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 at Canstar Blue, we explore 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 so you can grab the best phone plan for your needs.

Best Mobile Phone Plans – quick glance

Looking for a quick comparison of some of the best phone plans and prices? Below is a selection of SIM-only phone plans to compare before we jump into what deals are on offer from a range of telcos.

Postpaid Plans Under $20

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $20 or less, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Prepaid Plans Under $20

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $20 or less, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

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iPhone 12 5G Phone Plan Deals

iPhone 12 phones in five colours
Source: Apple

Apple’s latest iPhone upgrade landed in October 2020. If you’re interested, here are a selection of published iPhone 12 deals on offer from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.

iPhone 12 Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 64GB Apple iPhone 12 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a wide range of telco providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

iPhone 12 Pro Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB Apple iPhone 12 Pro plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a wide range of telco providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Here’s the cheapest way to get the 64GB iPhone 12 from each major telco:

  • Optus Choice Small $39 Plan (10GB data): $76.46 per month ($39 plan + $37.46 phone payment). Total cost $1,348.56 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $39 plan added on, $2,752.56 over 36 months.
  • Vodafone $40 Lite Plan (10GB data): $77.47 per month ($40 plan + $37.47 phone payment). Total cost $1,349 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $40 plan added on, $2,789 over 36 months.
  • Telstra Small Plan (40GB data): $111.20 per month ($55 plan + $56.20 phone payment). Total cost $1,348.80 over 24 months just for your phone; with the $55 plan added on, $2,668.8 over 24 months.

If you’re looking for more information on the iPhone 12 and the other 5G iPhones, as well as details on plans and prices from the telcos, you can check out our guides on Telstra iPhone 12 series plans, Optus iPhone 12 series plans and Vodafone iPhone 12 series plans.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Phone Plan Deals

Samsung Galaxy S20 phone in pink colour
Eyeing up the Samsung Galaxy S20? Now could be the best time to score a deal on the most-wanted device from either Telstra, Vodafone, Woolworths Mobile or Optus.

Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Plans

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

Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Plans

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Plans

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

Here’s the cheapest way to get the 128GB Samsung Galaxy S20 5G from each major telco:

  • Woolworths Mobile Extra Small Plan (3GB data + 2GB bonus data): $68 per month ($25 plan + $43 phone payment). Total cost $1,548 over 36 months just for your phone, with the $25 plan added on, $2,448 over 36 months.
  • Vodafone $40 Lite Plan (10GB data): $68 per month ($40 plan + $28 phone payment). Total cost $1,008 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $40 plan added on, $2,448 over 36 months.
  • Optus Choice Small $39 Plan (10GB data): $80.62 per month ($39 plan + $41.62 phone payment). Total cost $1,498.32 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $39 plan added on, $2,902.32 over 36 months.
  • Telstra Small Plan (40GB data): $117.45 per month ($55 plan + $62.45 phone payment). Total cost $1,498.80 over 24 months just for your phone; with the $50 plan added on, $‭2,818.8‬0 over 24 months.

You can find more Samsung Galaxy S20 series plans from Telstra, Vodafone, Woolworths Mobile and Optus.

What is the best phone plan?

Infographic with four things to consider when choosing a phone plan
There is no straightforward answer to this question. What might look like a good phone plan to one person, might not be the best mobile phone plan for another person. Everyone’s needs are different, so it’s important to consider what you need from your phone plan. In order to determine the best phone plan for your needs, you’ll need to do some research to give you an idea on what is available from Aussie telcos. There are also several things you will need to consider, such as cost and inclusions, when looking for the best phone plan for your needs:

  • Plan type: Prepaid or postpaid, phone-on-a-plan or SIM-only, along with the contract length or billing period of the plan.
  • Cost: Plans can vary from under $10 to over $100 and these costs are often determined by the plan type and inclusions.
  • Inclusions: How much call, text and data is included on the plan, do you need international calls or roaming, along with other extras.
  • Network: Which network is the carrier with and will you get coverage where you live and work?

Best Phone Plans October 2020

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, Southern Phone, Moose Mobile and supermarket mobile brands such as Woolworths Mobile and ALDI. However, you’ll still find deals and offers available from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

Further below the page you’ll find more details on some of the best phone plan deals available this month from some of Australia’s most-popular telcos. If you want a quick glance of a few of the deals currently available, these are the best mobile phone deals available in October 2020:

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Deal
Amaysim $10 Unlimited 1GB Prepaid 1GB $10 SIM for $3 on first 4 renewals, plus 500MB bonus data
Vodafone $45 SIM-Only Lite+ Plan 30GB + 2Mbps unlimited capped-speed data Save $60 over 12 months ($5 off plan fees for 12 months) + 10GB bonus fast-speed data (40GB in total)
Boost $30 Prepaid 20GB Get 14GB bonus data on first 3 recharges

Last updated October 2020.

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. 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 include some international call inclusions, with the included countries varying from plan to plan. Plans are available across seven-day, 28-day, six-month and 12-month expiry plans.

Currently you can pick up 15GB of bonus data on Boost’s $30, $40, $50 and $70 28-day plans, but this is for your first three recharges only. Terms apply. Offer expires November 23, 2020. Boost Mobile has also cut prices on its 12-month 30GB SIM, offering the normally $120 pack for $100 through to November 9, 2020 and throwing in a bonus 70GB of data.

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

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 20 countries, 100 mins & SMS to 35 countries, 100 MMS to 55 countries
  • Special offer: 15GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 23/11/20.

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 25 countries, 200 mins & SMS to 30 countries, 200 MMS to 55 countries
  • Special offer: 15GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 23/11/20.

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 25 countries, 200 mins & SMS to 30 countries, 200 MMS to 55 countries
  • Special offer: 15GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 23/11/20.

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$70 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 30 countries, 300 mins & SMS to 25 countries, 300 MMS to 55 countries
  • Special offer: 15GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 23/11/20.

min. cost $70 over 28 day expiry

65GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Southern Phone Mobile Phone Deals

Southern Phone is a telco with a conscious, giving back some of its profits to regional councils to help with infrastructure and community projects. It’s below Green plans operate on the Optus 4G network, on both month to month and 12-month plans. If you’re happy to sign on for 12 months, you stand to receive slightly better deals with extra data compared to the month-to-month options.

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $108 over 12 month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $240 over 12 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $360 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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XX-Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $720 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/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 also has a range 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 with more data for your money.

Currently you can pick up some special offers on month-to-month plans. For $14.80 per month, you’ll now get 6GB of data (which reverts back to 2.5GB after you stay connected for 12 months) and for $21.80 per month, you’ll get 20GB of data for the first 12 months you stay connected (which reverts back to 8GB after 12 months). Terms apply. These offers may be withdrawn 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. This table includes links to a referral partner.

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Moose 14 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $168 over 12 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 23 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $276 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $23Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 29 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $200 international call credit

min. cost $348 over 12 month plan period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $29Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 36 SIM Only – 12M

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

min. cost $432 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $36Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 46 SIM Only – 12M

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

min. cost $552 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $46Advertised Cost^^/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 across its prepaid and postpaid plans, including data-free Apple Music streaming from the service. You’ll also get:

  • Free Telstra Air WiFi hotspot use
  • Data-free sports streaming from Australian netball, A League, NRL, AFL and AFLW
  • Data-free streaming of Apple Music

If you’re looking for a plan with a phone — such as the new iPhone 12 series, or the Samsung Galaxy S20 series — the below month-to-month plans are available with devices bundled on, or as SIM-only. If you do decide to buy a new device from Telstra, you will pay it off over 12 or 24 months and your monthly plan payment depends on which phone plan you choose to bundle with your device.

Currently, customers can score a massive $50 monthly discount on Telstra’s Extra Large postpaid plan for their first 12 months, saving you $600 in your first year. This sees the plan price go from $115 per month to $65, and includes 180GB of data plus unlimited standard national talk and text. This offer is available through to 16 November, 2020, and is open to SIM-only customers and those adding a new smartphone to their Telstra plan. Terms apply.

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $55 over one month

40GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included

min. cost $65 over one month

80GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included

min. cost $85 over one month

120GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included
  • Special offer: $50 off plan fees for first 12 months. Ends 16/11/20, terms apply.

min. cost $115 over one month

180GBMax Data**/billing period $115Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone Mobile Phone Deals

Vodafone, perhaps unsurprisingly, has some enticing mobile phone deals running most of the time. Most commonly found across its plans is bonus data, depending on your choice of plan. Vodafone has even been known to offer free subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime from time to time, so keep an eye out to see what’s on offer.

Vodafone often boosts data allowances and includes discounts on plan fees across SIM-only prepaid and postpaid along with plans bundled with phones. Students can score bonuses like extra data or discounts on plans, so keep an eye out for what is currently on offer.

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. If you’re looking for a new phone, you’ll have the choice of plans similar to the below SIM-only plans, however data inclusions may vary on the phone plans.

Vodafone is currently offering new postpaid customers up to $240 off plan fees over their first 12 months. Sign up to the $40 SIM Only Lite plan or $45 SIM Only Lite+ plan and save $5 per month for your first 12 months, or the $55 Sim Only Super and $65 SIM Only Super+ plans to save $10 per month for 12 months, or the $120 SIM Only Ultra plan to save $20 per month for 12 months, in the form of credit. This offer is available until November 12, 2020. You can also pick up 20GB of bonus data on the $40 plan and 10GB of bonus data on the $45 plan. Terms apply, offer expires November 12, 2020.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$40 SIM Only Lite Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 2Mbps after 10GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: Save $5 per month (in the form of $60 credit) when you stay connected for 12 months. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.
  • Get 20GB bonus data per month. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $40 over first month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 SIM Only Lite+ Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 2Mbps after 30GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes to Zone 1 countries
  • Special offer: Save $5 per month (in the form of $60 credit) when you stay connected for 12 months. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.
  • Get 10GB bonus data per month. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $45 over first month

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 SIM Only Super Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 10Mbps after 60GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries
  • Special offer: Save $10 per month (in the form of $120 credit) when you stay connected for 12 months. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $55 over first month

60GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 SIM Only Super+ Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 10Mbps after 100GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries
  • Special offer: Save $10 per month (in the form of $120 credit) when you stay connected for 12 months. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $65 over first month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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$120 SIM Only Ultra Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 25Mbps after 150GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries
  • Special offer: Save $20 per month (in the form of $240 credit) when you stay connected for 12 months. Offer expires 12/11/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $80 over first month

150GBMax Data**/billing period $120Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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TeleChoice Mobile Phone Deals

TeleChoice is another provider offering discounts if you sign up on a contract over 12-month or 24-months rather than the month-to-month plans. If you sign up for a year or two, you’ll get a more competitive phone plan at your disposal — with savings between $3 and $9 per month available. It may not seem like much, but that adds up to $100+ annually in savings.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small 12M

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

min. cost $192 over 12 month plan period

4.5GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium 12M

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

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

Large 12M

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

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Large 12M

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

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

55GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Cost^^/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 six prepaid mobile phone plans. Amaysim also offers energy plans and while there aren’t any specific bundling discounts available right now, Amaysim had previously provided free mobile plans for customers signing up for energy. Plus, the prepaid range includes an Unlimited 60GB plan for $50 over a 28 day billing period, that’s less than $1 per 1GB.

Currently you can pick up the $10 plan for $3 over your first four renewals, plus you’ll get an extra 500MB of bonus data (1.5GB in total) for as long as you stay on this plan. Terms apply. Offer expires October 31, 2020. You can also get great deals on a couple other plans — pick up the $40 plan for $18 on your first renewal (plus you’ll get an extra 10GB of data), or pick up the $30 plan and you’ll get an extra 10GB of data (40GB in total) for as long as you stay on this plan. Terms apply, both offers expire October 31, 2020.

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

UNLIMITED 1GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: Pick up the $10 SIM for $3 (for your first 4 renewals), plus get 500MB bonus data (1.5GB in total). Terms apply. Offer expires 31/10/20.

min. cost $10 over 28 day expiry

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 5GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day expiry

5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 30GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries
  • Special offer: Get 10GB bonus data (40GB in total) for as long as you stay on this plan. Terms apply. Offer expires 31/10/20.

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 45GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries
  • Special offer: Pick up the $40 SIM for $18 (for your first renewal), plus get 10GB bonus data (55GB in total). Terms apply. Offer expires 31/10/20.

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

45GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 60GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries
  • 300 min standard international calls to 22 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 S20, S20+ and S20 Ultrae. Not only that, but you can also choose between prepaid plans and 12-month SIM-only plans.

You can score bonus data on postpaid and handset plans each month if you purchase and activate a plan before 31 October, 2020.

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Woolworths Mobile

Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 3GB data + 2GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/10/20).

min. cost $240 over 12 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 18GB data + 2GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/10/20).

min. cost $360 over 12 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 22GB data + 18GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/10/20).

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 35GB + 25GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/10/20).

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/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 five month-to-month plans with some fairly generous data inclusions for your money.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Unlimited M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $24 over one month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $24Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited L

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $36 over one month plan period

38GBMax Data**/billing period $36Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited XL

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $44 over one month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $44Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited XXL

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $56 over one month plan period

64GBMax Data**/billing period $56Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 and SMS, plus 10GB 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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Regular 10GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Add international talk & text for $5 extra

min. cost $25 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large 40GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls and SMS

min. cost $40 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Dodo Mobile Phone Deals

Dodo is primarily known for its internet plans, however it also has a small range of postpaid plans on month-to-month plans with optional international call, MMS and data add ons. You can pick up a plan for $5 with call and SMS inclusions, with the option of adding on a 2GB data pack for an additional monthly $10. Dodo also operates on Optus’ 4G network nationwide, so you can expect great coverage and fast data speeds.

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No-Data Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • Add on 2GB data for additional monthly $10

min. cost $5 over one month plan period

N/AMax Data**/billing period $5Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$5 Plan + 2GB Data

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • Add on 2GB data for additional monthly $10

min. cost $15 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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6GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • 100 standard international minutes to 35 countries

min. cost $20 over one month plan period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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12GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international SMS
  • 200 standard international minutes to 35 countries

min. cost $30 over one month plan period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Catch Connect Mobile Phone Deals

Catch Connect offers prepaid plans on the Optus 4G Plus network. The telco has plenty of options available, so whether you prefer a 30-day, 90-day or 365-day plan, you’ll be able to find a prepaid plan to suit your needs. All plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, with data inclusions varying from plan to plan. This small telco is also known to offer discounts and offers from time to time, so keep an eye out to see what’s available.

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$20 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 30 day expiry

15GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$60 90 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $60 over 90 day expiry

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$120 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $120 over 365 day expiry

60GBMax Data**/billing period $120Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$150 365 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $150 over 365 day expiry

120GBMax Data**/billing period $150Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus Mobile Phone Deals

Optus is known for offering plenty of incentives for customers across its range of plans, including bonus data and free Optus Sport, including live Premier League content

It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled for these and other offers, like special Promo plans for set devices, plan discounts and even free gifts with certain plans and device plans.

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$39 Small Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $39 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $39Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$49 Medium Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport data free

min. cost $49 over one month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$59 Large Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • 2GB global roaming data

min. cost $59 over one month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$79 Extra Large Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • 4GB global roaming data

min. cost $79 over one month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Circles.Life Mobile Phone Deals

New telco on the block Circles.Life offers a different approach to SIM-only plans – selling a single unlimited talk and text deal for $28 per month. This customisable plan includes 20GB of data, with the option to add an additional 20GB for a further $10 per month. Customers can also add one-off data boosts ($6 for an extra 3GB) whenever necessary, with data bonuses also available for referring friends.

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$28 SIM-Only plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $28 over one month expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $28Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$28 SIM-Only plan + $10 data add-on

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $38 over one month expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $38Advertised Cost^^/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 with discounts if you commit to 90 days or more upfront.

For example, although its Large 20GB 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.

Right now, Kogan is offering 3GB bonus data for 30 days on all new and existing prepaid plans. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day expiry

13GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Cost^^/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. ALDI’s plans mean you can enjoy a massive 50GB for $45; enough for social media scrolling lots of video streaming. ALDI Mobile is a prepaid provider running off the Telstra network, so you know you’re getting great coverage. You’ll also be able to rollover any of your unused data.

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$25 Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls and SMS to 15 countries
  • 100 mins to 35 countries

min. cost $25 over 30 day expiry

18GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls and SMS to 15 countries
  • 200 mins to 35 countries

min. cost $35 over 30 day expiry

37GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$45 Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls and SMS to 15 countries
  • 300 mins to 35 countries

min. cost $45 over 30 day expiry

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Lebara Mobile Phone Deals

Lebara has been on the Aussie market since 2001 and has a reputation for keeping customers connected to friends and family overseas with its range of SIM-only prepaid plans. Lebara also offers some generous bonus data inclusions from time to time, so it’s worth keeping an eye out to see what is on offer from the telco.

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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 20 countries

min. cost $24.90 over 30 day expiry

12GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 30 countries

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day billing period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 45 countries

min. cost $39.90 over 30 day billing period

45GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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TPG Mobile Phone Deals

On its four prepaid plans, TPG is offering discounted rates for your first six months. TPG currently uses Vodafone’s coverage, and while the telco had started building its own network, it has had to cancel this plan more recently, so customers can probably expect to stay put with the Vodafone network, especially as these two telcos look likely to merge in the future as Vodafone builds its 5G network.

Currently new customers can enjoy discounts on the first six months of plan fees — $19.99 plan is now $10, $24.99 plan is now $12.50, $29.99 plan is now $15 and the $39.99 plan is now $20. This offer may be withdrawn at any time, terms apply.

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Super Value Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: Get the $24.99 plan for $12.50 per month for first six months. New customers only. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Terms apply.

min. cost $24.99 over one month expiry

14GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Super Value Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: Get the $29.99 plan for $15 per month for first six months. New customers only. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Terms apply.

min. cost $29.99 over one month expiry

25GBMax Data**/billing period $29.99Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Super Value Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100 standard international minutes
  • Special offer: Get the $39.99 plan for $20 per month for first six months. New customers only. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Terms apply.

min. cost $39.99 over one month expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $39.99Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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How to choose the best mobile phone deal

Choosing a great mobile phone deal is more than just choosing the cheapest price and how much data, calls and texts you want. As previously mentioned, when you choose your phone plan, there are several things to consider — plan type, cost, inclusions and network. Let’s go into a bit more detail to help you choose the best mobile phone deal for your needs.

Plan type

The first thing to consider is what type of plan you’re interested in. Do you only need a SIM card or would you like a new smartphone on a plan? If you want a new handset, this will limit your selection of telcos as only a small group of telcos offer new phones on a plan. If you already have a phone or are planning on buying your device outright, you’ll need to decide whether a prepaid or postpaid SIM-only plan is right for you. Generally you can get similar call, text and data inclusions on both prepaid and postpaid, but there are pros and cons to both. For a more in-depth guide on SIM-only plans, you can check out our SIM-only plans guide. If you’re interested in a new phone, whether its a cheap smartphone or a premium device, check out our smartphone comparison, iPhone, Samsung or OPPO guides for more information on devices and plans.

Cost

Everyone likes to save a bit of money, but the cheapest phone plan isn’t always the ‘best’ phone plan. While a phone plan for $10 or less might sound great, these plans generally have very limited inclusions, especially data, with around 1GB-2GB of data as standard. Cheap prepaid plans might also run on a short expiry period of seven or 10 days, requiring you to recharge three to four times per month. If you’re a big data user, the inclusions on these cheaper plans might not be enough data for you — you could find yourself paying excess data charges, which are generally around $10 for 1GB of extra data. Think about your monthly budget and what you can afford to spend on your plan as a starting point.

Inclusions

The inclusions on a plan can often determine the cost of the plan. When looking at call, SMS, data and other inclusions, such as international calls and entertainment extras, you need to be realistic with what you will actually use. If you’re a very light phone user and sign up to a plan with 10GB of data, you might find you use less than half of your data allowance, so you could be better off on a plan with 5GB or less. If you’re a heavier data user, these days many plans include very generous data inclusions with some plans even offering over 100GB. Some providers also include unlimited data at capped speeds of 1.5Mbps, so you won’t get charged for excess data usage. Plans might also include entertainment extras like data-free sports streaming and free subscriptions, or other extras like data pooling, international calls, global roaming inclusions or bonus data. If you’re on a tight budget but you’re looking at plans with 10GB or more, the good news is that these plans can cost around $20-$30 and are generally quite affordable for most Aussies.

Network

Another important factor to consider is which mobile network you’ll be on. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone all operate mobile networks in Australia, but many of the smaller telcos, known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), run on parts of these networks. If you’re in a regional or remote part of Australia, you might find you’ll only have coverage from one or two networks and in most cases, the MVNOs won’t always have access to the full network coverage that the network operator does. Once you’ve found a plan you’re interested in, check that telco’s website to find out if you will have coverage in your area, including where you work and any place you travel to regularly.

Extras and deals

Once you’ve compared phone plans from several providers, if there are a couple virtually identical plans that have caught your eye, then you might be better off going with the one that offers the most incentives like bonus data, data banking or entertainment extras. However, there’s usually a catch to get these deals, 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, while they are generally the most expensive plans on the market, they do pack in value for money:

  • Telstra has the data-free Apple music and sports streaming options with access to some of the most popular sport competitions in the country, along with the Telstra Air WiFi network and free entertainment subscriptions.
  • Vodafone seems to be the most generous with bonus data and its plans with unlimited capped data are at reasonable price points, plus you’ll have access to its $5 international roaming.
  • Optus has a good balance between data inclusions and price, while offering data-free streaming of sports on most plans.

Overall, the main message is that you probably shouldn’t choose a plan just based on what bonuses it offers. You might find these bonuses don’t last for very long or might require you to hop on a more expensive plan than you had intended. 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 a certain provider really suits what you’re looking for.

How to compare mobile phone deals

When you’ve considered the above points and have a clear idea of a budget, phone plan type, inclusions you want and network you’d prefer, you can use these preferences as a guide to comparing phone plans. Our comparison tool at the top of this page makes comparing phone plans quick and easy, plus, it’s free to use. Simply choose your phone plan type (prepaid, postpaid or phone on a plan), and then you can apply filters such as price, call, SMS and data inclusions or by device if you’re looking at phone on a plan. When you compare mobile phone plans from a range of providers, you’ll have a clear idea of what plans are out there and what kind of value you can get for your money, to help you find the best mobile phone plan for your needs.

Mobile phone deals: a quick summary of providers

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Catch Connect 13GB 30 Day Plan 13GB $29.90 No contract
Boost Mobile $40 Prepaid 30GB $40 No contract
Southern Phone Medium 18GB $30 12 months
Moose Mobile Moose 23 SIM Only 18GB $23 12 months
Telstra Large SIM Only 120GB high speed, unlimited at 1.5Mbps $85 No contract
Vodafone $45 SIM Only Lite+ Plan 40GB high speed, unlimited at 2Mbps $45 No contract
TeleChoice LIVE $25 Plan 20GB $25 12 months
Belong Mobile 10GB SIM Only 10GB $25 No contract
Amaysim Unlimited 45GB 45GB $40 No contract
Vaya Unlimited $36 20GB $36 6 months
Kogan Large 20GB $36.90 No contract
ALDI Mobile $45 Plan 50GB $45 No contract
Optus $49 Medium Choice Plan 60GB $49 No contract
Lebara Large 45GB $39.90 No contract
TPG Mobile Medium Plan 14GB $24.99 No contract
Woolworths Mobile Small 18GB $30 12 months
Dodo 12GB Plan 12GB $30 No contract

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