What are the best phone plans on the Telstra network?

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Did you know there is more to the mobile phone plan world than just the ‘Big Three’ – Telstra, Vodafone and Optus? There are, in fact, more than 30 mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that piggyback off these three networks. The end result is that you have a lot more choice and the ability to bag a bargain if you shop around.

As the largest network in Australia, it’s little wonder a lot of MVNOs want to get on board the Telstra train. The telco giant has the most expansive network in the country and given its great reception in many rural areas, it’s a claim that seems to hold true. Despite some high-profile outages in recent times, Telstra serves several million Aussie customers. However, there are several third-party providers which also utilise Telstra’s network services to provide their own mobile phone plans – and in many cases, provide similar or superior value. Most are SIM-only and operate online, but offer convenience and great prices.

If you’ve been thinking of switching services, but love the Telstra coverage, then you may want to consider other providers that use the Telstra network. Read on for our list of providers using Telstra’s nationwide networks, or jump straight into our SIM-only comparison tool below to find a great deal.

Compare the best mobile plans using the Telstra network

While Telstra might not be the cheapest telco on the market, you can still pick up a cheap phone plan from many of the MVNOs using the Telstra network. However Telstra often makes up for the price with a range of bonuses and extras generally not available through other telcos, not to mention access to its full mobile network and expanding 5G network.

Postpaid plans on the Telstra network

The table below shows a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $50 or under, listed in order of standard advertised monthly cost, lowest cost first, then by data allowance. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products which may contain links to referral partners.

Prepaid plans on the Telstra network

The table below shows a selection of comparable prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard advertised monthly cost, lowest cost first, then by data allowance. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products which may contain links to referral partners.

 

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Mobile Providers on the Telstra Network

There are a handful of operators on the Telstra network, with both prepaid and postpaid bases covered. If you’re having trouble deciphering whether prepaid or postpaid is the way to go, then this article may help.

Here’s a list of mobile providers that use the Telstra network:

Boost Mobile

A prepaid service provider that, historically, has marketed to a younger demographic, Boost Mobile has ‘matured’ a little since the early 2000s, growing into a great-value telco across the board. It ceased using the Optus network in 2013, and jumped ship to Telstra. Currently, Boost is the only MVNO to make full use of the Telstra network – others only use parts of it.

Boost Mobile offers a range of prepaid plans running across different expiry periods, with the main offerings running on 28-day expiry periods. Boost packs a lot of value into the plans with generous data and all plans include unlimited international calls and SMS to select countries, plus data-free streaming of Apple Music. All in all, you get get some fantastic value for money and all with full access to the Telstra network. The below table includes all of Boost’s 28-day plans with sponsored links.

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: 14GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 26/10/20.

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: 14GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 26/10/20.

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: 14GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 26/10/20.

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: 14GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Terms apply. Offer expires 26/10/20.

min. cost $70 over 28 day expiry

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

Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid plans

As a grocery giant in the mobile phone market, Woolworths Mobile offers four postpaid plans priced at just $20, $30, $40 and $50 on 12-month plans. You’ll have access to data banking and Woolworths Mobile often includes bonus data on some plans.

Woolworths Mobile also offers prepaid plans, with some similarities to the postpaid options. You can also get postpaid Flexi Mobile plans in conjunction with a new phone, which are also similar to these postpaid plans but in conjunction with handset repayments. Plans bundled with a phone are available on 24 or 36-month payment periods and you can choose from a selection of Samsung or OPPO devices.

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 31/10/20).

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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

TeleChoice

A small service provider that offers both SIM-only and handset phone plans, TeleChoice differs from its competitors in a number of ways. Unlike most MVNOs, TeleChoice maintains brick-and-mortar stores nationwide and offers its postpaid plans on various plan periods, including month-to-month plans, 12 month and 24-month plans. Another way TeleChoice stands out is its Prepay plans, not to be confused with prepaid plans. Essentially you prepay the minimum monthly charge upfront for several months access to your ‘postpaid’ plan —either seven or 13 months of service— and if you go over your inclusions, you pay the excess on a post-paid basis.

TeleChoice offers four different postpaid plans across all of the plan periods, with prices for the month-to-month plans starting at $18 up to $48 per month. If you sign up to a 12 or 24-month plan, you can expect a lower monthly fee and you can save even more on the prepay plans. If you’re looking at a new handset, TeleChoice will give you four different plan and phone bundle choices. The below table features the 12-month plans, which includes sponsored links.

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
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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 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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Belong Mobile

As a direct Telstra subsidiary, Belong offers a dead-simple approach to its postpaid plans, offering two plans: Regular and Large. Starting at $25 and going up to $40 over a one-month period, all plans feature unlimited national calls and texts and if you need international call inclusions, you can add an international calling pack to select countries for an additional $5 on the Regular plan. The Large plan already includes unlimited standard international calls and text to select countries.

The big plus for Belong users is access to unlimited data banking. This means that any unused gigabytes will roll over and can be stashed away for future use and you can even gift your data to other Belong mobile users. All Belong plans are offered on a monthly basis, with no lock-in contracts. The below table includes Belong’s postpaid plans and includes sponsored links.

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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Pennytel

Pennytel has had an interesting history, having relaunched on the Telstra network in early 2018 after the telco liquidated back in 2013. This small telco keeps things simple with four postpaid plans available, all of which come with unlimited calls and SMS. Plans begin at $10.99 per month for 1GB of data, up to $29.99 for 20GB.

Pennytel prides itself on comprehensive customer service, with service hours on Monday to Friday from 8am to midnight, and from 9am to 9pm on weekends. All Pennytel plans are SIM-only and contract-free, with both 4G and 3G Telstra coverage. The below table includes all five plans and sponsored links.

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 Cost^^/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 Cost^^/billing period
Pennytel Mobile

5GB Medium SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19.99 over one month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $19.99Advertised Cost^^/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 Cost^^/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 Cost^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

ALDI Mobile

ALDI Mobile offers a range of prepaid phone plans, including pay-as-you-go options and a family pack, however the five ‘Value Packs’ are the main offerings and aimed at the average phone user. All of the Value Packs include include unlimited standard national calls and SMS.

Starting at $15 with 3GB of data and going up to the $45 for 50GB of data. Most of these packs also include unlimited standard calls and SMS to 15 select countries. ALDI Mobile does have some competitive rates with good included value.

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 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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Lycamobile

Lycamobile’s prepaid plans are all contract-free, and are ideal for anyone looking for great international calling inclusions: selected plans include unlimited calls to up to 54 countries. Even if you don’t have family or friends overseas, Lycamobile’s plans all feature unlimited standard national talk and text and generous data.

You can get a couple of cheap plans with no international call inclusions, but the XS, S, M, L and XL plans are where the value for money really is with international call inclusions. Lycamobile uses the Telstra 4G and 3G networks, and offers multilingual customer service.

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 12 countries

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

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

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

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

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

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 54 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

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

Tangerine Telecom

Perhaps more known for its NBN plans, Tangerine Telecom offers a straightforward selection of eight postpaid SIM-only plans. All plans are available as month-to-month plans and include unlimited standard national calls and SMS. Data inclusions start at 1GB and go up to 100GB so there are choices for a range of data users. Unlimited international calls to 15 select countries are available on all plans except the $9.90 plan and $19.90 plan.

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

20GB Mobile SIM

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

min. cost $34.90 over one month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $34.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Think Mobile

40GB Mobile SIM

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

min. cost $54.90 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $54.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Think Mobile

100GB Mobile SIM

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

min. cost $79.90 over one month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Think Mobile

If you’re thinking of getting a new phone plan, Think Mobile is an interesting proposition. It’s based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and is yet another dual-carrier postpaid MVNO (the other network used being Vodafone), with plans on the Telstra network starting at $15 per month, but not including data.

Think’s ‘Classic’ Telstra network plans all offer 4G coverage, but the data amounts aren’t huge; the maximum included data is 2GB on the $35 plan. Think Mobile’s Vodafone network plans are a little more competitive, so if you’re not set on a network, you may prefer the ‘Ultimate’ Think Mobile plan options.

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

Classic Simple $15

  • $200 included value
  • 24c calls + 20c flagfall/12c SMS/5c MB data

min. cost $15 over one month plan period

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Think Mobile

Classic Unlimited + 2GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Think Mobile

Ultimate $30 Plan

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

min. cost $30 over one month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Telstra (prepaid)

This list wouldn’t be complete without Telstra itself. The telco giant has a pretty big selection of prepaid plans with expiry periods starting at 7 days and going up to 365 days. Most customers will opt for the Pre-Paid Max deals, which start at $10 per recharge over a 7-day expiry for unlimited talk and text, plus a rollover data bank of up to 200GB. Plans also include unlimited standard international calls to 20 countries.

Prepaid Telstra plans also include some of the perks you’ll find on postpaid options. Customers will enjoy unlimited live streaming of AFL, netball, A-League and NRL games, plus data-free Apple Music. Plans also come with free and unlimited Telstra Air data, which lets you use WiFi instead of data across a wide range of locations in Australia.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Prepaid Max $10

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $10 over 7 day expiry

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $30

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $5 extra credit

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

8GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $10 extra credit

min. cost $40 over 35 day expiry

18GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Max $50 Recharge

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $15 extra credit

min. cost $50 over 42 day expiry

28GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $150

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $50 extra credit

min. cost $150 over 6 month expiry

60GBMax Data**/billing period $150Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $300

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $100 extra credit

min. cost $300 over 12 month expiry

150GBMax Data**/billing period $300Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Telstra (postpaid)

Telstra offers four main SIM-only plans, all of which are available on month-to-month contracts. These start at $55 per month for 40GB of high-speed data, and all four options include unlimited lower-speed data (capped at 1.5Mbps).

Telstra may seem expensive, but it is of course the only provider here to offer unbridled access to its own network – others only receive parts of it, or in Boost’s case, do not receive the full 4GX LTE speed range. Currently Telstra is the only telco to benefit from the Telstra 5G network, as MVNOs have not been granted access. Telstra also sweetens the deal with things like NRL & AFL game passes and data-free music streaming, so there is extra value that could make these plans more appealing to you.

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
  • 3 months free BINGE streaming subscription (redeem by 18/01/21).

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
  • 3 months free BINGE streaming subscription (redeem by 18/01/21).

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
  • 3 months free BINGE streaming subscription (redeem by 18/01/21).

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
  • 3 months free BINGE streaming subscription (redeem by 18/01/21).

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

What are the best mobile plans on the Telstra network?

Choosing the best Telstra network mobile plan for you should be decided by three factors:

  1. Do you want a prepaid or postpaid phone plan?
  2. What is your budget?
  3. What inclusions do you need (call, SMS, data, etc)?

Once you’ve narrowed down if you want a prepaid or postpaid plan, compare the plans from those providers using the Telstra network and see which providers offer plans around your budget and the inclusions you need. For example, if you only want to spend $20-$30 on your phone plan and you need a minimum of 10GB of data, compare plans from these providers to see which telco matches your criteria the best. If you have your comparison narrowed down to a few providers, you might then look at the length of the plan (whether its on a contract, month-to-month or the expiry period if prepaid), and any other perks available from the provider, such as data banking, entertainment extras, etc.

To help you compare phone plans on the Telstra network, our comparison tool at the top of the page can display plans from a range of telcos and you can filter by cost and inclusions.

Which Telstra network provider should I choose?

Choosing one in this large range of providers can be confusing. In the end, it’s all based on what your call, text and data needs are. With more than 60 plans to choose from, chances are there’s a plan on the Telstra network out there for you. Telstra may be Australia’s dominant telco provider, but it is by no means the only option if you’re after a great-value plan on the Telstra network.

Plans and providers on the Telstra network – a summary

Below is a quick glance at some of the plans we’ve mentioned above.

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Pennytel Medium SIM only 4GB $19.99 No contract
Belong Mobile 10GB SIM only 10GB $25 No contract
TeleChoice LIVE $35 plan 35GB $35 12 months
Think Mobile Classic $35 2GB $35 No contract
Boost Mobile $40 Prepaid 30GB $40 No contract
Telstra (prepaid) Prepaid Max $40 35GB $40 No contract
Belong Mobile 40GB SIM only 40GB $40 No contract
TeleChoice LIVE $45 plan 55GB $45 12 months
ALDI Mobile XXL Value Pack 30GB $45 No contract
Woolworths Mobile Large 35GB $50 12 months
LycaMobile XL 60GB $50 No contract
Tangerine Telecom 40GB Mobile SIM 40GB $54.90 No contract
Telstra (postpaid) $65 Medium plan 80GB $65 No contract
Boost Mobile $70 Prepaid 65GB $70 No contract

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