iPhones are never cheap, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for the best deal when you’re picking up your new one. We’ve hunted down the cheapest iPhone plans for you right here, and we’ve crunched the numbers on whether it’s a better deal to buy on a plan or pick up your phone outright.
iPhone XS on a plan
For this release Optus has come out with the cheapest plan: you can get the 64GB iPhone XS for $85 a month ($40 handset and a $45 plan) on a 24 month plan. With a minimum spend of $2040 over 24 months, you pay just $411 over the outright cost of the handset ($1629).
With only 4GB of data (and 2GB of that bonus data only available until October 9) it’s probably not going to suit most iPhone users, however: with such a top-line phone, you’ll probably want a good chunk of data too. So while this plan is technically the cheapest, you’ll probably end up spending more on extra data.
Note that while some of Vodafone’s plans appear cheaper, Voda has a habit of separating phone costs and plan costs to make their offering seem cheaper. Even its discounted 36 month plan comes in at a minimum spend of $2781, more than $700 more than Optus while you’re locked into a much longer contract.
iPhone XS Max on a plan
Optus has the cheapest iPhone XS Max plan too, with the 24 month plan for the 64GB model coming in at $95 a month ($50 handset and $45 plan). Like the iPhone XS plan above, this comes with a paltry 4GB data, but it’s still the cheapest XS Max phone on the market.
With a minimum spend of $2280 over 24 months, you’ll end up paying $481 over the $1799 cost of the phone – notably a little more than the same plan with the regular iPhone XS.
Now it’s still too early to get any great deals on the XS or XS Max – you’ll be paying Apple’s retail price of $1629 and $1799 respectively – but if you can afford the cash upfront, it’s going to be cheaper.
Take the iPhone XS on Optus’s $85 plan – each month you’ll pay $17.13 over the cost of the phone itself. While this is quite a small amount, it’s also only covering a small 4GB of data. If you choose a sim-only plan from a budget provider like Dodo, you can get 20GB of data for $15 on a 12 month plan.
The iPhone XS Max plan has even more leeway – paying $20 extra a month, you can easily get a sim-only plan with more data.
If you’re wanting to stick with one of the larger brands, you’re best to buy the new iPhone through Optus on a plan – but if you want an iPhone on the lowest cost, pick up a cheap sim-only plan and buy that iPhone outright.
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