After anxiously awaiting the final tick of approval from Apple headquarters throughout the day, Australia’s mobile phone providers have finally released contract pricing attached to the new iPhone 6.
Apple demands all telecommunications providers around the globe disclose their pricing terms as part of its supply agreement.
The local price wars erupted earlier this week, with both Telstra and Optus attempting to lure customers by offering up to $250 in credit to users who quit their contracts early and sign up to new plans.
Elsewhere, Virgin tried to entice customers to switch networks by offering them a bonus 2GB of data on a 24-month plan.
Full details regarding contract pricing emerged late this afternoon to coincide with the opening of pre-orders at 5pm.
Apple’s latest offering includes two models, the iPhone 6 (4.7inch) and iPhone 6 plus (5.5inch) and will cost $869 for the 16GB smaller size and $999 if you prefer a bigger screen.
Optus released its pricing attack on its website at 5.01pm, based on 24-month plan options.
The cheapest plan for the standard iPhone 6 16GB is $60 per month, which includes up to 300 minutes of standard national calls, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data.
For the iPhone 6 64GB, Optus’ cheapest plan costs $65 per month, and for the iPhone 6 128GB its $70 per month, with both including the same minimum calls, texts, and data.
Telstra’s website crashed soon after 5pm in the wake of demand from Australian consumers clamouring to snap up a pre-order.
Telstra will be offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus from Friday, September 19.
Its cheapest Mobile Accelerate Plan is the $55 24-month-plan that includes $550 worth of calls, unlimited texts, and 500MB of data.
Telstra will offer the brand new iPhone 6 16GB model for $77 per month, and $82 per month for the 64GB option.
For an iPhone 6 Plus 16GB model, Telstra is charging $82 per month, and $87 per month for the 64GB capacity.