Best unlocked phone deals

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For many Australians, mobile phones aren't sold to us, so much as given away. The telcos have been very clever in selling the idea of the free phone to us over the past decade, so that most Aussies happily sign a two-year service contract when the lure of a shiny new smartphone dangles at the end of the line.

These phones are not free, of course, and if you're looking for a commitment-free way to buy the latest phones, then shopping around for unlocked models is the way to go. New online stores are popping up all the time, and older tech stores, like Harvey Norman and Dick Smith, are now getting in on the act, too.

Below is the best unlocked phone bargains we've spotted lately, shopping from some of the online stores we're familiar with, plus a few bricks-and-mortar stores, too. Keep in mind that the prices of these phones will change frequently, and while we'll try to keep this article up to date, the information is only intended as a guide. Also, if you spot an awesome phone bargain, be sure to let us know in the comments below.

If you want more information about unlocked phones and the things you need to consider before buying one, check out our guide here.




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EdgarW posted a comment   

Why are all these reviews skewed towards the high end brand name smart phones? I'd like to see reviews of the really cheap no-name phones being manufactured in China. They have 4" smart phones for under $100 outright and 5.5" Galaxy note sized ones for less than $200! They don't have the polish of the brand names and miss some features, but they are really cheap for what they do.

 

meoncnet posted a comment   
Australia

I bought a mobile phone from Kogan a few weeks ago and still don't have a functioning phone. It's not in English.

The opening screen is only in Asian characters. The instruction manual is in Italian.

It was a week before Kogan customer service acknowledge receipt of my email with concerns. They said they'd forward it to the appropriate group. It's been a week since then and I still don't have a working phone or know what to do about this.

 

Will1505 posted a comment   

S3 at DWI = $577 free delivery
HTC OneX at DWI = $522 free delivery
SE Play at DWI = $289 free delivery.
Samsung Note at DWI = $534 free delivery (funny enough i got the Note at kogan two months ago for $489.
Galaxy Ace from DWI = $198 free delivery (however not the nextG version, can also get the Ace Plus for $238 again not the nextG version).
Galaxy S2 at DWI = $418 with free delivery.

DWI = Digital World International
Kogan charges for delivery, i think Mobicity do too

 

mmurray posted a reply   
Australia

Have you used DWI Will?

 

Will1505 posted a reply   

Not yet, but you can pay through paypal so your pretty save, and i know a few people that have

 

kiwi.aus posted a reply   
Australia

I have .... bought a top of the line panasonic camcorder
... no problems

 

Crow Stiff posted a comment   
Australia

What is the best price around on Iphone 4S ???

 

Will1505 posted a reply   

16gb at DWI = $665 free delivery. Kogan = $649 19 delivery.

32gb at DWI = $771 free delivery. Kogan = $759 19 delivery.

64gb at DWI = $887 free delivery. Kogan = $869 19 delivery.

 

arcangel104104 posted a comment   
Australia

You guys are a little bit out of date, Kogan dropped its price to $559 last week ( $19 Delivery). At the moment the leader in the S3 price war (according to getprice) is Dutyfreecentral with $544.97 ( 19.95 Delivery, add an extra $1 for the Blue)




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