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Which Telco’s are offering the cheapest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus mobile plans

Posted by on September 17, 2014 at 8:22 AM

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost here, with it now being only a matter of days before these devices becomes available on the open market. The main aim today will be to follow on from my previous article that reviewed the new iPhones, to now show you the various contract options available for this handset.Which Telcos are offering the cheapest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus mobile plans

The major telco’s will no doubt be battling for your business in the run up to the release of the new iPhone 6. This was already witnessed during Optus’ recent promotion which offers new customers up to $450 in credit towards any early terminations fees from their existing contracts.

What I found during my research for this post is that Virgin Mobile are offering the cheapest plan for the iPhone 6/Plus, while Vodafone appear to be offering customers the best value for money option. Ultimately though, the plan that suits you best is going to depend primarily on your personal daily usage.   

 

The Battle Begins

If you are dedicated to one of the big providers, Optus, Telstra, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone, then you can pre-order your handset from that company, by clicking their name above.

Here’s a short breakdown of the Big 4 and what promotions around the iPhone 6 they currently have on offer:

Which Telcos are offering the cheapest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus mobile plansOptus: Unfortunately they are not offering the iPhone 6 Plus on pre-order, however they do have a promo which includes a bonus amount of data to anyone who signs up before November 2nd to their $60, $80 and $100 plans.

Telstra: Taken directly from their website – “Customers taking up new iPhones on new eligible 24 month mobile plans (including those pre-ordering) can look forward to receiving Telstra’s New Phone Feeling offer at no additional cost (normally $10 per month).” To explain, “New Phone Feeling” is a contract option allowing customers to upgrade to a new handset after 12 months during their 24 month contract.

Virgin Mobile: Virgin are offering a bonus 2GB of data to individuals that switch over to them.

Vodafone: Yet another bonus, however with Vodafone you will receive bonus data on the $80 and $100 Red plans, which brings the allowance from 5GB up to 8GB. Vodafone are also continuing their ‘Data Workout’ offer that means you can have unlimited data within the first two months of your plans. This helps you find out how much data you need before you agree what plan suits you best.

 

Package Plans and their Monthly Costs

To give you a quick overview of the available iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mobile plans available, I’ve chosen to create a table displaying a list of both the cheapest and most expensive plans (24 month) across the Big 4.

 

iPhone 6

Carrier

(Cheapest)

Device

Months

Monthly Cost

Data (MB)

Calling Minutes

Total

Virgin Mobile 6 (16GB)

24

$55

2300

$300 worth

$1,320

Optus 6 (16GB)

24

$60

500

300

$1,440

Vodafone 6 (16GB)

24

$74

3000

Unlimited

$1,776

Telstra 6 (16GB)

24

$77

500

$550 worth

$1,848

(Most Expensive)
Virgin Mobile 6 (16GB)

24

$80

6000

Unlimited

$1,920

Optus 6 (16GB)

24

$100

8000

Unlimited

$2,400

Vodafone 6 (16GB)

24

$100

8000

Unlimited

$2,400

Telstra 6 (16GB)

24

$130

3000

Unlimited

$3,120

 


iPhone 6 Plus
 

Carrier

(Cheapest)

Device

Months

Monthly Cost

Data (MB)

Calling Minutes

Total

Virgin Mobile 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$60

2300

$300 worth

$1,440

Optus 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$65

500

300

$1,560

Vodafone 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$70

3000

Unlimited

$1,896

Telstra 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$82

500

$550 worth

$1,968

(Most Expensive)
Virgin Mobile 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$83

6000

Unlimited

$1,992

Vodafone 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$100

8000

Unlimited

$2,400

Optus 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$102

8000

Unlimited

$2,448

Telstra 6 Plus (16GB)

24

$130

3000

Unlimited

$3,120


If you would like to see in more detail the depth and breadth of each contract option available, please refer to EFTM.com.au for a full breakdown of each and every price range, for both 12 and 24 month contract terms.

 

Cheapest/Best iPhone 6 Plan

Looking at this bite-size breakdown of the prices available from each provider, the most affordable iPhone 6 package comes from Virgin Mobile at $55 per month, working out at $1,320 over the 24 month contract. The data allowance of 2.3GB is fairly generous when comparing it to Optus’ and Telstra’s measly 500MB. However, if you regularly make large numbers of calls, this package only provides $300 in calling credit per month which may be restrictive. Therefore, a better value option may be Vodafone’s plan costing an additional $15.20 per month, but it gives you unlimited phone calls as well as an extra 700MB more data per month (i.e. 3GB).

 

Cheapest/Best iPhone 6 Plus Plan

When comparing the iPhone 6 Plus packages available, the limited amount (500MB) of data provided by Optus combined with only 300 minutes worth of calls for $65 a month, pretty much puts the company out of the running when considering value for money. Telstra, like Optus, both offer 500MB of data too. Although for $17 more per  month you’re getting $550 of calling credit with Telstra versus Optus’ 300 mins. For a more direct comparison, that’s equivalent to approximately 207 two minute calls (Telstra) versus 150 two minute calls (Optus) monthly.

Virgin Mobile looks to be the cheapest of the lot at $60 per month, providing 1.8GB more data than both Optus and Telstra totalling 2.3GB. However, their calling credit is only $300 per month, which is $250 less than Telstra (costing $82 per month). Vodafone on the other hand is the 3rd most expensive company at $70 per month, but is the only telco offering unlimited minutes not to mention the largest data plan too when compared to all the others. This arguably gives  Vodafone’s $70 plan both the widest appeal as well as making it the best value for money option in my opinion.

 

An Alternative – BYO iPhone

Which Telcos are offering the cheapest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus mobile plans

For those still thinking that buying the iPhone outright and then going with a lower cost provider might be cheaper, here’s a calculation suggesting it’s probably not the best idea. Virgin Mobile’s contract for the iPhone 6 (16GB) works out as $55 x 24 months = $1,320 (including $300 calling credit and 2.3GB of data). But if you were to buy the iPhone 6 (16GB) outright which will cost you $869 and go with Jeenee’s budget $25 monthly plan which includes 1.5GB per month, it works out as:

$25 x 24 = $600 (provider cost) + $869 (handset cost) = $1,469.

This means you will actually save $149 over the 24 month term or $6.20 per month by choosing the Virgin Mobile plan instead.

Ultimately the choice you make will depend on a collection of things: the calls you make per month, the amount of data you consume when outside of a Wi-Fi zone, the amount you are willing to spend and last but certainly not least, the quality of coverage your chosen provider has in your the places you spend the majority of your time (work and home).


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