Away from the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy fanfare is a smaller consumer fanbase, dedicated to OPPO phones. Hailing from China, OPPO has been manufacturing mobile phones for some time, but it’s only in recent years that the brand has started to create a real buzz outside of Asia. OPPO even took out the top prize in the 2019 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Smartphone rating.
International success kicked off with the ‘R’ series in 2015; around this time, OPPO phones looked remarkably like Apple iPhones, which probably contributed to the brand’s appeal with Western customers. But unlike iPhones, OPPO devices use the Android operating system, and are generally much cheaper to buy outright.
There are a range of OPPO phones across different price points and all with sleek, stylish designs. The various features will vary from device to device, but you can expect a good-quality camera, with the R17, R15 and Find X series all carrying AI-enhanced cameras for taking great selfies and portraits. The R17 and R17 Pro are some of the latest models from OPPO and carry improved cameras, with the R17 Pro seen as one of the best cameras for taking photos in low light. Then there’s the OPPO Reno devices, which includes the company’s first 5G device. Unlike some of the more popular smartphones, not all telcos offer every OPPO phone model. You’ll find some telcos will offer only a couple of models, while others will offer only one. You can pick up OPPO devices from Telstra, Vodafone, Woolworths Mobile and Optus.
Telstra plans for OPPO phones
Telstra currently offers the OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G and the Find X2 Neo 5G devices, which you can bundle with any of the four postpaid plans. These plan prices range from $55 with 40GB of data and up to the $115 plan with 180GB of data. Like with all of Telstra’s phone plans, you can expect plenty of entertainment extras, including data-free music and sports streaming, plus free access to Telstra Air WiFi hotspots and three free months of BINGE access.
The following table shows selected published OPPO Find X2 Pro Telstra 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 OPPO phones
Vodafone customers currently only have one device available, the OPPO A91. As Vodafone separates its phone payment plans from its actual mobile service, you’ll get a lot more flexibility when it comes to deciding on your repayment options: each phone can be paid off over 12, 24, or 36 months.
This means that you’re free to switch your Vodafone mobile plan around as needed, without impacting your OPPO repayments, however switching telcos will require you to pay off your remaining handset amount. You can pair your new device with any postpaid Red or Red Plus plans, all of which include unlimited standard national talk and text and great monthly data inclusions. Vodafone’s Red Plus plans also feature unlimited data at 1.5Mbps, making excess data fees a thing of the past.
Woolworths Mobile plans for OPPO phones
Running on parts of Telstra’s 4G and 3G nationwide networks, Woolworths Mobile now offers customers a choice of several OPPO devices: the OPPO Reno2 Z, OPPO A91, OPPO A52, OPPO AX5s and the OPPO A9 2020 on 24 or 36-month payment plans. While the phone plans are month-to-month with a minimum term of one month, you would need to pay off the rest of the device immediately if you went to switch plan providers.
You’ll pay basically the same in total for your choice of phone on both the 24 and 36-month options; the shorter the term, the higher your monthly payment, but either option means you’ll pay the same price for your phone overall. You can team your handset with any of the four Flexi Mobile plans, all which include unlimited standard national talk and text and up to 100GB of banked rollover data.
Optus plans for OPPO phones
Optus currently offers the OPPO Reno Z and OPPO Find X2 Pro phone on 12, 24 and 36-month payment plans. Your device payments will differ depending on the length of your device repayments and your total monthly cost depends on your device and plan selection.
All standard postpaid Optus plans with phones include unlimited standard national calls and text, and most plans include entertainment extras such as data-free access to Optus Sport. Selected plans also feature unlimited international talk and text, and up to 4GB of overseas roaming data each month. Below are some of the postpaid plans Optus offers OPPO customers.
The following table shows all of Optus’s 24-month OPPO Reno Z plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers.
Prepaid plans for OPPO phones
If prepaid is your preference, you can also pick up the OPPO A5 2020 from Telstra at $299 outright, the OPPO AX5s from Optus for $229, while Vodafone doesn’t currently have a prepaid OPPO phone available. With all these devices, you’ll need to buy the phone outright then add on a prepaid plan, although a prepaid SIM might be included.
The following table shows a selection of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone prepaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then alphabetically by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
OPPO phones: should you buy upfront?
OPPO has positioned itself on the smartphone market as high-quality devices at reasonably affordable prices. While some devices retail over $1000, you can grab a mid-range phone from around $500-$700 and on the lower end of the market from $200-$400. With several buying options available for OPPO phones, it’s not always easy to figure out the best deal.
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, whether it’s a prepaid or postpaid plan.
Phone on a plan: This is still the most common way to pick up a new smartphone where you’re spreading the total cost of your OPPO over 12, 24, or 36 months of payments in addition to your monthly plan cost. If you don’t mind signing up to a contract with one telco for a couple of years and prefer a payment plan to paying upfront, this is worth considering.
OPPO has definitely made a splash on the smartphone market, offering phones which are serious competitors to Apple, Samsung and Huawei. With it’s 5G model one of the first 5G devices available, some seriously stylish phones and increasingly competitive camera technology, OPPO is certainly a brand to keep an eye on.