14th Oct 2011
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How much will the new iPhone cost you?

The iPhone 4S is being released today, and for those eager to be at the front of the line we’ve done the research to find  the best plan for you.

The first thing you need to decide is what’s most important to you. If you just want to browse the web occasionally and use a few apps then you probably want a low cost plan with a 16GB handset. If you want to be able to download movies and other media on the go then you will need a much bigger data limit – upwards of 3GB. And if you want to be able to store all your music, movies and television shows on your phone at once, then you will need the 64GB handset (and even then you might run out of room).

Low cost

If you want to keep the price of owning an iPhone down then these plans are the way to go. They are the lowest-cost options currently offered by these carriers. But buyer beware: if you go over your download limit your carrier will charge you through the nose for the excess data.

Carrier

Total cost per month

Handset

Data

Telstra

$63

16GB

1.5GB

Optus

$59

16GB

5GB

Vodaphone

$44

16GB

200M


Lots of data
If you spend a lot of time watching YouTube clips with friends, or downloading movies while you travel, then a data-heavy plan is the one for you. Optus have the best deal by far in this category.

Carrier

Total cost per month

Handset

Data

Telstra

$129

32GB

3GB

Optus

$99

64GB

5GB

Vodaphone

$100

64GB

4GB


I want the big one
The 64GB handset will allow you to store significantly more video and audio than the other options, so if your iPhone is also your media and entertainment device then it might be time to upgrade. Vodaphone is offering a good deal if you do all of your downloading at home on your wireless.

Carrier

Total cost per month

Handset

Data

Telstra

$72

64GB

1.5GB

Optus

$68

64GB

1.5GB

Vodaphone

$54

64GB

200MB


There are two other important factors to remember when choosing your plan. The first is coverage. All the Telstra plans here are more expensive and less data-heavy than the other two carriers; however Telstra users will often have reception long after their Optus friends have given up holding their phones to the sky looking for a signal. Check the coverage maps each carrier provides on its website to find out which carrier covers your area.

The second is insurance. Your iPhone is not automatically insured when you get it on a plan. If you lose or break your iPhone and it is not insured you could be stuck in the awkward position of paying off a plan for a phone you no longer have. Going into the phone store and talking to a sales representative is the best way to find out what your insurance options are.





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