12 Month Phone Plans & Deals

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Looking for a postpaid plan, but not ready to commit to a two-year contract? 12-month phone plans have become hot alternative to the standard 24-month deal, meaning that it’s a competitive marketplace and a consumer’s playground. With enough options and variances to suit everyone’s needs and wants, finding a plan is the easy part.

The hard part comes from deciding which is the best choice for you, as many phone plans come with extra goodies if you know where to look. To simplify the process, we’ve rounded up some great plans from a selection of both big-name and budget-friendly telcos below. Hit the link to jump to your provider of choice:

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Vodafone 12 Month Phone Plans

Vodafone offers a diverse variety of 12-month plans, with plenty of international extras and generous data inclusions. Starting at $35 per month, Vodafone’s 12-month SIM-only plans include unlimited talk and text in Australia, as well with 1000 to unlimited international call minutes to eligible countries each month on eligible plans.

The telco also frequently offers bonus data and plan discounts, so keep any eye for limited-time promotions and deals. Vodafone also allows you to bundle phone plans with other eligible plans under the one account, allowing families to bundle their services and save on monthly plan fees.

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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

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$55 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

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$65 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

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$55 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 90GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

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$65 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 125GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

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Telstra 12 Month Phone Plans

Although Telstra offers a range of prepaid and 24-month postpaid plans, however its 12-month options have been streamlined to just three plans. All three are SIM-only, so you’ll need to bring your own device, but offer unlimited national talk and text, plus hefty amounts of data – up to 90GB per month. Plans start at $49 for 30GB (15GB, plus 15GB of bonus data) and go up to $89 for 90GB (60GB + 30GB bonus data), so, as expected from Telstra, they’re not the cheapest on the market.

However, you do gets lots of extras, including data-free Apple Music streaming, sports streaming (AFL, NRL, A League and Australian netball) and free Telstra Air WiFi. Both the $69 and $89 plans also include unlimited calls and text to 15 countries, and the $89 plan also features 2GB of international roaming data each month.

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$49 Medium BYO Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 15GB + 15GB bonus data

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

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$69 Large BYO Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & texts to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 30GB + 30GB bonus data
  • Special offer: $10 plan credit per month for new services and re-contracting customers
  • Special offer: New customers get an additional $10 plan credit

min. cost $708 over 12 month plan period

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$89 Extra Large BYO Mobile Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & texts to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 60GB + 30GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Special offer: $20 plan credit per month for new services and re-contracting customers

min. cost $1,068 over 12 month plan period

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Optus 12 Month Phone Plans

Like Telstra, Optus offers 12-month plans on a bring-your-own-phone basis. There are three plans to choose from, starting at $30 with 3GB of data, the $40 offering jumps up to 40GB of data and 400 minutes for international calls to 35 countries, and going up to $50 will get you a generous 80GB of data plus unlimited international calls and texts to 35 countries.

In addition to unlimited standard national talk and text, customers can also enjoy a range of data-free extras including the use of Optus Sport and National Geographic.

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$30 My Plan Plus (12M SIM)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $360 over 12 month plan period

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$40 My Plan Plus (12M SIM)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 400 minutes standard international calls to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Special offer: 40GB + 10GB bonus data on first 12 months, terms apply. (Offer expires 30/06/19)

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

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$50 My Plan Plus (12M SIM)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Special offer: 80GB + 20GB bonus data on first 12 months, terms apply. (Offer expires 30/06/19)

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

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Moose Mobile 12 Month Phone Plans

Moose Mobile is an MVNO on the Optus network, and offers competitive plans on both a month-to-month and 12-month basis. If you sign up for a 12-month Moose plan, expect to get more data for your dollars: for example, 15GB is priced at $29 on a year-long contract and $25 on a month-to-month basis.

All of Moose Mobile’s 12-month SIM-only plans include unlimited standard national and international SMS and MMS, unlimited standard national calls and data for use in Australia. Moose’s $33, $40 and $50 options also feature $400 of international call credit each month.

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Moose 9.80 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS

min. cost $117.60 over 12 month plan period

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Moose 14 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS

min. cost $168 over 12 month plan period

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Moose 19 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS

min. cost $228 over 12 month plan period

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Moose 25 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

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Moose 33 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • $400 international credit

min. cost $396 over 12 month plan period

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Moose 40 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • $400 international credit

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

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Moose 50 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • $400 international credit

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

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Southern Phone 12 Month Phone Plans

Southern Phone offers an impressively affordable range of 12-month phone plans, all of which provide coverage on Optus’ 4G Plus network.  The entry-level plan offers 1GB of data, as well as unlimited standard national talk and text. On the opposite end of the spectrum, expect to pay $40 per month for Southern Phone’s priciest 12-month plan, which includes 30GB of data plus unlimited standard national calls and SMS.

All of Southern Phone’s 12-month plans are SIM-only, so you’ll need to bring your own phone. However, if you’re looking for a simple, data-packed plan that covers the basics (and that doesn’t come with sky-high bills), these one-year options offer good value.

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  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $132 over 12 month plan period

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Green 16

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $192 over 12 month plan period

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  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 month plan period

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Green 32

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $384 over 12 month plan period

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Green 40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

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TeleChoice 12 Month Phone Plans

Operating on parts of the Telstra network, TeleChoice’s 12-month plans are all offered on a SIM-only basis, and feature unlimited talk and text within Australia. Although no lock-in and 24-month plans are available (plus the option to ‘prepay’ upfront for seven or 13 months of service), TeleChoice’s 12-month plan options provide a happy medium; you’ll get great value data inclusions, and all plans feature unlimited international SMS.

Plans start at $16 per month for 3GB and go up to $40 for 30GB per month (including 20GB of bonus data). International call packs are also available to add on from $5 per month.

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LIVE 16 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $192 over 12 month plan period

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LIVE 25 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

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LIVE 35 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 12GB bonus data

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

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LIVE 40 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

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Woolworths Mobile 12 Month Phone Plans

Woolworths Mobile is different to the other supermarket telcos in that it offers a suite of plans across prepaid and postpaid, plus it also offers a range of handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. There are four main plans on offer — the Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large plans.

These plans are the same across prepaid and postpaid, with the same monthly cost and data inclusions, however the plan length and billing cycle will vary. You can pick up a 12-month SIM-only plan starting at $20 per month and going up to $50 a month. These plans often have extras included, such as bonus data and access to family cyber security software, so keep an eye out to see what is currently on offer.

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Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $240 over 12 month plan period

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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $360 over 12 month plan period

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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

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Prepaid 12 Month Plans

If you prefer avoiding the chance of bill shock by sticking to prepaid plan, there are 12-month options available (usually billed as a ‘365-day’ plan). Some of these will feature monthly data that resets every 30 days, or a lump sum of gigabytes for your entire 365 days; if you do receive all your data upfront, you’ll need to be careful not to use it up too soon.

Catch Connect 12 Month Plans

If you’re happy to commit to a full year, Catch Connect’s 365-day plans have you covered, with plans starting at $199 for 42GB of yearly data. All plans include unlimited talk and text in Australia, with the top-tier $410 plan also throwing in 500 minutes of international calls to 32 countries.

All Catch Connect plans are powered by Optus’ 4G network and are offered on a SIM-only basis. You can also get pretty serious data inclusions on these deals: for example, the $410 plan includes 375GB, which works out at about 31GB per month with a monthly cost of under $35.

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42GB 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $199 over 365 day expiry

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80GB 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $270 over 365 day expiry

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205GB 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $340 over 365 day expiry

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375GB 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 500 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $410 over 365 day billing period

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Kogan Mobile 12 Month Plans

Kogan Mobile currently offers four year-long prepaid plans, starting from $179.90 for your full year (or just under $15 per month) for 3GB of monthly data. Keep in mind that – as with Catch Connect – you’ll need to pay for your full 12 months upfront, so although you may save long-term, it does mean you’ll need to make a large outright plan payment. Kogan also tends to offer additional discounts on the prepay plans from time to time, so keep and eye out if you’re interested in Kogan’s plans. Plan options are below:

  • Kogan Mobile Small Plan: $179.90 for 365 days (around $14.75 every 30 days). Includes 3GB of data every 30 days, plus unlimited standard national calls & SMS.
  • Kogan Mobile Medium Plan: $299.90 for 365 days (around $24.50 every 30 days). Includes 13GB of data every 30 days, plus unlimited standard national calls & SMS.
  • Kogan Mobile Large Plan: $399.90 for 365 days (around $33.80 every 30 days) . Includes 20GB of data every 30 days, plus unlimited standard national calls & SMS.
  • Kogan Mobile Extra Large Plan: $529.90 for 365 days (around $43.50 every 30 days). Includes 40GB of data every 30 days, plus unlimited standard national calls & SMS.

Coles Mobile and ALDI Mobile 365-day Plans

The supermarket brands are also on board with 365-day prepaid plans, and both ALDI Mobile and Coles Mobile sell year-long prepaid packs. Coles Mobile’s $180 prepaid plan features a 365-day expiry, and includes unlimited standard national calls and texts, plus 36GB of data to use over 12 months. You’ll need to ration this data out over your 365-day plan length (it breaks down to 3GB each month), or simply add extra data as needed: $5 will get you 500MB while the online-only $15 data pack gets you an extra 3GB.

ALDI Mobile’s Pay As You Go SIM plan also features a 365-day expiry, and comes pre-loaded with $5 of call, text and data credit. Talk, text, and data is all taken from your plan’s credit on a per-use basis, but credit can be added to your plan at any time, in $15 or $30 increments. ALDI Mobile’s PAYG rates are $0.12 per minute for standard calls, $0.12 per SMS, $0.35 per MMS, and $0.05 per megabyte of data (which works out to be about $51.20 per GB).

Should I get a 12 month phone plan?

Phone plans are a bit of a commitment, so be sure to find a plan that best suits your style – and your budget. The big telcos may be better if you’re looking for a standard plan, but smaller telcos may surprise you with how much value for money they can provide. It’s always a good idea to shop around, as the savings over 12 months can be worth the effort.

However, keep in mind that 12-month phone plans come with a contract, so you can’t dodge the monthly payments. If you’re on a tight budget and prefer the option of not using your phone from one month to the next, a good prepaid deal might be your best bet. But if you’re confident that you can make the monthly payments each time, telcos will often reward you for your 12-month loyalty.

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