With major Australian telcos – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – announcing price plans for Apple’s new iPhone 4S this week, comparison site WhistleOut has analysed the data to compare the market value available to consumers.
According to WhistleOut, the recently announced price plans offer over 200 plan combinations on the Australian market with 7 iPhone models to choose from, starting at $0 on the $29 Cap plans.
The comparison shows that Optus and Vodafone have slashed a few dollars per month for handset repayments on most iPhone 4S plans, while Telstra has priced the new model a lot more aggressively than their pricing last week on the original iPhone 4 model.
“At these price points, the new iPhone 4S model is definitely a better deal than the pricing on the original iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB models. Telstra’s new iPhone 4S prices in particular are squarely aimed at taking the fight to Optus and Vodafone and are far more competitive and evenly matched than before, even undercutting Optus on the iPhone 4S 16GB on the $59 Cap which has been one of the most popular and competitive price points,” says Cameron Craig, Director of WhistleOut.
WhistleOut says that overall, these new plan options give consumers a clear advantage, with a more evenly distributed market.
“Overall, it is a great picture for consumers: when the original iPhone 4 prices do drop, there will be respectable price points for every category of consumer. The exception is the new 64GB variant which is the diamond of the iPhone range where the only $0 phone repayment options are $100 per month,” explains Cameron.
iPhone 4S will be available in Australia from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers on Friday, October 14 and can be pre-ordered now from the online Apple Store, Telstra and Optus.