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iPhone X: Contract vs outright

Does it make more sense to buy an iPhone X outright or go on contract?

Now that all Australian carriers have announced plan pricing for Apple's brand new iPhone X, we can properly compare to work out if it makes more sense to buy an iPhone X outright and throw it on a prepaid or month-to-month SIM-only plan, or opt for a contract on what is Australia's most expensive handset.

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This isn't a simple comparison, however, and not just because everyone's phone plan needs differ. We've outlined several scenarios to offer you the widest range of comparative choices. That way, you can make the best decision for your particular needs:

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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