Prepaid Mobile Plans & Providers

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Canstar Blue’s annual review of prepaid phone plan providers compares Boost Mobile, ALDI Mobile, Kogan Mobile, Amaysim, TPG, Vodafone, Optus & Telstra based on value for money, customer service, network coverage, ease of recharge, sign up & activation, billing and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Most Satisfied Customers | Boost Mobile

For the first time, Boost Mobile has topped our customer ratings for prepaid phone plans, earning top marks in key areas such as network coverage, customer service and billing.

What a boost! Boost Mobile rated best for prepaid plans

If you want maximum flexibility, control, and bang for your buck, a prepaid mobile phone plan could be the way to go. Once the ugly duckling of mobile plans, many prepaid deals now offer awesome value for money without locking you into a contract. There’s also no chance of bill shock, as you simply get what you pay for. Activating a new plan is incredibly easy and you can switch service providers in no time at all if you find a better deal. All the big telcos offer prepaid plans; but as our customer ratings suggest, you could bag an even better bargain by comparing some of the smaller providers, too.

With so many prepaid providers competing for your business, finding the best deal for your personal needs and preferences can become a real challenge. That’s why we provide an annual review of prepaid mobile providers to see which are stacking up best on important factors like network coverage, ease of recharging, customer service, and value for money. The idea is to give you as much information as you could wish to receive, so you can make the best-informed decision you can.

This year, Canstar Blue’s prepaid mobile plans review sees Australia’s big three carriers – Vodafone, Optus and Telstra – duke it out among some smaller providers, namely Boost Mobile, ALDI Mobile, Kogan Mobile, Amaysim and TPG. So, which prepaid provider do Aussies rate best?

Our 2018 review of prepaid phone plans saw eight telcos rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:

  • 1st Boost Mobile
  • 2nd ALDI Mobile
  • 3rd Kogan Mobile
  • 4th Amaysim
  • 5th TPG
  • 6th Vodafone
  • 7th Optus
  • 8th Telstra

Boost Mobile replaces ALDI Mobile at the top of the prepaid standings after the discount supermarket chain’s four-year spell of success.

  • Boost Mobile was the only provider to achieve top results in overall satisfaction. It also rated five stars for customer service, network coverage, ease of recharge, sign up & activation and billing.
  • ALDI Mobile and Kogan Mobile were the only ones to rate five stars on value for money, but along with Amaysim, they had to settle for four stars overall.
  • It was three stars overall for TPG, Vodafone, Optus and Telstra.

So, it’s evident that Boost Mobile faced some stiff competition, but what are the providers offering in terms of their plans? Below is a brief glimpse into what these eight providers are offering. Read on for more specific details from each brand.

Prepaid Phone Plans

Below are selected published deals from the prepaid providers on our database, listed in order of price, that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are sponsored products but you can use our comparison tool to find more plans from other providers.

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

16GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $34.90 over 30 day expiry

16GBMax Data**/billing period $34.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Catch Connect Logo

20GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over 30 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 500 standard international minutes to select countries

min. cost $49.95 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Max $50

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 10 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $15 extra credit
  • 17GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges (first recharge by 13/05/19)

min. cost $50 over 42 day expiry

28GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS to 25 countries, 200 mins & SMS to 30 countries, 200 MMS to 55 countries
  • Get 15GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. First recharge by 13/05/19. Terms apply.

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$50 Combo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 mins to Zone 1 countries, 150 mins to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $50 over 35 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile Prepaid Plans

Boost Mobile operates on the Telstra network and is in fact the only provider aside from Telstra to get FULL access to the network. Other carriers only use parts of the Telstra network, meaning total coverage could be compromised out in the bush. Boost Mobile has five prepaid plans, starting at just $10, all the way up to $70. Like with Telstra, Boost Mobile comes with data-free music streaming and international call allowances on all plans.

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

$10 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 20 countries, 100 mins & SMS to 20 countries, 100 MMS to 55 countries

min. cost $10 over 7 day expiry

3GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$20 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 20 countries, 100 mins & SMS to 20 countries, 100 MMS to 55 countries

min. cost $20 over 28 day expiry

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

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 20 countries, 100 mins & SMS to 20 countries, 100 MMS to 55 countries
  • Get 15GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. First recharge by 13/05/19. Terms apply.

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 15GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. First recharge by 13/05/19. 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 15GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. First recharge by 13/05/19. 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 15GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. First recharge by 13/05/19. Terms apply.

min. cost $70 over 28 day billing period

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

ALDI Mobile Prepaid Plans

ALDI Mobile has long been a strong contender in our prepaid ratings, and like Boost, uses the Telstra network. ALDI SIM cards can be picked up in-store for $5 upfront, but this is $5 of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) credit so you can use your service straight away. ALDI Mobile plans start at $15 and all Value Packs come with unlimited calls and SMS. All five plans include data rollover and all but the $15 plan, includes unlimited international calls to select countries.

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

Small Value Pack

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $15 over 30 day expiry

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period
ALDIMobile Logo

Large Value Pack

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • 100 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 upfront cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $25 over 30 day expiry

9GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
ALDIMobile Logo

XL Value Pack

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • 200 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 upfront cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $35 over 30 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
ALDIMobile Logo

XXL Value Pack

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • 300 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 upfront cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $45 over 30 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
ALDIMobile Logo

Jumbo Value Pack

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • 400 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 upfront cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $55 over 30 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Kogan Mobile Prepaid Plans

Kogan is perhaps more famed for its online retail business, selling cheap TVs and other bargains, but its prepaid phone plans are also very competitive with decent data inclusions for good prices. Kogan Mobile is also one of the few providers to offer bulk-buy discounts, whereby customers can prepay for 90 or 365 days upfront and save money in the long run. Kogan Mobile uses the Vodafone 4G network.

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

Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $16.90 over 30 day expiry

3GBMax Data**/billing period $16.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Kogan Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over 30 day expiry

13GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Kogan Logo

Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
Kogan Logo

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

Amaysim Prepaid Plans

Amaysim focuses on providing good value for money with six prepaid plans starting at $10 and going up to $60 on 28-day billing periods, with automatic renewals. All plans come with unlimited calls and texts and the data inclusions start at 1GB and go up to 60GB. Amaysim operates on the Optus 4G network and has historically been a great performer in our ratings.

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

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
Amaysim Logo

UNLIMITED 2.5GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day expiry

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

UNLIMITED 10GB

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

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

UNLIMITED 20GB

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

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

UNLIMITED 40GB

  • 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

40GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

UNLIMITED 60GB

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

min. cost $60 over 28 day expiry

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

TPG Prepaid Plans

TPG offers five plans, which run on the Vodafone network. The $1 plan operates as a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) plan, while the other four run as standard prepaid plans. These plans start at $19.99 for 4GB data and go up to $39.99 for 20GB of data. Three out of the four plans also include a small amount of international minutes. While these plans run over a 30-day expiry with no minimum term, TPG will sometimes offer discounts over the start of your plan, which could be a good enough saving to keep you around for a bit.

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

T4G Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $10 per month for first six months

min. cost $10 over 30 day expiry

4GBMax Data**/billing period $19.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
TPG Logo

T4G Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $15 per month for first six months

min. cost $15 over 30 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $29.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
TPG Logo

T4G Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $19.99 per month for first six months

min. cost $19.99 over 30 day expiry

15GBMax Data**/billing period $34.99Advertised Data^^/billing period
TPG Logo

T4G Extra

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes
  • $24.99 per month for first six months

min. cost $24.99 over 30 day expiry

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

Telstra Prepaid Plans

Telstra is yet another provider with a large array of prepaid plans, with its Max plans arguably being the most competitive. Plans start at $10 and go up to $300 but they all have different expiry periods. All plans come with unlimited calls and SMS, along with access to sports streaming including the NRL and AFL, free access to Telstra Air WiFi data and data-free music streaming. If you think of Telstra as more of a ‘lifestyle’ product than just a strict phone plan, the big blue telco stacks up pretty well.

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

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

2GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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
  • 17GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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
  • 15GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $40 over 35 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Max $50

  • 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
  • 17GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $50 over 42 day expiry

28GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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 Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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

Vodafone Prepaid Plans

Vodafone has a few prepaid plans available, with the option to bulk-buy multiple recharges in one go to save a bit or money, which effectively turn them into long-term plans. Its data-focused combos start at $30 which runs over a 28-day expiry and if you time it right, you might be able to score some bonus data if its currently on offer. The other two plans have 35-day expiries, which means if you find you’re running low on data by day 28, those extra 7 days may provide more value.

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

$30 Combo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$40 Combo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 500 mins to Zone 1 countries, 100 mins to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $40 over 35 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$50 Combo Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 mins to Zone 1 countries, 150 mins to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $50 over 35 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus Prepaid Plans

Optus is another provider that has a large range of prepaid plans. Arguably the most exciting range is the ‘Epic Data’ set of plans, which come with a fair amount of data as the name suggests. Plans here start at $10 over a 5-day recharge period. All plans of $30 and up come with unlimited calls and texts, and users get an extra 10GB to use solely for streaming Netflix, Stan and ABC iView. If you’ve a penchant for streaming on your commute or when out and about, these plans could be for you.

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

Epic Data $30

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 10GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 25GB on first 3 recharges (offer expires 03/06/19)
  • $5 extra credit

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Epic Data $40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 20GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 25GB on first 3 recharges (offer expires 03/06/19)
  • $10 extra credit

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Epic Data $50

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 30GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 25GB on first 3 recharges (offer expires 03/06/19)
  • $15 extra credit

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Epic Data $60

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 40GB data, plus 10GB to stream
  • Bonus 25GB on first 3 recharges (offer expires 03/06/19)
  • $20 extra credit

min. cost $60 over 28 day expiry

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Prepaid Phone Plans Explained

Prepaid mobile phone plans are typically the least complicated type of phone plan, simply delivering a service for upfront payment. While most prepaid mobile plans are available a 28 or 30-day basis, several other shorter and longer alternatives are also available. Some providers have plans with just a one-day or two-day expiry period, while others have year-long expiry periods. Shorter-term plans are especially ideal for overseas visitors. Many telcos also offer pay as you go (PAYG) plans, which let you purchase a set amount of credit to use however you see fit or you pay for what you use.

With prepaid plans, it’s very much a case of what you see is what you get. Once you’ve run out of credit or used up all of your call time, texts or data, you will need to purchase a temporary add-on or recharge your plan again. This is in contrast to postpaid plans, with which you are charged extra when you exceed your plan’s limitations.

The greatest advantage of prepaid mobile plans is that you have complete control over your spending, with no bill shock at the end of the month. If you want a break from your service because you’re going overseas, or just want to save some money, you can simply not recharge. With postpaid plans, you are automatically billed every month, even if you hardly use your plan inclusions.

However the main disadvantage of prepaid mobile plans is there is no safety net if you run out of credit and can’t afford to buy an add-on or recharge. With postpaid plans, you can make calls, send texts or use mobile data and simply pay for it later, which might be easier to budget for. Prepaid phone users are more likely to go long periods without a service because they have run out of credit.

There are pros and cons to prepaid and postpaid services, but the advantages of prepaid seem to outweigh the negatives. You get maximum flexibility and control over your spending, you’re not tied into a contract, and you will usually get fantastic value.

Featured prepaid mobile plans

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Billing Period
Yomojo 16GB Plan 16GB $34.90 30 days
Catch Connect 20GB 30 Day Plan 20GB $35 30 days
OVO Mobile Extra  Large 40GB $49.95 30 days
Telstra  Prepaid Max $50 28GB $50 42 days
Boost Mobile $50 Prepaid 40GB $50 28 days
Vodafone $50 Combo Plus 30GB $50 35 days

If you’re set on a prepaid mobile plan, we hope you find what you’re looking for at Canstar Blue.

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Frequently asked questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 6,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have a prepaid mobile phone plan in their name and they pay the bills – in this case, 1,909 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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