iPhone 3GS: Australian launch guide

David Braue
26 June, 2009
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Well, it’s iPhone 3GS day. Do you know where your loved ones are? Or, perhaps, are they there next to you in the queue for which you woke up at a ridiculous hour to join? Either way, the iPhone 3GS hit Australian stores this morning, and if previous demand is anything to go by, you may be queuing for a while to get yours.

Particularly keen devotees gathered at Optus’ Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane flagship CBD stores, which opened at midnight this morning to begin selling the new iPhone. For those who slept in a few more hours, however, the iPhone 3GS is now in general availability at a mobile phone shop near you.

As with the launch of the iPhone 3G last year, plans vary considerably. Pricing includes:

Optus (iPhone page here):

Four capped plans ranging from $19 per month with $100 worth of phone calls, 100MB data and calling rates of 92c per minute, to $79 per month with $1250 worth of phone calls, 78c per minute calling, 1GB data, and unlimited domestic SMS/MMS. Call connection fee 35c.

Three ‘Timeless’ plans with unlimited nationwide and mobile calls and unlimited text, ranging from $99 per month with 1.5GB of data to $129 per month with 3GB of data and unlimited voicemail. Tethering costs an additional $9.99 per month, or comes free if you buy an extra Mobile Internet Pack at $9.99 (for 200MB) or above. Call connection fee 35c.

Sweet spot: $99 Timeless plan

iPhone pricing: Depends on plan: highest on $19 cap [8GB iPhone 3G: $20 per month on 24-month contract; 16GB iPhone 3GS: $27 per month on 24-month contract; 32GB iPhone 3GS: $34 per month on 24-month contract] and free on Timeless plans.

Telstra (iPhone page here)

Seven plans ranging from $30 per month with $25 included phone calls at 92c per minute to $250 per month with $235 calls and rates of 38c per minute. Call connection fee 27c.

Sweet spot: $60 per month plan with $50 included value, $10 (150MB) included data and calls at 56c per minute.
Telstra plans include a nominal data component ($5 or 5MB); most users will also need to take out a Browsing Pack, which ranges from $10 (150MB and 50c/MB extra) to $119 (9GB and 25c/MB extra) per month.

Sweet spot: $59 for 1GB per month

iPhone pricing: Depends on plan: highest on $30 plan [8GB: $199; 16GB: $349; 32GB: $549] with prices reducing based on higher-priced plans. The 8GB iPhone 3G becomes free on the $60 plan, the 16GB iPhone 3GS on the $100 plan, and the 32GB iPhone 3GS on the $150 plan.

Vodafone (iPhone page here)

Five contract capped plans ranging from $59 per month with $350 included calls and SMS and 500MB data, to $114 per month with unlimited talk and text and 2GB data.

Five single business capped plans ranging from $59 with 150 minutes talk time, 200 SMS/MMS and 500MB data, to $114 per month with unlimited talk/SMS/MMS and 2GB data.

Prepaid option to buy iPhone at $929; a $49 recharge gets you $800 worth of credit that lasts 30 days.

iPhone pricing: $10/month for $59 plan and 24-month contract and free on all other 24-month contracts; $50/month on $69-$99 contract caps with 12-month contract.

Three

Will offer the iPhone but not until July. Register your interest here. [http://store.three.com.au/Apple-iPhone-3G-Coming-Soon?cid=240]

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