Apple fanbois and girls have been waiting with bated breath for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pricing to be confirmed by any of the mobile network, ever since it was announced that the sixth generation of the fruity smartphones and phablets would go on sale in South Africa at midnight tonight (24 October 2014).

Vodacom it seems is first to the punch with its ‘Smart deals’. MTN and Cell C’s deals should be following later this afternoon (so keep an eye on the site). Telkom Mobile will be making its deal information available tomorrow morning. The prices on contracts from Vodacom will be:

iPhone 6

  • iPhone 6 – 16GB = R499 per month on Vodacom Smart S
  • iPhone 6 – 64GB =R569 per month on Vodacom Smart S
  • iPhone 6 – 128GB = R649 per month on Vodacom Smart S

iPhone 6 Plus

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 16GB = R599 per month on Vodacom Smart S
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 64GB =R669 per month on Vodacom Smart S
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 128GB = R749 per month on Vodacom Smart S

Now to find out what the stock situation will look like. If you’re looking for a good option, check on stock availability at one of the official Apple iStores.

While we’ve heard some mixed messaging about stock availability, you’re only eligible for a trade-in (which will net you between R1300 and R4400 back when you trade-in an older iPhone) and the iCare Plus extended warranty if you buy your device at one of these outlets.

You’re going to have to move-it to secure one of the trade-in vouchers, as there are a limited number available and the offer has already dropped from R5000 to R4400 for an iPhone 5s trade-in.

Regardless of whether you have an old iPhone to offer up, the warranty is worth waiting for however. That’s because it “extends your warranty coverage to two years from the original purchase date of your Apple product and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage.

Accidental handling damage incidents can be pretty much anything: a screen smash; a complete submersion in water; you name it.

The coverage costs a once-off R799 for an iPhone and each damage incident is subject to an R800 service fee, however. It might be a little pricey, but for many, it’s an essential, non negotiable add-on.

A source in the telecoms industry has also confirmed that the cash pricing that leaked last week is pretty much spot-on.

iPhone 6

  • iPhone 6 – 16GB = R11799
  • iPhone 6 – 64GB = R12999
  • iPhone 6 – 128GB = R14599

iPhone 6 Plus

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 16GB = R12999
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 64GB = R14499
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 128GB = R15799
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