Cheap phones in Australia

Looking for an outright handset bargain? It pays to shop around and consider your options when looking for a cheap phone.

If you're after a low-cost phone deal, you need to consider your choices, not only in terms of handsets but also in how you want to pay for it.

If you're happy paying upfront for a handset, you can economise by looking for a bargain phone, even in the premium space, and then dropping either a prepaid or contract SIM in it. Each week, we round up the best phone bargains if you're looking for a premium handset without that premium price.

Want even more bargains? Then check out the latest mobile phone deals available through eBay Australia.

This week's bargain phones

However, that's not the only approach you could take for a truly cheap phone deal as it's entirely feasible to pick up an affordable handset on contract if you're not flush with enough cash to afford a handset on an outright basis. Here's a range of affordable handsets on contract plans to consider:

What to consider when buying a cheap phone

  • Will it meet my needs? Cheap phones are cheap for a reason, and you can't expect the absolute latest and greatest features. Of course, this shouldn't be a problem if your needs are modest.
  • Prepaid or month-to-month? One of the great things about buying a handset outright is that you can opt for a prepaid SIM for maximum cost control, but you may find you get better value out of a month-to-month postpaid SIM-only deal.
  • Will I be able to get cases and other accessories? Sure, it's cheap, but that's no reason not to protect it with a case. Your choices may be more limited depending on the model you choose, although it's rare to find a handset with absolutely no case options if you carefully hunt online for them.
  • Smartphone or feature phone? You can't buy "premium" feature phones any more, but in the absolute budget space, they're still common. If all you want is a phone that has calling and text features, feature phones can be an ideal match, but it's perfectly feasible to get an entry-level Android handset for the same kind of money as many feature phones.

If you need a new prepaid or contract SIM for your new handset, our Mobile Phone Finder can guide you through selecting the very best plan for your needs.

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    RebikaApril 8, 2018

    I have a dodo regular sim and now i need a phone in plan without sim

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      JoelApril 8, 2018

      Hi Rebika,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      We have no dedicated comparison of phone only plans because all of the phones featured on our pages come with a sim. You can however consider importing grey import phones if you would like to save money on your next phone.

      You can also go to our Mobile Phone Finder™ and we will help you in choosing your next phone.


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    SamJuly 25, 2017

    I am looking for decent android phone under $300. I have been using Xperia Z2. But shattered the screen recently.

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      ArnoldJuly 25, 2017

      Hi Sam,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You can compare the cheapest phones from the best manufacturers here. Once you arrive at the page, please navigate to the list of stores and press ‘Go to site’ to find your ideal phone for the right price.

      Hope this information helped.


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    MartinMay 10, 2017

    I am a Senior citizen, who never carries a phone. Last night I broke down in the car on my own and wanted to contact help Luckily a good samaritan stopped and lent me his mobile, problem solved.
    My wife has now said I must get a cheap phone, not 2G, although I will probably never use it please advise on the best to buy.
    Many thanks

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