In the nick of time, Telstra has this morning released its pricing for Apple’s iPhone 4S which goes on sale both in Australia and around the world this Friday.
In a statement made earlier this morning, a Telstra spokesperson confirmed that the company would begin selling the iPhone 4S from its stores across Australia from 8am AEDT on Friday – mirroring the same decision by rivals Vodafone and Optus.
The company revealed its pricing for the iPhone 4S will largely mirror previous iPhone 4 plans, with the device available on its range of Freedom Connect plans over 24 months.
Telstra’s consumer pricing starts at $59 per month with $4 handset repayment fees over 24 months, which includes 1.5GB of data and unlimited texts.
The most expensive plan is $129 per month over 24 months with monthly $5 handset repayments that includes 3GB of data, unlimited texts and unlimited calls and MMS within Australia.
“We’re delighted to bring the highly anticipated iPhone 4S to our customers on Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile network,” Warwick Bray, executive director at Telstra Mobile said in a statement today.
The company is yet to reveal pricing for business customers.
Apple is offering the device – which has been sold more than 1 million times in the first 24 hours of pre-order sales globally – for $799 (16GB), $899(32GB) and $999(64GB). Pre-order shipping times have already fallen from Friday to “1-2 weeks” according to Apple.
The iPhone 4S has been labelled evolutionary rather than evolutionary, sporting a similar design as its predecessor the iPhone 4 and mostly receiving a specification upgrade. Apple’s new virtual personal assistant, Siri, however, has everyone talking with the service also expected to work in Australia.
Over the weekend, Vodafone and Optus both confirmed their own respective pricing for the 4S, with Vodafone pricing starting at $44 per month including $28 for the cap and $11 handset repayments for the iPhone 4S 16GB model. Vodafone is also offering the 4S on its Infinite plans, with the iPhone 4S 16GB model $17 per month on top of the entry-level $59 Infinite plan over 24 months.
On Friday, the company will also unveil its prepaid and 12-month options (the company says the 16GB 4S will be $799 prepaid) for customers.
Optus pricing meanwhile starts at $49 per month with an additional $10 per month handset fee for the 16GB 4S over 24 months with 1.5GB of data and $550 of included value. For $99, the telco is offering unlimited texts and voicecalls, 5GB of data and all iPhone 4S models for $0 over 24 months.
Full pricing tables below (click image for larger version).
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