The legendary phone manufacturer Nokia isn’t a name you might hear all that often these days, but it’s still alive and well, pumping out affordable and mid-range Android smartphones. Based in Finland and now owned by Microsoft, the phone brand might not have the same market share as when it released its famous phone (the Nokia 3310), but the household name is still producing quality devices.
Nokia’s been building mobile phones since 1992, back when devices had tiny screens and buttons, although you’ll find that the company itself was founded back in 1865. Throughout the 90s and early 00s, Nokia dominated the mobile phone market with its famous range of phones that felt seemingly indestructible. As companies moved on to smartphones, Nokia lagged behind and was later acquired by Microsoft. During this time, Nokia moved between two operating systems (the Symbian operating system and the Windows phone operating system), and ultimately lost its market share to Samsung.
Today Nokia uses the Android operating system on all of its smartphones, like most iPhone competitors. Nokia’s phones range from around $79 to $899 in price, staying well within the budget to mid-range categories. 18 mobile phones are currently listed on the Australian Nokia website, with 14 of those being smartphones, and the rest being feature phones. Availability varies between retailers and phone providers.
You might not be able to count on Nokia’s modern smartphones being virtually indestructible like its early 00s mobile phones, but there are still some good reasons for picking up a Nokia phone. Big battery capacities, solid cameras, and nice internal components all make for some attractive-looking phone specifications, along with the colours of Nokia phones being quite nice too. Nokia’s foray into 5G phones began in 2020, with the Nokia 8.3.
You’ll only find the odd Nokia model available from telcos here and there, as it’s not that popular a phone brand when compared to Samsung or Apple. That being said, it’s still a widely available brand among other retailers, and could well be your iPhone or Android phone replacement.
Telstra plans for Nokia phones
As of the time of writing, Telstra only offers two Nokia phones – the C30 and the G20. These phones will cost you $149 and $199 outright as a single payment, and will only work with a Telstra SIM card. If you’d like to use these phones with another network, you’ll have to pay an unlocking fee. This will cost you $80 within the first 6 months, or $25 between six months and two years. After then, unlocking is free.
As these phones only work with Telstra plans, make sure you pick up a Telstra phone plan at the checkout. Included in the box is a 14-day unlimited calls and texts SIM card with 1GB included, although consider getting a Telstra prepaid plan, so you don’t run out of data. You’ll find plans in the table below.
The following table shows selected published Telstra prepaid 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 phone comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
Southern Phone plans for Nokia phones
Southern Phone offers two Nokia devices. The Nokia 3.4, which is a smartphone, and the Nokia 2720 Flip Phone, which is a feature phone. Southern Phone allows you to purchase these phones outright or on a 24-month plan. Plans range between $12.99 per month for 2.5GB and $45 per month for 60GB.
The following table shows selected published Southern Phone postpaid 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.
Vodafone plans for Nokia phones
Vodafone offers the Nokia 2720 Flip 4G on a postpaid plan, allowing you to pay off your phone over a 12-month, 24-month or 36-month period, with a minimum cost of $144. This Nokia flip-phone puts a modern spin on the classic flip-design, and looks sleek while also being functionally reminiscent of the 00s.
Purchasing this phone with a postpaid Vodafone plan gives you access to unlimited, speed-capped data, with the speed changing depending on the size of the plan. This unlimited data comes into effect when you use up all of your monthly data. See below for postpaid Vodafone plans, which you can couple to the Nokia 2720 Flip 4G at the checkout.
The following table shows selected published Vodafone postpaid 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.
Should I buy a Nokia phone outright?
If you’re interested in a mid-range smartphone that’s not going to cost too much money, Nokia might be your best bet. Nokia might lack the brand power it once had, but the low cost of its handsets speaks for itself, as does the quality of its products. Buying a Nokia handset outright means you don’t have to worry about monthly costs, and that you won’t be locked into a payment plan.
If you’re interested in picking up a new Nokia handset, phones are available from retailers like JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and The Good Guys, along with Nokia’s own website.
Nokia phones in Australia
|Nokia 8.3 5G||$799|
|Nokia 800 Tough||$199|
|Nokia 2720 Flip||$149|
|Nokia C1 Plus||$129|
|Nokia 8000 4G||$119|
|Nokia C01 Plus||$89|
|Nokia 225 4G||$79|
Nokia phones from the Nokia Australia website and their RRP’s, last updated October 2021
If you’re looking for a phone plan to couple with your new Nokia handset, check out the table below for postpaid and prepaid plans.
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.
Original Author: Simon Downes