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Boost Indy (ZTE B816) @ Coles - $19

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Description Courtesy Ausdroid News- http://ausdroid.net/2016/10/19/bargain-boost-indy-zte-b816-o...

Boost Mobile’s Indy (a rebadged ZTE B816) is on sale in Coles from today for $19 – which is a half price saving!! A 4-inch Android phone for just $19 is a steal, no matter which way you cut it. Lets be honest, who doesn’t like a bargain eh?

Whilst the Boost Indy’s specs are a little on the “eh” side, it’s the price that matters here. So in case you have forgotten, here is the full list of specs for the Boost Indy (ZTE B816) device:

4.0″ WVGA display
1GHz Dual-Core processor
ARM Cortex A7 CPU
512MB RAM
4GB Memory on board with 2GB user space available, expandable to 32GB via microSD Card
2MP Rear Camera only – no front facing camera available
Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0, A-GPS
Network Connectivity:
2G: 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G: 850, 2100 MHz
Battery: 1200 mAh Li-ion, user-replaceable battery
Dimensions: 125 x 64 x 9.8mm @ 123g
The Boost Indy comes with Android 4.4 (Kit Kat), and there’s next to zero chance of it seeing an update past this, but for $19, you really can’t expect too much. What you do get, though, is a reasonably capable phone which would also make a great phone for kids, or as a spare to keep in your glovebox in case you trash another. For those who want a smartphone but simply can’t afford hundreds of dollars, this is a great way to take a dip into the land of Android!

The Boost Indy (ZTE B816) is available at your local Coles store only from today (Wednesday 19th October 2016) for $19 for 1 week only or until stock lasts. Also worth mentioning that the device is locked to the Telstra Network so unlocking fees will apply

They also have Tempo for $29 - http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/telstra-prepaid-tem...

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  • Can it be rooted and unlocked then we have a bargain?

  • Yes it can be unlocked as mentioned in the description (Ausdroid news) but charges apply.Not sure about the rooting.

  • Can be used as a good pocket wifi modem with large color touch screen to moniter usage

    Can be unlocked at ebay?

  • What about the coles zte chat 4g ?

    http://shop.coles.com.au/online/national/coles-prepaid-zte-4...

    5" display
    Quad core
    ram ??? how many gb ??

    • ZTE Chat 4G Specifications
      * 4G LTE Band 3, Band 7, Band 28 with 150Mbps downlink
      * Operating System Android 5.1.1
      * CPU Qualcomm Quad Core 1.1GHz A7, with Adreno 304 GPU
      * Display 5" TFT, 480 x 854 pixels, 196ppi
      * Network Lock Locked to Optus

      • Got the brother Woolies model and a little faster than the pop 4 with lower res screen and sounds like more efficient ( with less power ) Lollipop instead of Marshy.

    • It's 900 meg of Ram so it's never going to get android 6.0 (min spec is one gig)

      I've been using a phone with 1 gig of ram on 6.0.1 and it's not a very nice experience, Chrome keeps crashing due to lack of RAM plus heaps of other problems. However The minimum RAM required to run 5.0 is 512 meg so with almost twice the minimum spec, it might run quite well.

      source
      http://ausdroid.net/2016/03/28/zte-blade-dchat-4g-review/

      Edit - you know I think that phone might be worth posting as it's own deal. Had I not just ordered a xiaomi note 3, I probably would be lining up tomorrow.

      • seems like the Alcatel Pop5 has better camera & 720p screen.

        https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/268743

      • I haven't noticed any significant slow down with the POP5 running Android 6.0 but I haven't used it extensively yet.
        Maybe you could try system optimisation apps or a lite browser such as Opera?
        Although admittedly the OS hogs about 600MB of ram by itself so it doesn't leave much for everything else.
        What other problems are you experiencing?

        • You're most likely right, a lite browser would probably help quite a bit, I'm just addicted to chrome. I also like having some apps running in the background like messenger (or now facebooklite), pushbullet, chromecast and stuff.

          "What other problems are you experiencing?" it's mostly web browsing, but also have issues with the touch sensors clicking on random stuff or not responding at all, it really struggles to show me pictures I've taken with the camera (think its all to do with lack of resources on the pop4 5"). The phone seemed ok for the first week or so.

      • If your talking about the Alcatel pop 4 5" then if you got it like most Ozbargainers for $60, it's not a bad phone with decent 5" screen/cameras/4G but not a Powerhouse thats true.
        Biggest gripe for me is screen became unresponsive after installing glass protector ( never happened with 5 other phone ). Might try other eBay seller if hopefully better.

        • Yep I've also had issues with a screen protector making the screen nonresponsive. That's been the least of my problems, will do a factory reset to this (pop4 5") once I get my new phone.

        • @mr_fjackson:
          Thanks for heads up. Think it's an Alcatel low budget cut cost measure with their low end models, had similar ( not as bad ) problem with a Alcatel pop 3 4.5" ( bought half price @ 35 ). Huawei also touchy, but not so bad. ZTE best touchscreens at budget end from my experience.

      • Pop 4 has Android 6.0.1 and system shows only 880 MB Ram too total. I think they round off a gross/nett GB.

  • This comes with $10 boost credit.
    I looked st phone and politely return eventhough final pricecwas coming to $8

  • bit off topic…any huawei budget phones with 5" screen for around $50? I remember there was a deal for the Huawei Y6 Elite for $99…

    • Not easy to get a Huawei quad core / 1 GB ram / 4G phone under $70, even prepaid 5" and 4.5" models. Also not as cheap to unlock. The Optus Prepaid Y311 isn't a bad performer often on sale for $69 ( with $30 starter Sim pack ), or less if half price sale on, but only 4.5". I nearly bought a Y6 myself ( for my Voda 4G support when porting to Voda ), decide to try a Xiaomi Note international soon instead ).

    • I have a Y550 brand new in box, unlocked, with brand new case and screen protector (not fitted). PM me if interested. Will be selling it on eBay, but would rather avoid their excessive fees. Got this as a spare phone but never used it.

  • I wouldn't 'dip into the land of Android' with less than 1GB RAM, it would make it a 'world of pain'. But hey it's $19? Cheap mp3 player/internet radio streamer anyone?

    • +1 vote

      or cheapest phone with the ability to block numbers. the telstra cruise for $9 can't do that.

  • Both boost and ZTE say "Camera:2MP Rear / 0.3MP Front". So, does it have front camera or not?

  • How do I find which branch has stock. I go to Coles Online choose the phone and when I click on Order, it asks me for my postcode and on entering 3000 for melbourne, then goes to another screen where the phone is no longer returned on the search results.