Optus plans: iPhone vs. Android

Optus is asking its customers to choose between two of the most popular handsets of 2008, the iPhone 3G and the Android-powered HTC Dream, we take a look at the pricing.

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Optus is asking its customers to choose between two of the most popular handsets of 2008, the iPhone 3G and the Android-powered HTC Dream.

Optus will make the Dream available on four plans similar to those it used for the iPhone: $59 and $79 "yes" Cap plans, plus $99 and $129 "yes" Timeless contracts that include unlimited national calls and messages.

Differences in the handsets aside, we take a close look at how much each phone will cost when Optus releases the Dream on 16 February.

$59 "yes" Cap plan

Monthly spend
Handset payment
Included calls
Included data
Minimum total cost
HTC Dream $59 $15p/m* $350 500MB $1,776
iPhone 3G $59 $3p/m* $350 500MB $1,416

$79 "yes" Cap plan

Monthly spend
Handset payment
Included calls
Included data
Minimum total cost
HTC Dream $79 $13p/m* $550 700MB $2,208
iPhone 3G $79 $0p/m* $550 700MB $1,896

$99 "yes" Timeless plan

Monthly spend
Handset payment
Included calls
Included data
Minimum total cost
HTC Dream $113.95 $9p/m* Unlimited** 1.5GB $2,950.80
iPhone 3G $113.95 $0p/m* Unlimited** 1.5GB $2,734.80

$129 "yes" Timeless plan

Monthly spend
Handset payment
Included calls
Included data
Minimum total cost
HTC Dream $129 $3p/m* Unlimited** 3GB $3,168
iPhone 3G $129 $0p/m* Unlimited** 3GB $3,096

*p/m = per month
**Unlimited = unlimited calls and text messages to Australian mobiles and landlines.
8GB iPhone 3G models were used for comparison in these tables

So the Google phone will cost more than the iPhone 3G. Do you think it's worth the extra money? Does the idea of free apps on the Android Market add the extra value you want to buy the Dream? Tell us below in the talkback or jump on the forums.

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Joe capitalises on a life-long love of blinking lights and upbeat MIDI soundtracks covering the latest developments in smartphones and tablet computers. When not ruining his eyesight staring at small screens, Joe ruins his eyesight playing video games and watching movies.

 

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