Unlimited Phone Plans Compared

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As anybody with a smartphone knows, mobile data is hugely important – for many it’s the key feature of their phone plan. With our increased demand for data has emerged a reduced reliance on simple text messages and good old phone calls – both of which are cheaper services for the telcos to provide.

As a result, more Aussie carriers are offering something that would have been but a pipe dream a few years ago – unlimited phone plans. Read on for our review of unlimited phone plans, or jump straight into our phone plan comparison tool to find a great unlimited deal.

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What is an unlimited phone plan?

An unlimited phone plan includes infinite standard call time and text messages within the country the plan is paid for. This means plans are differentiated by what really matters to most consumers these days – data, media streaming and other bonus inclusions. While some expensive plans include unlimited international talk and text, the majority keep this limited to a national service.

Unlimited phone plans are available in both prepaid and postpaid form as SIM only plans. The majority of new handset phone plans also bring unlimited calls and messages as standard. A number of telcos now also provide unlimited data to use, which is pretty impressive, but there are a few catches.

So where can you find the best value plan? We’ve checked out the cheapest unlimited plans on the market to satisfy all of your usage needs. Remember that unlimited mobile data isn’t too common, so look at the amount of data on offer as the main point of difference when you compare plans.

Unlimited data phone plans

There are two providers that currently offer unlimited data on some phone plans and there’s probably no guessing as to what providers they are — Telstra and VodafoneOptus has in the past run an invitation-only offer for select Optus customers, where you paid $60 for ‘unlimited’ data at capped speeds of 1.5Mbps. While this offer isn’t currently available, it’s likely that Optus will roll this out or another unlimited data plan in the future.

Vodafone offers three different versions of its ‘unlimited’ plans. These plans, known as the ‘Plus’ plans (available as SIM-only and bundled with a handset) included a set amount of high-speed data and once you go over that data inclusion, you can keep using your data but capped at 1.5Mbps. The SIM-only plans are available for $45 with 30Gb of high-speed data, $55 with 80GB of high-speed data and $65 for 120GB of high-speed data.

Telstra has eliminated excess data charges on all postpaid plans with unlimited capped-speed data available across all plans. Essentially once you reach your data inclusion, you can keep using your data with capped speeds at 1.5Mbps.

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

$45 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 30GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $540 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$55 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$65 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 120GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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
Telstra Logo

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
Telstra Logo

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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Cheap unlimited phone deals

Most plans now offer unlimited standard national calls and SMS, on both prepaid and postpaid plans. While the cheapest plans usually cap the number of calls you can make, many telcos are now including unlimited calls on the cheapest plans. Some of these cheaper plans might run over  shorter term, like seven or 10 days, so you’ll need to check before you sign up.

Unlimited deals under $20 aren’t hard to find these days and many of them include at least 1GB of data. While some are available on 12-month contracts, you can find cheap unlimited plans on no lock-in contracts. There are also some plans with unlimited international calls, however these are usually to select destinations (as specified by the telco) and are generally only available on higher-level plans. Below you’ll find a selection of prepaid and postpaid plans with unlimited calls and SMS; this table includes referral links.

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

UNLIMITED 1GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $10 over 28 day expiry

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Green 11

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $132 over 12 month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $11Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 14 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $14 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel Logo

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
Woolworths Mobile

Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 3GB data + 2GB bonus data per month (offer expires 17/11/19).

min. cost $240 over 12 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Cheap unlimited iPhone plans

To bundle in an iPhone, especially the latest model, you can expect to pay over $70 a month for the most part and this is usually bundled with the lowest-level plan with around 2GB-4GB of included data. Only the big three telcos —Telstra, Vodafone and Optus— offer iPhones to bundle with plans. However, all three have found ways to reduce your monthly device payment costs, but there are some catches.

Vodafone is generally the cheapest each month, but this is only if you’re willing to commit to a 36-month payment plan. How Vodafone works is that it separates the device payment from the plan, so you can choose between a 12, 24 or 36-month payment period and then add on the phone plan of your choice. The longer the contract, the cheaper the monthly device payment. The catch with the phone plans is that, although the plan itself is a month-to-month plan, you will have to pay the outstanding handset costs if you cancel your Vodafone plan, however you can swap plans with no fees.

Optus is generally the second cheapest provider when it comes to bundling a phone plan with the latest iPhone. You can generally knock $10 off your device payment if you choose to lease the phone rather than the ‘own a phone’ option. The catch is that you’ll need to return the phone at the end of your term, or upgrade after a year for a nominal fee. If you’d rather own your phone, you’re looking at $90 or above for the cheapest plan combined with the latest iPhone on a 24-month contract and that’s with the cheapest phone plan, which includes 4GB of data.

Telstra also separates phone payments from plans, with four no lock-in postpaid plans to choose from. Once you’ve selected whether you want to pay off your device over 24 or 36 months, then add on a plan for your monthly payment price. While the phone plans are no lock-in, you’ll still need to stay on a Telstra plan as cancelling altogether will require you to pay off the remainder of your handset.

The following table includes the cheapest plans from the big three telcos, which can be bundled with any device. This table includes sponsored links.

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

$35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month plan period, plus any device payments

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $1,080 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

4GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

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 plan period, plus any device payments

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Unlimited phone plans with 100GB data

This is where the big telcos shine once again – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. All three offer some form of phone plan with 100GB+ full-speed data included, either as a bonus or standard feature on the plans bundled with a new phone. Keep in mind you will likely pay $100+ a month for these plans, though at this price the handset is included often at no extra charge. If you’re looking at SIM-only, you might struggle to find a plan with over 100GB of data as most of the plans over 100GB are only available when bundled with a phone.

Vodafone currently offers 120GB of data on the $65 SIM Only and SIM Only Plus plans — the difference is the Plus plan includes unlimited capped data (at 1.5Mbps) after you use your 120GB of high-speed data, while the SIM Only version will charge excess data once you go over 120GB.

Overall, a phone plan is more than just a phone plan these days. If you go with one of the big providers, it also pays to look at the bonuses on offer.

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

$65 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period, plus any device payments

120GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

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 plan period, plus any device payments

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

What ‘unlimited’ phone plan should I go with?

While some low-cost prepaid and postpaid plans are still available with set amounts of included call and text value, it seems that the future is very much unlimited. With the big three telcos offering some form of ‘unlimited’ data, it looks like the new battleground will be in this space, and this may make it hard for the smaller guys to keep up. However, if you look into the various smaller telcos, you’ll see that many of them are starting to offer bigger chunks of data than before. Providers in other countries – such as the US and UK – offer unlimited data phone plans and have done for a few years now. In Australia though, it’s likely that the new battleground could be how much ‘full speed’ data each provider can offer, rather than plans with ‘unlimited’ capped speed data.

But back to the cheap plans and there are a handful of providers that all seem to pop up when you mention ‘cheapest’, and competition is certainly heating up. This has created a bit of a ‘price war’ and while providers are slashing prices and ramping up value, the customers stand to be the ones to benefit most. The great news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to get an unlimited phone plan – $10 or less can per month.

It all just comes down to how much data you want, which will dictate how much you pay. If you’re in no rush to sign up to a new plan, keep your eyes peeled for the next best deal.

Featured unlimited phone plans

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Vodafone $45 SIM Only Plus Plan 30GB at full speed + unlimited 1.5Mbps data $45 12 months
Vodafone $55 SIM Only Plus Plan 80GB at full speed + unlimited 1.5Mbps data $55 12 months
Vodafone $65 SIM Only Plus Plan 120GB at full speed + unlimited 1.5Mbps data $65 12 months
Telstra $50 Small 15GB $50 No contract
Telstra $60 Medium 60GB $60 No contract
Telstra $80 Large 100GB $80 No contract
Telstra $100 Extra Large 150GB $100 No contract
Amaysim Unlimited 1GB 1GB $10 No contract
Southern Phone Green 11 1GB $11 12 months
Moose Mobile Moose 14 SIM only 2GB $14 No contract
Exetel Saver 4G 3GB $14.99 No contract
Woolworths Mobile Extra Small 3GB $20 12 months
Vodafone $35 Red Plan 5GB $35 No contract
Optus $45 My Plan Plus 4GB $45 24 months
Telstra $50 Small 15GB $50 No contract
Vodafone $65 SIM Only 125GB $65 12 months
Optus $105 My Plan Plus 200GB $105 24 months
Telstra $100 Extra Large 150GB $100 No contract

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