Even though the relationship that was Garmin-Asus has ceased, that hasn’t stopped Dick Smith stocking the Garmin-Asus A50 for Optus Prepaid and selling it at a low $199, which appears to be the current price for Android prepaid devices. The device is very navigation oriented, so if you enjoy travelling this just might be the prepaid phone for you, just make sure you’re on Optus as this little baby is all locked up.

Source(s): Dick Smith
  • Donna

    The Garmin Asus is partially locked, I can make phone calls but have not got the internet connection functioning yet. I think its just a matter of setting up the APN. Not sure. Any ideas?

    • John M

      Donna, Depending on which sim or telco, you would have to set up APN (access point) in settings

      Settings> Wireless Manager> Data> Access Point Names> New APN

    • dawf

      Yes donna you are correct in needing to set an apn
      at first i was also convinced the A50 was partially locked, however this is not the case. I actually rang my provider for them to send me the settings for my data/mms but was greeted with the same message i got from optus, that the phone wasnt in there data base and could not give me the settings
      However this is how
      You will need to
      access
      Settings> Wireless Manager> Data> Access Point Names> New APN
      Then visit http://hdmp4.com/APN and find the settings for your Providers
      You may also do the same for your mms if this isnt working (mine was not) But you may need to google your providers mms settings
      Hope this helps you get full functionality of your phone

  • Matt

    Android 2.1 unlocks the Garmin-Asus A50 for all those worried about it being locked.

  • G Bonney

    Yep, has the Optus wrapper, great phone and GPS.
    It is Android 1.6, 2.1 is supposedly coming shortly.
    I will wait for reviews on 2.1 as it works so well on 1.6.

  • G Bonney

    I just purchased one from Dick Smith and it is unlocked, Telstra & Virgin both work fine in the Optus Garmin A50. :)

    • Chuck

      Hi G Bonney
      You’ve noted that the Garmin A50 is unlocked.
      How did your phone packaging come in.
      Was it wrapped with an Optus Pre-Paid cover?

      Strange that the small print says that the phone is locked – but it is actually unlocked.
      I’m going to buy one if it is really unlocked.
      Thanks

  • Dylan

    dick smith is getting a lot of cheap android handsets out recently.