The best iPhone 8 plans and prices in Australia compared

Although we've seen plenty of hype around the iPhone X It's the iPhone 8 and its Plus-sized sibling the iPhone 8 Plus that represent the annual incremental upgrade of the flagship series.

Here, we've scoured all the offerings from the major networks and come up with the best plans for those of us on a budget, big data users, and people wanting the best balanced plan.

If you're after more details on everything the handset is capable of, and all the ways in which it's stepped up from the iPhone 7, you can read our iPhone 8 review here. Well, how much will this upgrade set you back? Read on to check out the the best plans that'll score you the latest from Apple.

See also: iPhone 7 deals | iPhone 7 Plus deals | Samsung Galaxy S8 deals | Galaxy S8 Plus deals

The best iPhone 8 plans

While there will always be hordes of people keen on rushing out to grab the latest handset outright, a good amount of us will still want to wait for a reasonable contract plan to score our latest Apple prize. Based on our comparison of the major networks, these are the best iPhone 8 plans at the moment.

Best overall value – iPhone 8 256GB | 16GB data | $300 international calls and text | $70 pm

Excellent news for the iPhone 8 chaser! Virgin Mobile is offering a full $20 a month discount on it's $90 plan, so for a neat $70 a month you'll score the 256GB iPhone 8, 16GB of data and $300 worth of international calls and texts. Virgin also offers music streaming via Spotify, or iHeartRadio that won't count towards your data cap, to help stretch that 16GB even further. Total cost over 24 months is $1,680View Deal

Best budget option – iPhone 8 64GB | 16GB data | $300 international calls and text | $60 pm

Just like with the 256GB iPhone 8 above, you can score the same discount on the same Virgin plan but with the 64GB model instead, bringing it down to only $60 a month. As above, you'll get 16GB data, $300 worth of international calls and texts, and can stream Spotify and iHeartRadio without it counting towards your cap. Score! Total cost over 24 months is $1,440View Deal

Best big data plan – iPhone 8 256GB | 200GB data | Unlimited roaming calls | $149 pm

For a limited time, Optus is offering an absurd 200GB data plan across its range of iPhones, so you can get an iPhone 8 with 256GB of storage and fill it up in little over a month. You'll also nab unlimited roaming calls and 1.5GB of roaming data, and get the sweet Optus perks like National Geographic and Optus Sport subscriptions. Total cost over 24 months is $3,576View Deal

Best iPhone 8 plan for each carrier

Best Telstra plan – iPhone 8 256GB | 60GB data | Unlimited international calls and texts | $149 pm

The best value from Telstra comes from the provider's higher price tiers, and so if you're happy to drop $149 a month, you'll get a lot out of your iPhone 8. Alongside the larger 256GB model, you'll get 60GB, unlimited international calls and texts, and 2 Foxtel Now Starter Packs to keep you going for a year. Total cost over 24 months is $3,576View Deal

Best Optus plan – iPhone 8 256GB | 200GB data | Unlimited roaming calls | $149 pm

For a limited time, Optus is offering an absurd 200GB data plan across its range of iPhones, so you can get an iPhone 8 with 256GB of storage and fill it up in little over a month. You'll also nab unlimited roaming calls and 1.5GB of roaming data, and get the sweet Optus perks like National Geographic and Optus Sport subscriptions. Total cost over 24 months is $3,576View Deal

Best Virgin Mobile plan – iPhone 8 256GB | 16GB data | $300 international calls and text | $70 pm

Excellent news for the iPhone 8 chaser! Virgin Mobile is offering a full $20 a month discount on it's $90 plan, so for a neat $70 a month you'll score the 256GB iPhone 8, 16GB of data and $300 worth of international calls and texts. Virgin also offers music streaming via Spotify, or iHeartRadio that won't count towards your data cap, to help stretch that 16GB even further. Total cost over 24 months is $1,680View Deal

Best Vodafone plan – iPhone 256GB | 90GB data | 400 minutes international talk|$133.37 pm

Frankly, we don't recommend going with Vodafone considering the caliber of the competing carrier's plans at the moment, but if you are deadset on the network, then you should go with the $80 Red Global plan. You'll get 400 minutes of international talk to selected countries as well as 90GB of data. Total cost over 24 months is $3,200.88View Deal