iPhone 12 Plans in Australia: Telstra vs Optus vs Vodafone

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders are now available.
  • Best iPhone 12 Plan Overall

    Vodafone

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    4 out of 5 overall
    30GB/mth
    From $72.47 (36m) or $91.20 (24m)
  • Best Big Data iPhone 12 Plan

    Telstra

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    4.5 out of 5 overall
    180GB/mth
    $50/mth discount for first 12 months
  • Best Perks and Deals

    Vodafone

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    4 out of 5 overall
    Big bundling discounts
    20GB bonus data and trade-in options

After a very short wait, from Wednesday’s reveal to now, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders are now available in Australia through Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. The (slightly) more affordable iPhone 12 is available in Black, White, (Product) Red, Green and Blue, and three storage variants: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The photographers’ choice, the iPhone 12 Pro, comes in Graphite, Silver, Gold and Pacific Blue, and three storage variants, also: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

As per usual, the more storage, the higher the price tag. In recent years, telcos have also shifted to a month-to-month arrangement without handset discounts, so you can typically expect to pay the RRP of each device, spread across 12, 24, and 36 months. With that said, telcos are still offering some decent discounts on their plans, namely Telstra. Alternatively, you can pay the iPhone 12 cost upfront, and jump on an affordable month-to-month SIM plan.

Here’s a closer look at the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro plans from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

First, let’s take a quick look at the most popular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models and what price they start at.

Popular iPhone 12 Plans

Wondering which plan to go with? Let’s take a look at the most popular iPhone plans currently available. Our friends at WhistleOut store popularity information for every handset, mobile provider, and plan in its database. It provides an up-to-date snapshot of what plans and phones Australians are buying every week.

For example, if you take a look at Apple phones, you’ll see that the iPhone 12 Pro 128GB is the most popular iPhone available at the time of writing, with the iPhone 12 64GB a close second. If we select a phone, we see a list of the most popular plans people choose to pair with that handset.

Here are the most popular iPhone 12 Pro 128GB plans.

And here are the most popular iPhone 12 64GB plans.

iPhone 12 Plans

Looking for the base model iPhone 12? Here’s are the cheapest deals from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

iPhone 12 Pro Plans

Or if you’re trying to snap up the photographer’s choice, find a deal on Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro with Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.

Vodafone iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro plans

For the best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro plans at launch, it’s no contest. Vodafone’s limited-time bonus 20GB per month, it’s added monthly discount for iPhone 12 purchases, and its multi-plan bundling deal (up to 20% for five services) make it our top choice for Apple fans looking to upgrade, and an even better choice for families with multiple phone plans on the one account. Vodafone’s network still isn’t quite as large as Telstra and Optus, but it’s still a reliable choice for most Australians. The only downside is that Vodafone’s 5G network is the least developed out of the three, so it will be some time before you get to take full advantage of the iPhone 12’s power.

Vodafone iPhone 12 deal details

As mentioned above, Vodafone is offering some sweet deals for iPhone 12 customers. Firstly, there’s a bonus 20GB per month for the life of the plan (if you sign up before 12 November). That same offer gets you $5 per month off your plan fees. And if you’ve got an old handset in good knick, Vodafone is offer $70 credit if you trade in an eligible device.

The kicker is, you can shave even more off if you bundle select services. Two eligible plans get you a 5% discount of each plan, three get you 10%, four gets you 15%, and more than five will get you 20% off each plan. If you’ve got a large family all on one account, you can save some serious dosh with Vodafone at the moment.

Even if you don’t need multiple phones, you can also bundle your NBN and/or a data SIM plan with a new iPad if that’s more your speed.

Telstra iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Plans

If you can’t do without Telstra’s leading mobile network coverage, you’ll be happy to know the Big Blue is offering some healthy discounts on its high-usage plans. Telstra’s Extra Large 180GB plan is discounted for the first 12 months for new iPhone 12 customers. That still doesn’t bring it below the $100 mark so we still can’t recommend Telstra if you’re on a tight budget, but the rest of the perks it offers (Binge, Xbox All Access etc.) make it a compelling option at least. Telstra also has the most 5G coverage at the time of writing, so it’s the provider of choice if you’re looking to trial the next-gen network with your new iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro.

Telstra iPhone 12 deal details

Telstra is advertising a monthly $50 discount for the first 12 months to customers who sign up for the $115 Extra Large iPhone 12 plan. That plan gets you a healthy 180GB per month. Your plan (handset fees not included) will come down to $65 per month with the discount factored in. 180GB for $65 per month is a great deal whichever way you slice it, but it’s incredibly tempting for Telstra’s leading network coverage (which typically comes at a premium).

That’s on top of a few additional Telstra perks that already exist. Firstly, every Apple product purchase through Telstra comes with 12 months of Apple TV Plus free (for new subscribers), another three months of Binge Standard free, and data-free Apple Music streaming.

Lastly, there’s the added option of bundling the new Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S with Telstra’s Xbox All Access Deal, which gets you a brand-new next-gen Xbox and 24 months of Ultimate Game Pass (a little like Netflix for Xbox games).

Optus iPhone 12 and 12 Pro Plans

Unlike Telstra and Vodafone, Optus aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary for the iPhone 12 launch. There is the 5G double data deal, which gets you double your monthly data for an additional $10 per month when you purchase a 5G phone (and every iPhone 12 this year is 5G) but outside of that it’s business as usual for Optus.

Optus iPhone 12 deal details

These plans offer all the usual inclusions (unlimited national calls and text, etc.), with data sharing across multiple services on the one bill.  You also get double data if you buy a 5G phone (which the iPhone 12 qualifies for). But there aren’t many other neat perks associated with Optus plans at the moment.

There’s Optus Sport, which is a good value proposition for football fans in any other year, and Optus Perks, which offers discounts on movie tickets (again, a perk for better times).

I guess there’s the option to add a new iPad Air and Apple Watch Series 6 to your bill, but there is no bundling discount at the time of writing.

Where are the iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max plans?

There’s been some confusion over the past few years when a smartphone staggers device releases, so let’s clear it up. The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max plans won’t go live until 12:00am AEDT Saturday, the 7th of November.

Apple has no respect for our weekends this year.

Here are those pre-order and release dates again

iPhone 12 Australian pre-order and release dates
ModelPre-orderRelease date
iPhone 12Friday, 16 October 2020Friday, 23 October 2020
iPhone 12 ProFriday, 16 October 2020Friday, 23 October 2020
iPhone MiniSaturday, 7 November 2020Friday, 13 November 2020
iPhone 12 Pro MaxSaturday, 7 November 2020Friday, 13 November 2020
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