Apple and Australia’s three biggest telecommunications providers — Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone Australia — have unveiled their iPhone 8 and 8 Plus pricing alongside pre-orders from Friday afternoon and launch on September 22.
Purchasing the iPhone 8 outright from Apple will set Australians back AU$1,079 for the 64GB model or AU$1,329 for 256GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus costs AU$1,229 for 64GB and AU$1,479 for 256GB, and are both available in silver, gold, and space grey.
The price tags are an increase from last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus; in addition, in the United States the 64GB iPhone 8 costs $699 and the 256GB model $849, while the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs $799 and the 256GB model $949.
Accordingly, even when taking into account the exchange rate, Australians are paying between $160 and $210 extra for the two iPhone 8 models, and $180 to $230 extra for the two iPhone 8 Plus models.
The iPhone 8 similarly costs more in the UK, and in New Zealand where it starts at NZ$1,249 and Singapore where the base iPhone 8 costs SG$1,148.
Including handset repayments, the minimum spend for the new iPhones on each telco are:
MAXIMUM DATA INCLUSIONS
If you make your choices based on the highest possible data inclusions:
On Australia’s incumbent telco — which last week updated its post-paid and prepaid plans with a media partnership with Foxtel — the iPhones are available at the following price points including device repayments on its 24-month Go Mobile Swap phone-leasing plans:
- iPhone 8 64GB: AU$79 for 2GB data; AU$91 for 5GB data; AU$99 for 20GB data; AU$129 for 30GB data; AU$129 for 60GB data; and AU$199 for 100GB data
- iPhone 8 256GB: AU$92 for 2GB data; AU$103 for 5GB data;…