The iStore network is one of the few places you’ll not only find a healthy volume of stock of the much demanded iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones on launch day (24th of October 2014), but also a choice of networks contract, financing deals and cash prices.

That last bit is important, because although the networks have a bunch of competitive and compelling deals for the devices (as their advertising states) new contracts and contract upgrades will take preference over cash deals. In layman’s terms, that means anyone looking to buy a 6 or 6 Plus cash, will have to wait a few weeks (as was the case with the launch a year ago, of iPhone 5s).

The iStore on the other hand has – last time we checked – pretty competitive cash pricing and through its partnership with FNB, brought sone killer financing to the table. We like this, as more choice is always a good thing. And it has an uncanny ability to keep things honest and above board.

Don’t forget, the iStore is also the only place you’re able to trade in your old iPhone and get the iCare Plus warranty (for a once-off R800), which extends the factory warranty by a year and covers you for two accidental damages (like a screen smash or water spill) over a two year period.

Enough of the introduction though. Here’s the most popular deals as things stand (according to the iStore communications team), across all networks. Of course, there will be a more exhaustive list compiled in the next few days, with all of the possible permutations. But in the meantime, here’s a good tuning fork for when you go out and secure yourself a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Vodacom

  • iPhone 6 16GB – R499 per month;
  • iPhone 6 64 GB – R569 per month;
  • iPhone 6 128GB – R649 per month;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – R599 per month;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – R669 per month; and
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – R749 per month.

(All available on a Smart S, which comes with 75 mins of voice, 200 SMS and 200MB of data)

MTN

  • iPhone 6 16GB – R499 per month with 100 minutes of voice, 200 SMS and 500MB of data (Minute 100 package);
  • iPhone 6 64 GB – R649 per month with 200 minutes of voice, 300 SMS and 500MB of data (Minute 200 package);
  • iPhone 6 128GB – R849 per month with 350 minutes of voice, 500 SMS and 500MB of data (Minute 350 package);
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – R649 per month with 200 minutes of voice, 300 SMS and 500MB of data(Minute 200 package);
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB -R849 per month with 350 minutes of voice, 500 SMS and 500MB of data (Minute 350 package); and
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – R899 per month with350 minutes of voice, 500 SMS and 500MB of data (Minute 350 package).

Telkom Mobile

  • iPhone 6 16GB – R449 per month with 50 minutes of voice, 0 SMS and 500MB of data (SmartPlan 50 package);
  • iPhone 6 64 GB – R549 per month with 100 minutes of voice, 0 SMS and 1GB of data (SmartPlan 100 package);
  • iPhone 6 128GB – R599 per month with 100 minutes of voice, 0 SMS and 1GB of data (SmartPlan 100 package);
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – R519 per month with 50 minutes of voice, 0 SMS and 500MB of data (SmartPlan 50 package);
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB -R1799 per month with unlimited minutes of voice, SMS and of data (Completely unlimited package); and
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – R1849per month with unlimited minutes of voice, SMS and of data (Completely unlimited package).

Cell C

  • iPhone 6 16GB – R629 per month with 75 minutes of voice, 0 SMS and 3GB of data (SmartChat 3GB package);
  • iPhone 6 64 GB – n/a;
  • iPhone 6 128GB – n/a;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – R689 per month with 75 minutes of voice, 0 SMS and 3GB of data(SmartChat 3GB package);
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB -n/a; and
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – n/a.

FNB

  • iPhone 6 16GB – R419 per month;
  • iPhone 6 64 GB – R459 per month;
  • iPhone 6 128GB – R529 per month;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – R459 per month;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – R529 per month; and
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – R589 per month.

(All of these are finance deals only, i.e. they don’t come with any airtime, SMS or data. The deals run over a 24 month period)

Cash

  • iPhone 6 16GB – R9 899;
  • iPhone 6 64 GB – R10 999;
  • iPhone 6 128GB – R12 599;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 16GB – R10 999;
  • iPhone 6 Plus 64GB – R12 599; and
  • iPhone 6 Plus 128GB – R13 999.

 

Brett is the big cheese at Hypertext Media. He's been covering the technology industry for so long, he's seen old technology be 'respun' as the next big thing one too many times. He started Hypertext in 2002 and quite frankly hasn't looked back (although he often longs for the days when a steady salary, sick days and leave were a given). Publications in his stable include htxt.africa; DailyFive (http://www.dailyfive.tv); Connect; Tarsus Channel and GirlGuides (http://www.girlguides.co.za). He also hosts the ZA Tech Show (http://www.zatech.co.za), does a monthly tech column for Sawubona and writes the odd gadget piece for a magazine here and there. Currently uses: 11-inch Macbook Air, iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, iPad Mini, Nexus 7, Kindle Paperwhite, Marley TTR Headphones, Xbox360, PS3, Nintendo 3DS.