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iPhone 7 128GB $74/Month 3GB Data + Unlimited Calls/SMS + $100 Int'l Calls/SMS 24mths @ Virgin Mobile

1290

Seems reasonable for the new iPhone 7 128GB and a touch more data than others in that price range.

iPhone 7 128GB - $24 per month
$50 PLAN W 1GB BONUS - $50 per month
$74 MONTHLY
Min total cost over 24 months is $1776.00

Inclusions:
UNLIMITED STANDARD NATIONAL CALLS & TEXT
$100 STANDARD INT’L CALLS & TEXT
3GB TOTAL DATA
2GB + 1GB online bonus
Ends 31/10/2016. Extra data $10/1GB.
All for use within Oz

Nice bonus with the free music streaming as well: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/264068

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    • +3 votes

      $10/GB I suppose :P

      • +2 votes

        I am currently with Virgin, unfortunately they don't work like Telstra, they charge per MB out of bundle, crazy stuff. I once had a $36 out of bundle cost (600MB @5c per MB). Telstra would have added 1Gb blocks for $10 out of bundle.

        I was not impressed, luckily they overturned it on good faith.

        • +3 votes

          Not anymore - all plans have $10/GB top-up now.

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          I reckon it goes to show that they're decent to deal with if they overturned what was in their contract on good faith.

          And now they've changed their plans so that it's the same deal with the $10 per 1GB extra

        • +3 votes

          mattswart is wrong. I've been with Virgin for years… and they certainly don't charge per Mb.

          matt, if they are still doing that for you, you must be on a really old shitty plan from years ago. You need to update it big time.

          Different data packs available, and obviously the more you spend the better value you get.

          And you get rollover from month to month on unused data.

        • +1 vote

          @UFO: yes, double checked, charge for per KB. https://www.virginmobile.com.au/data-explained/

  • +11 votes

    mobile $1229, phone plan $23/month,Inclusions:
    UNLIMITED STANDARD NATIONAL CALLS & TEXT
    $100 STANDARD INT’L CALLS & TEXT
    3GB TOTAL DATA

    no bad but not worth for a 24 months contract.

    • +6 votes

      +unlimited music streaming.

      To be honest, it's impossible to get a better deal for just the service alone.
      Comparatively, I'm on the $18 Jeenee plan with 300 minutes call and 1.8Gb / month. For an extra $5 a month I would get an interest free phone, unlimited calls, unlimited music streaming, $100 international calls and roughly 2x as much data.
      How is it not worth it?

      • -2 votes

        The $24 is for the handset alone plus the $50/month phone plan so total $74 each month. You'd be paying an extra $56 each month for everything you listed

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          $24 is subsidised price of the handset. Actual cost if $51.21 x 24 = 1229

        • +2 votes

          Not sure what you are talking about. Jeenee plan is a BYO, while with Virgin I get an iPhone 7.

        • +5 votes

          Cost of the handset = $1229.
          Divided by 24 months, that is nearly $51.21 a month.
          So you are essentially paying $23 a month for the plan (51+23 = 74).

          This was ocoolio's point.

          If you prefer iPhone to Android (and not everyone does) this seems like a decent deal.

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          @ocoolio: I understand that; but you said for an extra $5 a month on top of what you're already paying with Jeenee you'd get the phone and all the other inclusions but it's actually another $56 a month compared to what you're paying now. It's $74 a month with Virgin for phone and plan. Not $23 a month.

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          Yeah, i'm not really sure how it's a fair comparison. They can play the actual 'plan' off as however much or as little as they want to, but you're still paying the bulk sum regardless, and you're getting a phone with that so it's a completely different kettle of fish.

      • +5 votes

        Because I have to be locked in for 24 months, and I can fore-see mobile plan will drop price (or increase data allowance) greatly after 12 months.
        If i have to have 3gb data, I will go for kogan annual plan which is prepaid. For 12 months lock I will pay $1 more per month, without international call and streaming.
        Any way, this plan looks the best atm but I opt out for my personal preference.

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          TBH I've been with virgin for quite some years now, and their best deals seem to be in the 3 months period after the new iphone comes out. You'd think that the prices would drop dramatically after the phone is 9 months old, but in fact they're generally worse deals at this point in time.
          They only get cheaper when they're not the newest phone anymore. Otherwise, it's far better to just get the latest phone when it's new (in this case) and enjoy being up to date for what is going to be one of the best deals available for the phone over it's life as the latest phone.

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          @rhino015:
          my concern is not the phone which depreciates, but the plan. In the last 12 months, plan value changes dramatically.

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      Exactly!! (That stupid tank negged you.)

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      Where did they mention of the $1229 for the mobile? It is the maximum cancellation fee mentioned somewhere? I can't find it anywhere in the fine print or summary.

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      Agree. Good plan but I'd like the "freedom".

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    1gb in 2016 is still fine for some. I personally am on a 1gb plan with Kogan.

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    THis is a really good price for an iphone.

    My Note 7 and S7 edge plans are much higher.

  • +5 votes

    It is good plan. The only issue will be data if charged per MB. I was struggling with 7 GB data with Optus charged per MB, now 3 GB Telstra data has lasted for whole month with some left. iPhone normally use more data than Android if not careful.

    • +2 votes

      Data is to use in Oz, is counted per kilobyte and includes uploads & downloads.

      Just found this in t&cs

      Also Virgin has rollover for the data from the previous month too.

  • +7 votes

    For those wanting the 256gb model it's $5 a month more @ $79 a month with the same 3GB - https://www.virginmobile.com.au/Shop/iPhone-7-256GB-Black

    Min total cost over 24 months is $1896.00

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    Their site inspires such confidence in me: showing IIS errors straight to users?!? https://www.virginmobile.com.au/Shop/iPhone-7+-128GB-Blackds...

  • +1 vote

    personally I don't see why people buy phones as they come out. you pay literally thousands on something that will depreciate quickly in the first 6 months of ownership. i currently pay $33 a month for a nexus 5x, 5gb data and $500 calls. just wait 6months and these things will be on $60 plans.

    • +4 votes

      For iPhones, there are a few reasons: (1) show off (2) contract is due for renewal so might as well get the new phone (3) user is on the new phone feeling plan. Also, there have been cases where buying iPhones right away turned out to be a good move due to AUD dropped in value and Apple ended up revising the price upwards.

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        New phone feeling is Telstra only? So you wont be able to do it with this phone.

        • +4 votes

          New phone feeling is Telstra only, yes.

          Looks like some people are upset with my comment. Let me try again.

          We buy iPhones right away because that's what Apple fan boys and fan girls do (I am one of them). I also buy Google phones as soon as they are available because I am a Google fan boy too.

          Honestly, jokes aside, it is not a big deal. It is just a phone. I am on 2-3 year phone upgrading cycle. They have been years where the cleaners at my company have better phones than I do. Lots of students have better phones than me.

    • +1 vote

      It doesn't make sense with Android phones. With iPhones it does, because the iPhone 7 will retain it value for the next 12 months.

      • +5 votes

        This.

        I don't want to sound bias but Android phones generally depreciate faster than iPhones. With iPhone plans in the past, one is better off getting new contracts the first 3 months when the new iPhones come out. If you wait past December, most palns would have actually gone up in price. I'm guessing whenever a new iPhone comes out, the carriers have to compete with each other for customers. But when the hype dies down, they bump back up the prices.

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        Retain all or part of it's value after 12 months ? And then what after 12 months ?

    • -1 vote

      It's poor form to have the previous iphone when the new one is out, so apple/followers believe.

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        The reality is that iPhones are made by (constructed) Foxconn or some other manufacturers. The battery doesn't last forever. The Apple home button is not that good if you use the device a lot. Also, the iOS upgrades do make old phones run slower.

        A few people are on plans. If you are on plans, wouldn't you want your upgrade cycle to start around the time of a new phone release? Some people have business phones, I doubt they care about saving some $$$.

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          Battery doesnt last forever

          Wow that was very insightful. Btw which battery for which phone lasts forever.

          the iOS upgrades do make old phones run slower

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZBtIZf_LRg

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          @RockyRaccoon:

          For other phones you can easily switch out the battery, additionally you can carry around a couple of spares.

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          @RockyRaccoon: I have iOS devices and the old devices run slower on newer iOS. My iPad 3 is slower on iOS 9 than the original iOS it was on.

          iOS 9, even the phone dialler, due to the additional transition animation (or whatever extra bits Apple decided to throw in) launches slower than iOS 8. On launching the phone app, my iPhone 5S trumps my iPhone 6S+ simply because iPhone 5S runs on iOS 8.

          As Apple users, I don't see us being special or better. We are just normal like other people. Apple is just another company and like every company and every person, Apple can make mistakes too. Apple and Google now copy each other regularly on the mobile OS space. I support Apple, Android phone makers, Windows phone makers.

          How about Apple removing apps I purchased from AppStore? Now, I cannot put those apps on my new devices (and I paid for that app - Apple took their cut too).

    • +4 votes

      I work it out like this. At the very worst, i would get a new phone every 2 years.

      2 scenarios - buy the new iphone and sell my current phone every year, or hold onto current iphone for 2 years, and buy the new phone in the second year, selling my existing phone in the second year

      Scenario 1:
      Year 1 (-1229)+750
      Year 2 (-1229) + 750
      = -$958

      Scenario 2:
      Year 1 0
      Year 2 (-1229) + 500
      = -$729

      Therefore, its only an extra $229 over 2 years to get the new iphone, rather than wait another year, and you get the new tech, new phone smell, new 'oh my god you got the new phone' gawks (good and bad of course), for an extra $200 bucks every 2 years.

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      Where did you score that deal Droidyy?

    •  

      Apple don't erode their prices until the model is superseded - then everything takes a bump down to the previous models' price. For instance, you'll see the 6S now priced at the same level as the 6 was.

      There was an adjustment last year (around March from memory) where, due to the tanking Aussie dollar, all iPhone prices actually increased around 15%. So in that case you were actually much better off to have purchased at launch than six months later.

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      With apple devices, they hold their value a LOT more than android phones. So the difference in waiting a year and having a generation behind in device isn't worthwhile really. Maybe it's because many people think that's the way to go, and that's why they hold their value?
      But i've found many of the deals they use to compete for market share between carriers when the new iphone comes out, are actually better deals than you can get for the same phone new 6 months after release. And then you only have the latest phone for half of the annual cycle, so you may as well get it when it's new and be cutting edge for longer.

      I get the new iphone every 2nd year, so I keep my phone for 2 years and get a new one when my plan runs out. I've been with virgin for several years now, and I've always found their deals in the 3 months around the release date to be the best deals for the life of that iphone. I've had friends get the older phone just before the new one comes out, and they pay no less than me for something that's obsolete the next month. Not that the phones are useless after a year, but when they could wait a month and get the new one for the same price, why not?

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      I pay for a good phone just because of a good camera. I like to photograph and take videos during special occasions and a good photograph is priceless for me and will remain with me for a long time if not forever. Capturing those moments brings back a lot of memories and I have a bad and unreliable memory. Rest of the features are not that important to me but having a good camera phone is very important. I guess many people have different needs and smart phones satisfy them similarly. I don't look at my phone as a depreciating asset because I am not using it for business purposes, I think it adds things of great value to my life.

      PS: Re-read your comment, misunderstood it when I wrote my comment. I agree that people should wait for 6 months till the price drops. However with Apple, the price does not drop till the next version launches. I think that next year will be big for iPhone because it would be it's 10th anniversary.

    • +1 vote

      yeah, ozb rules (or actually common sense rules):
      - dont buy newly released products. wait few months what can it make difference to your life?
      - dont get into contract. freedom is priceless!
      - check ozb :)

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    haha iPhone 7

  • +3 votes

    iPhones are tempting but damn they are expensive. $1270 for the 32GB plus…for comparison that's almost double the 32 GB 6P at launch ($744).

    • +1 vote

      It's ridiculous expensive. For conversion that should equate to AUD 987:(

      • +1 vote

        US price doesn't include GST. Plus the mandatory "you're not in the US, let's screw you a bit tax". It's not Australia specific. A lot of countries suffer that last one.

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        You're forgetting the fact that a) the AU price includes 10% GST and b) the US price does not include any sales tax (and yes, there are places in the USA that don't have sales tax but not many). It's around 12% more here than in the USA which is to be expected with the way Apple hedge their currency.

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          I'm off to the US in a week, can I buy a new iPhone there without a contract and it'll be the same as buying one here but cheaper?

        • +1 vote

          @Meconium: If you buy one here, you can claim the GST back via TRS as you leave.

          If you buy it in the USA, you can purchase one without Sales Tax, but only in areas that don't have it. Of course, you're subject to forex fees if you buy on a CC (and don't have a 28º Card, etc). If you buy here and claim the GST back, it's much of a muchness IMHO.

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          @drewbles: Awesome, thanks for the quick reply, knew I'd get a better response in the comments than if I'd posted my own question :)

          Pity I won't have it in my hot little hands until after I leave though. Also, it's only a short trip so I don't think I'd get the TRS refund.

        • +1 vote

          @Meconium:
          You can claim the TRS for any item over $300 purchased within 60 days of departure. If it's over $900 (and you're travelling alone), you are technically required to declare it when you return, although there is an allowance for depreciation. If there's two adults travelling, then the $900 duty free allowance can be pooled, and you'd be fine (providing it's just one phone). I've never heard of anyone having any issues, as phones depreciate instantly, and by a lot (oh no it has a small scratch and I can't resell it for anywhere near $900 now!).

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    Any plans for 7 plus?

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    Does anyone know whether these handsets are network locked (as in cannot be used on other network providers)? Or that's not a thing any more? :)

    • +2 votes

      Generally not a thing anymore with post paid devices, and if they are the carriers unlock for free.

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      Virgin's iphone are always fully unlocked as they come. I think that's mostly the same for other carriers as well.

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    Looks good . Waiting to see if telstra will come up with a better deal lol

    • +2 votes

      Most likely they won't!

    • +1 vote

      Tel$tra…. hm.. unlikely…

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      now that made me laugh… :)

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      No chance. And partially fair really. Telstra does have the superior network, which you do have to pay extra for. Although they charge a greater percentage of a premium than the difference in networks would justify, IMO.

      Virgin uses the optus network btw, which is the second best after telstra. Vodafone are the worst, but since they had all those issues and a mass exodus of customers, I've heard that their network is quite zippy now because there's less load on it haha.

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    Are bluetooth headphones included ?

  • +4 votes

    Headphone jack problem solved here. :)

  •  

    This is soo tempting, but wanting to wait for OPTUS so i can stream the EPL :(

    Now need to think whether its worth the extra $$..

  • +4 votes

    True ozbargainers will wait for iphone 8 next year

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      u mean 7s. 8 is 2 years away.

      • +5 votes

        It is expected that the next year, being the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, will feature a complete overhaul and upgrade, somewhat explaining why the iPhone 7 is not a huge upgrade and relatove lack of innovation (unless you count the loss of the 3.5mm jack) despite being a new number which historically signalled a significant rework (whereas the s updates usually feature updated internals only)

        Here is hoping (for apple fans) that they get with the times and move on from led and 750p screens.

        I cannot belive they are still using 750p screens.