Three affordable smartphones under $200

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t afford an up-to-date smartphone.

Three smartphones under $200

Being on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t afford an up-to-date smartphone. These devices all cost under $200 and have features rivalling some of their $1000 competitors.

Telstra 4GX Plus Grey

This device is a Telstra exclusive, which means you will have to use it on that telco’s phone network.


  • 5MP main camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 4G network

Available exclusively from Telstra online or in store.

Samsung Galaxy J1 2016

Our second device has similar specifications to the one above. It comes from trusted brand  Samsung and is also unlocked, so you can use it with any service provider.


  • 5MP main camera
  • 2MP front camera
  • 8GB internal memory
  • 4G network

Available for $199 from JB HiFi.

Kogan Agora 8 4G LTE

This device isn’t locked to any network so you can use it with any service provider.

You’ll also have a hard time finding a cheaper phone with as many features. If you do, let us and your fellow readers know about it in the comments below.


  • 13MP rear camera with autofocus
  • fingerprint sensor
  • 16GB storage
  • 4G network

Available from Kogan for $199.

Would you buy one of these affordable devices? Do you have any other tips for affordable smartphones?



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    8th Aug 2017
    There's better phones than listed on the net.
    8th Aug 2017
    The telstra 4gx. I bought one for my wife from Coles for $75.00 on special. It was locked to Telstra. I got it unlocked the next day, cost me $3-00 yes $3-00. Now have it with Aldi prepaid
    East of Toowoomba
    8th Aug 2017
    Casey, you could have inserted the ALDI card without unlocking the phone as Aldi runs on the Telstra 3G and 4G network.
    8th Aug 2017
    I brought the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini which is the same as the Samsung listed above except it has 4 inch rather than 4.5 inch screen. It can be brought from Officeworks for $129. Have had it for about 4 weeks and am happy with the phone. Still miss my old flip phone that only needed charging once a week. This one needs charging about every 2 days if you do not use it much otherwise every night.
    8th Aug 2017
    I have just bought the Kogan Agora 8
    It has a fault that Kogan seem either unwilling or unable to fix.
    If a call is received, the caller cannot hear me. The only way to get it to work is to press the LOUDSPEAKER??! ICON (not a typo) on and then off again. Kogan sent a generic email telling me to reset the phone to factory default. Yes it then works properly. As soon as I add the apps that I use, it exhibits the same fault.
    They then tell me to again reset the phone to factory default, and send it to them, BUT, if it then works for them, they will charge me. It will work as explained over two hours worth of hanging on and waiting for the customer service chat to come online.
    We went round and round and after close to 3 weeks of generic emails and passing the buck, we are still no closer to a resolution.
    KOGANS customer service is not what it used to be. They have become too big and bureaucratic and the service is not good!
    8th Aug 2017
    East of Toowoomba, I tried that, it didn't work. Apparently telstra locked phones won't work with anAldi sim even though aldi uses the Telstra network.
    8th Aug 2017
    Bought a LG stylus DAB+ at Aldi for $179.00 some 4 month ago
    Apart from being a very good smart phone it also has a DAB receiver built in apart from the normal FM and a stylus pen.Very handy for me as I have very big wide fingers.
    Noticed at my local Aldi last week that they have a new batch of them
    My son who is in IT, said at that price it is a steal.
    9th Aug 2017
    Does anyone know if there are any basic (or dumb) phones that work on 4g? I need to replace my flip phone I have had for 10 years because of the network changes I can now only talk on the phone if I stand at the window or outside. Not keen on going down the smartphone road, mainly because I cannot afford the data to use it.
    17th Jun 2019
    Did you now you can go to settings and turn off data.
    I use Kogan and for $152.10 per year (12.50per month) prepaid I get unlimited calls, SMS and 7GB of data per month. Which is plenty for me. It uses the Vodafone network and I have no problems with it. I am seriously thinking of doing away with my home phone.
    17th Jun 2019
    Thanks Cogar, since I wrote this comment, I have been on the smartphone, got a Motorola and use Amaysim for $10 every 28 days, unlimited calls and text and 1 gb data. I also still use my Virgin prepaid as I have a twin sim card phone, but when Virgin ends will decide on who to go to next and most likely not Amaysim either. Kogan does have some good deals but not good for regional areas, yet.

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