No Contract Phone Plans

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In a sea of expensive iPhone plans and lengthy contracts, it can be very tempting to strip it back and choose a SIM only, no lock-in contract phone plan instead. These refer to postpaid phone plans that don’t come with a handset — you have to BYO — and last around 30 days or a month. You can cancel at any time and not incur any cancellation fees or other costs that can really add up.

No Contract Phone Plan Providers

Here are just some of the Aussie telcos offering no contract phone plans right now:

Data is billed automatically mostly to the tune of $10 per gigabyte and most plans will generally include unlimited calls and SMS, varying amounts of data plus some international call inclusions. While some telcos only offer plans as no-contract, some providers give you the choice between a contract or a month-to-month plan. Generally the telco will offer incentive for signing up to a contract, such as a cheaper monthly price or more data than the month-to-month counterpart plan.

Telstra no contract phone plans

Australia’s largest telco had previously offered a huge range of phone plans, however Telstra now focuses on offering a more simplified range of plans. This includes the introduction of a suite of four postpaid plans all on no lock-in contracts. These plans are available as SIM-only plans or can be bundled with a handset. Technically if you choose to bundle these plans with a new phone, you’ll be able to switch between plans freely, however cancelling altogether will require you to pay off your handset.

If you go SIM-only, you’ll have freedom to switch plans or cancel whenever you want. Telstra’s postpaid plans plans have also eliminated excess data charges, meaning that once you go over your included data allowance, you’ll be able to continue using data at the capped speed of 1.5Mbps, which is still fast enough for standard-definition video streaming.

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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
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Vodafone no contract phone plans

Vodafone offers both 12-month and month-to-month SIM only postpaid plans. There are three monthly SIM-only plans to choose from, starting at $35 for 1GB of data, and going up to $55 with 15GB of data included, all with unlimited standard national calls and SMS.

You do have the option to add Vodafone passes on to these plans, where for an extra $5-$15 per month, you’ll get data-free streaming of chat, social media, music or video apps. The Chat pass is the cheapest at $5, while the Video pass is $15 and included standard-definition streaming of Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime Video. The $60 plan does include some international call inclusions with 2,000 minutes to Zone 1 countries (including China and New Zealand) and 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries (including Brazil and Italy).

Of course, if you sign up for a 12-month contract, you’ll not only have more choice of plans with six plans to choose from, but the data inclusions are much more generous for your money. You’ll also have the option to sign up to a Plus plan, which includes a set amount of high-speed data and then unlimited data at a capped speed.

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$35 SIM Only M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 SIM Only M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $45 over one month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 SIM Only M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $55 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose Mobile no contract phone plans

If you’re after more choice when looking for a new phone plan, Moose Mobile offers a large selection of postpaid SIM-only plans, with seven 12-month plans and seven no lock-in plans to choose from. You can expect to get more included value for your money if you’re willing to commit to 12 months, however the month-to-month plans are still generous and start at $8.80 for 1GB of data (with 200 minutes of standard national calls) and go up to $49 for 40GB of data plus $300 of international call credit. Moose Mobile uses the Optus network to deliver services across Australia.

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Moose 8.80 SIM Only

  • 200 minutes standard national calls
  • Unlimited standard national SMS

min. cost $8.80 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $8.80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 14.80 SIM Only Promo Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: Special promo plan with 8GB data per month for the first 12 months. Plan reverts to 2.5GB after 12 months. Offer expires 31/12/19 unless withdrawn. Terms apply.

min. cost $14.80 over one month plan period

8GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 19 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $19Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 24.80 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $24.80 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 29 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $29Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 39 SIM Only

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

min. cost $39 over one month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $39Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 49 SIM only

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

min. cost $49 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Southern Phone no contract phone plans

Operating on the Optus network, the Southern Phone Green plans are available as both 12-month and no lock-in plans, with five plans to choose from on 12-month contracts and four on the month-to-month plans. For $12 on a no lock-in plan, you’ll get 500MB of data and unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while going up to $50 will get you 15GB in addition to the unlimited standard national calls and SMS. If you’re willing to commit to a 12-month plan, you will get more data at the same price points.

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Green 12

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $12 over one month

500MBMax Data**/billing period $12Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $22 over one month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 35

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 50

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $50 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Belong no contract phone plans

Belong, which operates on the Telstra network and is owned by Telstra, really keeps it simple when it comes to its range of plans. The telco only offers three postpaid plans on no lock-in contracts and all plans come with unlimited standard national calls and SMS. The $10 plan comes with 1GB of data, while the $25 plan includes 10GB of data, with both plans including the option to add on international call inclusions for an additional $5 per month. However, if you select the $40 plan with 30GB of included data, you’ll get access to unlimited standard international calls to 33 select countries.

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1GB SIM Only

  • 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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10GB SIM Only

  • 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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30GB SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 33 countries

min. cost $40 over one month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Other no contract phone plan providers

These six providers aren’t the only telcos offering no-contract phone plans. There are some other Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) which also offer no lock-in plans. Often the postpaid no-contract space is where most do battle, offering more data for less money. Other telcos offering no-contract phone plans include:

Is a no contract phone plan right for me?

In the fierce world of SIM only phone plans, seeking flexibility could be beneficial if you’re serious about saving money and like to switch providers and plans to suit your needs. Plans change all the time, and being free to move around can pay off in the long run. SIM only phone plans only seem to be going in one direction with providers routinely offering more data for less money.

However, it may still be tempting to choose a lock- plan as the providers often offer even more data for your money if signing on for 12 or 24 months. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus especially offer much more data for your money, in addition to perks like data-free streaming or unlimited capped-speed data, if you commit to a contract.

In any case, seeking flexibility means you may sacrifice some data and extras in the short term to benefit in the long term. From what we’ve seen, providers tend to change plans multiple times a year, so don’t be afraid to shop around every so often for the next best deal.

No Contract Phone Plans: a quick summary

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Telstra Small Plan 15GB $50 No contract
Vodafone $55 SIM Only M2M 15GB $55 No contract
Moose Mobile Moose 25 SIM Only 10GB $25 No contract
Southern Phone Green 50 15GB $50 No contract
Belong 10GB SIM Only 10GB $25 No contract

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