A basic introduction to the different options for buying an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from the major carriers.
If you're not a fan of contracts and prefer to buy your phone outright then you'll need to splash out quite a bit of cash.
The iPhone range will now comprise of four specific models. All the prices quoted are correct as at 12 September 2014, are for outright purchase of an unlocked device and include GST.
- The iPhone 5c, with 8GB of storage, will be the entry-level model with an outright purchase price of $529.
- The iPhone 5s will come in two variants. A 16GB unit will cost $749 and a 32GB model is $799.
- The iPhone 6 comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities priced at $869, $999 and $1129 respectively.
- The iPhone 6 Plus comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities priced at $999, $1129 and $1249 respectively.
With the carriers, the options are more complex. This is because carriers make it hard to compare their plans. For example, $100 of call credit with one carrier doesn't equate to the same amount of call time as another.
Also, depending on which handset you choose, the cost of the handset might be included in the usage plan or be an additional charge. It's important to make sure you confirm the total package cost before agreeing to a contract.
Finally, if you like to upgrade your handsets regularly, make sure you look into whether you can upgrade your handset annually and what costs you'll incur should you decide to break your contract.
Vodafone offers three main usage options priced at $70, $80 and $100 per month. All the plans offer unlimited calls and texts and 3GB, 4GB or 6GB of data respectively.
On top of that, you'll need to potentially add a charge for the handset of up to $19 per month. However, in some cases, the handset is included in the call plan.
Telstra has four plan options designated S, M, L and XL. These offer 500MB, 1.5GB, 2.5GB and 6GB of data respectively. Call and text allowances are $550, $700, $950 and unlimited respectively.
Monthly costs for S is $55, M is $70, L is $95 and XL $130. Then you'll need to add as much a $32 per month for your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus although the iPhone is included at no extra cost on some plans.
Business customers also qualify for unlimited business hours calls on the $95 plan and all but the cheapest plan offer Telstra's "New Phone Feeling" which entitles you to a new handset in 12 months time if you return your original phone in working order.
Optus plans range from $35, $50, $60, $80 and $100 per month with between 500MB and 5GB per month. You can add between $2 and $35 to the monthly charge for the handset depending on which device you choose and your monthly plan.
Optus call allowances are designated by a number of call minutes - something we like as it's more easily tracked than the call rates quoted by other carriers. They also offer up to $250 trade in on old working handsets and $200 towards breaking contracts with other carriers.