UPDATE #2: Aaaand it looks like the first batch of Apple’s pre-order stock is sold out folks, with the official store now estimating shipping times to be around 5-6 weeks. Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin are also all currently listing every version of the iPhone X as on back order, with no estimates on when these might ship.
Our congrats to those who were lucky enough to get in on this first batch… and our condolences to anyone who missed out and now faces a lengthy wait.
Original article continues below.
Months of rumours and hype have ended and we now know exactly how hard the iPhone X (pronounced iPhone 10) will hit our wallets. This tenth anniversary handset is Apple’s priciest, by far, but you can check out our iPhone X hands-on review for more details on its specs to see exactly what your money will be going towards.
At the moment, you can pre-order at most of the major carriers, and soon we’ll have a complete comparison of the best deals on data, budget and overall value plans for the iPhone X.
Alongside the September 12 announcement of the iPhone X, we’ve also heard all about the latest entries into Apple’s flagship range. The iterative updates of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have landed, in the form of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
iPhone X price: how much does it cost?
This beast isn’t cheap. There are two versions of the massive iPhone X and the smallest of the pair, the 64GB model, will still set you back $1,579. Huge.
The other model has considerably more storage at 256GB, but this will come at hell of a premium. The iPhone X 256GB will cost you $1,829. Even huger.
The best iPhone X pre-order deals
Given the $1,579 starting price of the handset, most people are going to want to pick it up as part of a plan. Like the outright prices, the plans are similarly steep, but here’s the cheapest plan you can pre-order the iPhone X on right now.
Best overall value
Optus – iPhone X 256GB | 30GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $134pm
If you’re looking at an iPhone X, there’s a good chance you’ll want to go for the bigger storage option, and you’ll be after a plan with plenty of data to help fill it up. Optus has a 30GB data deal that is $1 more than the equivalent from Virgin Mobile but comes with the host of extras that Optus is known for. This includes 750 minutes of international talk, 1GB of roaming data and unlimited roaming talk and text, as well as a range of TV and music streaming services not counting towards your data cap, helping the 30GB stretch much further. Total cost over 24 months is $3,216
Best budget plan
Virgin Mobile – iPhone X 64GB | 2GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $92pm
The cheapest pre-order plan on the brand spanking new iPhone X is currently with Virgin Mobile and will set you back $92 a month. As predicted, you’ll be getting 2GB of data, unlimited calls and texts and $50 included international calls and texts. You’ll also grab a one-off 10GB data gift which rolls over to the next month if you don’t use it all, and streaming music via Spotify, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio won’t count towards your data. Total cost over 24 months is $2,208
Best big data
Optus – iPhone X 256GB | 200GB data | Unlimited calls and texts | $149pm If big data is a big deal for you, then there is currently none bigger than Optus’ 200GB plan. Even if you somehow manage to chew through those 200GB, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of popular movie and music streaming services without it counting towards your cap. You’ll also get unlimited international minutes for calls, 1.5GB of roaming data, and unlimited international roaming talk and text. Total cost over 24 months is $3,576