Just two days ahead of launch, Vodafone has revealed its iPhone 3GS pricing. The postpaid deals aren't much cheaper than last time, but there are prepaid plans on offer as well, unlike Optus, which revealed its pricing earlier this week.
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.