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[world map update] Optus and Telstra announce 3G iPhone pricing in Australia.


Optus, one of the 3 iPhone carriers in Australia announced iPhone 3G pricing and plans today. To my understanding, you do not need a long-term contract as long as you pony up $729 (8GB) or $849 (16GB) under their pre-paid coverage plans. Additional pricing seems to start at $30 per a strange “recharge” only without data service. Full details are available here.

The “regular” post-paid plans appear rather confusing as well. Optus will apparently be giving away free iPhone, however charging users a monthly “handset repayment” which ranges from 0$/month all teh way to $59/month depending on the plan and model of iPhone 3G you purchase. Having sifted through many carrier plans and coverage rates leading up to July 11th, Optus seems to take the cake with customer confusion points.

For $19/month you can start off with a “Cap” plan that will get you 100MB of Internet data and “$50 worth of calls and text messages.” Prices go up from there, with the most expensive priced at $179/month with 1GB of data and “$1500 worth of calls and text messages.” Full details about these very simple and easy to understand plans, are available here.

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The following is from the Optus website:
‘yes’ iPhone $19, $49, $59, $79, $89, $149, $179 Cap plans: Pay the first ‘cap plan’ worth of national voice calls and text, international SMS, VoiceMail, each billing period, after which these services are free up to a maximum of the ‘included value’ per billing period. You will pay the ‘minimum cap’ amount each month even if you do not make calls to that value. For the part month, you will pay only part of the minimum spend and you will also receive only part of the Cap amount. You are not able to view your monthly usage prior to receiving your bill. If you exceed the ‘included value’ of these services in any one billing period, standard rates of your plan will apply.

Be sure to check out our iPhone World Map which displays all the countries and regions where iPhone 3G is being released, as well as country carriers and coverage rates.


Although Telstra officially announced plans today, we’ve had them listed for a few days now:
iPhone 3G will be available from Telstra on July 11 with a range of specially designed Next G iPhone 3G plans that meet the needs of any customer. The Next G iPhone 3G plans start at $30 per month with an upfront cost of $279 for the 8GB model and $399 for the 16GB model. Customers will receive the 8GB iPhone 3G model at no cost with the $80 plan and either the 8GB or the 16GB model at no cost with plans starting at $100 per month. All plans include free Wi-Fi access at Telstra hotspots and require a 24-month contract.
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