Telstra grabs the Oppo A57 for prepaid customers
Telstra's tempting consumers with its first Oppo phone pitched directly at prepaid buyers.
Chinese phone maker Oppo has generally opted for outright sales of its handsets rather than delivering them through Telco partners in Australia, although it has had a long association with Woolworths Mobile and a few devices, such as the Oppo R11, has landed at other providers.
Telstra has just announced its first Oppo phone, the affordable Oppo A57. This is a phone Oppo itself launched in Australia back in May. Telstra's variant of the A57 is a touch cheaper than Oppo's launch price of $329. Telstra's offering is available in black or gold finish for just $269, including a pre-paid SIM with $10 worth of credit for calls and text messages.
The A57 is a decidedly mid-range handset with a Qualcomm MSM8940 Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. It runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Oppo's own ColorOS overlay on top. The A57's camera features a 13MP f/2.2 rear sensor and front-facing 16MP f/2.0 sensor, marking it out as a stronger camera competitor than you'd typically see at this price point.
This week, Telstra has also changed its prepaid plan offering with "data banking", which is basically just data rollover.
In Telstra's case, if you recharge your prepaid plan with at least $30, any unused data is rolled over into the following expiry period, up to an impressive 50GB of usage, as long as you keep on recharging. The promise of 50GB of data rollover is a tempting one, although if you're seriously racking up that much data, you're arguably overspending on your prepaid recharges in the first place.