Vodafone and Optus have revealed iPhone 5 pricing on the same day pre-orders for the new device begin, virtually matching one another with comparable monthly plan rates.
Both telcos will offer the iPhone 5 on numerous plans, each with a flat plan fee plus a corresponding handset repayment option for plans under AU$80 per month. This handset cost is higher for iPhones with larger storage capacity.
Optus and Vodafone both identify the 16GB iPhone 5 for AU$6 per month on an AU$60 plan as being the stand out in terms of value. At this price, Vodafone customers get $700 worth of calls, unlimited text and 1GB of data, while Optus customers get $650 calls, unlimited text and 1.5GB of data each month.
In comparison to last year, both telcos are charging slightly more for the iPhone in 2012. An iPhone 4S was available for AU$0 upfront on AU$59 plans from both telcos, with 2GB of data included in these monthly contracts.
Telstra has also confirmed that it will range the iPhone 5 from launch day on September 21, though is yet to make public its pricing options.