While Optus’ most heavily-promoted deal is $99 a month, Vodafone is pinning its 3GS hopes on a $69 iPhone Cap plan, which includes the 16GB model of the phone, 1GB of data, $400 in calls and free Vodafone-to-Vodafone calls on evenings and weekends. For heavier users, $114 a month gets unlimited calls and 2GB of data. (Both require 24 month contracts).
For prepaid users, Vodafone will offer the 8GB model for $759, the 16GB for $929 and the 32GB for $1129. Vodafone stores will begin selling the phones from Friday, with some opening at 7am. 3 (now part of the Vodafone group in Australia) won’t be selling the 3GS until July.
Unlike Optus, Vodafone isn’t trying for a tethering charge, but will offer extra data packs for heavy tethering users, costing $24.95 for 1GB or $29.95 for 2GB. At that higher level, a standalone dongle for your PC will provide better value. In any event, those packs aren’t being made available until August — until then users can only use the data supplied with their plan, which might be a move designed to minimise initial network impact after release.