We've checked Australia's major mobile telcos, and the verdict is in: a mere $46 per month will secure you the cheapest iPhone SE plan in Australia. Here it is, as well as every other plan for you to compare.
The new Apple iPhone SE goes on sale from tomorrow morning, on March 31, in Apple Stores and telco kiosks around Australia. You can buy it in 16GB and 64GB storage variants, any of four colours. It's $679 outright for 16GB and $829 for 64GB for this diminutive 4-inch phone, but if you don't want to shell out that much at once, you can buy it on a range of 24-month plans with attached monthly handset repayment costs.
Telstra's cheapest plan for the iPhone SE starts at $71 per month, snagging you a 16GB iPhone SE in any one of its four colourways. That $71 per month gets you 1GB of data, $550 of calls and texts, and 10GB of data on Telstra's Air Wi-Fi network.
If you want more data, $76p/m gets you 2.5GB, $95p/m gets you 6GB and $135p/m gets you 15GB. If you want a 64GB variant, you'll pay $77, $82, $98 and $135 per month respectively on each of those plans.
Optus' cheapest plan for the iPhone SE starts at $55 per month, giving you a 16GB iPhone SE in any colour. You get 500MB of data and unlimited calls and SMS, and the option to choose between a $99 'trade-up' to a new phone or the ability to cancel your plan any time.
If you need extra data, $65p/m gets you 3GB, 80p/m gets you 6GB, $100p/m gets you 15GB and $120p/m gets you 20GB of data. If you want a 64GB variant, you'll pay $60, $70, $80, $100 and $120 per month on any of those same plans.
Vodafone's cheapest plan for the iPhone SE starts at $55 per month, again for a 16GB iPhone SE in any of the four colours (space grey, silver, rose gold and gold if you were wondering). That $55 per month is for 500MB of data, unlimited calls and texts, and Vodafone's signature $5 roaming in over 50 countries around the world. Oh, and two months of unlimited data.
More data? $65p/m gets you 4GB of data (3GB of data and 1GB bonus), $72p/m gets you 7GB, $80p/m gets you 9GB, $100p/m gets you 13GB, $130p/m gets you 21GB. For a 64GB phone, you'll pay $62, $73, $77, $82, $100 or $130 depending on your plan choice.
Virgin Mobile's cheapest plan for the iPhone SE starts at $46 per month, with exactly the same iPhone SE 16GB as you'd find anywhere else in any colour you might like. That $46 gets you 300MB of included data, $300 for calls and messages, and that's it apart from monthly data rollover.
To get yourself more data, $52p/m gets you a total of 1.1GB data, $57p/m gets you 2GB, $65p/m gets you 4GB, $80p/m gets you 8GB, $100p/m gets you 13GB, and $130p/m gets you 21GB. For a 64GB iPhone SE, you'll have to shell out $53, $58, $63, $70, $80, $100 or $130.