Can you rent a smartphone? Yes! Here’s how, with numobile

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Buying a smartphone with a mobile plan is pretty standard nowadays, especially if you’ve traded up for the latest model. 

But if you’re not keen to commit to a specific handset, need a spare business phone, or find yourself daunted by the price, there’s a great new option: just rent it.

Intrigued? Here’s what you need to know.

Green lease smartphones, brought to you by numobile

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numobile pioneers this space with its innovative mobile lease plans. Think of it like Netflix, but for handsets. 

How does it work? Customers subscribe to a specific handset (usually 24 to 36 months) without a contract, meaning they can cancel the lease anytime. 

You can rent a smartphone on its own or pair it with a numobile plan. You can also BYO your smartphone and jump on a SIM-only plan. Since numobile operates as an MVNO on the Telstra network, customers enjoy big network coverage for retail prices. 

At the end of the lease period, you can either upgrade to the latest model or negotiate to keep your current one with the support team.

As a happy bonus, numobile claims its services are super good for the environment, too, since all phones are refurbished or recycled. Its motto? “Good as nu”!

numobile only offers leases for Apple iPhones at the moment, but this isn’t anything to sneeze at. The new Apple iPhone 14 comes with some pretty sweet features!

As with any mobile plan, terms and conditions apply – so be sure to read the fine print (especially regarding the warranty). 

Browse a selection of numobile’s leases and mobile plans below.

Lease an Apple iPhone with numobile

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Compare numobile SIM-only plans

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