How do Australia’s Xperia XZ Premium Plans compare?
Keen on an Sony's latest on a contract, but want to make the most of your money?
Sony has today launched the Xperia XZ Premium in Australia at an outright price of $1,099. On the surface that's a decent price for what should be an exceptional phone, but if you don't want to buy outright, or would rather spread the cost of the phone across a two year plan, you've got choices to make, with all the major carriers offering the Xperia XZ Premium at some pretty compelling price points. So how do those deals compare?
There's no one absolute "best" plan that covers every circumstance, because we all use our phones differently. Still, based on the launch pricing, here's where we reckon some particular sweet spots sit for each launch carrier.
Best Virgin Mobile Xperia XZ Premium Plan
Virgin Mobile $50 Phone Contract Plan
Virgin has one of the lowest overall cost plans for the Xperia XZ Premium at launch via its $30 plan, but that's a plan with very low data and call inclusions. Opt for its $50 plan and you get unlimited standard national calls and texts and 4GB of data, as well as qualifying for Virgin's time-limited $100 Visa gift card deal. Given that's (effectively) $100 in your pocket cashback from the plan, it's very competitive indeed.
Best Optus Xperia XZ Premium Plan
Optus $85 My Plan Plus
The Xperia XZ Premium is a media powerhouse, so matching it with an Optus plan that includes quota-free Netflix streaming makes a lot of sense. That only covers SD streaming, so you won't be able to grab tasty 4K HDR video on your Xperia XZ Premium's exceptional new screen, but you can always save those treats for when you're in range of your home Wi-Fi anyway. The $85 My Plan Plus tier gives you that free data, along with 10GB of data and unlimited standard national calls and texts.
Best Vodafone Xperia XZ Premium Plan
Vodafone MyMix Red Data $80
Vodafone has the distinction of being the carrier with the cheapest plan without handset repayment fees, and you can pick between its Global or Red Data plans, depending on whether international calls or larger data inclusions are more important to you. If your usage is going to be within Australia, though, the data on offer at the $80 tier is pretty compelling.
Hey, where's Telstra?
Telstra will offer the Xperia XZ Premium on contract, but not at launch, with expected availability at some time in July.
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