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US Telcos Desperately Push Free iPhone 12 Deals, So What Are Oz Companies Doing?

US telcos are offering unprecedented pre-order deals for the iPhone 12 and it seems Aussie companies from the likes of Telstra quickly are following suit.

American-based telco T-Mobile introduced a free iPhone 12 offer for new customers, aimed at those with qualifying trade-in phones.

The iPhone 12 price in the US starts at $800 and it seems telcos are willing to foot the bill in order to bring in new customers onto their plans.

T-Mobile is the latest carrier offering great value deals in the 5G smartphone promotional blitz, which has also seen Verizon offer free iPhones for carrier switchers and massive discounts for upgraders.

AT&T is also offering free iPhone 12 models to new and existing customers, who will need to buy the device on an AT&T 30-month installment plan, subscribe to a recent AT&T Unlimited plan and trade in an iPhone 8 or later (or any device that AT&T values at $95 or more) in “working condition.”

Telstra is the first Australian carrier to reveal its iPhone 12 deals, albeit it is a lot less aggressively discounted than its US counterparts.

A day after the iPhone 12 launch, the telco announced it is slashing $50 per month for 12 months for customers who pre-order the iPhone 12 on its $115 XL plan.

“Consumer customers who take out a $115 XL plan will receive a $50 discount per month for 12 months,” a Telstra spokesperson said in a press release.

“That means customers will receive 180GB of data for $65 per month for 12 months.”

Other carriers such as Vodafone and Optus are yet to let slip their iPhone 12 pre-order plans.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models are available for pre-order from October 16 and are on sale from October 23. The Pro Max and mini aren’t available for pre-order until November 6.

The iPhone 12 models are expected to trigger a wave of upgrade cycles on an international basis.

Read about all the biggest announcements and products from Apple’s launch event here.

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