Despite a muted response at its launch a week ago, interest in the iPhone 4S is white hot. And with Telstra today finally unveiling its plans, you've got a range of 4S options.
A week ago the iPhone 4S
was launched upon a circumspect, iPhone-5-expecting world -- and was deemed wanting
. Then, sadly, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away the very next day, provoking a remarkable global outpouring of grief and virtually bringing the tech industry (plus the world outside it) to a standstill.
In the wake of Jobs' untimely death, interest in the iPhone 4S -- effectively the last major Apple launch overseen by the company's iconic warden -- has been overwhelming, effectually unimagining the muted response the product initially received. This week Apple announced that pre-orders for the 4S, which is available on Friday, had exceeded one million units within 24 hours. (Day one reactions aside, we always expected gangbusters-level demand -- it's an iPhone -- but even so...)
Outright, the iPhone 4S is available from Apple in two colours (black or white) and three capacities: 16GB ($799), 32GB ($899) and 64GB ($999). The iPhone 4 and 3GS are also still on sale at reduced prices (presumably until the next iPhone update, expected to take place in 2012).
For those interested in the iPhone 4S but not in purchasing it, Optus
have come on board with pre-order registrations and a range of plans designed to sate the rampant demand. As yet Virgin
has confirmed it will offer the iPhone but hasn't announced any contracts.
It seems not all these carriers are currently listing these prices and plans on their sites, so -- at risk of making APC resemble some kind of contract-obsessed scrapbooking project -- we've cobbled together each vendor's pricing below. Happy hunting.