Phone Plans & Deals for Students

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Everyone likes to save a bit of money, but for students especially, any cash saved can make a big difference. Luckily for Aussie students, there are plenty of cheap phone plans around, not to mention specific student discounts and bonuses on offer from some of the bigger telcos.

Before you begin your comparison, you’ll need to consider what is important for you when it comes to a phone plan. Whether you’re looking to save money on a prepaid or postpaid plan, you want lots of data, or you’d like a plan with some entertainment extras to enjoy during study breaks, it’s important to have an idea of what you want from a phone plan. Read on for all the details, but first, here is a quick comparison of plans from our database that could be a good bet for students.

Phone Plans for Students – Quick Comparison

The table below shows a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $30 or under, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then alphabetically. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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For students looking to save a bit on their postpaid phone bill, the following providers have some cheap phone plans:

If a cheap prepaid plan is your preference, the following telcos offer a range of cheap phone plans:

It’s worth noting that Woolworths Mobile offers a suite of four plans starting at $20 and going up to $50 per month. These plans are available as prepaid and postpaid plans, plus you can bundle the postpaid plans with a new Samsung or OPPO phone. The supermarket telco also frequently offers bonus data and half-price SIM cards, so keep an eye out for any deals currently on offer.

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 is the teco that 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.

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

Vodafone offers both prepaid and postpaid phone plans, along with plans bundled with a new device. The following table includes all 12-month postpaid SIM-only Vodafone plans as published on Canstar Blue’s database listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

Telstra phone deals for students

Telstra offers a range of reasonably priced postpaid and prepaid plans for its customers. Unfortunately, the telco no longer offers student-specific deals or discounts – its previous Student Hub deals page no longer exists. But there’s still plenty of plan inclusions and flexibility for budget-conscious and younger customers.

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 you do have the option of paying off your phone over a 24-month or 36-month period, while not being locked into a single mobile data plan for the during of your repayments. While not the cheapest provider, Telstra’s list of extra perks could be useful for students. The following table includes all of Telstra’s month-to-month SIM-only postpaid plans, listed in order of standard cost from lowest to highest.

Optus phone deals for students

Optus had previously offered a range of deals for students in its Student Hub, however this no longer seems to be available through the telco.

While students won’t be able to pick up special students-only deal, you could still find enough value at affordable prices. Optus offers a couple entertainment extras, with these perks included on many of the plans. You’ll get data-free access to Optus Sport, which includes exclusive access to many of the European football championships, which is great if you’re a mad soccer fan.

The Optus SIM-only deals are reasonably priced and you can get some pretty big data inclusions. The telco had also changed its plan offerings to include the ability to build your own postpaid phone plan. You can choose your preferred data allowance, along with international call and roaming extras, which determines how much you pay for your plan. This could come in handy if you want lots of data but don’t need international extras, or perhaps you don’t need as much data but want unlimited international calls — the choice is yours.

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.

While these smaller telcos generally don’t offer student-only discounts, the competitive pricing is enough of a draw if you’re looking to save money. The table below shows a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $30 or under, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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 inclusions, 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 all 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 table below shows a selection of prepaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database for $30 or under, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see a wider range of plans from other providers. These are products with links to referral partners.

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. If you’re looking for student-specific deals, Vodafone does put the most effort into a range of student-only offers, however you might struggle to find the student deals on the Telstra and Optus websites, but once you do find them, you could grab yourself a good deal.

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.

Phone plans for students: a quick summary

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Vodafone $35 Red SIM Only 5GB $35 12 months
Vodafone $45 Red SIM Only 30GB $45 12 months
Vodafone $45 SIM Only Plus Plan 30GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $45 12 months
Vodafone $55 Red SIM Only Plan 80GB $55 12 months
Vodafone $55 SIM Only Plus Plan 80GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $55 12 months
Vodafone $65 Red SIM Only Plan 120GB $65 12 months
Vodafone $65 SIM Only Plus Plan 120GB + unlimited 1.5Mbps capped speed data $65 12 months
Telstra $50 Small Plan 15GB $50 No contract
Telstra $60 Medium Plan 60GB $60 No contract
Telstra $80 Large Plan 100GB $80 No contract
Optus Small $39 Choice Plan 10GB $39 No contract
Optus Medium $49 Choice Plan 60GB $49 No contract
Optus Large $59 Choice Plan 100GB $59 No contract
Optus Extra Large $79 Choice Plan 120GB $79 No contract
Moose Mobile Moose 14 SIM Only 12m 3GB $14 12 months
TeleChoice LIVE 16 12m 4.5GB $16 12 months
Southern Phone Green 22 7GB $22 12 months
Belong Mobile Regular 10GB SIM Only 10GB $25 No contract
Woolworths Mobile $30 Small SIM Only 10GB $30 12 months
Catch Connect 3GB 30 Day Plan 3GB $15 No contract
Yomojo Unlimited 2GB Plan 2GB $15.90 No contract
Boost Mobile $20 Prepaid 5GB $20 No contract
ALDI Mobile L Value Pack $25 18GB $25 No contract
Amaysim UNLIMITED 30GB 30GB $30 No contract

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