Ask LH: Has The $59 iPhone 4S Plan From Telstra Disappeared?

Dear Lifehacker, Around the time that your Planhacker guides for the iPhone 4S were released, I had my eye quite firmly on the $59 plan from Telstra. Now that my contract is about to run out I can only find it on the $79 plan and above on the Telstra site. Has Telstra done the old bait and switch, or have I missed something? Fingers crossed it is still available on request. Thanks, 4SPlay

Dear 4SPlay,

On the general Telstra page for iPhone 4S, there is indeed no visible mention of the $59 option. However, if you click on the ‘Find out more’ link through to this page, you’ll see that it is still on offer on the $59 Freedom Connect plan. This isn’t unusual behaviour: telcos often emphasise higher-priced deals over the cheaper ones.

What is true at the moment is that Telstra is out of stock for online ordering of the 4S, so you can’t get it on any plan through its site. If you can find a handset in a specific Telstra store, you can pick it up on whatever plan you like, but that’s a matter of phoning and visiting rather than just hitting the site.


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