Chinese electronics company Huawei is beginning to cause a serious stir Down Under. With its increasingly popular range of powerful, Android-based devices, Huawei has positioned itself as major rival to the likes of Samsung, and HTC. Flagship phone the Mate 10 Pro is clearly designed to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone series, and is packed full of features, such as a Leica-powered f/1.6 dual-lens camera, a massive 6GB of RAM, 4K video recording, and a 6-inch display.
If something like this tickles your fancy, you’ll be pleased to know it’s available in Oz for under $1100. But if you want to bundle it with a phone plan – or pick up other Huawei phones, such as the smaller and more affordable Mate 10 – expect some pretty competitive deals from the likes of Optus and Vodafone.
Vodafone plans for Huawei phones
Vodafone currently offers one Huawei device to postpaid customers: the Huawei P30 Pro 4G, while the telco previously also sold the Mate 20 Pro and the P30 4G. The P30 Pro comes at a total cost of $1399.
All Huawei handsets are available to purchase on Vodafone instalment plans of either 12 months, 24 months, or 36 months. Your monthly payment will depend on which term you opt for: a shorter term means higher monthly costs, but overall, you’ll still pay the same in total for your device.
Once you’ve picked your phone and payment period, you can then team it with any of Vodafone’s postpaid plans. These plans are offered on a month-to-month basis, so you can switch between data options without impacting on your phone instalments. These plans include unlimited data with capped speeds, ranging between 2Mbps, 10Mbps and 25Mbps, depending on how expensive your plan is.Data and other inclusions are the same as what is on offer on Vodafone’s postpaid SIM-only plans.
The following table shows all published Vodafone SIM-only postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. 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.
Optus plans for Huawei phones
Optus stocks four of the Huawei models; the latest P30 and P30 Pro devices (and the P30 Lite), the Mate 20 Pro and the cheaper Nova 3i. All of these devices are available on 12, 24 or 36-month payment periods, bundled with Optus’ postpaid Choice Plan options. You can also choose to build your own postpaid plan.
The Huawei P30 Pro prices start at $75 for the $39 Plan bundled with the 256GB phone over a 36-month payment period, and goes up to $187 if you’re after the $79 plan bundled with the phone over 12 months. If you’re a Huawei enthusiast but don’t want to pay the price for the premium devices, the 128GB Nova 3i is available on a 24-month contract starting at $56 for the device bundled with the $39 plan and goes up to $130 for the $79 plan with a $51 handset payment.
All standard postpaid Optus plans are available with Huawei phones, and include unlimited standard national calls and text, and most plans include entertainment extras such as data-free Optus Sport streaming. Selected plans also feature unlimited international talk and text, and up to 4GB of overseas roaming data each month.
The following table shows all published Optus postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.
Prepaid plans for Huawei phones
If prepaid is your preference, you can also pick up the wallet-friendly Huawei Y6 on Optus’ prepaid service (or pair your choice of Huawei phone with a prepaid SIM-only plan from any compatible telco, such as the examples below). You’ll need to buy the device outright to then pair with a prepaid plan, the Y6 is available for $179 upfront at Optus.
The table below shows a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $40 or under, listed in order of standard advertised cost, lowest cost first, then by data allowance. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers.
Huawei phones: should you buy upfront?
With several buying options available for Huawei phones, it’s not always easy to figure out the best deal. However, as general rule of thumb:
Buying outright: This is a good option if you have the full device cost handy, and don’t want to be locked to a phone plan or telco. You’ll own your phone immediately and be free to move to any SIM-only plan you like, without needing to sign contracts. You’ll also be able to take your phone to a prepaid plan.
Paying in installments: This is still the most common way your average Australian buys a new phone, and means you’re spreading the total cost of your Huawei handset over 12, 24, or 36 months of payments. If you’re okay with sticking to a single plan or provider, and prefer a payment plan to shelling out hundreds (or thousands) or dollars at once, this is worth considering.
Bonuses and perks on Huawei plans
Depending on your choice of telco and plan, you can score some great extras and inclusions to go with your new Huawei smartphone.
- Vodafone: Many Vodafone plans come with monthly international calling extras – unlimited calls are available on select plans to selected countries. Discounts are also available for students and current customers signing up for an additional plan, and bonus and double data offers are frequently available.
- Optus: If you love mobile streaming, Optus includes data-free streaming and access to sports on selected plans. Higher-end plans also include up to 4GB of international roaming data per month, and unlimited standard international talk and text.