Contract Phone Plans: Telstra v Optus v Vodafone (October 2017)

April 2017: We’re currently in the process of updating this post – we’ll update this with the latest information soon!

Looking to sign up to a contract with a new phone included? We’ve compared the latest on-contract offerings from the big three carriers, as well as the monthly repayment fees for some of the most popular phones, including the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.

Telstra

  • Bonus Offers: 12 months Apple Music
  • New Phone Feeling: Pay $149 after 12 months to replace your handset with a new handset (subject to conditions, see Telstra website)
  • Data Share: $5 per month to share data on an extra SIM (up to 5 extra SIMs)
  • Extra Data: $10 per GB, charged in 1GB blocks
  • Telstra Air: Free Wi-Fi at thousands of Telstra Air hotspots
PlanCreditCost per minute callTextsDataOtherPriceiPhone 6S 16GBiPhone 6S Plus 16GBSamsung Galaxy S6 32GBSamsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB
Telstra Contract Plan S$550 (550 mins)$1Unlimited national1GB12 months Apple Music, New Phone Feeling$55/month$28/month$40/month$26/month$22/month
Telstra Contract Plan M$1000 (1000 mins)$1Unlimited national2.5GB12 months Apple Music, New Phone Feeling$70/month$15/month$32/month$13/month$12/month
Telstra Contract Plan LUnlimited-Unlimited national6GB12 months Apple Music, New Phone Feeling$95/month$0/month$23/month$0/month$5/month
Telstra Contract Plan XLUnlimited-Unlimited national10GB12 months Apple Music, New Phone Feeling$135/month$0/month$15/month$0/month$0/month

Optus

  • Family Sharing: Data across multiple services shared across one bill at no extra charge
  • Extra Data: $10 per GB, charged in 1GB blocks
PlanIncluded minutesTextsDataOtherPriceiPhone 6S 16GBiPhone 6S Plus 16GBSamsung Galaxy S6 32GBSamsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB
Optus Contract $40UnlimitedUnlimited national + international500MB$40/month$30/month$39/month$20/month$25/month
Optus Contract $60UnlimitedUnlimited national + international3GB150 international minutes$60/month$14/month$28/month$5/month$17/month
Optus Contract $80UnlimitedUnlimited national + international6GB + 2GB bonus300 international minutes$80/month$0/month$14/month$0/month$0/month
Optus Contract $100UnlimitedUnlimited national + international10GB + 2GB bonus400 international minutes$100/month$0/month$8/month$0/month$0/month
Optus Contract $130UnlimitedUnlimited national + international18GBUnlimited international calls + 10 days of Optus Travel Packs$130/month ($100/month promo)$0/month$0/month$0/month$0/month

Vodafone

  • Bonus Offers: 2 month Data Workout – use unlimited data for the first two months
  • $5 Roaming: Use data, call and text inclusions in over 50 other countries for $5/day
  • Shared Plans: Share any Red Plan and combine the data allowance
  • Extra Data: $10 per GB, charged in 1GB blocks
PlanIncluded valueCalls per minuteNational TextsDataOtheriPhone 6S 16GBiPhone 6S Plus 16GBSamsung Galaxy S6 32GBSamsung Galaxy Note 5 32GB
$40 RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + international1GB-$39/month$47/month$25/month$32/month
$60 RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + international3GB120 international mins to selected countries$19/month$33/month$10/month$23/month
$80 RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + international8GBUnlimited to 10 countries + 120 international mins to selected $5/month$17/month$0/month$5/month
$100 RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + international12GBUnlimited to 10 countries + 120 international mins to selected $3/month$10/month$0/month$2/month
$130 RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + international20GBUnlimited to 10 countries + 120 international mins to selected $0/month$0/month$0/month$0/month

Analysis

Which option should you choose? This depends on how you use your phone – but in general:

  • Choose Telstra if you’re after strong network coverage
  • Choose Optus if you’re after the best value for money – Optus offers unlimited calls and texts on all options, and significantly better data allowances compared to the other providers.
  • Choose Vodafone if you need international calls or plan to travel internationally to take advantage of their $5 Roaming Offer

Without taking individual needs into account, as well as plenty of value-add through the family sharing offer we’d say Optus appears to offer the best on-contract phone offer in Australia, with the most competitive pricing.

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