Which telcos are Australian-owned?

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There’s an unprecedented level of telco competition out there these days. No longer are you bound by the likes of Optus, Telstra, Vodafone or Virgin. Now, there are more than 30 mobile phone or broadband service providers all jostling for your attention. Though, if your conscience is concerned with outsourcing to third world countries, foreign ownership, or just keeping jobs and profits here in Australia, have you considered an Aussie-owned telco? They are out there. Choosing an Aussie-owned telco may be one of the few instances where ‘keeping it in the family’ could be of benefit.

So, which telcos are really Australian-owned?

The table below shows which telcos are Australian-owned and which are foreign-owned.

Company Telco services Ownership 
Amaysim Phone & internet Australian
Dodo Phone & internet Australian
Exetel Phone & internet Australian
iiNet Phone & internet Australian
Internode Internet Australian
Jeenee Mobile Phone plans Australian
Kogan Mobile Phone plans Australian
Lebara Phone plans Foreign
Optus Phone & internet Foreign
OVO Mobile Phone plans Australian
SpinTel Phone & internet Australian
TeleChoice Phone plans Australian
Telstra Phone & internet Australian
TPG Phone & internet Australian
Vaya Phone plans Australian
Vodafone Phone plans Foreign
Westnet Internet Australian

There’s a story behind every telco – stories of mergers, acquisitions and money, big money. The telco landscape in Australia sometimes resembles more of a scene out of Othello than boring old satellites and surly businessmen. Let’s dive in and find out what exactly is ‘Australian’ about these providers.

Amaysim

Amaysim caused a racket a few years ago when it became one of first MVNO to drastically up the ante in the world of mobile phone plans. Founded in 2010 by a group of Aussies, Amaysim joined with European MVNO ‘Simyo’. In March 2015, it offered 4G data for the first time, and now enjoy success as one of the most popular MVNOs out there, consistently performing well in our customer satisfaction reviews, with a competitive range of prepaid and postpaid mobile phone and data plans on the Optus 4G Network. In 2016, Amaysim acquired fellow low-cost mobile carrier Vaya, taking its customer base to over 1 million. Headquartered in Sydney, Amaysim went public in 2015 and now trade on the ASX. It has also revealed plans to offer broadband services from 2017.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

Unlimited 1GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $10 over 28 days

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited 2.5GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

Unlimited 5GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS, Unlimited to 10 countries

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

Unlimited 15GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS, unlimited to 10 countries, 300 minutes to 22 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited 20GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS, unlimited to 10 countries, 300 minutes to 22 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Dodo

As the “Internet that flies”, Dodo is a name familiar to many Australians. Around for over 15 years now, Dodo has always been an Internet Service Provider (ISP), but now offers a great range of cheap mobile phone plans, operating off of the Optus 4G Network. In 2013, Dodo was acquired by M2 Group, another Australian-owned conglomerate focusing in telecommunications. You’ll find that a lot of companies are owned by this group, including iPrimus. M2 is a publically-traded company, so its shareholders are likely from all over the world.

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Dodo Logo

Unlimited Plan

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12)

min. cost $1,440 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Unlimited Plan – Turbo

  • NBN Standard Evening Speed (NBN25)

min. cost $1,560 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Dodo Logo

Unlimited Plan – Supercharged

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50)

min. cost $1,800 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Exetel

Founded in the early 1990s, originally as a consulting company, Exetel expanded to provide broadband services in 2004. It is now one of the biggest names in the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and also has a range of very competitive mobile phone plans operating on the Optus 4G Network. A privately-owned company, Exetel’s headquarters is in Sydney. According to its website, Exetel donates a portion of its profits to wildlife conservation projects, namely for endangered Australian species.

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Exetel

NBN Basic Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $679.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Basic Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $54.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $739.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Standard Plus Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN50/20)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $69.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited (12 month contract)

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $20 Upfront

min. cost $1099.88 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed (NBN100/40)
  • $0 Upfront

min. cost $89.99 over 1 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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iiNet

Founded in the early 1990s out of a Perth garage, iiNet has expanded to become one of the largest ISPs in Australia. Throughout the years, it has acquired some smaller ISPs – namely Westnet and Internode – but in September 2015 iiNet was itself purchased by TPG in a big-money merger worth an estimated $1.5bn. iiNet offers a range of good-value broadband plans, on which it has built its reputation, but it also provides a modest offering of competitive mobile phone plans on the Optus 4G Network.

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Essentials Plus

  • Basic 12/1 speed
  • $79.95 activation fee

min. cost $149.94 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Advanced

  • Standard Plus 50/20 speed
  • $79.95 activation fee

min. cost $159.94 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Ultimate

  • Premium 100/40 speed
  • $79.95 activation fee

min. cost $179.94 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Internode

Internode is one of the few true ‘Aussie battler’ startup success stories. The company was founded by Simon Hackett in 1991 in Adelaide, then a Computer Science graduate. He built a name for himself by being one of the first in the ‘Internet of things’ timeline; in 1990 with a mate he was one of the first in the world to connect an appliance to the internet – a Sunbeam toaster. Since then Internode has been acquired by iiNet – in 2011 for over $100 million. This makes Internode effectively a subsidiary of TPG. Today it’s a popular provider of all things internet, including ADSL, business internet, web hosting and VOIP services. The company is still based in Adelaide.

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Internode

NBN Bronze Unlimited

  • NBN Basic Evening Speed (NBN12/1)
  • $99 Upfront

min. cost $168.99 for first month

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Internode

NBN Gold Unlimited

  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed(NBN50/20)
  • $99 Upfront

min. cost $178.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Internode

NBN Platinum Unlimited

  • NBN Premium Evening Speed(NBN100/40)
  • $99 Upfront

min. cost $198.99 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Jeenee Mobile

Like Exetel, Jeenee is somewhat of a telco with a conscience, donating profits to charity and supporting people with disabilities to get access to mobile phones. Jeenee has really sprung up in the last few years and now offers a large range of mobile phone plans on the Optus 4G Network. Its plans frequently beat out those from other MVNOs in terms of basic value. A small social enterprise, Jeenee Mobile is based in Western Sydney and claims to be people-driven, not profit-driven. A small social enterprise,

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Large – 6GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International Calls

min. cost $32.50 for First month

6GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
Jeenee Logo

Large – 8GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International Calls

min. cost $145 over 6 months

8GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
Jeenee Logo

Large – 10GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International Calls

min. cost $280 over 12 months

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
Jeenee Logo

Large – 15GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $500 International Calls

min. cost $46 for first month

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Jeenee Logo

Large – 20GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $500 International Calls

min. cost $226 over 6 months

20GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Jeenee Logo

Large – 23GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $500 International Calls

min. cost $442 over 12 months

23GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Kogan Mobile

Chances are you’ve probably heard of Kogan. It is one of Australia’s largest online department stores, specialising in consumer electronics and more recently groceries. But what you might not realise is that Kogan has a range of cheap mobile phone plans on the Vodafone 4G Network. Owned by entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan, Kogan Mobile has ruffled a few feathers in both the retail and telco sectors. It has taken over the online operations of Dick Smith and has gone public on the ASX. Kogan has also expanded into several different countries, but remains headquartered in Melbourne.

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Bronze Unlimited

  • NBN 25 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $57.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $57.90Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Silver Unlimited

  • NBN 50 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $65.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $65.90Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Gold Unlimited

  • NBN 100 speed
  • $69 Upfront modem

min. cost $85.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $85.90Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Lebara

Lebara is a worldwide, budget-focused MVNO. In Australia it runs off the Vodafone 4G Network, but it operates in seven other countries. The idea for Lebara – a telco targeting the college-age demographic – was born in Norway, and today its headquarters are based in London. As you might suspect, Lebara’s phone plans have great international calling and text rates, making them a great option for expats and exchange students. For example, you can call Canada from as little as 1c a minute. Australia-wide, it’s a fairly small telco, but worldwide its revenue exceeds €560m. Although foreign-owned, its plans are solid value with generous international inclusions.

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Lebara Logo

Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $24.90 over 30 day billing period

3.5GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Lebara Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Lebara Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $39.90 over 30 day billing period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus

Who could forget Australia’s second-largest telco? Optus is one of the few full-service telcos out there, delivering fixed line broadband and phone plans. Born out of the government-owned ‘Aussat’ before privatisation, Optus can trace its roots back to 1981, but it wasn’t until the 90s that Optus really came into its own. However in 2001, Optus was wholly acquired by Singtel, a Singapore-based telco company. Optus’ headquarters are still in Sydney, but ownership by Singtel means that at least some of its profits are going offshore. That doesn’t mean you should give Optus the cold shoulder – it frequently outplays Telstra in the value stakes with its broadband and mobile phone plans.

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Optus Logo

70 Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee

min. cost $1,779 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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90 Plan

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport

min. cost $2,259 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

70 Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee

min. cost $2,499 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

90 Plan + speed boost

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $99 upfront fee
  • Includes Fetch TV + channel pack and Optus Sport

min. cost $2,979 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $120Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

OVO Mobile

A relatively new telco player, OVO Mobile has taken it up a notch in terms of included mobile value. In addition to big-data phone plans, it also offers unmetered and unlimited streaming of the V8 Supercars, Gymnastics Australia and the Audi Sport Customer Racing. So, if you’re into motorsport or gymnastics, OVO may be up your alley. Based in Sydney, OVO is one of the many MVNOs operating on the Optus 4G Network.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Ovo Logo

Mini

  • $500 calls, unlimited text

min. cost $9.95 over 30 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $19.95 over 30 day billing period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 50 international minutes

min. cost $29.95 over 30 day billing period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $29.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 300 international minutes

min. cost $34.95 over 30 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $34.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 500 international minutes

min. cost $49.95 over 30 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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SpinTel

SpinTel seems rather patriotic about its heritage – its mascot is a koala! The small telco has been around since 1996, and has won a litany of awards in its 20-year tenure. It has a range of mobile phone plans, as well as NBN plans. In fact, its NBN plans are some of the cheapest going around. SpinTel prides itself on customer service and its headquarters are in Sydney. From humble beginnings, SpinTel has grown into a ‘true blue’ telco. If you’re after an alternative from the Telstras and Optuses of the world for your phone and NBN needs, SpinTel could fit the bill.

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Small

  • 200 minutes, unlimited texts

min. cost $19.95 over first 30 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $25.95 over first 30 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $29.95 over first 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International Call Credit

min. cost $35.95 over first 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

TeleChoice

TeleChoice is one of the oldest MVNOs in this list, founded in 1995. Originally founded as a dealership, TeleChoice expanded to offer its own plans. Now it gets the best of both worlds, with a handful of ‘brick and mortar’ stores across Australia, as well as a range of great value postpaid mobile plans on Telstra’s networks. TeleChoice encourage you to commit to a longer-term contract by offering more data and inclusions for the same price or cheaper. Distinctly Aussie, TeleChoice is headquartered in Melbourne.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $16 Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $192 over 12 months

2GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $25 Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $300 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $35 Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $420 over 12 months

13GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $40 Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $480 over 12 months

18GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Telstra

Originating at Federation in 1901 as a government department, Telstra was born out of the need for a centralised telecommunications company. It was a wholly government-owned company until the 1990s and was fully privatised in 2006. Since then Telstra has rapidly expanded to offer a comprehensive suite of broadband  and mobile phone plans including prepaid and postpaid plans. While it doesn’t always enjoy the best reputation, you can’t help but give credit to Telstra for playing a huge part in the telco landscape in Australia. Unlike many of its main competitors, Telstra is its own entity, headquartered in Melbourne. It’s also publically listed, trading on the ASX. Since going public, Telstra has enjoyed great success and is now one of the biggest Australian companies.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Essential

  • Standard 25/5 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $1,755 over 24 months

100GB Max Data**/billing period $69.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Unlimited

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $2,235 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Unlimited + Streaming

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99 connection fee for new customers
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included
  • Telstra TV & 24 Months Foxtel Now included

min. cost $2,475 over billing period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $99.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

TPG

As one of the largest telcos in Australia, TPG certainly has its fingers in all kinds of pies. In recent years, it has shot to prominence, culminating in the acquisition of iiNet in 2015. TPG – or Total Peripherals Group – as it is almost never referred to, is headquartered in Sydney. It offers competitive mobile phone plans as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) on the Vodafone 4G Network. It also, of course, provides a comprehensive range of broadband plans, including some of the cheapest NBN contracts around. TPG is now a powerful force to be reckoned with challenging the traditional custodians of our telco plans.

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TPG Logo

Starter Unlimited

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 3 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,109.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Starter Unlimited with Home Phone

  • Basic 12/1 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 4 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

Fast Unlimited

  • Standard Plus 50/20 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 5 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

Superfast Unlimited

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 6 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $1,649.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

Superfast Unlimited with Home Phone

  • Premium 100/40 Speed
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts
  • 7 Months free TPG Mobile on 18 month contracts

min. cost $2,009.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vaya

Vaya is an interesting beast indeed. Offering great-value mobile phone plans, Vaya holds the title for having the cheapest unlimited mobile phone plan in Australia, at $16 a month. In January 2016 after accruing a poor reputation for customer service, Vaya was bought out by Amaysim for around $70m. Piggybacking off the Optus 4G network, Vaya is popular for its cheap plans, and also its ‘price match guarantee’ – meaning Vaya will beat any other provider should you find a cheaper comparable plan. Its bigger brother Amaysim should help with the customer service issues, and keeps the low-cost telco in Aussie hands.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited $14

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $84 over 6 Months

1.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vaya Logo

Unlimited $22

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $132 over 6 Months

3GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vaya Logo

Unlimited $34

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $204 over 6 Months

10GBMax Data**/billing period $34Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vaya Logo

Unlimited $42

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $252 over 6 Months

13GBMax Data**/billing period $42Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone

Vodafone is similar to Virgin in that it’s part of a much larger worldwide telco endeavour. As a whole, Vodafone is one of the largest telecommunications companies on the planet, operating in no less than 26 different countries. The Vodafone Group was founded in 1991, and quickly rose to becoming a huge British multinational with headquarters in London. Back to Australia, and Vodafone is one of the three main telcos with its own network. It has a range of phone plans, from prepaid, month to month and handset plans. Its Australian venture combined with its worldwide endeavours makes it one of the top companies listed on the FTSE 100, and Vodafone is also listed on the NASDAQ.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$30 Data Combo Starter Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$30 Talk Combo Starter Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$50 Data Combo Starter Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$50 Talk Combo Starter Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

9GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Prepaid 365 Plus $30 Starter Pack

  • PAYG
  • Data 2c per MB

min. cost $30 over 365 days

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Prepaid 365 Plus $40 Starter Pack

  • PAYG
  • Data 2c per MB

min. cost $40 over 365 days

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Prepaid 365 Plus $50

  • PAYG
  • Data 2c per MB

min. cost $50 over 365 days

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Westnet

As the name suggests, Westnet is an Aussie-owned ISP based out of Perth. Its headquarters are in Geraldton, and it provides various broadband plans across Australia. The company was founded in 1994, born out of a need for Western Australians’ access to better internet. In 2008, Westnet was acquired by iiNet – just one of many companies – and iiNet was then bought out by TPG, making Westnet effectively a subsidiary of TPG. Westnet’s deal with iiNet was worth $81 million, however Westnet is still a separate entity providing internet services Australia-wide.

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NBN Broadband – Unlimited (Basic)

  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN Basic Evening Speed
  • Get unlimited data for $60/mth on 12 month contract + $80 Free Mobile Credit

min. cost $720 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN Broadband – Unlimited (Standard Plus)

  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed
  • Get unlimited data for $60/mth + $10/mth Standard Plus Speed Boost on 12 month contract + $80 Free Mobile Credit

min. cost $840 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN Broadband – Unlimited (Basic)

  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN Basic Evening Speed
  • Choose any Westnet home broadband plan and receive a free Westnet mobile SIM loaded with $80 credit.

min. cost $130 over 1 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN Broadband – Unlimited (Standard Plus)

  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN Standard Plus Evening Speed
  • Choose any Westnet home broadband plan and receive a free Westnet mobile SIM loaded with $80 credit.

min. cost $140 over 1 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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NBN Broadband – Unlimited (Premium)

  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN Premium Evening Speed
  • Get unlimited data for $60/mth + $30/mth Premium Speed Boost on 12 month contract + $80 Free Mobile Credit

min. cost $1,080 over 12 month plan period

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Does it matter if your telco is foreign-owned?

Like with many other products and services in Australia, buying Australian-made or owned is a popular choice for many consumers. Whether it’s for the perceived increase in quality, or for ethical purposes, Australian-made or owned products and services are frequently sought out. Unfortunately, there’s no green kangaroo label to ensure you’re buying Australian, and even if your provider is locally-owned, it could still utilise overseas call centres.

With a little digging, you can find out which telcos remain in Australia. However, what exactly is the benefit of buying Australian? For one it helps keep a sector of the public employed, and you do help keep company profits within the country, thereby benefiting the country overall. However, limiting your choice to Aussie companies may leave you stuck without a broadband or mobile plan. Unless your heart is burning for Aussie-owned telcos, you might be able to find better value elsewhere, or achieve a better overall experience. “Australian-owned” in the telco world doesn’t necessarily equate to “better”, but it may be a deciding factor for many people.

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