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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  • Aldi has some very cheap and great plans! or google one called Boost



  • You could get a decent mobile (nothing fancy) and a Telstra pre-paid card at the local Coles supermarket. This would be what I recommend. Obviously the handset won’t be an Apple iPhone 5S or Samsung Galaxy S3, but it serve the purpose of being a mobile, which should be good enough :)



  • I would get a cheap plan I personally find vodafone is probably the best value for money



  • Pre paid is the most expensive way to go, but you have total control over it. and there are a lot of cheap plans that come with phones but they don’t usually have good coverage, Do some research and check their coverage area before you jump into anything



  • There really is just so much choice out there – from the very basic phone that can only be used for calls and texts all the way through to ‘mini computers’. There are also a multitude of both pre paid and post paid plans. Best bet really, decide exactly what you want from the phone and the plan then take a day and talk to a few ‘different carriers’ explaing to them up front what you are looking for.



  • The kids and I have Telstra prepaid mobiles and charge monthly with a $30 recharge that allows more data than we ever use. My son and I both have basic Samsung phones – his came from Coles for around $89 (with something like 5000 bonus flybuy points) 2 years ago and has been brilliant – has enough functions to keep a teen happy while not being an expensive iphone. I’d suggest going into a sho that sells phones and having a look at what suits you then shopping around for the best price.



  • Like the others have said, it depends on what you want to do with it. You can get a smartphone on a plan with no additional charge for the phone. For example Virgin Mobile has a $40 cap plan which has quite a large allowance for calls and texts plus a GB of data and you get a certain phone for free. I’m on a cap plan and I use my mobile to make calls instead of my landline as I never go over my allowance so I know my bill will always be $40. You can get plans for less than that per month too although possibly you have less choice of “free” phones. Check out your options in one of those stores that offers plans by a number of different providers so you can easily compare.



  • I agree that it depends on what you plan to use it for – ? calls? surfing the web? messaging? plans very. I pay $24.95 a month. I have an iphone 4 that I paid for out right. And the $24.95 a month is enough for me with what I use it for. I’d go into the dealers and ask about.



  • It really depends on what you want to be able to do with your phone. We have prepaid accounts with Vodafone as we don’t like the extra bills & for $30 a month the amount of calls plus internet data is enough for us. I did buy a smart phone outright which does cost a bit more at the time but by going prepaid we can control how much we spend every month :)


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