How much is the iPhone X going to cost on a plan?


WhistleOut
27 September 2017

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Apple's iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone to date, with a starting price of $1,579 for the 64GB outright. While that's a lot of dosh, we're guessing that many of us will prefer to buy it on a contract. 

iPhone X pre-orders won't start until October 27, so there's a good chance we won't know how much it will cost on a contract until then, but since we're nerds, we've decided to guess. 

Please note that these prices are only speculative; we'll know the real prices on or around October 27 when pre-orders begin. 

Telstra iPhone X 64GB Plans

$59 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

2GB Data

$114 per month

$79 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

5GB Data

$126 per month

$99 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

12GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$134 per month

$129 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

25GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$162 per month

$149 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

50GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$172 per month

$199 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

100GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$199 per month

Telstra iPhone X 256GB Plans

$59 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

2GB Data

$125 per month

$79 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

5GB Data

$137 per month

$99 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

12GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$145 per month

$129 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

25GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$173 per month

$149 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

50GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$183 per month

$199 Go Mobile Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

100GB Data

Foxtel Now Subscription

$199 per month

In working out what Telstra's iPhone X plan might look like, we started with the price of Telstra's iPhone 8 Plus 256GB plans and worked up.

The iPhone X 64GB model is $100 more than the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB, and we're expecting providers to pass on the full difference through plan pricing. This means you'll probably pay around $4 or $5 extra per month for the privilege of owning an iPhone X.

We used the same methodology for estimating on contract pricing for the 256GB model. 

While these prices might look terrifying, Telstra also lets you lease your smartphone. You'll save a little on your monthly bill, but the trade off is you have to hand back your iPhone X when your contract is over. 

Optus iPhone X 64GB Plans

$40 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

1GB Data

$93 per month

$65 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

3.5GB Data

$108 per month

$85 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

7GB Data

$118 per month

$130 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

30GB Data

$158 per month

$160 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

100GB Data

$185 per month

Optus iPhone X 256GB Plans

$40 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

1GB Data

$103 per month

$65 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

3.5GB Data

$108 per month

$85 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

7GB Data

$128 per month

$130 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

30GB Data

$168 per month

$160 My Plan Plus

Unlimited Calls/SMS

100GB Data

$195 per month

We've used the same methodology in working out Optus' pricing, and the results are equally eye-watering. Most people will find they need a plan starting at about $120 per month to get enough data for each month.

It is however worth noting that these estimates don't take any promotions Optus may have planned for iPhone X. For iPhone 8, Optus offered double data on its cheaper plans, and $20 and $30 per month discounts on its more expensive options. These specific deals won't be running when the iPhone X is released, but we'd be surprised if there isn't a new deal when the phones hit stores.

As with Telstra, you'll be able to either get a little extra data or save a little money on your monthly bill if you choose to lease your iPhone X, rather than buy it. 

Vodafone iPhone X 64GB Plans (24 month repayments)

$30 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

2GB Data

$95.79 per month

$40 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

6GB Data

$105.79 per month

$50 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

16GB Data

$115.79 per month

$60 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

27GB Data

$125.79 per month

$80 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

42GB Data

$145.79 per month

$100 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

50GB Data

$165.79 per month

Vodafone iPhone X 256GB Plans (24 month repayments)

$30 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

2GB Data

$106.20 per month

$40 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

6GB Data

$116.20 per month

$50 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

16GB Data

$126.20 per month

$60 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

27GB Data

$136.20 per month

$80 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

42GB Data

$156.20 per month

$100 Red Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

50GB Data

$176.20 per month

Vodafone's new pricing structure makes it easier to take an educated guess at iPhone X plan prices. Since the telco has decoupled phone pricing from plan pricing, you can take the full outright price of any device and divide it over the repayment periods (we've stuck with 24-months for the sake of comparison) and get a pretty accurate ideas of plan prices. 

Despite forgoing handset subsidies, Vodafone's monthly plan prices for iPhone X look pretty similar to the competition, if a few dollars more expensive each month. If you're happy to pay off your iPhone X over three years, you will however be able to save a little more on a monthly basis. 

It is however worth noting that Vodafone applies a 'Red Discount' to some phone plans, so keep an eye out for slightly cheaper prices than those above closer to the launch of iPhone X.

Virgin Mobile iPhone X 64GB Plans

$40 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

2GB Data

$92 per month

$55 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

5GB Data

$102 per month

$70 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

9GB Data

$110 per month

$80 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

16GB Data

$113 per month

$100 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

24GB Data

$123 per month

Virgin Mobile iPhone X 256GB Plans

$40 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

2GB Data

$103 per month

$55 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

5GB Data

$113 per month

$70 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

9GB Data

$121 per month

$80 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

16GB Data

$123 per month

$100 Plan

Unlimited Calls/SMS

24GB Data

$133 per month

Luckily for us, Virgin published these indicative iPhone X prices itself. The prices are still estimates, but they come straight from the horse's mouth.

As we've come to expect, Virgin should be one of the cheaper ways to buy an iPhone X, regardless of whether you're after a 64GB or 256GB model. As we mentioned above with Optus, these plans do not include any promotions, but we're guessing Virgin will reveal a deal closer to launch. 

For iPhone 8, Virgin Mobile offered its customers a once-off data bonus of 10GB on cheaper plans and 15GB on more expensive options. 

For comparison, here are a couple of current iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus plans. 

iPhone 8 64GB Plans

With at least 5GB data | Filters
iPhone 8 64GB
Carrier Inclusions  
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $40 Red Plan
  • 6GB Data
  • Interest Free (36 mths)
  • $69.97/mth
  • Min. cost $1,118.92
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $55 Phone Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $79/mth
  • Min. cost $1,896
Optus
Optus
  • $65 My Plan Flex
  • 7GB Data
  • Lease (24 mths) + Upgrade
  • $83/mth
  • Min. cost $1,992
Telstra
Telstra
  • $79 Go Mobile Swap Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Lease (24 mths) + Upgrade
  • $91/mth
  • Min. cost $2,184

iPhone 8 Plus 64GB Plans

With at least 5GB data | Filters
iPhone 8 Plus 64GB
Carrier Inclusions  
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $40 Red Plan
  • 6GB Data
  • Interest Free (36 mths)
  • $74.13/mth
  • Min. cost $1,268.68
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $55 Phone Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $85/mth
  • Min. cost $2,040
Optus
Optus
  • $65 My Plan Flex
  • 7GB Data
  • Lease (24 mths) + Upgrade
  • $88/mth
  • Min. cost $2,112
Telstra
Telstra
  • $79 Go Mobile Swap Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Lease (24 mths) + Upgrade
  • $99/mth
  • Min. cost $2,376

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