The best iPhone Plans in Australia July 2020

Optus continues its winning streak as the best provider for iPhone fans.
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This July, we've thrown out the old formula and revamped our rankings for the best iPhone plans and deals in Australia. We're now including budget options for those looking to save some cash, high-usage options for the data hungry, and top picks for extra perks.

We’ve refreshed our best iPhone plans page this month to offer some new categories that we believe are more relevant to those searching for a new Apple handset on a Postpaid plan. For starters, we’ve shifted from the iPhone 11 Pro 64GB as our base model, and opted for the still-great-but-cheaper iPhone 11 64GB handset.

The only exception to this is for our ‘best budget phone plan’ category which, as you’ll see below, extends to the iPhone SE 64GB to offer a great low monthly price. Outside of the new categories, you’ll notice a whole lot of Vodafone. This isn’t a typo. The telco’s perk-packed Postpaid plans have thoroughly impressed us across all core categories.

What’s the difference in device-repayment terms?

The three big providers – Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone – don’t tie you down with Postpaid plan contracts these days. But while their plans don’t have contracts, you’re still obliged to pay off your new iPhone handset (or any other brand handset) if you choose to leave ahead of your device-repayment term.

Device-repayment terms tend to be separated into 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months. While 12-month and 24-month terms are shorter than the 36-month term, they’re incrementally more expensive, with 12 being the most expensive per month, and 36 being the cheapest for monthly device repayments.

Still, even though you’re looking at a cheaper monthly bill, if you do commit to a 24-month or 36-month device-repayment term, you’re ultimately paying more if you stick around for the full duration to cover ongoing plan costs and device repayments. If you exit early, you’ll be charged for the remaining cost of your handset, as set at the beginning of the payment term, which can blow out the perceived savings from paying less per month.

Because 24 months is the typical time for upgrading to a new handset, we tend to favour the value of a reasonable repayment commitment and monthly cost found in 24-month device-repayment terms.

Best value iPhone plan July 2020

Vodafone $50 Red Plus Plan

Vodafone $50 Red Plus Plan at a glance:

  • $96.20 per month (24 months)
  • $50 for plan; $46.20 for iPhone 11 64GB
  • 60GB data
  • Capped 1.5Mbps speed after data cap
  • International calls
  • Up to $390 trade-up credit
  • $60 credit over 12 months
  • 12-month Amazon Prime subscription
  • Bundle discounts
  • No contract

For under $100 a month, there’s a lot of value to be found in Vodafone’s $50 Red Plus Plan paired with an iPhone 11 64GB handset.

The $96.20-per-month fee on a 24-month device-repayment term comes with 60GB of data, which is shaped to 1.5Mbps if you go over. For those with friends and families around the globe, this plan also has 1,000 minutes of international calls to selected Zone 1 countries, plus 100 minutes to additional Zone 2 countries.

To save more bucks, trade in your old handset for up to $390 of credit. Plus, sign up before the end of the month and stick around for at least 12 months to get $5 of credit each month, effectively bringing the monthly price down to $91.20. Bundle eligible plans under the one account, and you can knock off an additional 5 to 20 percent.

On the entertainment-perks front, this Vodafone plan also comes with 12 months of Amazon Prime, which is great for Amazon shoppers, video and music streamers, as well as fans of Twitch gaming.

There are more great-value iPhone Postpaid plans below.

Best perks iPhone plan July 2020

Vodafone $50 Red Plus Plan

Vodafone $50 Red Plus Plan at a glance:

  • $96.20 per month (24 months)
  • $50 for plan; $46.20 for iPhone 11 64GB
  • 60GB data
  • Capped 1.5Mbps speed after data cap
  • International calls
  • Up to $390 trade-up credit
  • $60 credit over 12 months
  • 12-month Amazon Prime subscription
  • Bundle discounts
  • No contract

Usually Vodafone leaves Telstra and Optus to battle on the perks front, while it sticks to competing on dollars-for-data value with the option of $5-per-day roaming that lets you use your data abroad as if you’re at home. With international travel not viable these days, Vodafone has dug deep to offer some shiny perks to tempt you into signing up with its $50 Red Plus Plan.

Impressively, those perks don’t come at the cost of, well, the overall cost. Your starting price for this plan is $96.20 per month on a 24-month for 60GB of data (shaped to 1.5Mbps if you go over). What’s this “starting price” business all about? For starters, Vodafone rewards 12 months of commitment with $60 credit – $5 per month – in the first year.

Then you have the option of trade-up credit to the tune of up to $390 for an eligible older handset. On top of this, bundle eligible plans under a single account to continue to drop the price by anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent.

You’ll also receive 1,000 minutes of calls to eligible Zone 1 dialling locations, and 100 minutes of talk to selected Zone 2 countries. The last-but-definitely-not-least perk is 12 months of Amazon Prime, which translates to cheaper online shopping and more entertainment options via Prime Video, Prime Music, and Twitch.

Check out other perky iPhone Postpaid plans below.

Best budget iPhone plan July 2020

Vodafone $40 Red Plus Plan

Vodafone $40 Red Plus Plan at a glance:

  • $69.70 per month (24 months)
  • $40 for plan; $29.70 for iPhone SE 64GB
  • 10GB data
  • Capped 1.5Mbps speed after data cap
  • $60 credit over 12 months
  • Bundle discounts
  • No contract

Even when we change the iPhone comparison, Vodafone proves it has value that’s tricky to ignore. For instance, take the iPhone SE 64GB and bundle it with Vodafone’s $40 Red Plus Plan. It’s clearly competing with the $39 Optus Choice Plan with the same amount of data (10GB), albeit at a slightly cheaper monthly cost on a 24-month device-repayment term ($69.70 vs $70.20).

That said, you can upgrade “slightly cheaper” to “noticeably cheaper” by sticking with this no-contract plan for at least 12 months to tap into $60 of credit, divvied out at $5 a month in that first year. If you bundle this plan with one or more eligible Vodafone plans, you can also get deduct anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent more off the price.

There are other budget iPhone Postpaid plan options below.

Best iPhone plan for big data July 2020

Vodafone $80 Red Plus Plan

Vodafone $80 Red Plus Plan at a glance:

  • $126.20 per month (24 months)
  • $80 for plan; $46.20 for iPhone 11 64GB
  • 150GB data
  • Capped 1.5Mbps speed after data cap
  • International calls
  • Up to $390 trade-up credit
  • $120 credit over 12 months
  • 12-month Amazon Prime subscription
  • Bundle discounts
  • No contract

There’s no keeping Vodafone out of our major categories this month. Case in point, Vodafone’s $80 Red Plus Plan, which comes to a base price of $126.20 a month on a 24-month device-repayment term with an iPhone 11 64GB. This plan comes with a hefty 150GB of data which, if you manage to burn through, is capped at 1.5Mbps until your next billing month ticks over.

But let’s talk about that monthly price for a breath. It starts at $126.20, but Vodafone rewards a 12-month commitment to this no-contract plan with $10 off a month for the first year ($120 total). You can add more credit to your account by trading in an eligible handset for up to $390 trade-up credit. Want more discounts? Bundle eligible Vodafone plans for up to 20 percent off (starting at 5 percent).

For even more value, tap into the included 12-month Amazon Prime subscription for cheaper Amazon purchases, Prime Video shows and movies, Prime Music tunes, and Twitch gaming access.

Check out some other iPhone big-data Postpaid plans below.

Most popular iPhone plan (Telstra) July 2020

Telstra $55 Small Mobile Plan

Telstra $55 Small Mobile Plan at a glance:

  • $104.95 per month (24 months)
  • $55 for plan; $49.95 for iPhone 11 64GB
  • 40GB data
  • Capped 1.5Mbps speed after data cap
  • Three-month Binge subscription
  • No contract

While Telstra may have recently nixed 12-month and 36-month device-repayment terms, it’s still offering the more traditional 24-month alternative. Combo Telstra’s $55 Small Mobile Plan with an iPhone 11 64GB for a monthly cost of $104.95 over a two-year device-repayment period.

This Telstra plan comes with 40GB of data, which is capped at 1.5Mbps speeds until the start of your next billing month if you happen to go over. The other big perk of this no-contract plan is a three-month subscription to Binge Standard (valued at $14 per month), which includes two simultaneous HD streams on Foxtel’s new streaming service.

You can have a look at the other popular iPhone Postpaid Telstra plans below.

Most popular iPhone plan (Optus) July 2020

Optus $49 Optus Choice Plan

Optus $49 Optus Choice Plan at a glance:

  • $98.95 per month (24 months)
  • $49 for plan; $49.95 for iPhone 11 64GB
  • 60GB data
  • International calls
  • Data sharing
  • 12-month Apple Music subscription
  • Optus Sport subscription
  • No contract

It makes sense that an Optus Postpaid plan that combos an iPhone 11 64GB handset with plenty of data and a sub-$100 monthly fee is a popular choice. The $49 Optus Choice Plan works out to $98.95 a month on a 24-month device-repayment term, with 60GB of data to use each month.

You don’t want to go over that cap, though, or you’ll be automatically charged $10 per extra 1GB of data. It’s pitched as a convenience, but it looks a whole lot less convenient next to the 1.5Mbps data shaping on offer from comparable Vodafone and Telstra plans.

Still, this Optus plan comes with unlimited standard international talk and text to 35 selected locations, and your data can be shared between eligible Optus plans. There’s also 12 months of an Apple Music subscription to pair with your new iPhone, and there’s an included Optus Sport subscription for the soccer fans.

There are more iPhone Optus Postpaid plans to scour through below.

Most popular iPhone plan (Vodafone) July 2020

Vodafone $40 Red Plus Plan

Vodafone $40 Red Plus Plan at a glance:

  • $109.12 per month (24 months)
  • $40 for plan; $69.12 for iPhone 11 64GB
  • 10GB data
  • Capped 1.5Mbps speed after data cap
  • $60 credit over 12 months
  • Bundle discounts
  • No contract

You may have read about it above in our pick of the best budget iPhone plan, but that only helps to reinforce the understandable popularity of Vodafone’s $40 Red Plus Plan, even when it’s combined with an iPhone 11 64GB instead of a cheaper iPhone SE 64GB handset. You’re looking at an initial monthly cost of $109.12 to cover the plan and new handset, with 10GB to use, which is capped to 1.5Mbps speeds if you go over.

Vodafone is currently offering some great cost-saving perks. For instance, knock off up to $390 when trading in an eligible handset. Buy in before the end of the month and stay with the no-contract plan for at least 12 months to score $5 off a month for the first year. Finally, you can bundle this plan with eligible Vodafone plans for a further discount, which starts at 5 percent and reaches up to 20 percent.

For more iPhone Postpaid plans from Vodafone, check out the list below.

How much does the iPhone 11 cost in Australia?

In Australia, the iPhone 11 will cost between $1,199 for the 64GB base model and up to $2,499 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB model. On a plan, those prices are spread out over the course of 12, 24 or 36 months but that’s what you will pay upfront if  you don’t want to lock yourself in.

Here the complete list of pricing for iPhone 11 in Australia.

iPhone 11 price in Australia
ModelMemoryPrice
iPhone 1164GB$1,199
iPhone 11128GB$1,279
iPhone 11256GB$1,449
iPhone 11 Pro64GB$1,749
iPhone 11 Pro256GB$1,999
iPhone 11 Pro512GB$2,349
iPhone 11 Pro Max64GB$1,899
iPhone 11 Pro Max256GB$2,149
iPhone 11 Pro Max512GB$2,499

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