Huawei mobile phone plans compared

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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 two Huawei devices to postpaid customers: the premium Huawei Mate 10, and the more mid-range Huawei nova 3e. The Mate 10 comes at a total cost of $899, while the Nova 3e is priced at $399.

Regardless which smartphone you pick, you won’t be required to sign a standard two-year agreement for both your phone and Vodafone plan. The telco now separates device payments from mobile plans, so customers have more flexibility when it comes to their postpaid service.

Both 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 Red or Red Plus 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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Students get Double Data

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

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Optus plans for Huawei phones

Optus stocks three popular Huawei models; the high-powered Huawei Mate 10 Pro, 2017’s much-loved Huawei Mate 9, and the camera-focused Huawei P10.  All of these devices are available on Optus’ postpaid My Plan Plus options, which include your phone and plan over a two-year contract.

The premium Mate 10 Pro is available from $60 per month on Optus plans, while the P10 begins at $45 (prices include both handset payments and mobile service costs). If you’re interested in the Mate 9, prices begin at $50 per month for both your Optus plan and phone.

All standard postpaid Optus plans are available with Huawei phones, and include unlimited standard national calls and text, and entertainment extras such as data-free music streaming, Optus Sport, and National Geographic. Selected plans also feature unlimited international talk and text, and up to 6GB of overseas roaming data each month.

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$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 2GB Extra Data

min. cost $1560 over 24 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$85 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $2040 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $2520 over 24 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Huawei phone plans with unlimited data

If you’re concerned about excess data charges, Vodafone now offers ‘unlimited’ data plans for postpaid customers. These two plans include an allowance of high-speed 4G data each month, plus unlimited slower data (capped to 1.5Mbps).

Vodafone customers can pick from the $60 Unlimited Red plan (with 40GB of fast data), or the $80 Unlimited Red plan (with 80GB at full speed). Both of these options frequently feature bonus data promotions, including double or triple data; these deals will depend on what’s on offer when you sign up.

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$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $80.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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, then select your prepaid plan; as of August 2018, the Y6 is available for $159 upfront at Optus.

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Boost Mobile

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited 20GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS, unlimited to 10 countries, 300 minutes to 22 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Data Combo $50

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 23GB bonus data (ends 14 August 2018)

min. cost $50 over 35 day billing period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 500 international minutes

min. cost $49.95 over 30 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 instalments: 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 up to 20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points, plus monthly international calling extras – up to 3,300 minutes to call 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 music, sports, and National Geographic on selected plans, plus the option to add data-free Netflix and Stan for $5 per month. Higher-end plans also include up to 6GB of international roaming data per month, and unlimited standard international talk and text.

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