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Can I get a phone plan without data?

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Unlimited talk and text is pretty much the industry standard nowadays, with the amount of data being one of the main driving factors for price. So, if you don’t need it, can you get a mobile plan without data and potentially save some money on your plan?

If you’re not spending much time scrolling socials or browsing the web while you’re not connected to WiFi, it might be worth looking into no data phone plans. No-date or low data plans are usually suited for seniors, children or even just light phone users.

However, no data phone plans are extremely hard to come by, so your options may instead be a low-data plan or a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) set-up. In this Canstar Blue guide, we take a look at whether you can get no data phone plans in Australia and look at options so that you can make the choice that’s right for you and find the best mobile plan with or without data to suit your needs.

Are there no data phone plans?

There have been mobile plans without data in the past, but these plans are no longer available. However, this doesn’t mean that there are no options. While no data phone plans are rare, there are plenty of plans on the market that offer a small amount of data or even PAYG plans where you can use the credit however you like. In some situations, having even a small amount of data might be useful rather than searching specifically for no data SIM plans.

Cheapest no-data phone plans

There are very few phone plans without data, with the majority of phone plans having some kind of data inclusions. In fact, your best bet for a phone plan is going to be low-data plans as opposed to no-data plans.

Low-data plans are good for having a back-up plan when you’re out and about, for checking things on the internet or finding directions and using maps. There are a variety of low-cost, low-data plans on offer to suit different needs and budgets. To find the best no-data phone plan, it is best to compare different plans and providers to ensure that you’re getting the best deal for you.

Prepaid Plans Under $10

Here is a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $10 or less, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Compare more cheap prepaid mobile plans using our comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Postpaid Plans Under $10

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $10 or less, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Compare more cheap postpaid mobile plans using our comparison tool. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Cheapest PAYG phone plans

If you’re set on no data phone plans, but can’t find any, the next best thing is a Pay As You Go (PAYG) plan. You’ll just pay for credit and use that how you wish, much like the original prepaid plans. This is different to what are now called prepaid plans and long expiry plans, which usually have a set amount of calls, texts and data.

For example, a phone call might cost $0.09 per minute, a gigabyte of data up to $10, which is deducted from your credit balance after use. There are plenty of providers that offer PAYG plans to choose from, varying in cost, time periods and plan inclusions available. Prepaid PAYG plans are offered by big and small providers, including:

PAYG Telstra Plans

The following table shows selected Telstra Long Life Plus 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 to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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

Long Life Plus $20

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $20 over 45 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Long Life Plus $30

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $30 over 186 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Long Life Plus $50

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $50 over 186 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Long Life Plus $70

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $70 over 365 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Long Life Plus $100

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $100 over 365 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

PAYG Vodafone Plans

The following table shows selected Vodafone Pay and Go 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 to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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

$30 Pay and Go Starter Pack

  • PAYG
  • Data 4c per MB

min. cost $30 over 180 day expiry

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

$40 Pay and Go Starter Pack

  • PAYG
  • Data 4c per MB

min. cost $40 over 365 day expiry

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

$50 Pay as You Go Starter Pack

  • PAYG
  • Data 4c per MB

min. cost $50 over 365 day expiry

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

PAYG Optus Plans

The following table shows selected Optus Long Expiry 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 to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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

Long Expiry $10

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $10 over 45 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $20

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $20 over 90 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $30

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $30 over 186 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $40

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $40 over 186 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $50

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $50 over 186 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $60

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $60 over 365 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $70

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $70 over 365 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $80

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $80 over 365 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Long Expiry $100

  • Data 7c per megabyte

min. cost $100 over 365 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

PAYG Amaysim Plans

The following table shows selected of Amaysim Pay As You Go plan from 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 to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products from a referral partner.

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

Basic As You Go

  • PAYG
  • 15c/min calls, 15c texts, 15.4c/mb

min. cost $10 over 365 days

NAMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

PAYG ALDI Mobile Plans

The following table shows selected ALDI Pay As You Go plans from 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 to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

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

Pay As You Go $15

  • PAYG
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $15 over 365 days

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period
ALDIMobile Logo

Pay As You Go $25

  • PAYG
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $25 over 365 days

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
ALDIMobile Logo

Pay As You Go $35

  • PAYG
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $35 over 365 days

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

How much data do I need?

It doesn’t hurt to have a little bit of data, even if it’s just for Googling directions or contacting someone outside of your voice and messaging apps. To determine just how much data you need, it is important to consider what you would be using the data to do.

For example, if you’re just using maps, occasionally doing some web browsing and checking an email or two, spending less than 10 hours a month connected to mobile data, you’d probably be okay with between 1GB and 10GB of data per month.

Should I get a low-data plan?

If you’re someone that doesn’t do a whole lot of web browsing or social media scrolling while you’re not connected to WiFi, there’s no point paying for a plan with a large data inclusion that you’re simply not going to use. There are a range of low-data plans around the $10 per month mark, including unlimited standard talk and text, so having a little bit of data isn’t necessarily going to break the bank. However, if you are certain that no data phone plans are for you, there are PAYG options that are still available to keep you connected.

Abi Buckland
Casual Content Producer
Abi Buckland covers a wide range of topics at Canstar Blue, including the Telco and Energy sectors, as well as consumer news. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Management and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Queensland.

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