Which Aussie Telco Has The Best iPhone 6s Plans?


WhistleOut
15 September 2015

It’s that time again. iPhone you’re an Apple fan, you’ll know that September is iPhone month, and the queues outside Apple stores this year are for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. But while you’re deciding on which size iPhone to take home, there is a more important decision to make.

Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin have all committed to stocking the new iPhones, and have released plan pricing for all the new models. This is a lot of plans: six phone models multiplied by numerous plans on each provider. So which is best for you?

Let’s take move these all of the plans, telco by telco, starting with Australia’s most popular.

Telstra

Total monthly prices, including both plan costs and handset repayment fees.

$55 Go Mobile
$500 value
1GB Data

$70 Go Mobile
$1000 value
2.5GB Data

$95 Go Mobile
Unlimited calls/text
6GB Data

$135 Go Mobile
Unlimited calls/text
10GB Data

iPhone 6s 16GB

$87 per month

$92 per month

$99 per month

$135 per month

iPhone 6s 64GB

$95 per month

$102 per month

$112 per month

$147 per month

iPhone 6s 128GB

$102 per month

$109 per month

$122 per month

$157 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 16GB

$95 per month

$102 per month

$118 per month

$150 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 64GB

$102 per month

$109 per month

$125 per month

$157 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 128GB

$112 per month

$118 per month

$135 per month

$165 per month

Click here to see all the latest Telstra plans

If you’re looking for a ‘$0’ iPhone 6s, you almost won’t find one on Telstra plans. Except for the 16GB model on a $135 plan, every iPhone plan combination requires you to pay extra on top of your monthly plan costs.

And, these are not insignificant amounts. Most of the handset repayments are well over $10 per month, many up to and over $20 per month. The iPhone 6s 128GB model on a $55 plan costs more per month than the plan itself — $57 per month just for the phone. If you do the math on this, it works out that you will pay $1368 for the handset over the course of your contract, which is only a small saving compared to the price Apple charges in its stores.

Basically, these plans tell us that if you want to buy an iPhone on the Telstra network, you had better be willing to pay about $100 per month. If this is too much, you’ll need to consider one of the other providers.

Optus

Total monthly prices, including both plan costs and handset repayment fees.

$40 My Plan Plus
Unlimited calls/text
500MB Data

$60 My Plan Plus
Unlimited calls/text
3GB Data

$80 My Plan Plus
Unlimited calls/text
8GB Data*

$100 My Plan Plus
Unlimited calls/text
10GB Data

$135 My Plan Plus
Unlimited calls/text
20GB Data*

iPhone 6s 16GB

$77 per month

$79 per month

$80 per month

$100 per month

$135 per month

iPhone 6s 64GB

$79 per month

$88 per month

$93 per month

$107 per month

$135 per month

iPhone 6s 128GB

$85 per month

$94 per month

$101 per month

$113 per month

$141 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 16GB

$79 per month

$88 per month

$94 per month

$108 per month

$135 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 64GB

$85 per month

$94 per month

$100 per month

$115 per month

$142 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 128GB

$91 per month

$100 per month

$107 per month

$122 per month

$149 per month

Click here to see all the latest Optus plans

*Promotional 8GB and 20GB data inclusions, available until 4 January 2016.

As you’d probably expect, an iPhone is much more affordable on Optus plans. The cheaper plans are still too expensive to take seriously, but the iPhone 6s 16GB for $86 on an $80 My Plan Plus is a pretty good deal. Optus is clearly hoping you’ll take a $100 plan option (if not a $135 plan option), but the $80 plan should cover the needs of most phone owners, and you’ll save a fair bit dodging the more expensive options.

That said, there is a few bargains in the $135 plan options, if you’re planning on splashing out. That you can choose the iPhone 6s 64GB for the same price as the 16GB is great, or that the bigger iPhone 6s Plus 16GB is the same price is worth taking note of.

Still, if it were us buying, we’d definitely skew towards the middle of the pack here.

Vodafone

Total monthly prices, including both plan costs and handset repayment fees.

$40 Red Plan
Unlimited calls/text
500MB Data

$60 Red Plan
Unlimited calls/text
3GB Data

$80 Red Plan
Unlimited calls/text
6GB Data

$100 Red Plan
Unlimited calls/text
10GB Data

$130 Red Plan
Unlimited calls/text
20GB Data*

iPhone 6s 16GB

$79 per month

$82 per month

$89 per month

$103 per month

$130 per month

iPhone 6s 64GB

$87 per month

$90 per month

$95 per month

$108 per month

$130 per month

iPhone 6s 128GB

$93 per month

$96 per month

$103 per month

$115 per month

$134 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 16GB

$87 per month

$93 per month

$97 per month

$110 per month

$130 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 64GB

$93 per month

$98 per month

$103 per month

$115 per month

$134 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 128GB

$98 per month

$109 per month

$110 per month

$121 per month

$140 per month

Click here to see all the latest Vodafone plans

*Promotional 20GB data inclusions, available until 3 November 2015. Reverts to 15GB thereafter.

You might be surprised to see it, but Vodafone is more expensive than Optus across the board, except if you plan on taking up the $130 Red Plan option. This wouldn’t be a bad idea, with its promotional 20GB of included data (offer ends 3 November 2015), but it is a lot of money to commit to paying each month.

Not that the difference in price between Vodafone and Optus is that significant. When you compare similar iPhone models on similar plans, you find there is a few dollars in it. The divide is more pronounced on the more expensive phones, like the 128GB iPhone 6s Plus.

Still, if you’re shopping around, come to Vodafone for its whopping data deal, or save a few bucks elsewhere.

Virgin Mobile

Total monthly prices, including both plan costs and handset repayment fees. $30 and $40 plan options are also available. Click here to see them.

$50 Plan
Unlimited calls/text
1GB Data

$60 Plan
Unlimited calls/text
2 or 4GB Data*

$70 Plan
Unlimited calls/text
3 or 6GB Data*

$80 Plan
Unlimited calls/text
4 or 9GB Data*

$100 Plan
Unlimited calls/text
6 or 13GB Data*

iPhone 6s 16GB

$73 per month

$79 per month

$83 per month

$80 per month

$100 per month

iPhone 6s 64GB

$80 per month

$88 per month

$90 per month

$93 per month

$100 per month

iPhone 6s 128GB

$86 per month

$94 per month

$96 per month

$99 per month

$106 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 16GB

$79 per month

$88 per month

$89 per month

$93 per month

$100 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 64GB

$86 per month

$94 per month

$96 per month

$99 per month

$106 per month

iPhone 6s Plus 128GB

$92 per month

$100 per month

$102 per month

$105 per month

$112 per month

Click here to see all the latest Virgin Mobile plans

*Promotion data available on plans $60 and higher, but only if you port your number from a provider not using the Optus network.

In a comparison like this, Virgin looks like excellent value, but you need to keep your eye on the plan inclusions to find the fairest comparison. For example, the Virgin $100 plan comes with unlimited talk and text plus 6GB of data. But, the same value is found in the Optus and Vodafone $80 plans.

Therefore, an iPhone 6s on a plan with 6GB of data is actually $14 cheaper with Optus than Virgin.

All of this changes if you are porting your number from a provider not using the Optus network, where double data bonuses make Virgin a lot more attractive. This excludes current Virgin and Optus customers, and subscribers to MVNOs like amaysim, TPG, iiNet and many others.

The sweet spot for Virgin customers is the $50 plan options. If you’re looking for the iPhone with the cheapest monthly bill, and you don’t have a use for gigabytes of data, you’ll save a bit by choosing this cheaper plan option.

In fact, Virgin is offering the cheapest plan of all: an iPhone 6s 16GB on a $30 Plan for a total of $61 per month. Though this plan only includes 300 minutes of calls and 300MB of data, so it should only be considered if your usage is described as extremely low.

Don't forget about the new Vodafone Payment Plans

Before committing to a 2-year plan, you might also consider Vodafone's new Mobile Phone Payment Plans, which give you the option to pay off a new phone as an interest-free loan, rather than bundled with a phone plan.

To get a Mobile Phone Payment Plan for the iPhone 6s, you need to choose a SIM Only Red Plan, and the length of the payment plan: 6 months, 12 months, 18, months, 24 months or 36 months.

Vodafone then divides the full retail cost of the phone ($1079 for an iPhone 6s 16GB) even across the length of time you choose, so the phone on a 6 month contract will cost $180 per month, but on a 36 month plan it comes down to $30 per month.

Choosing a payment plan gives you the flexibility to move phone plans within the Vodafone range whenever you like. If you know you'll have a low-use month, you can drop back to the $30 plan, or up to the $80 plan if you know you'll need a lot of data.


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