Study finds iPhone 5 plans cheaper in Australia than US, UK

Virgin Mobile's $47 monthly Big 29 plan is least expensive, according to WhistleOut.

Australia pays less for services on the iPhone 5 than other countries, according to WhistleOut. It compared Australian iPhone plans to those of the US, UK and New Zealand.

“Our data shows that Australian telcos have priced their iPhone 5 plans very competitively in comparison to similar countries,” said WhistleOut director, Cameron Craig. “In fact, Australia’s Virgin Mobile comes out as the lowest price plan option on a 24 month basis at just $47 per month ($1,128) on the Big Plan 29 with no up-front payments when compared with US, UK, and NZ.”

For plans with more than 400 included minutes, UK carrier O2 had the best option, but Vodafone Hutchison Australia was a “close second” by $68 over 24 months, Craig said.

Craig noted that the US and UK offer plans providing unlimited data. Australia has no unlimited data plans, and “over the last 12 months there has been a trend for carriers to reduce data inclusions,” Craig said.

The US currently has the best 4G coverage among the countries compared, with Australia being the second best, Craig said.

The complete comparison is available on the WhistleOut website. WhistleOut previously found that Australia undercuts other countries for prices on Samsung Galaxy SIII plans.

Analysts expect that consumer demand for iPhone 5 will drive the devices into the enterprise.

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