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Compare Samsung Phone Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy S20 5G plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Compare iPhone Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 64GB iPhone 11 Pro plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Compare Postpaid SIM-Only Plans

The following table shows a selection of comparable postpaid SIM-only plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Compare Prepaid Plans

The following table shows a selection of comparable prepaid SIM-only plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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Your Guide to Choosing the Best Phone Plan

How does Canstar Blue compare phone plans and providers?

Canstar Blue compares hundreds of mobile phone plans from 33 mobile service providers across Australia to help you find a better deal. Prices are updated as soon as we are made aware of changes. We also publish customer satisfaction ratings to help you compare providers on factors including customer service, billing, and value for money.

Our mobile plan comparison site includes a unique ‘value score’ feature, that lists plans based on which offer the best overall value, rather than just the cheapest prices. The value score is a rating out of 10, combining price and features data to help you make an informed decision about your next mobile provider.

Click here for more details on our pricing and value scores methodology.

Canstar Blue’s mobile phone plan comparison tool compares plans and prices from 33 providers. Those compared are:

  • ALDI Mobile
  • Amaysim
  • Belong
  • Bendigo Telco
  • Boost Mobile
  • Catch Connect
  • Circles.Life
  • Coles Mobile
  • Dodo
  • Exetel
  • GoTalk
  • Hello Mobile
  • iiNet
  • iPrimus
  • Kogan
  • Lebara
  • Lycamobile
  • Mate Communicate
  • Moose Mobile
  • Optus
  • OVO
  • Pennytel
  • Southern Phone
  • SpinTel
  • Tangerine Telecom
  • TeleChoice
  • Telstra
  • Think Mobile
  • TPG
  • Vaya
  • Vodafone
  • Woolworths Mobile
  • Yomojo

Our phone plan comparison tool is free to use, and we’ll never ask for your phone number or personal details.

How to use our mobile phone plan comparison tool

Canstar Blue exists to help you compare mobile phone plans on the basis of both price and overall value. By selecting your desired monthly data and call allowance, your preferred plan type (prepaid, SIM-only postpaid, or phone-on-a-plan), and smartphone model where applicable, you’ll receive a selection of plans and prices that match your preferences, taken from our list of Australian mobile providers.

Phone comparison tool

To compare mobile plans, select the plan type you’re looking for from the options on the left: either phone on a plan, SIM only prepaid, or SIM only postpaid. If you’re looking for a phone and plan, you can select your preferred model from the drop-down menu in the centre. You’re also able to compare specific providers under the Provider menu; however, if you want to see plans from all listed providers, you don’t need to click this option.

You can then use the sliders on the right of the comparison tool to select how much data and how many minutes and SMS  you’ll need each month. You also have the option of filtering your results to only show plans which feature a link to a referral partner’s website; this option can be toggled on or off at the bottom of the comparison tool. Once you’ve made your adjustments, hit the green Compare button, and you’ll be taken to your matching list of phone plans.

Once your result screen loads, you can make further changes to your plan requirements (including adjusting inclusions and monthly pricing), as well as change your plan type or your preferred providers. You can also sort your results by Canstar Blue’s value score, as well as brand/provider, advertised cost, included data, brand satisfaction score, and more.

If you find a plan you like, you can see more in-depth information by selecting the blue More Details link. This will bring up additional plan, billing, and account management information. To go to a provider’s website for further information, click the green Go To Site button featured on plans from Canstar Blue’s referral partners.

Telstra Mobile Phone Plans

The value in Telstra’s phone plans comes in the form of its extra features. While Australia’s largest telco isn’t known for cheap prices, plans come jam-packed with extras, including international features, data-free music and sports streaming, bonus data, and more.

Telstra offers your choice to pay your device over 24 or 36 months, as well as prepaid and SIM-only postpaid. The provider also has access to exclusive premium smartphones, and offers a range of devices to suit all budgets. With a nationwide 4G network and growing 5G service, Telstra is a great option for customers wanting the very best in coverage and extras.

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Telstra $50 Small Plan 15GB $50 No contract
Telstra $60 Medium Plan 60GB $60 No contract
Telstra $80 Large Plan 100GB $80 No contract

Optus Mobile Phone Plans

One of Australia’s biggest mobile operators, Optus offers a range of postpaid and prepaid plans, including plans bundled with a new smartphone. The telco also throws in plenty of plan extras, include Optus Sport, international roaming, and entertainment extras depending on your plan.

Plans are available with up to 120GB of monthly data (or 150GB if you build your own plan), and Optus is an ideal choice for mid-range to high-end phones and plans. The company also provides strong nationwide coverage and flexible SIM-only plans, along with a more ‘premium’ postpaid plan called ‘Optus One’ with 500GB of data, 10GB of global roaming data and other exclusive perks, but this plan will set you back $119 per month (excluding any handset payments).

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Optus Small $39 Choice Plan 10GB $39 No contract
Optus Medium $49 Choice Plan 60GB $49 No contract
Optus Large $59 Choice Plan 100GB $59 No contract
Optus Extra Large $79 Choice Plan 120GB $79 No contract

Vodafone Mobile Phone Plans

Australia’s third-largest telco offers both postpaid and prepaid services, and — along with Telstra — also provides unlimited slowed data on selected plans. SIM-only and phone-on-a-plan options are available, with huge data allowances available for less than $70 per month.

Most plans features international inclusions, and add-ons such as data-free music and video streaming are also available, but at an additional monthly cost. Vodafone also offers data-pooling features for families, as well as multi-line discounts and other extras.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Vodafone $40 Red Plus SIM Only 7GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $40 12 months
Vodafone $50 Red Plus SIM Only 60GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $50 12 months
Vodafone $60 Red Plus SIM Only 100GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $60 12 months
Vodafone $80 Red Plus SIM Only 150GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $80 12 months

Boost Mobile Phone Plans

Boost Mobile is one of Australia’s most popular prepaid providers, offering a great range of high-value and budget-friendly plans. All plans are SIM-only, meaning you’ll need to bring your own phone, but offer coverage on Telstra’s 4G and 3G networks.

In addition to generous data and unlimited talk and text, Boost plans also include extras such as unlimited international calls and data-free streaming from Apple Music. Prices begin at just $10 per recharge, with 7-day, 28-day, and 365-day expiry terms available.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Boost Mobile $30 Prepaid 20GB $30 28 days
Boost Mobile $40 Prepaid 30GB $40 28 days
Boost Mobile $50 Prepaid 40GB $50 28 days

Amaysim Mobile Phone Plans

Amaysim offers a range of no-lock-in SIM-only plans on a prepaid basis, with prices beginning from just $10 per recharge. Operating on the Optus network, Amaysim also throws in extras on selected plans, including unlimited international calls and SMS.

Plans include up to 60GB of monthly data, with add-on gigabytes available at any time. Basic pay-as-you-go options are also available, establishing Amaysim as a well-rounded, bring-your-own-phone option for budget-savvy buyers.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Amaysim Unlimited 5GB 5GB $20 28 days
Amaysim Unlimited 30GB 30GB $30 28 days
Amaysim Unlimited 45GB 45GB $40 28 days

Woolworths Mobile Phone Plans

No longer just a supermarket, Woolworths’ foray into the telco world has seen the company become a serious contender in the SIM-only market. Woolworths mobile now offers prepaid, SIM-only postpaid, and phone-on-a-plan options, and stocks big-name devices from Samsung and OPPO.

Operating on Telstra’s 4G and 3G network, Woolworths provides great plan value and the option to go no-contract. You’ll also get extras such as bonus data and data banking, depending on your choice of plan.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Woolworths Mobile Small 18GB $30 12 months
Woolworths Mobile Medium 22GB $40 12 months
Woolworths Mobile Large 30GB $50 12 months

ALDI Mobile Phone Plans

Another supermarket-owned provider, ALDI Mobile sticks solely to prepaid, offering a small range of plans at various price points. ALDI’s core plans feature a 30-day expiry period, and selected plans include unlimited international calls and SMS.

Long expiry and pay-as-you-go options are also available, and all plans are bring-your-own-phone. Like Woolworths, ALDI Mobile runs on Telstra’s Australia-wide 4G and 3G networks.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
ALDI Mobile $25 Mobile Plan 18GB $25 30 days
ALDI Mobile $35 Mobile Plan 35GB $35 30 days
ALDI Mobile $45 Mobile Plan 48GB $45 30 days

Coles Mobile Phone Plans

Another grocery brand offering prepaid mobile plans, Coles Mobile now provides customers with a simple range of options, all operating on Optus’ 3G and 4G networks. With four basic plans available, Coles customers can select from ten, 35, or 180-day expiry periods, all of which feature unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data inclusions vary, and add-on data and extras such as international calls are also available. Coles Mobile may not be as competitive as Woolies or ALDI, but does provide a flexible third option if you’re interested in a SIM-only supermarket plan.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Cost Contract Term
Coles Mobile Prepaid $10 1GB $10 10 days
Coles Mobile Prepaid $20 3GB $20 35 days
Coles Mobile Prepaid $40 10GB $40 35 days

OVO Mobile Phone Plans

Another prepaid provider on the Optus nationwide network, OVO Mobile is a small name packing plenty of plan extras. OVO’s SIM-only plans include plenty of monthly data, as well as international minutes, unlimited international SMS, and data-free sports and radio streaming.

OVO Mobile also offers two specialty starter plans – the Mini and MiniPlus plans – that are great for kids, or low-level users. All plans are contract-free, and feature a 30-day expiry.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
OVO Mobile Small 8GB $19.95 30 days
OVO Mobile Medium 20GB $29.95 30 days
OVO Mobile Large 50GB $34.95 30 days

Moose Mobile Phone Plans

Postpaid provider Moose Mobile offers both month-to-month and 12-month plans, all of which are SIM-only. With data options from 1GB up to 80GB, Moose’s range offers something for everyone, including international credit and SMS on selected plans.

Moose Mobile operates on the Optus network, and offers frequent first-month discounts to new customers.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Moose Mobile Moose 23 SIM Only 18GB $23 12 months
Moose Mobile Moose 29 SIM Only 35GB $29 12 months
Moose Mobile Moose 36 SIM Only 50GB $36 12 months

Southern Phone Mobile Phone Plans

Another provider on the Optus network, Southern Phone’s simple range of SIM-only plans all feature unlimited standard calls and SMS, plus data. Contract-free and 12-month options are available, and you’re free to upgrade to a higher value plan at any time.

Southern Phone also offers phone-on-a-plan options, and sells devices from Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and more. Phone-and-plan bundles are available on a 24-month contract, or you can simply buy your device outright and pair it with a SIM-only plan.

Telco  Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Southern Phone Green 22 7GB $22 12 months
Southern Phone Green 32 16GB $32 12 months
Southern Phone Green 40 30GB $40 12 months

What is a SIM-only phone plan?

SIM-only plans are simply mobile plans that include a SIM card to use in your existing handset, rather than buying a new phone as part of the deal. SIM-only plans can be either prepaid or postpaid.

What are postpaid mobile phone plans?

Postpaid mobile plans are plans that see you billed at the end of the month for the calls, texts and data you’ve used. Because the amount you pay depends on your usage, you could be charged more if you exceed your plan’s standard inclusions. Postpaid plans can be SIM-only or include a new handset. Learn more about postpaid plans.

What are prepaid mobile phone plans?

Prepaid mobile plans are plans that you pay for upfront at the start of the month. Paying upfront means you have a set amount of calls, texts and data to use, but if you reach these limits before the end of the billing period, your service will be cut off and you’ll need to recharge your plan at an extra cost. Learn more about prepaid plans.

What is a phone on a plan?

A phone on a plan is the name given to postpaid plans that also include paying for a new handset, usually over two or three years. In this case, you’ll pay for your phone repayment each month in addition to your chosen postpaid plan of choice, with a set amount of calls, texts and data to use. If you go over your monthly limits, you’ll be charged for excess usage.

 

Once you know what type of phone plan you want (phone-on-a-plan, SIM-only prepaid or SIM-only postpaid), you’ll want to compare mobile phone plans to give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay and what sort of inclusions are available.

You might want to set yourself a budget and compare plans within that price range. Also consider how much data you’ll need on your plan. If you don’t use your phone data much, you might look at plans with around 1-5GB of data. If you like streaming video on the go, you might need a phone plan with lots of included data, with some plans even including over 100GB. You can compare phone plans with your preferred data inclusions to give you an idea of how much data you can get for your money.

If you’re looking at buying a new phone on a plan, your first starting point when comparing plans should be the device and storage size you want. Then you can take a look at which telcos are offering your phone of choice and what plans are available with the phone.

To give you an idea of what a phone plan comparison can look like, the following table includes a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $30 or less, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

The cheapest 24-month plans for the newest iPhones hover around the $90 mark. Only the big three providers – Telstra, Vodafone and Optus – offer the latest iPhones when released.

While iPhone 11 Pro plans are closer to $100 a month, the more affordable iPhone 11 plans are somewhat cheaper. With these plans you’ll have to look at what goes into the price – often it’s more than just data, calls and texts. Telcos often include extra stuff such as data-free sports and music streaming, entertainment packs, and more.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month 64GB Apple iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Samsung Galaxy S20 in blue

The most popular alternative to the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range offers something for almost everyone – from mid-priced devices, to premium handsets. However, the Galaxy S series is undoubtedly Samsung’s flagship device range, and the current Galaxy S20 range (including the S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra) are some of this year’s most sought after Android-powered phones in Australia.

You can pick up the S20 range on postpaid plans through Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Woolworths Mobile. Depending on your choice of plan and payment term, expect to pay prices from $60-ish per month, up to well over $100. Lower-data plans and longer repayment periods will result in smaller monthly payments, with Woolworths Mobile generally offering the cheapest options. However, if you like big data and plan extras, you may prefer a pricier plan from Vodafone, Telstra, or Optus.

The following table shows a selection of published 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

These days, it’s not hard to find cheap plans for $10 or under with 1GB data or more. In fact, it’s become quite the norm, with most providers also including unlimited calls and texts. Providers worth keeping an eye out for include:

Keep in mind that some providers, such as Amaysim, are prepaid, which can be good for those who don’t want to incur any automatic top-ups. You should also be aware that to get the tip-top deals, you may have to sign up to a 6 or 12-month contract.

The following table shows a selection of postpaid SIM-only plans for $20 and under on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Phone Plans $30 and Under

For less than $30, you can get a great monthly mobile deal. Realistically, you can expect to get unlimited calls and texts, plus around 5GB – 10GB of data each month. Once again, providers worth looking out for are:

One of the take-home messages here is that to get the best deals, you may have to sign up for 6 or 12 months – but there are still great contract-free offers out there. Also note that the four providers listed above are just some of the telcos regularly offering good deals – there are often a lot more to choose from.

The following table shows a selection of low-price published SIM-only plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

If you demand big data, you have plenty of options. A number of providers include lots of data for a comparatively small price, and overall data prices are dropping. Providers worth keeping an eye out for are:

The following table shows a selection of published big data plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

If you want 100GB or more of high-speed data each month, you need to be willing to spend the big bucks. You may also need to bundle in a phone, although big-data SIM-only options are available from most major telcos. Providers worth looking at are:

  • Optus offers two phone plans with around 100GB of data: the Large $59 Choice Plan with 100GB and the Extra Large $79 Choice Plan with 120GB. Other plan inclusions vary slightly, but both options feature unlimited standard national and international talk and text, plus roaming data and entertainment extras. You can also choose from 100GB, 120GB or 150GB data inclusions if you choose to build your own postpaid plan, or you can get 500GB of monthly data if you choose the ‘Optus One’ premium phone plan at $119 per month.
  • Vodafone’s Red Plus $60 plan includes 100GB, while the $80 plan includes 150GB of full-speed data per month, plus unlimited slower data (speeds capped to 1.5Mbps). You’ll also get unlimited standard talk and text, and included international minutes.
  • Telstra’s postpaid plans include 100GB of high-speed data for $80 per month, and 150GB for $100. Both plans feature unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps, so there’s no concern over excess data charges; you’ll also get unlimited standard national talk and text, and access to Telstra’s new 5G network with compatible devices.

The following table shows a selection of published high-data plans for the 64GB Apple iPhone 11 Pro on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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