Over the weekend, Telstra also announced its contract plans for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, coming in a little behind the value on offer from Vodafone.
Telstra's range of contract prices starts with the iPhone 5c 16GB model at AU$71 per month on a 24-month contract. This includes AU$600 talk value, unlimited texts and 1GB of data. The 16GB iPhone 5s starts at AU$78 per month on the same plan. The same contract terms will get you the 64GB iPhone 5s for AU$90 per month.
, with entry model prices that come in at AU$4 per month (iPhone 5c 16GB) and AU$6 per month (iPhone 5s 16GB) cheaper for a plan with unlimited calls and texts, as well as 1.5GB of data.
Telstra's highest-level pricing gives you an iPhone 5s 64GB with unlimited calls, texts and 3GB of data for AU$145 per month. From Vodafone, you can get the same iPhone 5s 64GB with unlimited calls, texts and 5GB of data for AU$104 per month — AU$41 better per month.
All of the above prices are based on a 24-month contract, with Vodafone also offering 12-month contract options.
No doubt Vodafone is keen to use the new iPhones as an aggressive marketing tool to regain customers now that it has long-term evolution (LTE) and better general network performance to sing about. Optus pricing is still "coming soon", so we are yet to get a final sense of which network is pushing hardest to use the iPhone launch to the greatest advantage.
Full Telstra plan listings are available at the Telstra iPhone launch site.