NZ iPhone 5S plans compared

Want a shiny new iPhone 5S without paying more than $1000 up front? The simple answer is to get the phone on a plan. Vodafone and Telecom NZ offer an array of plans. I’ve listed them below in an interactive spreadsheet so you can quickly get to the data – and price – you want.

Buying a plan on a contract may be relatively painless, but you’ll end up paying more. Things can get expensive if you decide to upgrade before the contract period is up. I don’t recommend committing to a long contract if you suspect you’ll change your mind.

And I don’t recommend committing to a carrier unless you know reception works well where you live and work. Nothing is worse than knowing you can’t change for another 18 months when you can’t make voice calls from your house.

Buying outright

If you buy an iPhone outright from the NZ Apple Store, the 16 GB model costs $1049, 32 GB is $1199 and 64 GB is $1349. Apple makes the lowest margin on the 16 GB model. The price of extra storage is fairly hefty on a per GB basis. On the other hand, you’ll quickly get frustrated if you don’t buy enough storage.

You can reduce the pain by carefully using cloud services. Apple’s iCloud gives just 5 GB for free. That’s stingy by most cloud standards and extra storage is expensive compared to other cloud services. On the other hand, it works well with an iPhone. Telecom NZ users can stretch data further with up to 1 GB a day of data from Wi-Fi hotspots.

Notes on the table

  1. All the plans in this table offer unlimited text messages, subject to fair use provisions. In practice hardly anyone ever hits those limits.
  2. All the plans in this table are for 24-month terms. If the carriers have 12-month plans, they’re well hidden.
  3. If you go over your plan data caps there are options to buy more data. Both Telecom NZ and Vodafone charge 20 cents per megabyte as a casual rate when you bust your cap.
  4. Vodafone’s unlimited minutes – also subject to fair use rules – applies to New Zealand and Australia.

 

Carrier Phone Upfront Monthly Minutes Data GB Total cost
Telecom iPhone 5S 16 GB 849 49 300 1.00 2025
Telecom iPhone 5S 16 GB 649 69 500 1.25 2305
Telecom iPhone 5S 16 GB 449 99 700 1.50 2825
Telecom iPhone 5S 16 GB 0 139 unlimited 3.00 3336
Telecom iPhone 5S 32 GB 999 49 300 1.00 2175
Telecom iPhone 5S 32 GB 799 69 500 1.25 2455
Telecom iPhone 5S 32 GB 599 99 700 1.50 2975
Telecom iPhone 5S 32 GB 199 139 unlimited 3.00 3535
Telecom iPhone 5S 64 GB 1149 49 300 1.00 2325
Telecom iPhone 5S 64 GB 949 69 500 1.25 2605
Telecom iPhone 5S 64 GB 749 99 700 1.50 3125
Telecom iPhone 5S 64 GB 349 139 unlimited 3.00 3685
Vodafone iPhone 5S 16 GB 0 129 unlimited ANZ 2.50 3096
Vodafone iPhone 5S 16 GB 349 99 unlimited ANZ 1.50 2725
Vodafone iPhone 5S 32 GB 149 129 unlimited ANZ 2.50 3245
Vodafone iPhone 5S 32 GB 499 99 unlimited ANZ 1.50 2875
Vodafone iPhone 5S 64 GB 299 129 unlimited ANZ 2.50 3395
Vodafone iPhone 5S 64 GB 649 99 unlimited ANZ 1.50 3025
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 0 119 unlimited ANZ 2.50 2856
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 149 119 unlimited ANZ 2.50 3005
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 299 119 unlimited ANZ 2.50 3155
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 949 29 200 0.5 1645
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 1099 29 200 0.5 1795
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 1249 29 200 0.5 1945
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 799 39 300 1.00 1735
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 949 39 300 1 1885
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 1099 39 300 1.00 2035
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 699 49 400 1.25 1875
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 849 49 400 1.25 2025
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 999 49 400 1.25 2175
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 499 69 600 1.25 2155
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 649 69 600 1.25 2305
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 799 69 600 1.25 2455
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 249 89 unlimited ANZ 1.50 2385
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 849 89 unlimited ANZ 1.50 2985
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 999 89 unlimited ANZ 1.50 3135
2degrees iPhone 5S 16 GB 0 149 unlimited ANZ 3.50 3576
2degrees iPhone 5S 32 GB 149 149 unlimited ANZ 3.50 3725
2degrees iPhone 5S 64 GB 299 149 unlimited ANZ 3.50 3875