UPDATED | Vodafone has finally confirmed its iPhone plans, and the news isn't great -- Optus has vastly better pricing and value.
The cheapest iPhone plan is the $69 Cap which gives you a $310 talk and text credit and 250MB of data per month, with the option to either pay a one-off fee for the phone ($189 for an 8GB iPhone or $309 for a 16GB iPhone) or pay it off over the life of the contract.
It's quite clear that Vodafone's pricing is inferior to Optus', which offers obviously better value plans -- for example, Optus' $49 plan gives you $300 worth of talk/text and 250MB data.
Getting back to Vodafone's pricing, a $99 Cap gets you $600 of credit but you'll still need to pony $99 upfront for an 8GB iPhone, or $219 for the 16GB version, but you'll get 500MB of data per month included in the plan. (Again, Optus is better -- the $89 cap gives you $600 of credit and 850MB data.)
The Vodafone plans listed all specify a 24 month contract, with no word on the availability of shorter 12 month contracts. Per-minute call costs are in line with Optus however Optus offers more generous caps. Call rates on Vodafone's plans are 35 - 40c per 30 seconds depending on the plan, with a
30c connection fee for personal plans or a 25c connection fee for
Vodafone didn't announce any pre-paid plans, or other 'pre-release' information. However, it has now posted full terms
and conditions which detail, amongst other things, excess data usage rates on Jumbo Cap contracts at 12c per MB (substantially less expensive than the 35c per MB that Optus charges -- the one area where it is better than Optus, but not exactly one that's going to win shoppers over).
Vodafone hasn't released an outright price for the iPhone, however, spending $339 upfront on a 8GB model (on a $29 Jumbo Cap plan) and then spending an additional $350 fee to cancel the contract means you can have your iPhone for $689 outright, less than the $729 that Optus charges. Whether that $350 "handset recovery fee" covers network-unlocking the phone remains to be seen.
Vodafone Australia iPhone plans
Call rates are 35 - 40c per 30 seconds depending on the plan, with a 30c connection fee for personal plans or a 25c connection fee for business plans.