The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max launch in South Africa today and they cost a lot of money.

For those hoping for a cheaper option by getting the handset on contract the bad news is that pricing for these new Apple handsets starts at R999 per month for 24 months for the 64GB iPhone Xs. Sure it’s not R21 999 once off but you will end up spending R23 976.

The iStore has a slew of deals starting at R799 for the 64GB iPhone Xs but those contracts are for a 36 month period. So while the iStore is cheaper month-to-month, you’ll end up paying R4 788 more than if you took out a 24-month contract directly from a network operator.

We have compiled a list of the starting prices for the iPhone Xs and Xs Max on Vodacom, Telkom Mobile, MTN and Cell C. Sadly at time of writing MTN was not advertising its pricing but we will update you when it goes live.

We have not listed the iStore’s contracting options as they are exhaustive. If you want to get a slightly cheaper month to month price we recommended checking out the iStore but remember, as we pointed out above, you will be paying more in the long run.

iPhone Xs 64GB Minutes SMS Data Price (per month 24 months)
Vodacom SmartXS+ 50 50 350MB R999
MTN N/A N/A N/A N/A
Telkom FreeMe 1GB 0 50 (per day) 1GB R999
Cell C Flexi Access 45 120 1GB R999

 

iPhone Xs Max 64GB Minutes SMS Data Price (per month 24 months)
Vodacom Red Select + 800 Unlimited 2GB R1 699
MTN N/A N/A N/A N/A
Telkom Mobile FreeMe 1GB 0 50 (per day) 1GB R1 099
Cell C FlexiAccess 45 120 1GB R1 249

It appears as if Cell C offers the best value for money though we say “value for money” through gritted teeth. Any way you slice it R999 is a lot of money to pay for a handset every month.

That having been said if you must have the latest Apple smartphone and the contracts above don’t suit your needs you can shop all the iPhone deals available on local mobile networks below.

Shop iPhone on Vodacom

Shop iPhone on Cell C

Shop iPhone on Telkom Mobile

Shop iPhone on MTN (coming soon)

Shop iPhone on iStore