Phone Plans & Deals for Students

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For a student, a phone is an essential tool. Whether it’s for assignments, job hunting, or just keeping on top of social media, a phone makes day-to-day life easier. But as useful as it is, phones and phone plans can be a huge expense, making it a potential hit to the budget.

Thankfully for students, phone plans aren’t as expensive as originally thought, with many telcos offering student discounts, phone deals, or cheaper options to suit all needs and budgets.

Before you begin your phone plan search, keep in mind what matters the most to you in a plan: whether that’s lots of data, data-free music streaming or any extra perks to make those cram sessions easier.

Once you know what you need from a phone plan, and how much you have to spend in your budget, you can delve into what student-friendly phone plans are available from the telcos.

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Vodafone phone deals for students

Vodafone possibly has the widest range of phone plan deals for students. Often, these student deals come in the form of discounts on both existing plans and plans in conjunction with phones. It’s worth keeping a look out on the Vodafone website to see what the current offers are.

  • Currently, you can sign up to the $50 SIM Only Plus Plan with $5 off each month for students only. This plan includes 60GB of data at Your Max Speed; once you go over that 60GB, you’ll get to keep on using your data, but at a capped speed of 1.5Mbps. This offer expires 31/03/19.
  • Students can also pick up the iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with the $50 Red Plus Plan, with a student-only discount on the plan itself. If you choose the 36-month repayment period for the phone, you’ll get pretty decent savings. This offer expires 31/03/19.

In addition to the discounts offered directly, Vodafone has also teamed up with ‘UNiDAYS’ to deliver other periodical discounts to students – so it pays to check back in regularly.

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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 months

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $540 over 12 months

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$50 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 60GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $600.00 over 12 months

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$60 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 40GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 months

40GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$80 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 months

80GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra phone deals for students

While it provides many benefits for students in terms of internet hotspots and the (generally) widest mobile coverage, Telstra does not currently offer any specific deals for students. Its Student Lounge has unfortunately become a thing of the past.

  • Telstra still offers a range of reasonably priced postpaid and prepaid plans for its customers.  What Telstra does well is good bonus data inclusions. While they might not be the cheapest plans around, you’re at least getting a significant chunk of data and other perks to make it worth your while to consider.
  • Students may find benefit in the extra perks that Telstra can provide, such as access to the Telstra Air network with over one million hotspots across Australia. Another great perk is access to data-free music streaming with Apple Music, and data-free streaming of live sports, including the NRL, AFL, ALFW, Netball and A League.

For students who are more inclined to stay up-to-date with the latest smartphones, Telstra also offers a wide range of phone plans. Prices vary depending on the device, but at about $100 a month you can grab the latest iPhone with generous data inclusions. While not the cheapest provider, Telstra’s list of extra perks could be useful for students studying or chilling out.

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Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 15GB + 15GB bonus data

min. cost $588 over 12 months

30GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & texts to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 30GB + 30GB bonus data
  • Online only offer: $10 plan credit per month for new and re-contracting services

min. cost $828 over 12 months

60GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & texts to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 60GB + 30GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming

min. cost $1068 over 12 months

90GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Optus phone deals for students

Optus is arguably a bit more student-friendly, offering a few deals in its Student Hub. You’ll need to be able to verify your student status with Optus in order to be eligible for discounts.

  • Once you’re in the Student Hub, you’ll be able to view the discounts available at the time on both SIM-only and phone-on-a-plan deals. These discounts may only be applicable to certain plans at certain times, so it’s worth checking out the website to see what is currently on offer.
  • Optus shines brightest with data-free streaming entertainment extras. Some plans require you to pay extra to access these perks, while the pricier plans will generally include these bonuses as part of your monthly charge. You’ll get access to Optus Sport and Nat Geo, along with data-free music streaming on Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio. Depending on your plan, you might also have access to data-free mobile TV streaming , which includes streaming of Netflix, Stan and the various ABC streaming platforms; otherwise, it’s available for $5 per month.

The best student deals with Optus tend to be on the more top-end of the plans, but these are still reasonably affordable options. The Optus SIM-only deals are reasonably priced, and you can get some pretty big data inclusions. It’s definitely worth checking out what offers Optus is currently running for students, but finding the Student Hub on the website might be a bit tricky – we recommend using the search function.

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$35 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 months

6GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$35 My Promo Plus Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 300 minutes standard international calls & SMS to 35 countries

min. cost $420 over 12 months

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$45 My Promo Plus Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 35 countries

min. cost $540 over 12 months

15GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$55 My Promo Plus Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 35 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 months

25GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Postpaid phone plans from smaller telcos

As students know, it’s always best to shop around to find the best deals. While the big three telcos often have the most enticing deals for the majority of users (thanks to extras like data-free entertainment streaming), it can still pay to go with a smaller provider. One thing to remember is that most of these telcos only offer SIM-only plans: so if you’re after a new phone, you’ll most likely need to look at the big three telcos unless you buy your phone outright.

Companies such as Exetel, Moose MobileTeleChoice and Southern Phone all offer competitive phone plans, with periodical data bonuses and other discounts from time to time. You might also find some of these telcos offer both month-to-month and contract versions of plans. Often if you’re willing to stick to a contract —whether it’s 12 or 24 months— you could get extra data or a cheaper monthly rate, so it’s worth considering whether you’re happy to be locked in or not.

Below is a range of postpaid phone plans from some smaller telcos, at a range of different price points. This table includes links to our referral partners.

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Moose 14 SIM Only – 12M

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

min. cost $168 over 12 month contract

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Saver 4G

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

min. cost $179.88 over 12 month plan period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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LIVE 16 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international SMS
  • 2GB data + 2GB bonus data

min. cost $192 over 12 months

4GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 months

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Hive Mobile

$28.80 SIM Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $28.80 over one month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $28.80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid phone plans from smaller telcos

For those who like to avoid bill shock, a prepaid phone plan could be the right option for you. You’ll find that prepaid plans don’t tend to vary much from postpaid options — you can still get good call, SMS and mobile data inclusions, but quite often for a lower monthly fee. Some prepaid providers even include generous international call and SMS, along with some entertainment extras. If you’ve already got a phone you’re happy with, switching to a prepaid deal could save some money.

While prepaid isn’t as popular as it once was, the smaller telcos that do focus on prepaid plans – such as Boost Mobile, OVO Mobile and Catch Connect – manage to squeeze some good value in. Boost Mobile, for example, includes unlimited international calls to select countries on certain plans (plus data-free streaming of Apple Music), while OVO includes data-free streaming of a range of sports and radio stations.

Whatever value you’re after, you might find the right deal for you if you’re looking at prepaid plans. The below table includes links to products from our referral partners.

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MiniPlus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $14.95 over 30 day billing period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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3GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $15 over 30 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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4GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19.90 over 30 day plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $19.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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5GB SIM-Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29 over monthly billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $29Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 10 countries, 100 mins to 40 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Are student phone deals good value?

Realistically, determining if a phone plan is good value depends on your situation. How you use your phone is the biggest factor when it comes to which provider and plan will suit you, so it’s still best to shop around and compare.

For students who are penny-pinching and looking for a cheaper phone plan, staying on top of the latest deals can save you money in the long run. It’s also worth considering a plan from a telco that provides data-free streaming and other perks, if this is something you know you’ll use a lot of. Overall, it’s a good time to be a student on the hunt for a phone deal – there are so many providers out there with attractive offers, all you have to do is shop around.

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