Best Prepaid Phones from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone


WhistleOut
28 May 2015

If you’re signing up to a prepaid plan from one of the big carriers, you might not realise that you can buy a phone from the same place. It’s sometimes not the cheapest option, but grabbing everything in one go makes things nice and simple.

Don't just go rushing in to buy the cheapest phone you can, or one from a brand you recognist. Take the time to compare your options and make the best choice.

Alternatively, you can let us do that for you. Here are the best prepaid phones sold by each of the big three carriers.




Huawei Y530



HTC Desire 510



Samsung Galaxy
S5 mini

$79 $179

$299
4.5 inch display
480 x 854
4.7 inch display
480 x 854

4.5 inch display
720p HD
5MP camera 5MP camera

8MP camera
4GB
Internal storage
8GB
Internal storage


16GB
Internal storage


3G 4G

4G

Huawei Ascend Y530

Huwawei has a solid batting average for low-cost, big bang-for-buck smartphones. The Y530 isn't going to blow you away, but at $79 it's a good buy.

The storage is a little low, so so may need to grab a microSD to expand it down the track. Just keep in mind that you're limited to a 32GB microSD or less. Anything over is unsupported.

HTC Desire 510

HTC has been reviving its 'Desire' products of late in the form of great-value, affordable devices. The Desire 510 is a great example of this.

It's not the speediest or the flashest phone in town, but it'll get the job done with minimum hassle. Also see the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime for a similar, if somewhat laggier, experience.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

The S5 mini's 8MP camera is significantly better than the previous two Telstra offerings, and the 720p HD screen offers about as many pixels per inch as an iPhone Retina display.

There's also a good 16GB of storage, with the option to expand that a further 64GB via microSD.

Better still: this phone is compatible with the ultra-fast Telstra 4GX network.

Telstra
Prepaid phones
Telstra
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Microsoft Lumia 532



LG Leon



Samsung Galaxy
Core Prime

$89 $149

$189
4 inch display
480 x 800
4.5 inch display
480 x 854

4.5 inch display
480 x 800
5MP camera 5MP camera

5MP camera
8GB
Internal storage
8GB
Internal storage


8GB
Internal storage


3G 4G

4G

Microsoft Lumia 532

Windows Phones don't have huge market penetration in the big leagues, but in the lower-cost market they are some of the best value phones you can get.

The Lumia 532 is a reliable, functional piece of technology. It'll provide you with most of the whole smartphone experience, which is high praise for anything under $100. Just keep in mind your broadband speeds will be limited to 3G.

LG Leon

You may not have heard much about LG phones, and you certainly haven't heard of the Leon.

This is a very basic smartphone with enough hardware power to get you by with today's CPU-hungry apps, and just enough internal storage for moderate use, which can be expanded via microSD if you wish.

The biggest selling point? Android 5.0 Lollipop. Most phones in this range can't boast so recent a version of Android.

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

The Galaxy Core Prime is similar to the LG Leon in most respects. It's a reliable device that won't break the bank with a 5MP camera, 8GB storage and 4G compatibility.

For our money we'd take the LG Leon, but if you'd prefer to go with a bigger name like Samsung then that's fine too.

Optus
Prepaid phones
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Vodafone Smart
mini 4G



Nokia Lumia 630


LG Spirit

$69 $129

$199
4 inch display
480 x 800
4.5 inch display
480 x 854

4.7 inch display
720p HD
3.2MP camera 5MP camera

8MP camera
4GB
Internal storage
8GB
Internal storage


8GB
Internal storage


4G 4G

4G

Vodafone Smart mini 4G

This is a nuts & bolts phone. Don't expect a flashy display, great photos or lots of storage.

The Smart mini 4G has one purpose and one purpose only: to deliver 4G broadband speeds as affordably as possible.

It does this, coming in at a low $69, but don't expect much more than a bare-minimum experience.

Nokia Lumia 630

Don't be confused by the Nokia/Microsoft differences in the Lumia branding; they're the same product line, just with different ownership.

The Lumia 630 is a steal for $129. Like its little sibling above it's reliable and comparatively smooth when held against others in this price bracket. 4G speeds are nice, too.

LG Spirit

On paper the Spirit is no slouch. A 4.7 inch HD display, 8MP camera and quad-core CPU, all for just under $200.

The 8GB storage is a little meagre, but you can upgrade it a further 32GB via microSD.

Like the Leon, it also rocks Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is a significant and noticeable improvement over any past version.

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