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Australian telcos release iPhone pricing: Check out all the plans here

Monday, 17 September 2012 | By Patrick Stafford

Local telcos have been eager to get their pricing for the iPhone 5 out in the open, with Australia scheduled to see the new gadget launch even hours before the United States on Friday.


The launch window is tighter than usual, so telcos have been ramping up their announcement plans. With three major carriers now offering the phone, pricing is competitive and customers are likely to get a good deal if they shop around.


But if Apple’s own pre-order sales are anything to go by, it’ll be a rush – the company has completely sold out of its pre-order stock. However, all the local telcos are still taking orders.


With just a few days left until the iPhone 5 launches in Australia, here’s a breakdown of every company’s iPhone 5 plans:




In many ways, Vodafone plans are the cheapest of the three major telcos. That could be for two key reasons, both of which customers need to know about: Vodafone won’t be 4G compatible until next year, and it’s currently haemorrhaging subscribers.


The cheaper options could be an attempt to keep subscribers on board for the next two years while it waits to get 4G up and running. In any case, the plans can be a good deal if you don’t mind not having access to a 4G network straight away.




The company also has some 12-month plans available, although these are obviously more expensive.



Telstra’s plans are the most expensive, but they come with a trade-off: Telstra by far has the best coverage. The company’s 4G network is operational in many places right now, and that will only get better over the coming months. You’ll be able to use your 4G iPhone 5 straight away, which will be a great benefit if you don’t mind paying the extra cost.


The only problem? All of the pre-orders are sold out. So to get a new deal, you’ll have to try your luck on Friday.


16GB iPhone




32GB iPhone




64GB iPhone





If you want range, then Optus has the biggest selection of plans to choose from, with a variety of handset payments. The company’s 4G network is also being rolled out, so if you’re budget conscious but want access to 4G, Optus has a good selection to choose from – including some more expensive plans for business owners.


A few things to keep in mind, however. The following photos only show a few plans, so visit the site for the rest. Also, the 32GB and 64GB versions are sold out for now, so you’ll have to wait until Friday if you want to get your hands on those models.


16GB iPhone




32GB iPhone




64GB iPhone



This story first appeared on SmartCompany.