Telstra reveals iPhone 3G pricing

Telstra reveals iPhone 3G pricing

Summary: Telstra finally revealed its full iPhone 3G pricing this morning, with a full gamut of plans ranging from $30 to $350 per month.

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Telstra finally revealed its full iPhone 3G pricing this morning, with a full gamut of plans ranging from $30 to $350 per month.

Those looking to receive an iPhone on the cheaper plans will need to pay an upfront cost, according to marketing material issued by the telco. In addition to the phone plan, Telstra will charge a further cost for "browsing packs", which give the user additional data allowances.

Those looking to purchase a 16GB 3G iPhone on Telstra's most expensive $350 dollar plan with Telstra's largest 3GB browsing pack could expect to pay $11,256 over 24 months. It is unclear from Telstra's marketing material whether this price includes GST.

Telstra 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G upfront costs

iPhone Type
$30 iPhone plan
$40 iPhone plan
$60 iPhone plan
$80 iPhone plan
$100-$350 iPhone plan
8GB $279 $169 $59 $0 $0
16GB $399 $289 $179 $68 $0

Telstra's iPhone 3G pricing plan 8GB

Minimum monthly spend
Monthly included voice/text
Included data value*
Minimum total cost (24 months)
$30 $25 $5 $999
$40 $35 $5 $1,129
$60 $50 $10 $1,499
$80 $70 $10 $1,920
$100 $90 $10 $2,400
$150 $135 $15 $3,600
$250 $235 $15 $6,000
$350 $335 $15 $8,400

Telstra's iPhone 3G pricing plan 16GB

Minimum monthly spend
Monthly included voice/text
Included data value*
Minimum total cost (24 months)
$30 $25 $5 $1,119
$40 $35 $5 $1,249
$60 $50 $10 $1,619
$80 $70 $10 $1,989
$100 $90 $10 $2,400
$150 $135 $15 $3,600
$250 $235 $15 $6,000
$350 $335 $15 $8,400

* = Pricing for 8GB and 16GB iPhones on plans above $100 dollars are identical. It is also unclear from Telstra's marketing material how much data is included in the $5-15 dollar allowance without a "browsing pack".

Telstra's "Browsing Pack" costs

Monthly fee
Monthly allowance
Additional usage costs
$5 5MB $1 per MB
$10 20MB $1 per MB
$29 80MB $1 per MB
$59 200MB 25 cents per MB
$89 1GB 25 cents per MB
$119 3GB 25 cents per MB

When ZDNet.com.au's sister site, CNET.com.au analysed all the iPhone 3G pricing, they concluded that Optus would appeal to shoppers looking for the cheapest price over the life of their contract, while Vodaphone would appeal to those looking for big data allowances.

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Topics: Telcos, Apple, iPhone, Telstra

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  • Crooks

    Telstra are total and utter crooks. Just don't go with Telstra. Unlock.....There are goign to be people out there in a month from now who are going to get data bills for thousands of dollars. PLease ACCC step in and control these bandits...
    anonymous
  • And your boss isn't?

    He Anonymous, is what you are telling us is that your Optus or Vodaphone boss is not a crook. Face facts, anyone that chooses a plan and exceeds the usage allowances with get hit by huge bills so stop pretending Telstra is doing anything different to the others or that could be considered uncompetitive.
    anonymous
  • The difference between the various iPhone plans

    The difference is that Telstra's plans suck. :)
    anonymous
  • Telstra

    waits for sydney and co to defend prices..... :)


    Seriously why the high price for data? is this what we can expect if/when telstra build the new broadband network.
    anonymous
  • You serious?

    I'm currently with Optus and hate dealing with them. I can't believe what a rip off Telstra's data plans are. Such a shame. Optus data rates are much better. Please give us better value Telstra.
    anonymous
  • "Welcome to NextG, now bend over"

    I doubt you'll get any comments from them as Telstra's iPhone pricing is a complete and utter embarrassment. Even those who use the "superior coverage and speed" line to convince themselves they're not being ripped off wouldn't be able to justify it with these plans.
    anonymous
  • Telstra - get real!

    It's no wonder the Telstra brand suffers and customers become upset with Telstra. Their data charges suck badly! Mr CEO - if you think people interpret your data plans as "VALUE" then think again - because it's most certainly not. If Telstra had a $29 / 1Gb / month plan for an iphone, there would be users signing up in droves - I would even pay for the extra coverage of Next G network in comparison to other carriers - but not 3 and 4 times the price. Maybe an additional $10 or even $20 per month could be justified.

    Seriously, I can't even put my Bigpond Broadband USIM into the iphone and use it's plan - it's not allowed. Nor can I use any phone I wish on a Bigpond data plan.... compared to the now $15 per month 1Gb 3 mobile data plans - Telstra are somewhere outside of this galaxy.

    Telstra get your data plans in order or you will be loosing all your metro customers FAST - myself included.
    anonymous
  • Happy to bend over

    As long as I can use it where I want to and not only in the major cities.
    anonymous
  • Enjoy using it

    Hope you enjoy downloading your 1 iTunes mp3 each month
    anonymous
  • I will

    At least here in in Yass I can download a tune with Telstra.

    If I buy one of these things, which I have no plans to, I would go on a larger download plan.

    I am happy to pay for a service I can actually use where I live. Let me guess barbara, you live somewhere like St Kilda, are too afraid to drive on an unsealed road in you gas guzzling 4WD, are happy to pay $800 for a prada handbag but then complain about a $30 per month price difference between carriers without considering what other people they support and provide services to around the country.

    IMAGE IS EVERYTHING, REALITY IS SIMPLY AN ANNOYANCE.
    anonymous
  • T

    Try living in tassie where Telstra has tassie by the balls....
    anonymous
  • Re Telstra has Tassie by the balls

    Telstra DOES NOT have Tassie by the balls it's just that the other carriers are to slack to put enough towers in for good coverage. Telstra are the only carrier willing to provide us with good coverage and should be applauded
    anonymous
  • Re Telstra has Tassie by the balls

    If they themselves where more reasonable (with everthing...) I would applaud them but they dont make it easy for us to like em. A plan such as mentionend below $30-$50 for 1gig with shaping instead of excess charges.....

    But nooo they take the piss and charge a truckload :( ACA stories about $1000 iphone bills coming soon...
    anonymous
  • Re Telstra has Tassie by the balls

    Yes they provide us with partially government funded coverage and then charge us a small fortune for the privilege to use it. I applaud you Telstra.
    anonymous
  • One uniform price Australia wide

    Telstra charges the same price across the country and will deliver a service pretty much anywhere. fixed voice for everyone, mobile to 99% and minimum 256kbps internet access to 100% via ADSL, cable or satellite.

    There is no other company in the country that does not discriminate based on location, every other company actively avoids parts of the country and refuses to deliver services as it is not cost effective.

    Singtel own a fiber connection from Vic to Tas and have been paid $5M a year by the Tas government for the past 3 years to get it us and running and guess what ........ IT IS STILL NOT UP AND RUNNING!!!

    Telstra delivers a service regardless of price, Singtel work to contract and lock up orginisations based on promises and then sits on the money while waiting for their bluff to be called (aka Opel)
    anonymous
  • RE One uniform price Australia wide

    You like excess charges and low data limits?
    About 100meg is enough for everyone :).....


    Oh and its more the tas goverment fault for sitting on there ass doing nothing about it.
    anonymous
  • Yeah sure

    I could offer dirt cheap prices and massive usage allowances if I cherry picked the high margin areas and ignored the areas that it was harder or more costly to deliver to. I look forward to Optus expanding their network coverage as they will then realise that in some areas a base station may not carry any mobile traffic for days on end and is there to keep continuous coverage.

    If they partnered with Telstra and there were delays it would be Telstra's fault.

    For all of Telstra's competitors all delays and problems will never be THEIR fault!!!!
    anonymous
  • Please Telstra

    Just drop the data rip off before even your loyal customer start to leave you.
    anonymous
  • prices

    Not asking for massive usage allowences, Just want something more reasonable. That too much to ask?
    anonymous
  • Reality Check

    If you dont want Telstra's services dont buy it. If you dont like what's on offer for the iPhone dont buy it either. Its only a gadget not life threatning if you dont have one, or cant afford to use it. Why dont some people get a reality check, you have a choice use it and pay or dont use it. The sun will still rise in the morning
    anonymous