Best back-to-school deals: Prepaid mobile phones

Heading back to school or university? Need a new mobile phone, but don't want to break the bank? Find the best prepaid mobile deal!

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Whether you're at school, university or TAFE, you'll most likely be heading back to your studies very soon. Christmas is over, and your holidays are soon coming to an unfortunate end — as is the little money you've got left in your wallet.

A mobile phone can be a great help in your studies, whether it be to organise your busy schedule, send that important group e-mail or just to keep in touch. These days mobile phones are much more than devices that just make calls or send text messages. And, best of all, you don't have to break the bank to own one. We've rounded up the best prepaid mobile phone options from all the major Australian telcos — Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 and Virgin Mobile.

Telstra: Samsung F480T


Price: $299

Samsung's F480T isn't a new model, but this touch-screen mobile phone is now available on prepaid. Telstra is offering it for $299, which includes a Next G starter pack. Telstra isn't renowned for offering value for money, but it has the most reliable network in Australia. The F480T is a responsive touch-screen phone that features a number of handy personal organiser functions, making it easy to plan your life as a student. Telstra's prepaid plans are also surprisingly good value, with free minutes and free texts offered when you purchase $30 credit or more.

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