Thinking of scoring the new iPhone SE through Telstra? Here are the plans you'll want to know about.
Best Telstra iPhone SE (64GB) 24-month plans
Best Telstra iPhone SE (64GB) 36 month plans
Best Telstra iPhone SE (128GB) 24 month plans
Best Telstra iPhone SE (128GB) 36-month plans
How much does the iPhone SE usually cost?
In Australia, the new iPhone SE will be available in three sizes with prices starting at AU$749 for the 64GB model. Bumping the storage up to 128GB will cost you AU$829. Finally, the 256GB version will be available at AU$999 for Australian consumers. For more info, click here.
Does the iPhone SE have 5G?
Although it does feature modern connectivity standards like Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5, the new iPhone SE does not feature any form of 5G connectivity.
What's the cheapest option here?
Opting for the smaller 64GB sizing and breaking the cost of the device out over 36-months lets you score the new iPhone SE for as little as $20.66/month. Combined with Telstra's cheapest post-paid plan, you're looking at $70/month in total.
You'll end up paying $743 over the life of the plan, which is slightly less than the iPhone SE would cost you outright.
What do we recommend?
As always, we'd recommend opting for the larger storage size.
Even if you're looking to kit yourself out with a fairly basic iPhone and don't care too much about specs, opting for 64GB doesn't leave you with all that much space for apps or photos. For that reason, we recommend the 128GB iPhone SE. Telstra aren't ranging the largest (256GB) variant of the new iPhone SE but 128GB is still much better than 64GB.
At the end of the day, it's only an extra $4 per month if you're already looking at a 36-month contract.
iPhone SE vs iPhone 11: What's the difference?
Even if the new iPhone SE does feature the same A13 Bionic processor found in last year's iPhone 11, there are a number of key differences between the two that you'll want to be aware of if you're looking to decide between the two.
First of all: there's the obvious stuff.
The iPhone 11 has a much larger 6.1-inch screen on the front and a much more powerful dual-lens camera setup on the back. If you're someone who likes to take the prettiest photos possible for your Insta-fans, then this might be the reason for you to consider spending a little bit extra on the more expensive option. The single-lens camera on the back of the new iPhone SE might match the iPhone 11 for megapixels but it's got one less lens - which means you're probably not going to get the same degree of flexibility or fidelity. For more on why multi-lens cameras are better, click here.
Then, there's the difference in biometric tech. The iPhone 11 supports Apple's FaceID tech. The new iPhone SE doesn't. Instead, it relies on Apple's older TouchID system through a fingerprint sensor. This is, from both a security and ease of use perspective, something of a step backward. However, if you find the idea of your phone scanning your face to be a little uncomfortable, it's unlikely to be a dealbreaker for you.
If you don't care for big phones, the iPhone SE looks to be one of the best small phones we've seen in years. It promises to pack in access to Apple's iOS ecosystem, wireless charging and water resistance, snappy performance and an above-average camera.
What else can you get through Telstra for the same price?
If you're good to go with a phone plan of roughly the same price, you can also grab the following through Telstra.
- Google Pixel 4 (review here) - Starts at $18/month
- Google Pixel 3 (review here) - Starts at $22/month
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G - Starts at $19/month
- iPhone XS (review here) - Starts at $27/month
- iPhone 11 - Starts at $33/month