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I'll finally be buying a new phone soon. I've decided on a Samsung J5 because I'm cheap. I don't need anything fancy as I'll probably only use it for listening to music and for Strava and the occasional phone call to the Minister for War and Finance.

Anybody recommend a network to go with? Am I best off sticking with an Optus or Telstra?
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gergreg wrote:I'll finally be buying a new phone soon. I've decided on a Samsung J5 because I'm cheap. I don't need anything fancy as I'll probably only use it for listening to music and for Strava and the occasional phone call to the Minister for War and Finance.

Anybody recommend a network to go with? Am I best off sticking with an Optus or Telstra?
the boys at work have the j5 and love them
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BYO phone is the best thing you can do. The plans are infinitely better and you're not getting rorted for lease/repayment fees

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Yeah, I've seen it on sale for about 300 but I'm not sure if that is unlocked. I'll look into it when I get back. Probably just go with Telstra too so I can attempt to bundle a home phone for wifi.
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I'm with Aldi mobile, they resell Telstra - best coverage at great prices. Depends on your usage though, I don't use much, these guys picked up a Money Magazine award for best low usage rates.

Imported a OnePlus X for the phone itself, not flagship internals but premium look and feel.

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I ordered a J5 for me and one for the wife earlier today so missed your post. The best I found was Kogan - even with their extortionist postage it came out cheaper than any other place i could see.
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Looking to purchase a 128gb phone outright

What are people’s thoughts on
iPhone 11 vs Galaxy S10 vs Pixel 4?

Will the prices of these 3 drop instantly once the new Galaxy comes out mid Feb?

I had pretty good use out of my iPhone 6s, but it’s battery now drains quick and the sim drops out from time to time so it seems time for an upgrade
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After having all 3, I'd say Pixel is comfortably the best phone I've had.

The Huawei P30 I've got at the moment is good, but the Pixel is very seemless and does a lot of stuff you wouldn't think is handy until you use it, ie always scanning for music, Google assistant etc.

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I've seen this ad for Huawei's new phone.
https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-mate-x ... -and-over/

Look's pretty cool. Any Huawei users on here? Worth switching from iphone?
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I wouldn't touch a folding phone until the tech has had a few versions to develop.

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Ditto, that phone's just asking to fail

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Don't go Huawei atm because it's been banned from the Google ecosystem. I have a P20 Pro and love it, one of the last ones with Google services on it.

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Fuifui Bradbrad wrote:
February 10, 2020, 9:47 am
I've seen this ad for Huawei's new phone.
https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-mate-x ... -and-over/

Look's pretty cool. Any Huawei users on here? Worth switching from iphone?
Yeah - I have a P9 as I was one of those lucky Raiders members who scored one a few years back. It's been a great phone for me, way better than my old Iphone 5s but, the battery is now beginning to go with short charge and the camera playing up as a result. I'll have another one thanks Huawei! Cheers
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I have a Mate 20 Pro which is around 12 months old. Been a very good and reliable. I came from a Samsungs previously (Galaxy S8+ most recently). I found the Samsung UI a bit better but other than that there's no regrets from the switch. Camera and battery life much better on the Huawei.

Re: switching from an iPhone. Depends on how embedded you are in the iOS culture. Hard to switch to any Android device when you're fully invested in the Apple ecosystem.
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Yeah I’m not that embedded. I’ve chopped and changed between iPhones and other Androids before. I don’t know, I have the iPhone X at the moment on a 3 year contract expiring next year, and I’m just not looking to spend crazy money again on a new phone
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It's been a few years since this thread was active. A few things I've picked up since:

On the plans side, I since realised that there is a difference between Telstra Wholesale and Telstra Retail. Their wholesale arm that other carriers resell doesn't get access to their entire network, just a subset that is roughly equivalent to the coverage of Optus and others.

If you want the Telstra Retail network that gives you coverage in the middle of nowhere, your options are either Telstra themselves, or Boost. Boost have a unique partnership with Telstra in that you're literally on the Telstra network using the Telstra APNs, I hear that you deal with Telstra reps if you ever need to call them... it's a fraction of the price and essentially indistinguishable from the real deal.

Best thing about Boost is that you get the NRL Live Pass via the app for free as an unofficial benefit, due to the whole mishmash with the Telstra network.

On the hardware side, I'm now a big fan of the resurgent Nokia. Best update support you'll get on Android, due to the vast majority of their devices being part of the Android One program - they're essentially like Pixel phones with stock Android as Google intended. From the general release of the model, Android One devices get 2 years of major version updates and 3 years of security patches. Compare that to somebody like Samsung, whose midrange phones may never see an update or patch, and whose flagships tend to get things but only after an extended delay.

If security patches are important to you, which they should be, your choices are essentially:
  • iPhone, in all its over-$1,000 glory
  • Nokia
  • Xiaomis and Motorollas on Android One, though you'd be right to be leery of Chinese-owned companies for this sort of equipment
  • One-offs from other big manufacters that dip their toes into Android One (like LG did with its G7 One), before they inevitably beat a hasty retreat away from the program, presumably so they don't have to actually invest any resources in supporting software on these devices - most manufacturers love the whole 'dump a model into the market and never invest another dollar into it again' model of doing business.
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Good insight into Telstra - thanks Sterlk!

I just got an iPhone 11 through Vodafone - the $5 a day overseas coverage that lets you use your data overseas, is what got me over the line. Not that I'm overseas that often, but I need to work when I am and it's too much of a time waster to go out buying Sim cards etc.

Last time I was in New York, Origin 3 was on. I'd grabbed a Sim Card with "Unlimited Data". Unbeknown to me and anyone else I was with, the Unlimited data did not apply to "Hot Spotting". 78th minute, we exceed our 10Gb hotspot limit and we lose a crucial minute figuring out what to do. Thankfully we caught the Tedesco try and all wasn't lost. That's the kind of rubbish I want to avoid.

And the phone itself is very good, as are the new AirPods with noise cancellation. Looking forward to seeing how they go on a flight. I'm also using them with my Sony TV - very easy to setup and excellent quality. Only issue is I keep dropping them, so I'm not sure how long they'll last!

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my parents are grey nomads, they have an optus and a boost phone, same model phones. They notice the optus coverage is more reliable unless they go a fair way inland

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