The Best iPhone Plans in Australia January 2020
It may be a new year, but there’s no new victor in sight this month for the best Postpaid way to score a shiny new iPhone. While there is some better competition from Vodafone and Telstra in January, Optus continues to dominate across 36-month and 24-month contracts with its $49 Optus Choice Plan.
As has been the trend the last few months since its release, we’re using the iPhone 11 Pro (64GB model) as the basis for comparisons across plans, with Optus coming out on top as the cheapest option among these three telcos. Scroll down for the full breakdown.
Best iPhone 11 plan overall January 2020
Not so long ago, we used 24-month contracts as the basis for the best iPhone Prepaid plans across everyday-use and high-usage categories. Then Optus came along with a $0 handset repayment promo deal which, despite a 36-month contract, was too good to ignore. Even though that promotion has expired, it paved the way for some seriously competitive offerings.
The $49 Optus Choice Plan is the basis of both our 36-month and 24-month recommendations (scroll down for more on the latter), whose 60GB of monthly data is more than enough to please everyday users and data-hungry people. Sign up for a 36-month contract on this plan and you’ll pay $48 per month for the iPhone 11 Pro 64GB handset, plus $49 for the plan. This $97 monthly fee equates to a minimum 36-month cost of $3,492.
While the data and sub-$100 monthly total cost for a new iPhone are the most attractive parts, there are some great supporting perks, too. Tap into unlimited talk and text to 35 selected countries, an Optus Sport subscription, six months of access to Apple Music, and data sharing.
While this Optus plan is the best value for money, Vodafone and Telstra have closed the competition in January. Recent Vodafone Postpaid plan refreshes mean no additional data charges (speeds are capped at 1.5Mbps) for its $50 Red Plus Plan, which matches the 60GB-per-month offering. The $48.58 handset repayment and reduced-price $49.50 plan cost unite to nip at Optus’ heels with a $98.08 monthly fee and three-year minimum expense of $3,503.88.
Telstra isn’t too much more expensive with the return of its $60 Medium Mobile Plan that has 60GB of data as part of a $48.58 handset repayment and a $60 plan fee ($108.58 total) for a 36-month cost of $3,908.88.
Best iPhone 11 plan for high data usage January 2020
Operating on the understanding that 60GB is plenty for data-hungry users, you should absolutely consider the $49 Optus Choice Plan on a 24-month contract if you’re looking to pay off a new iPhone 11 Pro 64GB model and not be locked in for three years.
Dropping the contract from three years to two years, though, means you have to pay a higher handset repayment fee. This translates to a $72-per-month cost atop the $49 monthly plan fee for a monthly total of $121 and a two-year minimum contract cost of $2,904. All in, you’re looking at saving $588 stacked next to the 36-month contract, which frees you up to shop for a new iPhone in 2022 instead of 2023.
Because it’s the same Optus plan just with a shorter contract, you also get the same perks outlined above. Stay in touch with friends and family overseas thanks to unlimited calls and SMS to 35 selected international destinations. Be entertained via a six-month Apple Music subscription and an Optus Sport subscription, which is particularly relevant to Premier League fans. If, for some reason, you tend to have leftover data, you can share it across eligible Optus plans.
The closest competing plans are the same as above, too: Telstra’s $60 Medium Mobile Plan and Vodafone $50 Red Plus Plan. Understandably, you’ll likewise be paying more for the handset with a 24-month contract. For Telstra, this equates to a $72.87 handset repayment for a monthly fee of $132.87, which becomes a two-year cost of $3,188.88. For Vodafone, the handset repayment jump is the same as Telstra, but the cheaper plan cost brings the monthly cost to $122.37 and the 24-month fee to $2,936.88.
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