Thinking of buying your child a phone?
While many parents actively try to manage their children's screen time, there comes a time when you’ll want to make sure they are able to stay in touch (and chances are, they’ve been nagging you for a phone long before then).
When it is time to buy your child their first phone you’ll be glad to know it doesn’t need to break the bank. There are a range of full-featured yet inexpensive phones that are suitable for the needs of children of any age.
Stay in control with a Pre-Paid SIM
In addition to buying an inexpensive phone, you can also manage costs by choosing a Pre-Paid SIM.
Telstra Pre-Paid is a great way to go as you can both agree to a set amount of credit each month. This way, you reduce their risk of incurring charges for excess data usage or in-app purchases. And if they do run out of credit, you'll be in control of topping up.
As well as ensuring you don’t get any unwelcome large bills at the end of the month, it's a great way to help a child learn about budgeting and managing their own usage.
Smart phones for teens: $229 - $300
Priced at $299, the Samsung Galaxy A21s delivers specs on-par with top of the range smart phones of just a couple of years ago, including a large 6.5 inch screen, four‑lens camera, powerful battery and enhanced security features. Plus, it comes with $30 Pre‑Paid credit
Also priced at $299, the OPPO A53s is another economical yet fully-fledged smart phone that will satisfy tech-savvy young users. It boasts a 6.5 inch screen, triple-lens camera, fast gaming and streaming performance and $10 Pre‑Paid credit.
Delivering a triple-lens camera and powerful battery at just $229, the Telstra Evoke Pro 2 is great value.
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Large 6.5 inch screen, four-lens camera, powerful battery and enhanced security features.
RRP $299. Includes $30 Pre-Paid credit.
Full 6.5 inch screen, triple-lens camera, fast gaming and streaming performance.
RRP: $299. Includes $10 Pre-Paid credit.
Telstra Evoke Pro 2
Triple-lens camera, efficient octa-core processor, 6.22 inch HD+ Super Full View display.
RRP: $229. Includes $10 Pre-Paid credit.
For younger kids: phones under $100
If your child isn’t ready for a smart phone, the Telstra Lite 2 is a great handset for calling and messaging. At just $49 including $10 credit, it still has a rear and front-facing camera and music player.
Finally, the Telstra Essential is a great middle ground. Priced at $79, it gets closer to smart phone territory yet is cheap enough to give to accident-prone kids without too much stress. Or take a step up with the Telstra Essential Smart 3, with a high quality HD screen.
Telstra Lite 2
Affordably priced handset with front and rear camera, torch, calculator and music player.
RRP $49. Includes $10 Pre-Paid credit.
Large 5 inch screen, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and fast quad-core processor.
RRP $79. Includes $10 Pre-Paid credit.
Telstra Essential Smart 3
5.5 inch HD+ screen resistant, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, quad core processor.
RRP $99. Includes $10 Pre-Paid credit.
Choosing a Pre-Paid Plan
All Telstra Pre-Paid handsets come with a SIM starter kit and included credit. From here, you can choose to activate your SIM on either our Pre-Paid Complete plan or Pre-Paid Long Life Plus plan.
For regular usage of calls and data-hungry applications, Pre-Paid Complete offers included monthly data plus unlimited calls and texts to Australian numbers.
For younger kids with handsets more for being contactable than for recreational use, Pre-Paid Long Life Plus offers a long expiry of credit, so you won’t need to top up each month.
Why choose Telstra Pre-Paid?
Whichever phone and Pre-Paid service you choose, you’ll get the peace of mind of having your kids connected to Australia’s largest, most reliable mobile network.
Plus, you can get Telstra Plus points every time you recharge, and any unused data will rollover each month, up to a maximum of 200GB.
Recharge easily with My Telstra
The My Telstra app makes it easy to manage all of your Telstra services in one place.
As well as your own mobile account, you can view each Pre-Paid service for each member of your family. You can even name each service so you can easily tell them apart.
When it's time to recharge, you can do it directly from the app, without having to purchase a voucher from a retail outlet.
Recharge your Service with our My Telstra app
- Login to the My Telstra app using your Telstra ID
- Open the Service tab and choose your Pre-paid service
- Select Recharge now and follow the prompts.
Prefer a mobile on a postpaid plan?
If you'd prefer a phone with a postpaid plan, there is still a great range of affordable phones available, including
You can purchase a postpaid phone on a 12-month or 24-month device repayment plan, or purchase it outright.
Once you've selected a phone, our month-to-month postpaid plans start at $55/mth with 40GB data and unlimited calls (within Australia) included each month.