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How to buy a PS5, Xbox or Nintendo Switch through your telco

Want the latest console but don’t want to pay full price upfront? Talk to your telco.

Brodie Fogg
May 21, 2024
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If you’ve been putting off purchasing a console from the latest generation of PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo, the big outlay of cash is probably one of the reasons why. While it might not cost quite as much as the latest iPhone, it’s still hard to justify nearly $800 for a new gaming console, when the console itself is just the beginning. With some games costing over $100 at launch, and additional controllers costing anywhere from $89 to $249 a pop, playing video games can be an expensive hobby these days.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Telstra and Vodafone both offer long-term payment plans for a wide selection of consoles and accessories that you can pay off over a period that suits you best.


PlayStation 5 with Telstra or Vodafone

Pay off a PlayStation 5 Slim over 12, 24 or 36 months.
PlayStation 5 Slim graphic

Pre-orders for the PlayStation 5 (PS5) originally went live at 8am on the 17th of September 2020 and proceeded to sell out globally in record time. I remember this detail vividly because my partner and I had missed out on account of our daughter being born around eight hours before pre-orders went live. She'll never live that down. 

Years of scarcity followed, where people went above and beyond to reserve their very own PS5 (or to resell a PS5 at extortionate prices.)

That all feels like yesterday but now the PlayStation 5 is widely available. Not only that but the original hyper-popular model has been replaced by a slimmer version. It’s not so hard to find a PlayStation 5 these days but even if you do, there’s still the matter of laying out up to $800 of cash for the privilege.

That’s where your telco comes in. Telstra and Vodafone both currently offer payment plans for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.

Telstra will sell you the PlayStation 5 Slim or PlayStation 5 Slim Digital Edition on a 24 or 12-month payment arrangement or straight-up sell it to you outright whereas Vodafone will let you pay it off over 36 months or not at all. Vodafone also makes you call customer service to order a PlayStation 5. So archaic.

Here's how much both Telstra and Vodafone will sting you for a PlayStation 5 console. 

Product
PlayStation 5 Slim
PlayStation 5 Digital
Telstra$33.29/mth over 24mths
$66.58/mth over 12 months
$28.29 /mth 24mths
$56.58/mth 12mths
Vodafone$22.22/mth over 36mthsN/A
Outright (Amazon)$769.95$679

PlayStation Portal and accessories through Telstra and Vodafone

Both Telstra and Vodafone offer a selection of PlayStation accessories through their payment plan programs.
Product
Telstra
Vodafone
PlayStation Portal$13.70/mth over 24mths or $27.41/mth over 12mths (Total min. cost $329)N/A
PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller White$109 outright$3.05/mth over 36mths (Total min. cost $109.88)
PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller Midnight Black$109 outright$3.05/mth over 36mths (Total min. cost $109.88)
PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller Cosmic RedN/A$3.33/mth over 36mths (Total min. cost $119.88)
PS5 Media RemoteN/A$1.38/mth over 36mths (Total min. cost $49.68)
PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset WhiteN/A$4.44/mth over 24mths (Total min. cost $159.84)
PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset White BlackN/A$4.44/mth over 24mths (Total min. cost $159.84)

Popular Telstra and Vodafone mobile plans

If you do feel like ordering a PlayStation 5 with no upfront fee, you do have to be a customer of Telstra or Vodafone. Here are the most popular mobile plans from both providers

How to get a PS5 from Vodafone

Getting a PlayStation 5, or any PlayStation 5 accessories, isn't as simple as ordering online. There are a few steps involved:

1
Sign up for Vodafone

The first step is to sign up for a Vodafone plan. All postpaid Vodafone plans are eligible: Vodafone NBN, Vodafone Mobile and Vodafone Mobile Broadband.

Vodafone.com.au
2
Pick your PlayStation gear

Once you're a Vodafone customer, you'll be able to put any or all of the following items on a payment plan:

  • PlayStation 5 Slim (RRP $799)
  • PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller (RRP $109)
  • PS5 Media Remote (RRP $49)
  • PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset (RRP $159)
vodafone.com.au/accessories/playstation5
3
Choose your Accessory Payment Plan

Once you've decided which items you'd like to bundle with your Vodafone plan, you will need to decide over what period you would like to pay off your gear. Vodafone's Accessory Payment Plan program lets you pay off your gear over 12, 24 or 36 months. 

Obviously, the longer the payment plan you choose, the lower your monthly payments will be, but you end up paying the same amount overall. 

4
Call Vodafone

Unlike Telstra, Vodafone doesn't let you straight up purchase the PlayStation 5 online. Instead, it offers two options: either call customer service or head in-store. We'd recommend calling customer service first as there's no saying whether your local Vodafone store will have stock available. 

To discuss the PlayStation 5 and your Accessory Payment Plan, call 1300 728 637

Xbox Series X and Series X with Telstra

Bundle Xbox Series X and Game Pass with your Telstra plan.
Xbox Series X and Series S side-by-side graphic

The Xbox Series X might have sniffed the same scarcity of the PlayStation 5 at some stage, but there was never any moment in time where it was impossible to find. Early on in the lifespan of Microsoft's current console generation, Telstra launched Xbox All Access, a payment program that let you pay off not only an Xbox console but also your Game Pass subscription at a discounted price. That discounted bundle offer was removed in December 2023 but Telstra still offers Xbox consoles, accessories and Game Pass subscriptions on a plan.

Here's how much Telstra will charge you for its range of Xbox hardware on 24 or 12-month payment plans:

Product
24mths
12mths
Outright
Xbox Series S$20.79$41.58$499.00
Xbox Series X$33.29$66.58$799.00

Xbox accessories through Telstra

Telstra's store also offers a whole mess of Xbox accessories that are available to bundle with your Telstra plan and console though not every accessory is available on a 24-month payment plan. Here's what you can buy:
Product
24mths
12mths
Outright
Xbox Elite Wireless S2 Core ControllerN/A$15.75$189.00
Xbox Elite Controller$10.37$20.75$249.00
Xbox Wireless ControllerN/AN/A$89.00

Nintendo Switch with Telstra

Pay off a Nintendo Switch or Switch OLED with Telstra.
Nintendo Switch OLED graphic

The new Nintendo Switch might be on the horizon but it still hasn't been officially confirmed and rumours suggest it could still be a ways off releasing. In the meantime, Telstra has begun stocking the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED. As with the Xbox products sold through Telstra, you can pay off any of the Nintendo products on offer over 12 or 24 months or even purchase them outright. 

Product
24mths
12mths
Outright
Nintendo Switch (Neon)$19.54$39.08$469.00
Nintendo Switch OLED$22.45$44.91$539.00
Nintendo Switch Lite$13.70$27.41$329.00

Nintendo accessories

Telstra also offers Nintendo Switch controllers through its store but only as an outright purchase. Here's what's available:
Product
24mths
12mths
Outright
Nintendo Switch Pro ControllerN/AN/A$99.00
Switch Joy-Con PairN/AN/A$119.00

Popular Telstra plans

If you do feel like ordering a PlayStation 5 with no upfront fee, you do have to be a customer of Telstra or Vodafone. Here are the most popular mobile plans from both providers
Brodie Fogg
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Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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