iPhone 5 plans for Telstra, Optus, Vodafone revealed

iPhone 5 plans for Telstra, Optus, Vodafone revealed

Summary: Australia's major mobile network operators have unveiled their iPhone 5 plans.

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As Apple opened up pre-orders for the new iPhone 5 overnight, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, and Virgin revealed their pricing plans for the latest device from Cupertino, California. But which one has the best deal?

It didn't take long for the carriers to begin offering a range of 24-month plans for the Apple's new 4G iPhone 5, which is due to launch in Australia on Friday, September 21. Telstra, Optus, and Virgin are gearing up for the first 4G iPhone, while Vodafone is offering the device on its 3G and "3G+" DC-HSPA network, ahead of a 4G launch in 2013.

The Telstra plans come in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. Small has AU$600 in talk/MMS, unlimited text, and 1GB of data per month; Medium has AU$800 in talk/MMS, unlimited text, and 1.5GB of data per month; Large has AU$900 in talk/MMS, unlimited text, and 2GB of data per month; and Extra Large has unlimited talk, text, MMS, and 3GB of data per month.

iPhone 5 Small Medium Large Extra Large
16GB AU$67 AU$80 AU$100 AU$130
32GB AU$71 AU$86 AU$103 AU$132
64GB AU$77 AU$92 AU$108 AU$137

People who sign up early to the Large or Extra Large plans will receive an extra 1GB of data per month for the first 12 months.

Optus has three varieties of plans, starting at AU$30 per month for 200MB of data and AU$200 of calls and texts per month; AU$60 per month for 1.5GB of data and AU$650 worth of calls and texts; and AU$80 per month for 2GB and AU$850 worth of calls and texts.

The difference in value comes from handset repayments. The total monthly cost is listed below.

iPhone 5 AU$30 plan AU$60 plan AU$80 plan
16GB AU$48 per month AU$66 per month AU$80 per month
32GB AU$52 per month AU$70 per month AU$82 per month
64GB AU$57 per month AU$75 per month AU$87 per month

Vodafone has a much larger variety of plans, but, unlike Telstra and Optus, it does not yet have a 4G network in place. The AU$30 plan comes with 200MB of data and AU$180 worth of calls, texts, and voicemail; the AU$40 plan comes with 500MB of data and AU$300 worth of calls, texts, and voicemail; the AU$50 plan comes with 750MB of data and AU$500 worth of calls, texts, and voicemail; the AU$60 plan comes with 1GB of data and AU$700 worth of calls, texts, and voicemail; the AU$80 plan comes with 2GB of data and infinite calls and texts; and the AU$100 plan comes with 3GB of data and infinite calls and texts.

iPhone 5 AU$30 plan AU$40 plan AU$50 plan AU$60 plan AU$80 plan AU$100 plan
16GB AU$48 per month AU$54 per month AU$60 per month AU$66 per month AU$80 per month AU$100 per month
32GB AU$52.50 per month AU$58.50 per month AU$64.50 per month AU$70.50 per month AU$82.50 per month AU$100 per month
64GB AU$57 per month AU$63 per month AU$69 per month AU$75 per month AU$87 per month AU$100 per month

Optus subsidiary Virgin has five varieties of iPhone 5 plans, ranging from AU$450 credit per month with 250MB of data to AU$650 credit per month with 500MB of data, AU$400 credit per month with 2GB of data, AU$700 credit per month with 3GB of data, and Unlimited, with 4GB of data per month.

iPhone 5 AU$450 credit AU$650 credit AU$400 credit AU$700 credit Unlimited
16GB AU$47 per month AU$53 per month AU$59 per month AU$65 per month AU$89 per month
32GB AU$52 per month AU$58 per month AU$64 per month AU$70 per month AU$89 per month
64GB AU$56 per month AU$62 per month AU$68 per month AU$74 per month AU$92 per month

The best deals appear to lie with Virgin, which offers the most data for the lowest price. Parent company Optus comes in second place, with Vodafone coming third on price. Telstra prices have edged slightly higher on the iPhone 5, but the telco has the advantage over its rivals of having the 4G network in more locations than anyone else right now, and has locked in plans to have the network reaching two-thirds of the population by June 2013.

Optus' 4G network is currently only available in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Newcastle.

Vodafone has confirmed that the new iPhone 5 will be compatible with its 4G network, which is due to launch in early 2013. Given that these are 24-month contracts, in the grand scheme of things it would be around a six- or seven-month wait for 4G with Vodafone, or only a quarter of your contract.

As of Sunday, Telstra has reported that it is currently out of iPhone 5 stock for pre-orders, but has said that it is working on getting more. Optus, Vodafone, and Virgin have not indicated whether they are sold out yet. Obtaining the iPhone 5 directly on Apple from launch day appears to be unlikely at this stage, with online shipping now pushed out to between two and three weeks.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Telcos, Australia

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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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  • Telstra seems to have cut-back on the data allowance

    Compared to the iPhone 4S plans at launch, it seems that Telstra have cut-back on the data allowance whilst increasing the voice allownace.
    Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • Telstra have reduce data and increased voice allowances

    Compared to the iPhone 4S plans at launch, it seems that Telstra have cut-back on the data allowance whilst increasing the voice allowance.
    Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • No $44 Voda Plan its $40 + $14 = $54 Plan

    What is this country coming to? People cant do simple maths any more. There is no value in Vodafone plans. its virgin, Optus through bundling may be cheaper then telstra.
    jatinanand
    • Mistakes can happen; talkbacks welcome

      I'd like to see many more articles like this on zdnet.com
      Richard Flude
    • Just one mistake.

      One out of lots of different plans ain't bad, especially considering how late they put up the plans for us. Thanks for picking it up. I've amended it.
      Josh Taylor
  • Locked In For 24 Months

    That means you won’t be able to get the Iphone 5S/6 next year!
    ldo17
  • Correction

    You can get the Iphone 5 at any apple store if you line up early on launch day. I remember getting the iphone 4 and 4S - 3 hours before the doors opened. They had 1000's of cards to give which guaranteed your purchase. The most popular were the 32 GB's... So if you want 16 or 64, you may not have to line up that early. Apple like to scare people to draw giant cues... it works :-)
    Tommy Ace