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.

Vodafone no contract phone plans

Vodafone offers both 12-month and month-to-month SIM only postpaid plans. There are three monthly SIM plans to choose from, starting at $35 for 2GB of data, and going up to $60 with 20GB 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

2GBMax 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

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 SIM Only M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 standard international call minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $60 over one month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Optus no contract phone plans

Much like Vodafone, Optus has both 12-month contract SIM-only plans and month-to-month SIM only plans with all plans including unlimited standard national calls and SMS. You’ll usually have the choice between four no-contract plans, starting at $45 for 3GB of data, going up to $75 for 40GB of data. These plans also allow you to add on the data-free music streaming for an additional $5 and the data-free video streaming for an extra $5 per month.

If you’re willing to go on a contract there are three plans to choose from, with more data for less money. You’ll also get entertainment extras, including that data-free music streaming for $0. You will have to pay an additional $5 per month for the data-free video streaming. If you’re after international call inclusions, you will have to go on the $40 or $50 12-month plan for access to international calls.

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$45 My Plan Plus M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $45 over one month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$55 My Plan Plus M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $55 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$65 My Plan Plus M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $65 over one month plan period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$75 My Plan Plus M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $75 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Exetel no contract phone plans

Exetel, which operates on the Optus network, keeps its mobile plans pretty straightforward with five no lock-in SIM-only plans. All five plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while the top three plans include some international call value. Prices start at $8.99 per month with 2GB of data, while the top-level plan is $29.99 a month with 18GB of data included. As Exetel only offers no lock-in plans, the focus is on providing generous data inclusions for your money, and it’s cheapest plan includes good value for money for under $10, making it a good plan option for kids, seniors and light phone users looking to save some money.

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Super Saver 4G

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $8.99 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $8.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 Go To Site
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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 Go To Site
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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 Go To Site
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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 Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 and international 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 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls
  • Unlimited national and international SMS

min. cost $14 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 19 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls
  • Unlimited national and international 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 25 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls
  • Unlimited national and international SMS

min. cost $25 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Moose 29 SIM Only

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

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
  • Unlimited national and international 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
  • Unlimited national and international SMS
  • $300 international credit

min. cost $49 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Southern Phone no contract phone plans

Southern Phone uses both the Telstra and Optus mobile networks to deliver services to Australians. If you’re after Telstra coverage, the Orange plans use the Telstra network and are only available as month-to-month no lock-in plans. For $15 per month you’ll get 1GB of data with unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while the top-level $60 plan gives you 30GB of data per month with unlimited standard national calls and SMS.

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Orange 15

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $15 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Orange 30

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over one month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Orange 45

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $45 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Orange 60 

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $60 over one month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

If you’d prefer the Optus network, the Green plans are available as both 12-month and no lock-in 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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Other no contract phone plan providers

These five 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:

Telstra is notably absent from this list and while Australia’s largest telco has previously offered no contract phone plans, the focus is now on providing three 12-month SIM-only plans in addition to plans with phone and prepaid plans.

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. 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
Vodafone $60 SIM Only M2M 20GB $60 No contract
Optus $55 My Plan Plus M2M 15GB $55 No contract
Exetel Value 4G 6GB $19.99 No contract
Moose Mobile Moose 25 SIM Only 10GB $25 No contract
Southern Phone Green 50 15GB $50 No contract

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