The iPhone SE (3rd gen) has proven to be a particularly popular iPhone. Here's how to choose an Optus plan.
Best Optus iPhone SE (64GB) 36 month plans
Best Optus iPhone SE (128GB) 24 month plans
Best Optus iPhone SE (128GB) 36-month plans
How much does the iPhone SE usually cost?
In Australia, the iPhone SE is available in two sizes with prices starting at AU$719 for a new 64GB handset. Bumping the storage up to 128GB will cost you AU$799. For more info, click here.
Does the iPhone SE have 5G?
Yes, unlike it's predecessor the new iPhone SE (3rd gen) does feature 5G connectivity. It also has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
What's the cheapest option here?
If you're content to live with a paltry 64GB of storage and stretch the plan out over 36-months, you can get away with getting an iPhone SE through Optus for AU$19.96/month plus the cost of your plan. Optus' cheapest plan is AU$55/month, so things work out to be just shy of AU$75/month in total. Telstra's 36-month plan and the same phone costs the same AU$75/month. Vodafone's $40 Lite Plan over 36-months will see you paying roughly AU$60/month which works out to be approximately AU$15 cheaper than both the Optus and Telstra plans.
What do we recommend?
We always 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.
Optus also carries 128GB iPhone SE, so smart shoppers should look to make use of the option. Doing so will only cost you around $3 more per month (on a 36-month plan) than the baseline 64GB model demands but, over the long haul, that extra storage is probably going to come in handy.
iPhone SE (3rd gen) vs iPhone 13: What's the difference?
Even though the iPhone SE sports the same 6-core A15 Bionic processor as the iPhone 13, 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 them.
First of all: there's the obvious stuff.
The iPhone 13 comes in larger 6.1 or 5.4 inch display options 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 13 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.
Then, there's the difference in biometric tech. The iPhone 13 supports Apple's Face ID tech. The new iPhone SE doesn't. Instead, it relies on Apple's older Touch ID 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 deal breaker for you.
If you don't care for big phones, the iPhone SE looks to be a solid 5G option. 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 Optus for around 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 Optus.
- iPhone 12 - Starts at AU$88.30/month
- Google Pixel 6 - Starts at AU$79.96/month
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G - Starts at AU$74.40/month
- Samsung Galaxy S22 5G - Starts at AU$98.68/month
- iPhone 11 - Starts at AU$66.62/month