What are the best phone plan deals?

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Everyone wants to save a buck or two, and when it comes to mobile phone plans, it’s all about getting the best value for money possible. Luckily there has never been a better time to choose a new phone plan, with telcos large and small competing for your business with some great offers and often incredible promotional deals. Here, Canstar Blue explores some of the biggest and best phone deals currently available in Australia: who’s offering what, when it expires, and what you need to keep in mind.

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iPhone XS Deals

Apple’s latest iPhone upgrade landed in September 2018. If you’re interested, here are the cheapest published iPhone XS deals on offer from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus for the standard 64GB model. These costs do not include handset repayments. This table includes featured products from our referral partners:

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

$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Here’s the cheapest way to get the 64GB iPhone XS from each major telco:

  • Telstra Small Plan (3GB data): $99 per month ($59 plan + $40 phone payment). Total cost $2,376 over two years.
  • Vodafone $35 Plan (2GB data): $80.25 per month ($35 plan + $45.25 phone payment). Total cost $1,629 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $35 plan added on, $2,889 over 36 months.
  • Optus $45 My Plan Plus (2GB data): $75 per month ($45 plan + $30 phone payment). Total cost $1,800 over two years.

If you’re looking for more information on iPhone XS plans – from cheap deals, to unlimited data and more – we’ve compiled some of the best new iPhone offers from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Deals

Eyeing the top-of-the-line new Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Now could be a great time to score a deal on the most-wanted device from either Telstra, Vodafone or Optus. Below are some of the current published deals available for the new Galaxy flagship in our database- you can find more through our comparison tool. Some are sponsored products, which include a link to the retailer’s website for further details.

Telstra Note 9 deals

If you’re planning to buy the Note 9 on a 24-month Telstra plan, prices start from $122 per month on the Small plan with 3GB data ($59 plan price, plus a $63 monthly phone payment). However, Telstra is offering $10 off its Extra Large plan for Note 9 buyers: you’ll get your phone, plus the 60GB plan, and 30GB of bonus data monthly, for $129 per month over 24 months. That’s a saving of $240 over two years, and the plan also features unlimited international talk and text to 15 countries, data-free Apple Music with a six-month subscription, and a 24-month Foxtel Now Starter Pack subscription.

You can also pick up the same deal on a Telstra lease plan, with your Note 9 and Extra Large plan totaling $119 per month over 24 months. Although this is a cheaper option than buying the device, you will need to hand your phone back at the end of the two-year lease period, or if you decide to upgrade at the 12-month mark (upgrades also incur a $99 fee).

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$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack
  • 60GB bonus data
  • $10 monthly credit

min. cost $3096 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone Note 9 Deals

Vodafone still offers the most affordable monthly Note 9 options, with total prices starting from $76.83 per month for your plan and phone ($35 Red plan, plus $41.63 phone payment over 36 months). However, larger Red postpaid plans currently include double data: 30GB on the $45 plan, and 80GB of fast data on the $60 option.

Customers can also score a $126 Loyalty Discount on selected Red plans, and if you’re replacing your old phone with the new Note 9, you can also claim a $200 trade-in credit when you trade your device in at any Vodafone store (in addition to the trade-in value of your old phone).

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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Optus Note 9 Deals

Like Telstra, Optus offers a range of standard 24-month plans for the Note 9, as well as leasing options. Optus’ smallest plan is its $45, 2GB My Plan Plus option, but the telco is offering a special limited-time plan deal for Note 9 buyers: 25GB of data, plus your Note 9, for $89 per month over two years. This actually works out cheaper than the entry-level 2GB plan, which costs a total of $95 per month when you throw in the Note 9 ($45 plan, plus a $50 phone payment).

If you’re interested instead in the $125, 100GB plan, Optus is cutting plan fees on Note 9 contracts: the plan is now available for $105 each month, with a $7 monthly phone payment, over 24 months. These deals expire 13 September, and all of these options are also available on Optus’ My Plan Flex lease plans – simply subtract $10 from your monthly total.

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Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$125 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free

min. cost $3000 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $125Advertised Data^^/billing period

Phone Plan Deals September 2018

If you’re shopping around for a mobile phone deal, now is a good time to do it. You’ll soon realise that most of the time these deals come on a month-to-month basis, with a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) that operates off one of the three networks in Australia. They get a wholesale network and, consequently, have a bit of room to move on price; examples of MVNOs are Amaysim, Boost Mobile, supermarket mobile brands such as Coles and ALDI, and Dodo Mobile.

Expect deals like a few dollars off the normal monthly rates, extra data, freebies, or even all of the above. However, also be aware that some deals come with a catch. Let’s see what some of the biggest providers are doing. Hit the links below to jump to your favourite carrier:

The tables below features a selection of published plans from each provider. Some sponsored products include a direct link to the provider’s website – for a greater selection of plans, search with our mobile comparison tool above.

Boost Mobile Phone Deals

Boost Mobile is a long-time Telstra MVNO, and is in fact the only MVNO to get access to the full Telstra network – not just parts of it.  Plus, all plans now include data-free Apple Music streaming, and plans of $30 and above also feature unlimited international calls to ten popular countries.

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Boost Mobile

$20 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 50 countries, 100 mins to 40 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Southern Phone Mobile Phone Deals

Southern Phone‘s below Green plans operate on the Optus 4G network, and some of its profits go back to regional councils to help with infrastructure and community projects. Once again, users on 12-month plans stand to receive slightly better deals, such as extra data and a cheaper price. Currently, the brand is cutting prices on two of its popular 12-month Green SIM plans, for your first six months: you’ll save $7 per month on the Green 22 plan, and $10 per month on the Green 35 option.

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Green $9.90

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $118.80 over 12 Months

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

Green 22

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $15 per month for first 6 months

min. cost $264 over 12 Months

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

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $25 per month for first 6 months

min. cost $420 over 12 Months

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

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 Months

23GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose Mobile Phone Deals

Moose Mobile is already a competitive postpaid provider, offering good deals on month-to-month plans, but the telco has also introduced a raft of 12-month plans that include a bit more value. If you’re willing to sign up for a year you can stand to receive a more competitive phone plan.

For a limited time, Moose’s $9 and $14 no-contract SIM-only plans are reduced to just 10c each for your first month. Plans will be charged at full price from your second month onward, but it’s a great way to introduce new customers to Moose Mobile’s smaller plans (especially as you’re free to leave at any time).

Moose operates on the Optus network so you get good coverage and a great price. Below are a selection of 12-month SIM-only plans, in price order; click on the links to be taken to Moose Mobile’s website.

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Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 19 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $228 over 12 month contract

3GBMax Data**/billing period $19.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 25 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $300 over 12 month contract

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 35 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $400 international call credit

min. cost $420 over 12 month contract

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra Mobile Phone Deals

Telstra offers a wide variety of deals and bonuses to entice you over, including a free six-month Apple Music membership and data-free music streaming from the service. You’ll also get:

  • Free Telstra Air hotspot use
  • Data-free sports streaming from Australian netball, NRL, AFL and AFLW
  • A bonus 12 month subscription to Foxtel Now, which is currently included on all Large, Extra Large, and Ultimate Unlimited plans – worth $10-$15 per month

Right now, if you sign up to one of the below 12-month SIM-only plans you’ll also receive bonus data: an extra 5GB per month on the Small plan (so 20GB in total), and 10GB on the Medium option (a total of 40GB).

If you’re looking for a plan with a phone – such as the new iPhone XS, XS Max, or the Samsung Note 9 – Telstra is offering some great deals on its 24-month handset plans. Currently, the $129 plan featuring bonus double data (an extra 60GB per month on top of the included 60GB) and a $10 monthly credit. So you’ll get 120GB of fast data for $119 per month, not including your phone payments.

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Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax 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
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included

min. cost $828 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Calls & Texts to 15 Countries
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included
  • 12 Months Foxtel Now Subscription – 1 Channel Pack

min. cost $1068 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vodafone Mobile Phone Deals

The big red V perhaps unsurprisingly has some enticing mobile phone deals running most of the time. Most commonly found across its plans is bonus data – up to quadruple the standard amount of data, depending on your choice of plan. Vodafone has even been known to offer free Netflix subscriptions from time to time, although this promo isn’t available currently.

  • Vodafone often boosts data allowances – September offers include up to 20GB of bonus data on selected SIM-only 12-month plans.
  • Vodafone is currently offering up to 20,000 Qantas Points on selected plans, available to customers signing up online.
  • Sign up to a 12-month SIM-only plan before 10 September, and you’ll get your first month’s plan fees waived.
  • Students can claim a $5 monthly discount on selected SIM Only month-to-month and 12-month plans. This offer expires 2 October, 2018.
  • Add an additional qualifying month-to-month SIM plan of equal or lesser value to your existing Vodafone account before 2 October, and you’ll score 10% off monthly plan fees.

The more you spend, the more bonuses you stand to receive. Out of the ‘Big 3’, Vodafone seems to be the most generous with its bonus data, but you’ll have to weigh up if that is worth switching.

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Vodafone Logo

$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Students get Double Data

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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OVO Mobile Phone Deals

OVO Mobile is a competitive prepaid provider on the Optus network. As part of OVO’s ‘Winter Binge’ offer, the telco provides up to double the data for the first three months on its Large and Extra Large plans. This means that for your first 90 days,  you’ll get a massive 25GB every 30 days on the Large plan, and 40GB every 30 days on the Extra Large option. OVO also has access to data-free streaming of certain sports, including rugby, through its app, as well as a free cyber safety software login on all plans.

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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
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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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Yomojo Mobile Phone Deals

Yomojo is yet another Optus network reseller with some competitive plans. It is also a provider that offers identical plans on both a prepaid and postpaid basis – the choice is in the hands of the consumer. Yomojo also offers family bundling discounts. If you bundle two or more services, you stand to save up to 15% every 30 days,  as opposed to if you sourced each plan separately.

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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
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15GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $34.90 over 30 day plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $34.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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30GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $59.90 over 30 day plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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90GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $89.90 over 30 day plan period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $89.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Exetel Phone Deals

Exetel is already one of the cheaper NBN providers out there, but did you know it also provides some great low-cost phone plans? Exetel runs on the Optus 4G network, and although no-contract options are available, there are incentives to sign up to a 12 month plan. For example, for just under $15 per month you could get unlimited calls & texts, plus 2.5GB data and unlimited international texts, while the month-to-month option gets just 1.5GB and 600 minutes of call value. It’s shaping up to be a common theme here; better deals if you’re willing to sign up for 12 months.

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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
Amaysim Logo

Value 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Overseas SMS
  • $50 International Calls

min. cost $299.88 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Extra Value 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Overseas SMS
  • $300 International Calls

min. cost $419.88 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $34.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Plus 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Overseas SMS
  • $500 International Calls

min. cost $599.88 over 12 month plan period

23GBMax Data**/billing period $49.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Amaysim Phone Deals

Amaysim is already well-known as a cut-price Optus network reseller, offering five prepaid mobile phone plans. Amaysim also offers energy plans, as well as NBN deals, and while there aren’t any specific bundling discounts available right now, in previous months Amaysim has provided free mobile plans for customers signing up for energy .

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Amaysim Logo

UNLIMITED 2.5GB Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 5GB Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

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

UNLIMITED 15GB Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 20GB Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Vaya Mobile Phone Deals

Since being under the wing of Amaysim, Vaya has continued to build upon its competitive postpaid SIM-only plans. Like its bigger brother, Vaya uses the Optus network and offers four base plans. Month-to-month plans are available, but if you’re willing to sign up for six-month contract, you can get a few dollars off your phone plan per month. If you can commit to six months, you stand to receive a pretty good deal.

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

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
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Optus Mobile Phone Deals

Optus is known for offering plenty of incentives for customers, including bonus data and the following plan extras:

  • Data-free music streaming from Google Play, Spotify, and iHeartRadio
  • Free Optus Sport, including live Premier League content
  • Free National Geographic content
  • Data-free TV streaming from Netflix, Stan, and ABC iView for $5 per month

Currently, new or upgrading customers signing up for a phone on a 24-month My Plan Plus or My Plan Flex contract will receive a bonus 5GB each month, provided you sign up online. Optus’ $125 My Plan Plus and Flex option is also now discounted to $105 per month on two-year contracts, a saving of $20 each month; this offer is available until 13 September, 2018.

Optus’ 12 month SIM-only plans also carry data bonuses, and double data is currently available on each plan listed below: an extra 3GB on the $35 plan, 15GB on the $45 option, 25GB on the $55 plan, and 40GB on the $65 deal. Plus, the $45, $55, and $65 plans all feature a 20% plan fee discount when you sign up by 1 October, 2018.

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Optus Logo

$35 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 3GB bonus data

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 15GB bonus data
  • 20% off plan fees – now $36/mth

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

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

$55 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Bonus 25GB data
  • 20% off plan fees – now $44/mth

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

$65 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 40GB bonus data
  • 20% off plan fees – now $52/mth

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Kogan Mobile Phone Deals

Kogan Mobile is known as a cut-price prepaid provider, operating on the Vodafone 4G network. Although all of its prepaid plans are offered on a 30-day contract-free basis, Kogan is especially competitive if you commit to 90 days or more upfront. For example, although its Large 17GB plan is $36.90 every 30 days, you’ll pay $99.90 for 90 days upfront – which works out to be just $33.30 monthly. The savings get larger if you commit to a longer period, but the below table lists each plan’s 30-day pricing.

If you buy any of Kogan’s prepaid Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large 30-day plans before 11 September, 2018, you’ll receive your first month for just 98 cents. Likewise, if you sign on for a Small or Medium 365-day plan by 18 September, you’ll also nab a discount: you’ll save $27.80 on the Small plan, and $94.26 on the Medium.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day billing period

17GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day billing period

32GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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ALDI Mobile Phone Deals

While you line up for your milk, bread and Special Buys, you might want to pop an ALDI Mobile SIM card in your trolley as well. As of May 1, what were previously just data bonuses became permanent fixtures in the plan. This means that you can enjoy a massive 30GB data for only $55; enough for streaming, a lot of social media, and plenty of cat videos. ALDI Mobile is a prepaid provider running off the Telstra network, so you know you’re getting great coverage.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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XL Value Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries
  • 200 mins to 50 countries
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $35 over 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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XXL Value Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries
  • 300 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $45 over 30 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Jumbo Value Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries
  • 400 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $55 over 30 day billing period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Catch Connect Mobile Phone Deals

Catch Connect is a new provider on the block, offering prepaid plans on the Optus 4G Plus network. The telco already has some of the most competitive plans in the country, and if you sign up to a 90-day plan before October 2, 2018, you’ll get double data for your first three months – that’s up to 90GB for $89. Catch Connect’s 30-day plans also offer great inclusions, as shown below, and right now new customers can sign up to the 3GB, 6GB or 15GB plans for just $0.99 for their first 30 days. This offer is available until 10 September, 2018, but doesn’t include the telco’s new 30-day 24GB plan, which is available for $49.90.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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30 Day Plan – 3GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $15 over 30 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period
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30 Day Plan – 6GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $25 over 30 day billing period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
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30 Day Plan – 15GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over 30 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Coles Mobile Phone Deals

Coles Mobile recently updated its prepaid plans, with two out of its four options now featuring 35 expiry period. If you’re willing to commit for twelve months, Coles is also offering a 365-day plan for $180, whereby you get 36GB of total data. This works out to be 3GB each month for only $15, but you will have to pay upfront and ration out your data pool over the course of the year.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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35 Day Plan – 3GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 35 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
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35 Day Plan – 10GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 250 minutes to 10 countries

min. cost $40 over 35 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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365 Day Plan – 36GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $180 over 365 day billing period

36GBMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Jeenee Mobile Phone Deals

Jeenee Mobile is always in the running for having some of the more competitive SIM-only plans, and offers a bunch of  discounts on its Large one-month, six-month, and 12-month offerings. Sign up by 30 September, 2018, and you can save either 5% or $5 per month, depending on your choice of plan. Commit to Jeenee for 12 months, and you can grab 10GB of data for $23.75 per month, or 23GB for just $40 monthly.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Large – 8GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $276.37 over 12 months

8GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large – 15GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International Calls

min. cost $372.37 over 12 months

15GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large – 23GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $500 International Calls

min. cost $552.37 over 12 months

23GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Lebara Mobile Phone Deals

Lebara has some hot deals going around on its 30-day offers, especially if you’re activating a new plan. New Lebara customers can score a bonus 13GB by activating the $29.90 Medium starter pack; an extra 10GB on the $39.90 Large starter pack; and 10GB more on the $49.90 Extra Large plan. You can also claim an extra 3GB for auto-recharging on any of Lebara’s 30-day plans, and an additional bonus 2GB by recharging the $29.90 Medium plan. All of Lebara’s offers end November 30, so you’ve got some time on your hands to make the most of these deals.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 3GB Auto-Recharge bonus

min. cost $24.90 over 30 day billing period

3.5GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 3GB Auto-Recharge bonus

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 3GB Auto-Recharge bonus

min. cost $39.90 over 30 day billing period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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LycaMobile Mobile Phone Deals

Chances are you’ve probably seen a LycaMobile SIM pack in your local Coles, Woolies or convenience store, but what you might not know is the company has a solid range of prepaid plans on offer, all of which use Telstra’s 4G and 3G networks. Currently, new customers can receive up to 70% off their first recharge; for example, LycaMobile’s $40 Unlimited M Plan is now $12 for your first 28 days. The S and M plans also include bonus data if you auto-renew online (1GB and 3GB per month, respectively).

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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S

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 12 countries

min. cost $30.00 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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XL

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 54 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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SpinTel Mobile Phone Deals

SpinTel‘s bonus data deal for its small $9.95 plan appears to now be a permanent plan feature, so you’ll get 1.5GB of data every 30 days for the life of your plan (plus 200 minutes of calls and unlimited texts/MMS). If you’re after a plan under $10 this one could be for you, but keep in mind that your talk time isn’t unlimited. If you prefer unrestricted calling, all SpinTel plans of $15.95 per month and up include unlimited national calls and text.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$9.95 plan

  • 200 minutes, unlimited texts

min. cost $9.95 over 30 day billing period

1.5GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$19.95 plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $19.95 over first 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$25.95 plan

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

min. cost $25.95 over first 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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TeleChoice Mobile Phone Deals

TeleChoice is yet another provider offering discounts on its 12 month plans. If you sign up for a year, you’ll get a more competitive phone plan at your disposal – with savings between $2 and $8 per month available. It may not seem like much, but that adds up to close to $100 annually in savings. During September, TeleChoice is throwing in bonus data on its $25 and $40 12-month SIM plans – you’ll get an extra 1GB per month on the $25 option, and a bonus 6GB on the $40 plan.

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LIVE $25 Plan

  • Unlimited, plus unlimited international texts
  • Discounts by signing up for 12 months
  • $15 setup fee if purchased in-store
  • Bonus 1GB of data

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
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LIVE $35 Plan

  • Unlimited, plus unlimited international texts
  • Discounts by signing up for 12 months
  • $15 setup fee if purchased in-store

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

13GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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LIVE $40 Plan

  • Unlimited, plus unlimited international texts
  • Discounts by signing up for 12 months
  • $15 setup fee if purchased in-store
  • Bonus 6GB of data

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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TPG Mobile Phone Deals

On four out of its five prepaid plans, TPG is offering discounted rates for your first six months. This means that you can grab up to 50% off plan prices, depending on your choice of plan, and save up to $90 in total – a pretty good deal, especially as this means that you can score 10GB of data for just $15. TPG currently uses Vodafone’s coverage, but has announced it will start building its own network, with plans to switch it on late 2018/early 2019.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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T4G Medium

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $15/mo for first six months

min. cost $15 per month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $29.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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T4G Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $19.99/mo for first six months

min. cost $19.99 per month

15GBMax Data**/billing period $34.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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T4G Extra

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $24.99/mo for first six months

min. cost $24.99 per month

20GBMax Data**/billing period $39.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Woolworths Mobile Phone Deals

Woolworths Mobile is the only supermarket phone plan provider to offer plans bundled with a new mobile phone; available devices include the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The telco is currently offering bonus data on each new Flexi Plan Starter Pack purchased before 22 October, 2018: 1GB on the $30 plan, 5GB on the $40 plan, and 8GB on the $50 option.

If you’re interested in prepaid, you can also score bonus data on both your starter pack and recharges, depending on your plan. The $10 starter pack includes 9GB of extra data when you set up auto-recharge, and both the $40 and $50 starter kits include an extra 4GB with every recharge between now and 22 October, 2018. As a long-running bonus offer, you stand to get two Woolworths Rewards points for every dollar spent on your Flexi plan, for up to 36 months.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$30 SIM Only

  • limited National Calls & SMS
  • 200 International SMS
  • 1GB bonus data, expires 22 October

min. cost $360 over 12 months

6GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$40 SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 5GB bonus data, expires 22 October

min. cost $480 over 12 months

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
Woolworths Mobile

$50 SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 8GB bonus data, expires 22 October

min. cost $600 over 12 months

24GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Belong Mobile Phone Deals

As a longstanding internet provider, Belong has expanded to offer mobile phone plans on the Telstra network. As a direct subsidiary of Telstra, Belong exists as a low-cost alternative to the big blue telco, and offers some interesting postpaid mobile phone plans. For $25, for example, you can receive unlimited calls & texts, plus 5GB data. Belong also allows customers to ‘bank’ any unused gigabytes each month for later use, provided you pay for your service on time each month.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited Calls & SMS
  • Add international talk & text for $5 extra

min. cost $25 over 1 month billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international talk & text included

min. cost $40 over 1 month billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Dodo Mobile Phone Deals

Dodo is probably already known as a cheap provider, but is currently going one step further: offering extra data if you sign up for 12 months. Right now, customers who sign up for the telco’s SIM-only plans will receive 50% off their monthly plan fee for the first six months, on both 12-month and month-to-month options – a saving of up to $120. Dodo also operates on Optus’ 4G network nationwide, so you’ll get great coverage and fast data speeds.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Regular

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • $10/mth for your first six months

min. cost $180 over 12 months

6GBMax Data**/billing period $20.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Value

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $15/mth for your first six months

min. cost $270 over 12 months

20GBMax Data**/billing period $30.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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The Lot

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS & 300 mins to 88 countries
  • $20/mth ffor your first six months

min. cost $360 over 12 months

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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What’s the deal with these mobile phone deals?

Choosing a mobile phone plan is more than just naming your price and how much data, calls and texts you want. If there are two identical plans that have caught your eye, then you’d probably be best going with the one that offers the most incentives.

  • These incentives come in the forms of extra data, periodical discounts and bonus stuff, such as entertainment offers or even free accessories. However, there’s usually a catch to get these deals.
  • Often there are a few hoops to jump through, like buying online only, buying before a certain date, redeeming your offer within a certain period, and so on.

While these deals may be great on paper, you might think twice if you have to do too much legwork. As for the big three providers:

  • Vodafone seems to be the most generous with bonus data, while Optus tends to have the widest variety, and Telstra has the longstanding Foxtel packages on offer.

Overall, the main message is that you probably shouldn’t choose a plan just based on what bonuses it offers. Often you’ll find these bonuses don’t last for very long, and you’ll soon be back to ‘business as usual’. In any case, it pays to look at both the big three providers and a range of MVNOs to see what deals are out there, and whether one tickles your fancy.

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