Updated: iPhone 4 in Aus – pricing, plans and where to get one

Xavier Verhoeven
28 July, 2010
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After tight-lips for weeks, and plenty of doubt whether Australia would actually get the iPhone 4 before the scheduled “late July”, the flood gates have opened, and we now know a lot more about how to get our death-grip prone hands onto the new device.

The soonest you can get the shiny new phone is midnight Thursday (well, 12am Friday morning) from Telstra or Optus. Unless you’re in Sydney, in which case you can try to get along to Vodafone and 3′s launch party at the Ivy.

Failing that, Apple Stores will open their doors at 8am on Friday, and offer the phone outright or on plans from each of the four major telcos.

What’s it going to cost?

Outright

If you want an unlocked iPhone that will work on any network, the best bet is to buy it outright through Apple. No telcos have yet announced pre-paid rates or prices for phones sans contract.

If you buy direct through Apple, you’re in for the following prices:

  • 8GB iPhone 3GS – $719
  • 16GB iPhone 4 – $859
  • 32GB iPhone 4 – $999

See the Apple website for more details as they’re announced.

Telstra

Telstra was first to announce its consumer plans, which are reasonable value considering the reach and speed of its network.

  • $49 cap with $400 worth of calls and 200MB 500MB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $149 upfront, 32GB is $299. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1325/$1475.
  • $79 cap with $750 worth of calls and 500MB 1GB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $0 upfront, 32GB is $199. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1896/$2095.
  • $99 cap with $1000 worth of calls and 500MB 1GB data; Both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $2376/$2376.

The full call charges for the new plans have not yet been announced, but details are available from the Telstra website.

Telstra also has iPhone 4 business plans (and will likely announce business cap plans closer to Friday). These are as follows:

  • $35 plan with $35 worth of calls and 100MB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $349 upfront, 32GB is $549. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1189/$1389.
  • $45 plan with $45 worth of calls and 150MB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $199 upfront, 32GB is $399. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1279/$1479.
  • $65 plan with $65 worth of calls and 300MB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $0 upfront, 32GB is $199. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1560/$1759.
  • $85 plan with $85 worth of calls and 600MB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $0 upfront, 32GB is $99. Minimum spend over 24 months is $2040/$2139.
  • $120 plan with $120 worth of calls and 1GB data; both iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $2880/$2880.
  • $160 plan with $160 worth of calls and 1.5GB data; both iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $3840/$3840.
  • $180 plan with unlimited standard calls/SMS and 2.5GB data; both iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $4320/$4320.

See here for call rates and more information.

UPDATE: Telstra has announced increased data packs for its iPhone 4 cap plans. $49 cap now has 500MB, $79 and $99 caps are up to 1GB. However, it’s unclear whether the extra data lasts for the life of the contract or goes back to the previous amounts from 1 November. See the details here, or contact Telstra for more information.

UPDATE 2: Telstra has confirmed that the extra data will last the life of the contract – you just need to sign up before 1 November to get the increased allowances.

Optus

Optus has also announced a number of different options for getting the iPhone 4. These include:

  • $19 Extreme cap with $70 worth of calls and 100MB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $60 per month, 32GB is $72; on a 24 month plan, 16GB iPhone 4 is $25 per month, 32GB is $31. Minimum spend over 12 months is $948/$1092; minimum spend over 24 months is $1056/$1200.
  • $29 Extreme cap with $180 worth of calls and 200MB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $53 per month, 32GB is $65; on a 24 month plan, 16GB iPhone 4 is $20 per month, 32GB is $26. Minimum spend over 12 months is $984/$1128; minimum spend over 24 months is $1176/$1560.
  • $49 Extreme cap with $450 worth of calls and 1GB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $46 per month, 32GB is $58; on a 24 month plan, 16GB iPhone 4 is $8 per month, 32GB is $15. Minimum spend over 12 months is $1140/$1284; minimum spend over 24 months is $1368/$1536.
  • $59 Extreme cap with $550 worth of calls and 2GB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $41 per month, 32GB is $53; on a 24 month plan, 16GB iPhone 4 is $0 per month, 32GB is $10. Minimum spend over 12 months is $1200/$1344; minimum spend over 24 months is $1416/$1656.
  • $79 Extreme cap with $800 worth of calls and 2GB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $36 per month, 32GB is $48; on a 24 month plan, both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 12 months is $1380/$1524; minimum spend over 24 months is $1896/$1896.
  • $89 Timeless cap with unlimited calls and 3GB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $33 per month, 32GB is $46; on a 24 month plan, both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 12 months is $1464/$1620; minimum spend over 24 months is $2136/$2136.
  • $99 Timeless cap with unlimited calls (plus $100 international calls) and 5GB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $31 per month, 32GB is $44; on a 24 month plan, both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 12 months is $1560/$1716; minimum spend over 24 months is $2376/$2376.
  • $129 Timeless cap with unlimited calls (plus $180 international calls) and 6GB data; on a 12 month plan, 16GB is $31 per month, 32GB is $44; on a 24 month plan, both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 12 months is $1920/$2076; minimum spend over 24 months is $3096/$3096.

See the site for more details.

Plans $49 and up are also offered as Optus Business plans if you have an ABN.

Vodafone

Vodafone’s plans are pretty similar to its previous iPhone offerings, but include some nice data bonuses:

  • $29 cap with $180 worth of calls and 50MB+500MB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $18 per month, 32GB is $24. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1128/$1272.
  • $49 cap with $450 worth of calls and 500MB+1GB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $5 per month, 32GB is $10. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1296/$1416.
  • $69 cap with $650 worth of calls and 750MB+1GB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $0 per month, 32GB is $5. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1656/$1776.
  • $79 cap with $800 worth of calls and 1GB+1GB data; both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1896/$1896.
  • $99 cap with unlimited calls and 2GB+1GB data; both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $2376/$2376.

Vodafone has not announced any 12 month plans, though it previously offered them for the 3G and 3GS. For more information, check out Vodafone’s website.

3 Mobile

Being owned by the same company as Vodafone (VHA), 3 Mobile offers the same caps as above (they’re known as 3 New cap plans), with the exception of the $99 unlimited cap.

It also has its own range of iPhone cap plans as below:

  • $39 cap with $150 worth of calls and 150MB+1GB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $10 per month, 32GB is $14. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1176/$1272.
  • $49 cap with $350 worth of calls and 250MB+1GB data; 16GB iPhone 4 is $5 per month, 32GB is $10. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1296/$1416.
  • $79 cap with $650 worth of calls and 1GB+1GB data; both 16GB and 32GB iPhone 4s are $0. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1896/$1896.

See more information at the 3 Mobile website.

Virgin Mobile

UPDATE: Virgin Mobile has announced its plans. There are two types of caps – Easy and Smart – the latter of which add heaps of data, unlimited SMS in Australia, and your cap credit rolls over.

  • $29 Easy cap with $190 worth of calls and 100MB data; 16GB is $15 per month, 32GB is $35. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1056/$1536.
  • $39 Easy cap with $300 worth of calls and 300MB data; 16GB is $5 per month, 32GB is $25. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1056/$1536.
  • $49 Easy cap with $450 worth of calls and 500MB data; 16GB is $5 per month, 32GB is $20. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1296/$1656.
  • $39 Smart cap with $190 worth of calls and 1.5GB data; 16GB is $15 per month, 32GB is $25. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1296/$1536.
  • $49 Smart cap with $300 worth of calls and 2GB data; 16GB is $5 per month, 32GB is $20. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1296/$1656.
  • $59 Smart cap with $450 worth of calls and 2.5GB data; 16GB is $0 per month, 32GB is $18. Minimum spend over 24 months is $1416/$1848.

That’s some strange pricing, when you consider the $29 and $39 Easy caps are essentially the same price (but you get more in the latter), the $49 Smart cap with a 16GB iPhone costs the same as the $39 Smart cap, and the $39 Smart cap with a 32GB iPhone 4 costs the same as the $29 Easy cap, but gives you loads more data. Make sure you read through the details before you make your choice. See all the details on the Virgin Members Lounge website.

Where can I get one?

Apple Retail Store

Apple Stores appear to be the only option for anyone wanting to buy an iPhone 4 outright. All Apple Stores will be opening at 8am Friday, 30 July. Like previous launches, it is expected that stores will be ready for queues, and those within shopping centres might have special arrangements with the centre. See this article on the iPad launch to see what is likely at your nearest store. (Of course, a number of the mall stores also likely have Telstra or Optus stores that way open at midnight, so you could have a few options).

Apple Stores also have iPhone 4s available on plans from 3 Mobile, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, so could be your one-stop shop if you’d prefer a morning launch.

On the other hand, if you’re hoping to get your hands on one from midnight Thursday, here are your options.

Telstra

The following Telstra stores will be opening at midnight. The iPhone 4 launch is likely to be pretty popular, so the earlier you can get along, the better.


Optus

Not wanting to be left out, Optus also announced that a number of its stores would open at midnight Thursday.

You do need to register for the Optus launch – the sign-up form is here. It appears business registrations have closed, so get in quick!

Vodafone and 3 Mobile

Finally, Vodafone and 3 are both selling iPhone 4 online from midnight Thursday. Some stores will have stock during normal business hours on Friday – here’s the list.

If you’re Sydney-based, you even have a chance to jump the queue and party for a few hours on Vodafone Hutchison Australia at the Ivy. From 10pm, the first in line will get a number and go to the private party. From midnight, the numbers will be called and guests escorted to pick up a new phone. Details are here.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Not at this stage, but we’ll update as soon as we hear anything. Virgin Mobile are still yet to release any pricing, but may be doing so on Thursday.

Other than that, good luck getting yourself an iPhone 4!

4 Comments

4 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. entao says:

    what time will the apple online store starts to allow customer to purchase online?
    12.01am or 8am?

    thanks

  2. So how much is it worth to line up for an iPhone? | techpop says:

    [...] release of the iPhone 4 tomorrow. There’s buzz on the Twitters, bloggers getting RSI with iPhone purchase detail write-ups, and Whirlpool’s iPhone forum going nuts. We also have the first people queuing outside [...]

  3. Tom Grady says:

    It’s Friday and no iphone 4′s are out did u mean next Friday ?

  4. Rich says:

    The best deal guy’s if you are looking to change your network to Telstra is to go to JB Hi-fi Store.

    Just for switching you will get a $200 voucher to spend in store and if you are already on Telstra you will get $100 voucher.

    No one else is offering anything like this and they are all the same packages.
    Further more if you bundle your landline, internet and or mobiles together under the same network and one bill you will also knock off a further $10 off your cap plan.

    I think it is by far the best deal, best coverage and best quality that the iPhone 4 deserves and there was no line up outside JB today, so why wait in a que for hours when you could be playing with your newest toy much sooner!

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