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 plan deals and prices? Below are some selected published postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This selection of plans includes links to referral partners.

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iPhone 11 Phone Plan Deals

iPhone 11 deals
Apple’s latest iPhone upgrade landed in September 2019. If you’re interested, here are a selection of published iPhone 11 deals on offer from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus.

iPhone 11 Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 64GB Apple iPhone 11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of 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 11 Pro Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 64GB Apple iPhone 11 Pro plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of 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 11 Pro Max Plans

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 64GB Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of 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 11 from each major telco:

  • Optus Choice Small $39 Plan (10GB data): $72.30 per month ($39 plan + $33.30 phone payment). Total cost $1,198.80 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $39 plan added on, $2,602.80 over 36 months.
  • Vodafone $40 Plan (10GB data): $73.30 per month ($40 plan + $33.30 phone payment). Total cost $1,199 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $40 plan added on, $2,639 over 36 months.
  • Telstra Small Plan (15GB data): $83.30 per month ($50 plan + $33.30 phone payment). Total cost $1,198.80 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $50 plan added on, $2,998.80 over 36 months.

If you’re looking for more information on iPhone 11 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 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Vodafone $40 Plan (10GB data): $81.63 per month ($40 plan + $41.63 phone payment). Total cost $1,499 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $40 plan added on, $2,939 over 36 months.
  • Telstra Small $50 Plan (15GB data): $91.63 per month ($50 plan + $41.63 phone payment). Total cost $1,499 over 36 months just for your phone; with the $50 plan added on, $3,298.68 over 36 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 Plan Deals March 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, Dodo and supermarket mobile brands such as Woolworths Mobile and ALDI.

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.

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.

Currently, the telco is offering a special introductory deal for new customers on select plans. You can pick up the $49.90 30-day plan for $4.90 for your first 30 days, while the $99.90 90-day plan is available for $14.90 for your first 90 days. If you’re happy to sign up for a 365-day plan, you can pick up some discounts on all four plans for your first 365 days. All of these plans are available until the offer is withdrawn. Terms apply.

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $16.90 over 30 day expiry

3GBMax Data**/billing period $16.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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13GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day expiry

13GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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20GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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40GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $4.90 for first 30 days, offer may be withdrawn at any time. Terms apply.

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 data-free Apple Music streaming and 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.

If you sign up to Boost’s $30, $40, $50 or $70 and activate your first recharge by 30 March, 2020 and the next two recharges to be activated by 31 May, 2020, you’ll receive a bonus 14GB of data each recharge for your first three recharges. Terms apply.

There are another couple offers available from Boost. Pick up the $30 SIM for $15 (new online customers only) terms apply, offer expires 30 March, 2020, and you can also pick up a bonus 40GB of data on the $150 12-month plan when you activate your SIM before 30 March, 2020 (terms apply, offer expires 30 March, 2020).

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
  • Get 14GB bonus data on the first 3 recharges. First recharge by 30/03/20, remaining two recharges by 31/05/20. Terms apply.
  • Special offer: Pick up the $30 SIM for $15. Terms apply (offer expires 30/03/20).

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/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
  • Get 14GB bonus data on the first 3 recharges. First recharge by 30/03/20, remaining two recharges by 31/05/20. Terms apply

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/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
  • Get 14GB bonus data on the first 3 recharges. First recharge by 30/03/20, remaining two recharges by 31/05/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/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
  • Get 14GB bonus data on the first 3 recharges. First recharge by 30/03/20, remaining two recharges by 31/05/20. Terms apply.

min. cost $70 over 28 day expiry

65GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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.

Currently, Southern Phone is offering monthly discounts on selected 12-month SIM plans. Customers can save up to $15 per month for the first 24 months of their service, depending on the plan selected. This offer is available to new customers only, through to 31 July, 2020.

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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $15 per month for your first 24 months, then $20 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 31/07/20.

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $22 per month for your first 24 months, then $30 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 31/07/20.

min. cost $264 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $30 per month for your first 24 months, then $40 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 31/07/20.

min. cost $360 over 12 month plan period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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X-Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $37 per month for your first 24 months, then $50 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 31/07/20.

min. cost $444 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $37Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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XX-Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $45 per month for your first 24 months, then $60 per month ongoing. Terms apply. Ends 31/07/20.

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 $19.80 per month, you’ll get 15GB of data for the first 12 months you stay connected (which reverts back to 4GB 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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Moose 14 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $168 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/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 Data^^/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 Data^^/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 Data^^/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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 11 series, or the Samsung Galaxy S10 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 can pay it off over either 24 months or 36 months – your total will be the same either way, but a longer payment period means your monthly payments will be smaller.

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
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $50 over one month

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/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 until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $60 over one month

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/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 until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $80 over one month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/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 until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $100 over one month

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/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 Netflix subscriptions from time to time, although this promo isn’t available currently.

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.

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

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 10GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$50 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 60GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

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

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 100GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $720 over 12 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 150GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $960 over 12 month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 Data^^/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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Data^^/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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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.

For a limited time you can pick up the $30 plan for $10 for the first 28 days, and you’ll also pick up 35GB of data for the life of your plan. Terms apply. Offer expires 31 March, 2020.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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UNLIMITED 1GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $10 over 28 day expiry

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/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 Data^^/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: $10 for first 28 days and 35GB data for the life of your plan. Terms apply. Offer expires 31/03/20.

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

45GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 S10, S10+ and S10e. 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 a plan before 31 March, 2020.

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

Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 3GB data + 2GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/03/20).

min. cost $240 over 12 month plan period

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

Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 18GB data + 2GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/03/20).

min. cost $360 over 12 month plan period

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

Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 22GB data + 18GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/03/20).

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

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

Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 35GB + 25GB bonus data per month (offer expires 31/03/20).

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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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Small 1GB

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

min. cost $10 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Data^^/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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Yomojo Mobile Phone Deals

Yomojo is yet another Optus network reseller with some competitive prepaid plans, including a plan specifically designed for kids. If you’re part of a multi-user household, the telco also offers family bundling discounts: bundle two or more services, you stand to save up to 15% every 30 days, as opposed to if you sourced each plan separately.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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2GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $15.90 over 30 day expiry

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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10GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $25.90 over 30 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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25GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35.90 over 30 day expiry

25GBMax Data**/billing period $35.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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45GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $49.90 over 30 day expiry

45GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 with no-contract plans starting at under $10 (with 300 minutes of calls, SMS and 1GB of data) and going up to $29.99 with a generous 18GB of data.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Super Saver 4G

  • 300 minutes standard national calls
  • Unlimited standard national SMS

min. cost $9.99 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Saver 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $14.99 over one month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $14.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Value 4G

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

min. cost $19.99 over one month plan period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $19.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Value 4G

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

min. cost $24.99 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Plus 4G

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

min. cost $29.99 over one month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $29.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Pennytel Phone Deals

After liquidating in 2013, Pennytel jumped back into the telco market when it was acquired by MyNetFone. Operating as a MVNO on the Telstra mobile network, Pennytel offers five SIM-only postpaid phone plans on a month-to-month basis. The focus is on simple plans across four price points and great customer support.

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

1GB X-Small SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $10.99 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Pennytel Mobile

2GB Small SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $15.99 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Pennytel Mobile

4GB Medium SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19.99 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $19.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Pennytel Mobile

10GB Large SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 15 countries

min. cost $24.99 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
Pennytel Mobile

20GB X-Large SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 15 countries

min. cost $29.99 over one month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $29.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

OVO Mobile Phone Deals

OVO Mobile is a competitive prepaid provider on the Optus network. OVO Mobile customers will also receive access to data-free streaming of partnered sports, including rugby, as well as a free cyber safety software login on all plans.

If you’re looking at a phone plan for your child, there are two OVO plans specifically designed for kids — the Mini and MiniPlus plans. The Mini plan includes some 500 minutes for standard national calls and unlimited national SMS with 2GB of data. The MiniPlus plan has unlimited standard national calls and SMS plus 4GB of data. There’s also some reasonable data inclusions on the top three plans with 30GB on the Medium, 35GB on the Large and 40GB on the Extra Large plan. The international call inclusions are also fairly generous with 100 to 1,000 minutes on the three top-level plans.

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Mini

  • 500 minutes standard national calls
  • Unlimited standard national SMS

min. cost $9.95 over 30 day expiry

2GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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MiniPlus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $14.95 over 30 day expiry

4GBMax Data**/billing period $14.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19.95 over 30 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Medium

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

min. cost $29.95 over 30 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $29.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

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

min. cost $34.95 over 30 day expiry

35GBMax Data**/billing period $34.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $49.95 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited L

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $36 over one month plan period

38GBMax Data**/billing period $36Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited XL

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $44 over one month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $44Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited XXL

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $56 over one month plan period

64GBMax Data**/billing period $56Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus Mobile Phone Deals

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

  • Free Optus Sport, including live Premier League content
  • Free six or 12-month Apple Music subscription

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.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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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 Data^^/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
  • Special offer: Up to 6 months free Apple Music

min. cost $49 over one month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/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
  • Special offer: Up to 12 months free Apple Music

min. cost $59 over one month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/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
  • Special offer: Up to 12 months free Apple Music

min. cost $79 over one month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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.

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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day expiry

13GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/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 Data^^/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 Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 48GB 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.

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

35GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/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

48GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Coles Mobile Phone Deals

Coles Mobile has a range of prepaid plans, with two out of its four options featuring a 35-day expiry period and the other two on 10-day and 365-day expiries. If you’re willing to commit for 12 months, Coles Mobile’s 365-day plan for $180, features 48GB 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.

As a running offer, if you sign up to Coles Mobile’s $20 or $40 plan, you’ll get extra data on your first three recharges. The $20 plan will give you 28GB in total on your first three recharges before reverting to 3GB, while you’ll get 35GB for your first three recharges on the $40 plan before reverting to 10GB. The catch is that these three recharges must occur within 90 days of activation and both plans run on 35-day expiry periods. This may be a limited time offer so it’s best to check the the Coles Mobile website for terms and conditions before signing up.

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35 Day Plan – 3GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 35 day expiry

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 250 standard minutes to 10 countries

min. cost $40 over 35 day expiry

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $180 over 365 day expiry

48GBMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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
  • Special offer: 6GB data + 6GB bonus data per month (offer available until withdrawn, terms apply).

min. cost $24.90 over 30 day expiry

6GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 30 countries
  • Special offer: 12GB data + 12GB bonus data per month (offer available until withdrawn, terms apply).

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day billing period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 45 countries
  • Special offer: 22GB data + 16GB bonus data per month (offer available until withdrawn, terms apply).

min. cost $39.90 over 30 day billing period

22GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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. The telco is also known to offer discounts on recharges and bonus data, so it’s worth checking from time to time to see whats available.

Lycamobile is currently offering bonus data and discounts on your first month’s plan fees across a range of plans for new customers, for a limited time.

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S

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 12 countries
  • Special offer: 30GB + 10GB bonus data (limited time, terms apply)
  • Special offer: Half-price SIM for first month only ($30 now $15). Offer available until withdrawn, terms apply.

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 15 countries
  • Special offer: 45GB + 5GB bonus data (limited time, terms apply)
  • Special offer: Half-price SIM for first month only ($40 now $20). Offer available until withdrawn, terms apply.

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

45GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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XL

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 54 countries
  • Special offer: Half-price SIM for first month only ($50 now $25). Offer available until withdrawn, terms apply.

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

SpinTel Mobile Phone Deals

SpinTel offers five postpaid mobile phone plans, with prices starting at $9.95 and going up to $26.95. While the Small plan offers you 2GB of data under $10, your national calls are capped at 100 minutes. However, if you prefer unrestricted calling, there is another $9.95 plan option with 1GB of data and unlimited standard national calls, along with the $15.95, $19.95 and $26.95 plans.

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$9.95 S Plan

  • 100 standard national minutes
  • Unlimited SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived for a limited time

min. cost $9.95 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$19.95 L Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived for a limited time

min. cost $19.95 over one month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$26.95 XL Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $100 standard international call credit
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived for a limited time

min. cost $26.95 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $26.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 Data^^/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 Data^^/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

20GBMax Data**/billing period $39.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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. As previously mentioned, when you choose your phone plan, there are several things to consider.

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, check out our smartphone comparison, iPhone or Samsung 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’. While a phone plan for $10 or less might sound great, these plans generally have very limited inclusions with around 1GB of data. 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 and 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 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 don’t come anywhere close to using up your data allowance, so you could be better off on a plan with 5GB or less. If you’re a heavier data user, 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.

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.

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.
  • Vodafone seems to be the most generous with bonus data and its plans with unlimited capped data are at reasonable price points.
  • 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.

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 $22 12 months
Moose Mobile Moose 23 SIM Only 18GB $23 12 months
Telstra Large SIM Only 100GB $80 No contract
Vodafone $50 SIM Only Plus Plan 60GB high speed, unlimited at 1.5Mbps $50 12 months
OVO Mobile Large 35GB $34.95 No contract
TeleChoice LIVE $25 Plan 20GB $25 12 months
Yomojo 25GB Plan 25GB $35.90 No contract
Belong Mobile 10GB SIM Only 10GB $25 No contract
Exetel Plus 4G 18GB $29.99 No Contract
Pennytel 4GB Medium SIM-Only 4GB $19.99 No Contract
Amaysim Unlimited 45GB 45GB $40 No contract
Vaya Unlimited $36 20GB $36 6 months
Optus $49 Medium Choice Plan 60GB $49 No contract
Kogan Large 20GB $36.90 No contract
ALDI Mobile $45 Plan 48GB $45 No contract
Coles Mobile 35 Day Plan – 10GB 10GB $40 No contract
Lebara Large 22GB $39.90 No contract
LycaMobile Medium 45GB $40 No contract
SpinTel $19.95 L Plan 7GB $19.95 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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