Top 5 budget mobile phones for Christmas

It's Christmas time! And what better way to spend your hard earned cash than giving a new mobile phone as a gift?

  • [[artnid:326165|Samsung S6700T]]

    Christmas bargain: $249

    Telstra isn't renowned for offering value for money, but with the Samsung S6700T, exclusive to the Next G network, the telco has a capable 3G mobile phone for a low price. The Samsung S6700T includes a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash, a music player and a microSD card slot for extra storage. Retailer Dick Smith is [[xref:|selling the Samsung S6700T for $249]] and the pack includes a Telstra Next G prepaid starter kit.

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  • [[artnid:321739|Virgin Mobile VMX]]

    Christmas bargain: $99

    Retailing for just $99, Virgin Mobile's VMX mobile phone is one of the cheapest 3G-capable phones on the Australian market. It's manufactured by Huawei but has Virgin Mobile branding and is sold through the telco's store. The VMX has plenty of shortcomings, but it's hard to argue with its price. You can pick it up from [[xref:|Virgin Mobile's new-look online store]] and you'll get $5 of talk and text when you activate your prepaid service.
  • If you've got a brother, sister, mother, father or friend in need of a new mobile phone, why not consider a mobile phone? Not only are there some great deals around, but most of the phones in this round-up can access mobile Internet, which is important for keeping up with the latest social networking on the likes of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace!

    We've rounded up the top five prepaid phones this Christmas, with two simple rules — all phones are available for less than $250 and all are 3G-capable. We've included phones from all Australian networks — Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 and Virgin Mobile.

    [[artnid:223377|Nokia 3120 classic]]

    Christmas bargain: $99

    Nokia's 3120 classic is a thin and stylish 3G-capable mobile phone featuring a large display and comfortable keypad. A great choice for a variety of users, the 3120 classic's combination of good design and a cheap-as-chips price make this a fantastic prepaid mobile phone. Vodafone is offering the Nokia 3120 classic for just [[xref:|$99 with an included Vodafone prepaid starter kit]].
  • [[artnid:316251|Sony Ericsson C903]]

    Christmas bargain: $249

    Looking more like a compact digital camera than a mobile phone, Sony Ericsson's C903 is a basic phone with an excellent Cyber-shot camera. The C903's build quality is questionable, but at this price it’s a great bargain at Christmas time and an ideal gift for someone who enjoys taking casual photos when out and about. Optus is currently selling the C903 on [[xref:|prepaid for just $249]], and best of all you'll get 500 free SMS messages when you activate the included prepaid starter kit.
  • [[artnid:273055|3 Mobile INQ1]]

    Christmas bargain: $199

    Exclusive to 3 in Australia, the INQ1 has been dubbed "the world's first social mobile". It integrates a number of social-networking features including Facebook access, and provides outstanding value for money. It lacks some advanced features, but if you're after a cheap and easy way to stay connected, both on your mobile and via social-networking tools, this is the handset for you. You can grab it from [[xref:|3 Mobile for $199]] and you'll receive $10 of credit free with your first recharge.
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