The much anticipated iPhone X is finally here and Australians have been queuing around the block at the Apple store to get their hands on one.
But with the device costing as much as $1829, it’s no wonder money-conscious Aussies are looking for more bang for their buck.
So to help, New Idea spoke to expert Joseph Hanlon, from WhistleOut, Australia’s comparison site for phone and internet plans, to reveal how you can save money by choosing the right plan for your mobile personality.
The Movie Muncher
‘I've seen a girl on the train who almost missed her stop because she was so engrossed in Games of Thrones,’ Joseph says. ‘Those who can’t get by without catching up on the latest episodes need a plan that won’t hit a data wall right when heads are about to roll.
‘They need data, and lots of it. Optus has, in our opinion, the best data deal going. Their $160 My Plan Plus is a monster with a huge 100GB data and free music streaming along with the shiny new iPhone X 64GB.
'If you sign up before 3rd December 2017 you’ll get it for $130 per month. This plan is the data-per-dollar champ, giving you the lightest hit on your wallet for for a huge serve of data and high resolution streaming all the way.’
The Insta Idol
‘This iPhone personality always has a holiday to talk about or a picture-worthy brunch to brag over - which means they need enough data to keep posting photos to their heart’s content,’ Joseph says.
‘We recently examined how much data Instagram uses and were stunned to find it is one of the biggest data hogs you are likely to have on your phone.
‘We recommend Vodafone’s $50 Red Data plan. Handset repayments for the iPhone X are $65.79pm making total costs $115.79 per month and with 16GB data, you can share all your great moments 24/7.’
The Tinder Tragic
‘This type of iPhone user is swiping left and right most of the day - and probably loves their data as much as their dates,’ Joseph says. ‘If you don’t stream too many videos on the go, Tinder lovers should be able to save some money choosing a cheaper plan.
‘That’s why we’ve picked the Virgin Mobile $70 Phone Plan. Handset repayments come in at $39pm for the iPhone X 64GB and with 9GB data included it represents great value. And you know with this plan that what you see is what you’ll get.’
The Music Maven
‘Most of us use our phones to listen to tunes, but if music is your life then you should consider a plan that includes unlimited data-free music streaming. This frees up your data for other things, or gives you the option to cut back on your phone bill.
‘The Virgin Mobile $55 Phone Plan comes with 5GB of data, and with the new iPhone X another $44 per month, total cost sneaks under $100 at $99pm. With this plan you can listen to as much music as you like on Spotify, Google Play Music and I Heart Radio with data-free music streaming.’
The Tireless Texter
‘These are the people who would rather give their thumbs an epic workout than tap in a number and have a chat over the phone,’ Joseph says. ‘These users need a plan with unlimited messages, but not a lot of data, even for heavy Twitter and WhatsApp usage.
‘In fact, you could probably get away with one of the cheapest iPhone X plans available - the Vodafone $40 Red Plan. With $43.86 in phone repayments, this plan costs $83.86pm and comes with 6GB of data, plus unlimited calls and messages. However, it does come with a 36-month contract, so that’s three years of repayments you’ll have to make.’
You can find every single iPhone X plan from all the carriers on WhistleOut's iPhone page