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Mobile phones like Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic can be purchased for $0 on a 24 month plan

Mobile phones like Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic can be purchased for $0 on a 24 month plan

Apple iPhone 3G

We couldn't possibly leave the most popular mobile phone out of a list like this. The iPhone will go down as a phone that changed the way consumers interact with portable devices. The superb combination of responsive touch screen, stylish design and the popular App Store has made this handset one of the most popular ever. With a major software update around the corner, the iPhone will only continue to go from strength to strength.

Hot deal: Optus currently has the best iPhone deal in Australia. An 8GB iPhone 3G will cost you $0 on a $49 cap over 24 months. This plan provides $300 worth of calls and text per month, and 250MB of data per month. Online buyers will also receive $50 of credit as a bonus.

HTC Dream

HTC's Dream is the first Android-powered phone to hit the Australian market. It sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a touch-screen interface and a trackball. The main attraction is obviously Google's Android interface — a great part of the interface is the notification and status bar. This drop-down screen is the best notification system we've seen on any mobile phone to date. The Android operating system is still in its infancy, but the potential for future upgrades and support is exciting.

Hot deal:: The HTC Dream is available on the Optus network for $0 on a $99 'yes' Timeless Plan over 24 months. When you connect to the $99 'yes' Timeless Plan you must also connect to the $14.99 Mobile Internet Pack, so the monthly cost is $113.99 — this gives you unlimited calls and messaging, and a 500MB data allowance each month.

Nokia 3120 classic

The Nokia 3120 classic may not boast anything new or innovative, but an excellent design, an intuitive user interface and a reasonable features list make this a great choice. This phone is also a handy multimedia device, featuring video and music players, an FM radio and a two-megapixel camera.

Hot deal: You can grab the Nokia 3120 classic on Optus for $0 on a $49 cap over 24 months.

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