Vodafone has just announced its pricing for the upcoming release of the HTC Magic, with Google Android. The announcement has revealed that it is offering a plan that is significantly cheaper than its new partner, Hutchison 3.

The entry level plan from Vodafone offers the new Magic phone for free on a $69 per month contract (over 24 months) and allows 1GB of included data and $400 worth of calls and text.

Hutchison 3 announced its pricing last week and its comparative plan comes in at $99 over 24 months and an extra $10 a month for 1GB data. Totalling $109 it is $40 more expensive than its rival.

Vodafone has revealed that the new handset will be available for online purchase from Thursday 4 June and in store from Wednesday 10 June.

Edward Goff, general manager of consumer markets at Vodafone Australia commented on the pricing announcement.

“With Vodafone offering the HTC Magic for $0 upfront and add-ons such as the 8GB memory card and a 24-month warranty, the HTC Magic provides exceptional value, reliability and absolutely the latest and greatest mobile internet experience to Vodafone customers. Its launch coincides well with Vodafone’s expanding 3G network capabilities, which will cover 94 per cent of the Australian population by August 31, 2009,” he said.

“The HTC Magic from Vodafone is the perfect mobile device for personal and business customers. The HTC Magic delivers an extensive range of applications, unparalleled ease of use and a truly world class mobile internet experience that ensures our customers can make the most of Vodafone’s high-speed 3G network.”

Vodafone is also offering a $79 plan with $550 worth of calls/text and 1GB data, $99 plan with $1,000 worth of calls/text and 1GB data and a $114 plan with unlimited calls and text and 2Gb data.