Australia’s cheapest mobile phone plans

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Have you ever thought you’re paying too much for the mobile phone service you receive? A lot of people question their phone plan’s value, but don’t actually do anything about it. Canstar Blue research has found that only 1 in 10 Aussies have switched providers in the last 12 months, which means many of you have fallen into ‘lazy trap’ and are likely paying too much.

To get the best deal, you usually have to choose a SIM Only plan (i.e. not bundled with a phone) from a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that uses the wholesale Telstra, Optus or Vodafone networks to provide a cost-effective plan. These plans can come in either a prepaid or postpaid format. So what are Australia’s cheapest phone plans? We’ll compare prepaid and postpaid options to find you a better deal.

Our research found that prepaid mobile users spend an average of $28 per month with their service, while postpaid users spend $43. Consider how this compares to your normal spending and see if any of the plans featured below might offer you better value.

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What are Australia’s cheapest phone plans?

There are a number of prepaid providers offering cheap phone plans for under $10 per month, or with very short expiry periods of just 7-10 days. However, the first lesson to learn here is that cheapest does not mean best, because these cheap plans come with minimal inclusions, sometimes with no data. They are often simple pay-as-you-go (PAYG) plans, where you get the dollar value that you pay for. You will likely require more than these plans can offer, but if your usage requirements are modest, here are the highlights:

  • TPG offers a $1 per month prepaid plan with PAYG call and text rates, plus 50MB of data. This plan runs on the Vodafone Network.
  • Telstra offers a ‘$5 for five days’ recharge that brings unlimited talk & text, plus 100MB of data over one day, billed every five days. Telstra obviously uses its own Telstra Network.

Both of these plans account for calls & texts differently. For example, with TPG a two-minute phone call costs 29.8c with 10c flagfall, and texts cost 9.9c each; with Telstra’s plan, standard national calls are unlimited.

Data charges are also something to consider on these plans. On TPG’s PAYG plan, all data over your included 50MB is charged at 10c per megabyte, which adds up to a massive $102 per gigabyte. Telstra customers receive a daily data allowance, but any overages are charged at a rate of $1 per 100MB (a little over $10 per gigabyte).

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

T4G PAYG

  • PAYG
  • Data 10c per mb
  • $20 upfront cost

min. cost $21 per month

50mbMax Data**/billing period $1Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Day2Day

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100mb/day, Telstra Air Wi-Fi

min. cost $5 over 5 days

100MBMax Data**/billing period $5Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

You’ve probably realised that if you’re spending under $10, you probably don’t stand to receive much in return. These plans above, while cheap, may fail to meet the demands of modern day mobile phone use, where data, browsing and streaming are kings. For those desiring more data to play with, some arguably more exciting plans await your perusal below.

Other carriers that may be worth a look:

Cheap Phone Plans with 1GB Data

We’ve looked at cheap phone plans with short expiry periods, but what about those over 28 or 30 days? 1GB of data a month should be just about enough for those people who simply crave some social media chat and web browsing on the bus journey home, but you won’t always get unlimited talk and text chucked into the bargain. However, for $10 per month or less, these plans are great for low-level users who prefer texting to voice calls.

Most of these plans are also offered on a prepaid, 30 or 28-day basis (although the below Jeenee Mobile plan does require a 12-month contract). Overall, look for low-cost MVNOs if you’re hoping to save money on a small plan – there’s a lot of competition out there in the budget end of the market.

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

Moose 9 SIM Only

  • Special Price Offer: $5 for first month. Offer available for limited time.
  • 200 minutes

min. cost $9 over billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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
Yomojo Logo

Kid’s Phone Plan

  • 200 minutes, unlimited texts

min. cost $9.90 over 30 day plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

ExeSim Super Saver

  • 300 minutes, unlimited texts

min. cost $9.99 over 30 day plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Unlimited 1GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $10 over 1 month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Jeenee Logo

$9.90 Pennywise SIM

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $128.80 over 12 month billing period

1.2GBMax Data**/billing period $9.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Small

  • 200 minutes, unlimited texts

min. cost $9.95 over 30 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Cheap Phone Plans with 2GB Data

2GB is a significant step up in terms of data, as you’ll now likely have enough to get all the basics done, plus some cat videos to laugh at every now and again. 2GB plans boost value not only in data, but most providers also offer unlimited calls and texts at this price point.

  • Jeenee Mobile and Exetel are two of the cheapest providers, but you do have to be willing to sign up for 12 months.
  • Moose Mobile and Yomojo are the cheapest no-contract options with unlimited calls and texts.
  • If you desire something on the Telstra network, then TeleChoice may be what you’re after.
  • Catch of the Day also has a suite of phone plans, labelled Catch Connect, with one option coming in at just $15 for 2GB.

Overall, if you want a good month-to-month deal, both Amaysim and Yomojo are ideal picks in the $20-and-under category.

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

Moose 14 SIM Only

  • Special Price Offer: $5 for first month. Offer available for limited time.
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $14 over billing period

1.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Saver 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Overseas SMS

min. cost $179.88 over 12 month plan period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Yomojo Logo

Unlimited 2GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $15.90 over 30 day plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Unlimited 2.5GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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
Jeenee Logo

$14.90 Pennywise SIM

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $188.80 over 12 month billing period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Catch Connect Logo

30 Day Plan – 2GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $15 over 30 day billing period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Cheap Phone Plans with 5GB Data

This is the business end of the mobile phone plan market, with some serious competition between the providers. While there are plans from Jeenee and Exetel that are pretty cheap, you do have to be willing to sign up for a year.

  • If you want something on a no-contract basis, SpinTel is one of the cheapest to offer 5GB data
  • Jeenee offers its 6GB plan for less than $25,  These plans are over 12 months but there are no lock-in options with slightly less data
  • Amaysim also offers good value here, throwing in international calling, and has historically been a strong contender in both our prepaid and postpaid customer satisfaction ratings.

Unlimited calls & texts are pretty much a foregone conclusion by now, and to get the best deals you may need to sign up for 12 months. But you’ll need to ask yourself how that plan will look at the end of the contract, and find out if your needs will change in a year’s time.

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

Green 22

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 Months

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised 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
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 Go To Site
Spintel Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $29.95 for first month

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

$22 Pennywise

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $32 for first month

8GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised 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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Cheap Phone Plans with 10GB Data or More

By now we’re starting to talk big bucks, but these days you’ll certainly get value for money if you’re a data heavy user. No longer do you have to pay over $50 a month if you want 10GB – the cheapest plans come in at well under $40!

  • Moose Mobile currently lays claim to a 10GB cheap plan, costing just $29 per month – but you will need to sign a 12-month contract.
  • Another ’10GB for $25′ plan is Jeenee Mobile’s Pennywise deal, but again, you’ll need to sign up for 12 months.
  • Kogan Mobile is a provider on the Vodafone network and also has a pretty competitive plan, throwing in 16GB for under $40.

Amaysim also comes to play with a competitive plan 15GB over 28 days, priced at $40. If telcos are already offering this much now, imagine how much they could offer 12 months down the track! In this fast moving segment, by signing up to a no lock-in contract, you may lose out now, but may benefit in the long run when the next hottest plan comes to your doorstep.

If you can manage to use even more data in a month, you’re still well taken care of. Jeenee Mobile once again comes to the ball game with 18GB for $32 if you’re willing to stick around for a while, and Kogan also offers a massive 23GB on a prepaid basis, priced at $49.90 every 30 days.

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

Moose 29 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $348 over 12 month contract

10GBMax Data**/billing period $29.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vaya Logo

Unlimited 10GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $204 over 6 Months

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

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day billing period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

UNLIMITED 15GB Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Jeenee Logo

$25 Pennywise

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $310 over 12 month billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised 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

Are cheap phone plans a good move?

phone and money

Cheap mobile phone plans may seem tempting, but some of them come with some limitations that put off many a discerning customer. At the most bargain-basement end of the spectrum, a lot of providers offer seemingly solid value, but plans commonly feature short billing periods – say 7 or 10 days – which means costs can quickly add up if you recharge three or four times to get a full month’s worth of service. Suddenly, that plan won’t be so cheap after all.

At these low prices, you may also be subject to call and texting caps, which can dissipate quickly if you’re used to dearer phone plans with unlimited calls and texts. You’ll also find some other providers have PAYG call, text and data rates that can also add up rapidly if you are not constantly on-track with your phone use.

The good news is, you can get a full 30-day or monthly phone plan with unlimited calls and texts for as little as $10 these days, and these come with 1GB data to boot. Value only seems to increase the more you spend, with 10GB plans coming in at under $40. A common theme appearing is that providers offer data bonuses if you’re willing to sign up for 12 months. While these deals look great on paper, you will have to consider whether you like flexibility, and what else will be out there a few months down the line.

Either way, it’s best to compare a range of different providers with both postpaid and prepaid payment terms, because there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. Whatever you do, make sure you take action if you suspect you’re paying more than you need to.

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