Is it time to take your iPhone around the back of the barn and put it out of its misery? If your iPhone’s battery struggles to make it to the end of the day, or the screen is scratched to shit, then this is for you.

The thing about buying a new iPhone is that it doesn’t have to be the latest, most expensive iPhone. Even the big telcos like Telstra and Optus still stock older models, all the way back to the iPhone 6s from 2015, and these are still good phones.

Best of the best

If you want one of this year’s iPhones, you’ll be paying at least $100 per month. This deal from Optus is just bit over that but comes with a ridiculous 50GB of data, unlimited overseas calls and SMS, and a sweet pair of wireless Beats headphones if you sign up soon.

The iPhone plan I’d actually buy

Given everything I know about iPhones and plans (and yes, I’m great at parties) I’d go for an iPhone XR on this Optus plan. For me, this is the perfect middle ground between the things I want and the price I’d be willing to pay.

If you just gotta make it Telstra

Telstra is rarely cheapest, but plenty of us see the value in paying a little more for the Telstra network. These plans come with a stack of that fast Telstra data, plus you get all of the extras like streaming sport and data-free Apple Music. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Telstra’s deals page which gets updated each week.

A big boy on a budget

If you ask me, the ‘Plus’ sized iPhones have always been a bit of a rip-off considering the extra you pay for a slightly larger screen. So I wouldn’t fork out for the XS Plus, I’d buy an iPhone 8 Plus instead. If you want the wireless Beats headphones mentioned above, you could step it up to the next plan for an extra $10 per month.

The cheapest el cheapo iPhone plan

If an iPhone 6s costs half the price of a newer model, is it only half as good? No way. Apple adds bits and pieces every year, but when it comes to actually using an iPhone, these older models do all of the same things.

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