Apple and Australia's three biggest telecommunications providers -- Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone Australia -- have unveiled their iPhone 8 and 8 Plus pricing alongside pre-orders from Friday afternoon and launch on September 22. Purchasing the iPhone 8 outright from Apple will set Australians back AU$1,079 for the 64GB model or AU$1,329 for 256GB, while the iPhone 8 Plus costs AU$1,229 for 64GB and AU$1,479 for 256GB, and are both available in silver, gold, and space grey. The price tags are an increase from last year's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus; in addition, in the United States the 64GB iPhone 8 costs $699 and the 256GB model $849, while the 64GB iPhone 8 Plus costs $799 and the 256GB model $949. Accordingly, even when taking into account the exchange rate, Australians are paying between $160 and $210 extra for the two iPhone 8 models, and $180 to $230 extra for the two iPhone 8 Plus models. The iPhone 8 similarly costs more in the UK, and in New Zealand where it starts at NZ$1,249 and Singapore where the base iPhone 8 costs SG$1,148. On Australia's incumbent telco -- which last week updated its post-paid and prepaid plans with a media partnership with Foxtel -- the iPhones are available at the following price points including device repayments on its 24-month Go Mobile Swap phone-leasing plans: It costs slightly extra to pay the phone off in monthly instalments under Telstra's Go Mobile Plus plans: Optus' two highest tiers also include 1GB and 1.5GB, respectively, of data to use per month on international roaming, and all plans pack Optus Sport and National Geographic subscriptions, and data-free streaming across Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Yes TV by Fetch.
Sep-15-2017, 10:35:06 GMT