I am looking to buy a mobile phone and need lots of help. Having never used one, what sort is best to buy, do some run chaper than others, and can you buy cards to keep up with amount you use, and not pay all out at once? Any help would be appreciated!


Posted by bettythrelfo, 21st January 2014


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  • Depends on whether you just want it for phone calls, or if you will be using the internet. You can buy entry level smart phones outright for around $100 and there are plenty of pre-paid options out there. Google comparison sites for mobile pre-paid plans. It also depends on where you live as Telstra tend to have the best coverage, but are the most expensive. There are other networks (I think Aldi might be one) who use the Telstra network but are cheaper.



  • I think boost is the best value at the moment for pre paid mobile $40 a month unlimited talk and text and 2g of download. They use the Telstra network.



  • What did you end up choosing?



  • I love vodafone, I pay $30 a months and receive $450 worth of calls and sms plus internet, I know it will not cost any more.



  • Head into a telstra or Optus shop and have them show you your options. If you are not overly technologically savvy then it won’t overly matter what phone, but more so the benefits



  • ive only got a really cheap one



  • You can buy relatively cheap phones these days if you are just after something basic. I would recommend purchasing phone credit as thats probably one of the cheaper options with no contracts. ;)



  • I would suggest you buy a phone handset that you are comfortable with, and then a prepaid SIM card to go with it. Optus and Virgin have good coverage and are fairly cheap providers.



  • My advice : look for a simple cheap prepaid phone with either Vodafone or with your preferred carrier online. Pick one with a long battery life & that’s easy to navigate. Then buy a starter sim (from around $30) which gives you about $350 of phone credit per month. When it runs out or expires at the end of each month you can recharge for another ($30) at 7eleven, Coles/woollies & a Miriad of other places – they just give you a special docket & you dial the number & enter the code. Hope this helped.



  • Prepaid would be cheaper you can recharge however much you can afford.



  • Yes I do think prepaid will end up the cheaper way to go.



  • I agree – prepaid is the best way to go until you figure out how much you will use it. Coles sell some pretty cheap telstra packs too



  • I’d start with prepaid because it gives you the opportunity to figure out what your usage is going to be before locking yourself into a contract with someone else. Also allows you to check that the network coverage of whichever provider you choose is right for the place you are going to be trying to make calls.



  • It all depends on what you want to use it for. If you want to surf the net, facebook, use it as a diary, business meetings and appointment etc you may want an iPhone or similar. If you just want a phone for text messages and to ring the occasional person I would by a simple standard one for about $40 to $100 and make sure it is a pre paid one. I had a basic one and used $20 a month on prepaid sometime even less although they take your credit off you if you don’t used it all at the end of the month. Still cheaper than any of the plans though. Cheapest one my hubby found was still $35 a month with limited downloads.



  • Since you are just strating to use a mobile, i suggest you get one that is easy and simple to use. none of those touch screen or complicated phones. I also think it’s best to get postpaid. they have cheap plans like 19dollar per month and comes with reminders about your usage. try vodafone


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