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Compare 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.

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Quick facts about comparing cheap phones

  • Consider the type of device you need. Are you after a low-cost smartphone or a flip phone with physical buttons?
  • Cheap phones either lack features of more expensive devices, or are much slower to perform.
  • Budget handsets are best suited to making calls, sending text messages and limited other functions.

Cheap feature phones with physical keypads

Updated April 2nd, 2020
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
Aspera F26
2.4
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    0.3MP
  • Battery size

    900 mAh
0.3MP
900
mAh
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Aspera F24
2.4
inches

N/A

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    N/A

  • Rear camera

    0.3MP
  • Battery size

    900 mAh
0.3MP
900
mAh
Not yet rated
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Nokia 3310 3G
2.4
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,200 mAh
2MP
1,200
mAh
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Nokia 8110
2.45
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.45 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,500 mAh
2MP
1,500
mAh
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Alcatel 3026G
2.8
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.8 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    MP
  • Battery size

    950 mAh
N/A
950
mAh
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Telstra Flip 2
2.4
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,000 mAh
2MP
1,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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Telstra Easy Call 4
Telstra Easy Call 4
2.5
inches
  • Display

    2.5 inches

  • Rear camera

    MP
  • Battery size

    1,900 mAh
N/A
1,900
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X Lite
2.4
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    0.3MP
  • Battery size

    950 mAh
0.3MP
950
mAh
Not yet rated
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Doro 6520
2.8
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.8 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    800 mAh
2MP
800
mAh
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Konka U3
2.4
inches

N/A

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    N/A

  • Rear camera

    0.3MP
  • Battery size

    900 mAh
0.3MP
900
mAh
Not yet rated
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Aspera R25t
2.4
inches

320 x 480

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    320 x 480

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,300 mAh
2MP
1,300
mAh
Not yet rated
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Nokia 210
2.4
inches
  • Display

    2.4 inches

  • Rear camera

    0.3MP
  • Battery size

    1,020 mAh
0.3MP
1,020
mAh
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Vodafone Smart A9
2.4
inches

240 x 320

  • Display

    2.4 inches

    240 x 320

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,000 mAh
2MP
1,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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Cheap Android phones

Updated April 2nd, 2020
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
Alcatel 1X
5.3
inches

2448 x 3264

  • Display

    5.3 inches

    2448 x 3264

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh
8MP
2,460
mAh
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Nokia 1
4.5
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    4.5 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,150 mAh
5MP
2,150
mAh
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Motorola Moto C
5
inches
  • Display

    5 inches

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,350 mAh
5MP
2,350
mAh
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Telstra Essential Plus
5
inches
  • Display

    5 inches

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,000 mAh
5MP
2,000
mAh
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Aspera A50
5
inches
  • Display

    5 inches

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,300 mAh
5MP
2,300
mAh
Not yet rated
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Aspera Wren 4G
Aspera Wren 4G
5.3
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    5.3 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,700 mAh
8MP
2,700
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X Smart
5.5
inches
  • Display

    5.5 inches

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,500 mAh
8MP
2,500
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X Play
4
inches
  • Display

    4 inches

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,500 mAh
2MP
1,500
mAh
Not yet rated
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Aspera A42
4
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    4 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    1,400 mAh
5MP
1,400
mAh
Not yet rated
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Aspera Jazz 2
4.95
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    4.95 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    1,900 mAh
5MP
1,900
mAh
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Aspera Jazz 3G
Aspera Jazz 3G
5
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    5 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,200 mAh
5MP
2,200
mAh
Not yet rated
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Boost Jett
Boost Jett
4
inches

480 x 800

  • Display

    4 inches

    480 x 800

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    1,600 mAh
5MP
1,600
mAh
Not yet rated
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Vodafone Smart C9
4
inches

480 x 800

  • Display

    4 inches

    480 x 800

  • Rear camera

    2MP
  • Battery size

    1,500 mAh
2MP
1,500
mAh
Not yet rated
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Telstra Essential Smart
Telstra Essential Smart
4
inches

480 x 800

  • Display

    4 inches

    480 x 800

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    1,600 mAh
5MP
1,600
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X View
Optus X View
5.5
inches

720 x 1440

  • Display

    5.5 inches

    720 x 1440

  • Rear camera

    13MP + 2MP
  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh
13MP + 2MP
3,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X Spirit
5
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    5 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,050 mAh
5MP
2,050
mAh
Not yet rated
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Vodafone Smart E9 4G
5
inches

480 x 960

  • Display

    5 inches

    480 x 960

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,000 mAh
5MP
2,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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Telstra Signature 2
5.3
inches

720 x 1280

  • Display

    5.3 inches

    720 x 1280

  • Rear camera

    13MP
  • Battery size

    2,800 mAh
13MP
2,800
mAh
Not yet rated
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Konka R8A
5
inches

720 x 1280

  • Display

    5 inches

    720 x 1280

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,200 mAh
8MP
2,200
mAh
Not yet rated
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Alcatel A3
5
inches

720 x 1280

  • Display

    5 inches

    720 x 1280

  • Rear camera

    13MP
  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh
13MP
2,460
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X Start
5
inches

480 x 960

  • Display

    5 inches

    480 x 960

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,000 mAh
5MP
2,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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Alcatel 1C
5.34
inches

480 x 960

  • Display

    5.34 inches

    480 x 960

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh
8MP
2,460
mAh
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Konka SP3
Konka SP3
5
inches

480 x 854

  • Display

    5 inches

    480 x 854

  • Rear camera

    5MP
  • Battery size

    2,000 mAh
5MP
2,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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Optus X Power
5.5
inches

720 x 1280

  • Display

    5.5 inches

    720 x 1280

  • Rear camera

    8MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
8MP
4,000
mAh
Not yet rated
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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.

Paying up front for your phone and then dropping a prepaid SIM in it is almost always going to be cheaper in the long run. However, not everyone can afford to pay that upfront cost of a new phone.

Fortunately these days the market is full of budget feature phones and even cheap smartphones, which can be used to make phone calls and send messages. They typically don't serve as well as a portable computer for browsing the Internet or taking photos, even though they may technically do these things.

As with all decisions, it's best to think about your individual needs when deciding on what phone to buy. If you're after the best low-cost phone, we've rounded up our selection of the best budget phones, based on our extensive testing of Australian devices.

Another alternative is to pick up an affordable handset on contract. To help get you started, here's a range of affordable handsets on contract plans for less than $30 per month:

Cheap phones on a plan

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 plan 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.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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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.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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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
    Martin

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