- or 24-month plans, which each include unlimited national calls and texts, where the only difference between the plans is the data limit the customer receives each month. Prices displayed are for the 24-month plans and the 12-month plans, respectively.

iPhone 5S 1.5GB 2.5GB 5GB
16GB AU$72 or AU$105 AU$80 or AU$114 AU$100 or AU$126
32GB AU$77 or AU$116 AU$86 or AU$125 AU$100 or AU$137
64GB AU$83 or AU$127 AU$92 or AU$136 AU$104 or AU$148
iPhone 5C 1.5GB 2.5GB 5GB
16GB AU$67 or AU$95 AU$80 or AU$104 AU$100 or AU$116
32GB AU$72 or AU$105 AU$80 or AU$114 AU$100 or AU$126

Optus has said it will announce its pricing later this week. Optus' subsidiary Virgin Mobile has also yet to announce its pricing.

Topics: Telcos, iPhone, Telstra


Armed with a degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Journalism, Josh keeps a close eye on the telecommunications industry, the National Broadband Network, and all the goings on in government IT.

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