For a while, Huawei was a major player in the Australian phone market, dominating Android sales beside Samsung, and standing up to Apple on its own terms. The manufacturer has done well in previous years with Canstar Blue’s smartphone ratings, however has recently lost much of its spotlight to other challenger brands such as OPPO.
Huawei’s growth was stifled in 2019 when the company was banned from putting Google applications on phones by the US government. This meant no Google Play, Google Maps, Google Pay, no Google anything – so of course, Huawei is in a bit of a hard place right now.
Despite being banned from using Google apps, Huawei still uses the Android operating system, and sells luxury-oriented phones. Huawei phone prices range between $148 and $2,099, depending on the release date and the technology inside the phone.
Because of the mentioned Google bans, Huawei phones have seen a dip in popularity in Australia, although the phones are still good quality. These phones are scarcely available in Australia, and only a handful of retailers, let alone providers, offer them for sale. That being said, they are still popular, according to Canstar Blue smartphone research.
Optus plans for Huawei phones
At the moment, the only way you can get a Huawei phone on a plan from any of the big three telcos (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) is through Optus. The Huawei P30 is still advertised on the Optus website, despite being released in Australia on April 16, 2019, making it more than two years old. What’s notable about the P30, along with the P30 Pro, is that it’s one of the last Huawei phones to have Google app support, with others being the P20 and the Mate 20 devices which are not available through Optus.
If you’re interested in the Huawei P30, you can pick it up from Optus when coupled to a postpaid phone plan.
The following table shows selected published postpaid Optus plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Huawei mobile phones from retailers
Huawei phones aren’t widely available from Australian retailers, but there are a handful of places where you can pick up a device. You can pick up a Huawei handset through Huawei’s Australian flagship stores, both located in Sydney (Chatswood and World Square). Alternatively, you can pick up a Huawei phone from Amazon, Kogan, Mobileciti, The Good Guys, or TeleChoice.
Of these providers, the only ones that offer Huawei phones, as well as phone plans, are Kogan and TeleChoice. You can find a selection of TeleChoice postpaid plans below.
Should I buy a Huawei phone outright?
If you’re interested in the wide range of smartphones Huawei offers, there are a wide selection of devices available in Australia. Google integration might be absent from devices released after 2019, but the phones are still high quality. You can find available Huawei phones in the table below. Prices are sourced from the Huawei website and the Good Guys website.
Huawei phones in Australia
|Huawei Mate 40 Pro||$1,999|
|Huawei P40 Pro Plus||$2,099|
|Huawei P40 5G||$1,099|
|Huawei Nova 7i||$499|
|Huawei P30 Pro||$1,399|
|Huawei Nova 5T||$699|
|Huawei Y9 Prime||$297|
Huawei phones from the Huawei Australia website, last updated May 2021. Ordered by release date
Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use Canstar Blue’s phone plan comparison tool to see a wide range of plans on offer from mobile providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.
Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wide range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.