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 several years in a row including the 2020 Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers Smartphone rating, only to be toppled in 2021 by Apple, but still came in second.
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 vary from device to device, but you can expect quality cameras and long-lasting batteries with OPPO’s devices across the different price points.
OPPO has also been an early adopter of 5G compatibility with the OPPO Reno, which was the company’s first 5G device, with more 5G devices released since then. 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 a small range of OPPO devices, including the OPPO Find X5 Pro, which you can bundle with any of the four postpaid plans. These plan prices range from $62 with 50GB of data and up to the $95 plan with 300GB of data. Like with all of Telstra’s phone plans, you can expect some extras, unlimited data (at the capped speed of 1.5Mbps), 5G network access plus the ability to add on entertainment subscriptions to your plan (for additional cost). Telstra’s plans are available on 12, 24 or 36-month device payment periods, with the OPPO Find X5 Pro and the OPPO A94 5G also available.
The following table shows selected published 24-month OPPO Find X5 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.
Woolworths Mobile plans for OPPO phones
Woolworths Mobile had previously offered OPPO phones on a plan, however it no longer does. If you’re looking for a phone on a plan from Woolies, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of Samsung phones.
Optus plans for OPPO phones
Optus currently offers the OPPO Find X5 Pro, OPPO Find X5 Lite, a range of older and A series phones 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. All of Optus’ postpaid phone plans also include unlimited speed-capped data once you pass your monthly allowance, with speeds capped at 1.5Mbps. Selected plans feature unlimited international talk and text. Below are some of the postpaid plans Optus offers OPPO customers.
The following table shows all published 24-month OPPO Find X5 Lite Optus 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.
Vodafone plans for OPPO phones
Vodafone customers currently has a small selection of OPPO devices including the OPPO Find X5 series and the A16s. 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 plan, all of which include unlimited standard national talk and text and great monthly data inclusions. Vodafone’s plans also feature unlimited data, with plans capped at speeds of 2Mbps once you pass your allocated monthly data.
The following table shows selected published 24-month OPPO Find X5 Pro Vodafone 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 OPPO phones
If a prepaid plan is your preference, you can pick up some cheaper OPPO phones from telcos when available. With 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 cheap mid-range phone from around $500-$700 and on the lower end of the market from $200-$400. With the option to buy devices outright or on a plan 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 an increasing range of 5G devices available, some seriously stylish phones and increasingly competitive camera technology, OPPO is certainly a brand to keep an eye on.