Virgin Mobile offers up iPhone SE, Galaxy A5 or Oppo R11 from $40 a month

Alex Kidman 11 August 2017

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Grab a new phone for a low price, but not for long.

If you're after a new phone handset, it's easy to get swept away by the big promises of the best handsets of 2017. Frankly, if your budget can stretch to it, they're excellent options.

For many of us, however, we've got to count every dollar, and that's when it's time to look at the slightly more affordable end of the pond. Often this can mean some really compromised budget handsets, but right now, Virgin Mobile is offering a deal on its $40 plan that gives you a choice from a selection of mid-range to near-premium offerings. The $40 plan tier comes with unlimited standard national calls and texts, $50 of call credit for international calling per month and 3GB of included data.

If you're an iPhone fan, you can get the 32GB iPhone SE with no additional handset repayments. If the SE is too small for your tastes, you could alternatively pick up the 32GB iPhone 6 instead.

If your preferences fall more on the Samsung side of the fence, you can instead pick up the Samsung Galaxy A5 with no additional payments. Sony's Xperia XZ is also available with no additional handset costs under the deal, but for our money, though, the Android pick of the pack would have to be the exceptional Oppo R11, which only recently launched here in Australia.

Virgin is charging a $5 monthly handset fee on the R11, but that means you're scoring the device itself for just $120 over the life of the contract, which is a serious bargain. For more on the Oppo R11, you can read our comprehensive review here.

Virgin Mobile's offer on these handsets at the $40 plan tier only applies until 30 August 2017.

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