The iPhone 15 is now available to buy from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, but which telco has the best iPhone 15 plan? We’ve examined all the options available from the major providers, and we’re confident Vodafone has the best plan for most people. It’s currently offering double data across all its phone plans, which means the cheapest option can get you a massive 80GB each month.
Along with the best plan, we’re also running you through what deals outright retailers such as Amazon and Kogan have on the iPhone 15, plus we’ve got a rundown of what’s new and exciting with the iPhone 15. Apple has also revealed the iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which are also available to buy now. We’ve got separate pages for each device, so if that’s what you’re after you can easily jump to them below:
Best iPhone 15 plans: our picks
Best overall iPhone 15 plan
Vodafone is our recommendation for the best iPhone 15 plan overall. The telco is currently offering double data across all its phone plans, so its AU$45 Small plan will get you 80GB of data each month instead of the usual 40GB, and that will be the case for as long as you stay connected. Paired with phone repayments on a 24-month contract, you’ll be looking at AU$107.45 a month.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,578.80
Best premium iPhone 15 plan
If you want to get your hands on the model with 256GB of storage, we suggest pairing it with Vodafone’s AU$45 Small plan, which now includes a whopping 80GB of data each month. On a 24-month contract, you’ll be paying AU$115.79 each billing, which is your cheapest option for this device from a telco. Optus’ plan is AU$119.77 a month, but only comes with 30GB of data.
Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,778.96
Compare iPhone 15 telco plans
If you’re curious what’s available from all the major carriers, here’s a look at what you’ll be paying each month for the iPhone 15 with 128GB of storage on a 24-month contract. Note that any trade-in offers aren’t applied here.
Other iPhone 15 deals
Vodafone is offering up to AU$1,500 of total trade-in credit when you hand in an older phone, but note that you must stay connected to your chosen Vodafone plan for 12, 24 or 36 months. To get that AU$1,500 trade-in value, you’d need to hand in an iPhone 14 Pro Max (1TB) in good working order. Vodafone is also offering double data across all its mobile plans.
The trade-in deals continue at Optus, with the telco offering a digital gift card when you hand in an older phone for the iPhone 15. The value of the gift card depends on the trade-in value of your device, but Optus says it can be worth up to AU$1,200.
Telstra has got a trade-in deal of its own, giving you up to AU$1,250 in credit when you trade in an eligible device for the new iPhone 15. The amount you get for the trade-in will depend on what model phone you’ve got and the condition that it’s in, but any trade-in gets you a bonus credit of AU$350 right off the bat.
Amazon has one iPhone 15 deal, and it’s only available on the pink model. If you’re a fan of the colour, you can get the 256GB version of the iPhone 15 for the price of the 128GB. It’s essentially a free storage upgrade saving you AU$200, but again, it’s only available on the pink model with 256GB of storage. Besides that, pricing is standard.
Kogan is offering an outright discount of AU$50 on the iPhone 15 for its Kogan First members. If you’re not a member and you haven’t signed up previously, you can trial a Kogan First membership free for 14 days to take advantage of the offer. Note that after the 14-day free trial, a Kogan First membership costs AU$99 a year.
Apple is offering anywhere between AU$50 to AU$1,255 in credit towards your new iPhone when you trade in an older device, though unfortunately Apple only accepts other iPhones for trade-in. You’ll keep your trade-in device until you receive your new iPhone, and once you’ve received it, you’ll get instructions on how to drop your older device off. After it’s been received and assessed by Apple, a credit will be applied to your original payment method.
What are the new features for the iPhone 15?
There have been quite a few upgrades to the iPhone 15, but the one you’ll likely notice first is the introduction of Dynamic Island to the standard iPhone. The 6.1-inch OLED display no longer shows the notch which houses the front camera, instead its space is a reimagined notification centre, shaped like a pill. It allows you to view all kinds of activities and alerts, such as flight information, Spotify, sports scores and more.
The main sensor on the back of the camera has made a significant jump, going from just 12MP on the iPhone 14 to now 48MP on the iPhone 15. Apple is promising the improved 48MP sensor will get you better photos in low light and while zooming in, though the ultra-wide camera on the rear is still the same as previous with a 12MP sensor.
The iPhone 15 has also done away with Apple’s Lightning connector – it now charges via USB-C just like Samsung Galaxys, Google Pixels and plenty of other tech you likely already have at home.
Inside the iPhone 15 is the A16 Bionic chipset, which is the same processor that was inside last year’s iPhone 14 Pro. In our short hands-on time with it, we can say that the iPhone 15 feels just as powerful as the iPhone 14 Pro, so it should be well-equipped for demanding tasks such as gaming, while still offering good battery efficiency.
The iPhone 15 has five colours to choose from, including black and pastel shades of pink, yellow, green and blue, with colour-infused glass backs. Prices start at AU$1,499 for the model with 128GB of storage, while you’ll pay AU$1,699 for the 256GB version or AU$2,049 for the 512GB model.
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Jasmine Gearie is an ecommerce editor at TechRadar Australia, with a primary focus on helping readers cut through the jargon to find the best mobile and internet plans for their needs. She crunches the numbers to maintain dedicated guides to the latest phones, NBN and broadband plans of all types, and covers the important telco industry news. She also hunts down tech deals on laptops, phones, gaming consoles and more, so readers know where to buy the products they want for the cheapest prices.