iPhone 4 alternatives: the best free smartphones on 24-month plans

We rate the best smartphones buys from Telstra, Vodafone, 3, Optus and Virgin (without waiting in line in the rain)

HTC's Desire is the first Android phone to be released on the Telstra network in Australia.

HTC's Desire is the first Android phone to be released on the Telstra network in Australia.

The iPhone 4 has finally hit our shores, and the telcos will no doubt struggle to fill their back orders. So why not go for a phone that's currently in stock and probably has more features than the iPhone 4? Here's a list of the best free smartphones that are currently available for $0 upfront on 24-month plans from Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, and 3.

HTC Desire

Telstra: You can get the HTC Desire for $0 upfront on Telstra's $49 cap plan over 24 months. The cap includes $400 of standard calls and SMS/MMS to any Australian network, as well as 500MB of monthly data if you sign up before 1 September, 2010 (Usually 200MB). Minimum cost of $1176 plus usage.

HTC Legend

Vodafone: HTC's Legend smartphone can be bought for $0 upfront on Vodafone's $49 cap over 24 months (minimum cost $1176). The plan includes $450 worth of calls and SMS/MMS, 1GB of data for the first 12 months of the contract, and 500MB of data for the second 12 months. Vodafone also offers $50 of additional credit if purchased online, and all Vodafone plans include unlimited free Vodafone to Vodafone and Vodafone to 3 calls.

Samsung Galaxy S

Optus: The Samsung Galaxy S is one of the hottest smartphones currently on the market. It is available for $0 upfront on Optus' $49 extreme cap plan over 24 months, and includes $450 worth of calls and SMS/MMS and 1GB of data per month. The plan also offers unlimited access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, eBay, LinkedIn and foursquare. Total minimum cost $1078.

Samsung Wave

Vodafone: Free over 24 months on Vodafone's $49 cap, which includes $450 worth of calls and text and 500MB of data. All Vodafone plans include unlimited free Vodafone to Vodafone and Vodafone to 3 calls.

Optus: Free over 24 months on Optus' $49 cap, which includes $450 worth of calls and text and 1GB of data.

Virgin: Free over 24 months on Virgin's $49 smart cap, which includes unlimited text messaging to any Australian mobile number, unlimited Virgin to Virgin calls, $270 worth of calls to any network and 2GB of data.

3: Free over 24 months on 3's $49 cap. It provides $450 worth of calls, text and MMS, 500MB of data and unlimited free 3 to 3 and 3 to Vodafone calls.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

Telstra: Free on Telstra's $79 cap plan over 24 months. Monthly data allowance of 500MB and $750 worth of standard calls and value allowance. Minimum cost of plan over 24 months is $1896.

Vodafone: Vodafone offers the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 for $0 upfront on its $79 cap, which includes $800 worth of calls and text, plus 1GB of data per month. Total minimum cost is $1896 and Vodafone provides $50 of additional credit if purchased online.

3: Same as Vodafone.

Google Nexus One

Vodafone: The Google Nexus One is available while stocks last exclusively through Vodafone. It is $0 upfront on Vodafone's $79 cap, providing $800 worth of calls and text and 1GB of data for the first 12 months (500 MB for the second 12 months). Vodafone also provides $50 worth of free credit if purchased online.

LG Optimus

Telstra: LG's Optimus is currently exclusive to Telstra and is free over 24 months on Telstra's $49 cap plan. The plan includes $400 worth of calls and text and 200MB of data.

What's your favourite smartphone? Let us know in the comments below!

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