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 plans from both big-name and budget-friendly telcos below. Hit the link to jump to your favourite provider:

Who offers 12 month phone plans?

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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 as both national and international numbers, as well as up to 3000 international call minutes each month on eligible plans.

Vodafone is big on bonus inclusions, including Qantas Points, which no doubt will come in handy for those frequent flyers. The telco also frequently offers bonus data and plan discounts, so keep any eye for limited-time promotions and deals. Vodafone also allows up to five SIM only plans on the one bill, allowing families to bundle their services and save up to 20% off monthly plan fees.

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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 27GB bonus data (offer expires 26/02/19)

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 35GB bonus data

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$50 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 60GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 60GB bonus data (offer expires 26/02/19)
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720 over 12 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 70GB bonus data (offer expires 26/02/19)
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra 12 month phone plans

Although Telstra offers a range of prepaid and 24-month postpaid plans, 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), up to $89 for the aforementioned 90GB plan, 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, 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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Small

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 15GB + 15GB bonus data
  • Available to re-contracting customers only

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • Unlimited 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

min. cost $828 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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  • Unlimited 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

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

90GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Optus 12 month phone plans

Like Telstra, Optus offers 12-month plans only on a bring-your-own-phone basis. Currently, the telco is running a SIM-only plan promotion, replacing several of its regular 12-month plans with data-heavy My Promo Plan options. Prices for 12-month plans begin at $25 per month, up to $55 for the 80GB Promo deal (currently discounted by 25% if you sign up before 4 February, 2019).

In addition to unlimited national talk and text, customers can also enjoy unlimited overseas calls on Optus’ $45 and $55 plans. All of Optus’ 12-month plans include data-free extras, including the use of Optus Sport and National Geographic, and music streaming services Spotify, Google Play Music and iHeartRadio. Customers can also add data-free TV streaming for $5 per month, or get it free on the $55 plan by signing up online.

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$25 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

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$35 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$35 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 300 international call minutes

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$45 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$55 My Promo Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period

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, 10GB is priced at $23 on a year-long contract, and $25 on a month-by-month basis.

All of Moose Mobile’s 12-month SIM-only plans include unlimited national and international texting, unlimited national calls, and data for use in Australia. The $29 and $40 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

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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

3GBMax Data**/billing period $19Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 23 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS

min. cost $276 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $23Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 29 SIM Only – 12M

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

min. cost $348 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $29Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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

23GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Exetel 12 month phone plans

Exetel is another provider on the Optus network, and also offers a small range of SIM-only plans on 12-month contracts. No-contract options are alos available, but you’ll find that committing to a full year will score you considerably more monthly data.

Plans of $24.99 and up also include international call credit, and all plans feature unlimited international SMS. You’ll also get unlimited talk and text in Australia, and up to 23GB of data each month. Overall, Exetel is already known as being a cheap NBN provider, and it’s much the same story in the mobile space.

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Saver 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS

min. cost $179.88 over 12 month plan period

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Value 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • $50 international calls

min. cost $299.88 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Extra Value 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • $300 international calls

min. cost $419.88 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $34.99Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Plus 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • $500 international calls

min. cost $599.88 over 12 month plan period

23GBMax Data**/billing period $49.99Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

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 national talk and text. On the opposite end of the spectrum, expect to pay $50 per month for Southern Phone’s priciest 12-month plan, which includes 23GB of data plus unlimited calls and text in Australia.

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 great value.

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Green 12

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $144 over 12 month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $12Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 35

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 50

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $600 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, TeleChoice’s 12-month 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 2GB (plus 2GB  bonus data), up to $40 for 30GB per month (including 12GB 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
  • 2GB data + 2GB bonus data

min. cost $192 over 12 month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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LIVE 25 12M

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

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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LIVE 35 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 13GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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LIVE 40 12M

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

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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, and breaks down to 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 billing period

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Catch Connect

80GB 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $270 over 365 day billing period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $270Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Catch Connect

205GB 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $340 over 365 day billing period

205GBMax Data**/billing period $340Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Catch Connect

375GB 365 Day Plan

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

min. cost $410 over 365 day billing period

375GBMax Data**/billing period $410Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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. 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

Supermarket brands are also on board with 365-day prepaid plans, and both ALDI Mobile and Coles Mobile now 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: add-on data is priced at $5 per 500MB.

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 (or about $51.20 per gigabyte).

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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