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 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 simply astounding, 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 no service provider yet offers unlimited mobile data, so look at the amount on offer as the main point of difference when you compare plans.

Unlimited Data Phone Plans

There are three providers that currently offer unlimited data on some phone plans, and there’s probably no guessing as to what providers they are – Optus, Telstra and Vodafone.

  • Optus has previously ran an invitation-only offer for selected Optus customers. You’ll pay $60 a month for ‘unlimited’ data that is speed rated to 1.5Mbps all the way through.
  • Vodafone’s offer is for everyone; starting at $60 a month you get 40GB of ‘full speed’ 4G data, and the rest is speed rated to 1.5Mbps.
  • Telstra offers a similar deal, where for $69 you get 30GB ‘full speed’ data, or 60GB for $89, which slows to 1.5Mbps thereafter. Telstra doesn’t promote these as ‘unlimited’, rather as ‘shedding excess data charges’.

All are on a 12-month, SIM only plan, though with Vodafone you can add a handset repayment over 12, 24 or 36 months if you wish. Optus and Telstra offer all the good extra stuff you’d come to expect – data-free music and streaming to name a couple. There are three Vodafone deals, and it all depends on how much ‘full speed’ data you want, as you can see below.

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

$60 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Calls & Texts to 15 countries
  • 30GB + 30GB bonus data
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included
  • $10 monthly credit

min. cost $828 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 100GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Calls & Texts to 15 Countries
  • 60GB + 30GB bonus data
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included
  • 12 Months Foxtel Now Subscription – 1 Channel Pack

min. cost $1068 over 12 month plan period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Cheap Unlimited Phone Deals

From time to time, certain providers stand out more than most for providing the hottest deals that boost value. The trade-off is that these deals usually only last for a few months, or even just one month. You also have to watch out for short-term phone plans of 7 or 10 days. At the time of writing the hottest unlimited deals with at least a 28 day expiry are:

  • Exetel – 2.5GB data, $14.99 a month (12 month plan
  • Southern Phone – 1GB data, $9.90 a month (12 month plan)
  • Amaysim – 1GB data, $10 per 28 days
  • Moose Mobile – 2GB data per month for $14 a month (12 month plan)

These four are some of the cheapest full-term plans with unlimited calls and texts, though unlimited deals under $15 aren’t hard to come by these days. It’s also handy you’ll get 1GB the majority of the time as well. You will have to watch out for 12 month contracts though; they can be tempting, but you have to ask yourself how the mobile world will look in a year’s time.

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

Green 9.90

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $118.80 over 12 Months

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 14 SIM Only

  • Special Price Offer: $5 for first month. Offer available for limited time.
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $14 over billing period

1.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel Logo

Saver 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Overseas SMS

min. cost $179.88 over 12 month plan period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $14.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Amaysim Logo

Unlimited 2.5GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Cheap Unlimited iPhone Plans

To bundle in an iPhone 8 you can expect to pay over $70 a month for the most part, and you usually only receive 1-2GB data in the process. The base iPhone 8 comes with 64GB storage space, and hence usually comes with a cheaper price tag. Luckily most plans come with unlimited calls & texts, and the cheapest providers in this space are:

  • Vodafone: Has separated the plan cost from the phone repayment – the cheapest configuration is the $35 Red plan combined with a 36 month phone repayment.
  • Optus: Its cheapest plan is a ‘Flex’ leasing plan. you’ll need to return the phone at the end of your term, or upgrade after a year for a nominal fee.
  • Telstra: Also offers a competitive ‘lease’ plan, with 3GB data on board. Often includes bonuses like Foxtel packages, Telstra Air data, Apple Music and more.

Click on the links below to compare further.

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

$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$45 My Plan Flex

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $1080 over 24 month plan period

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

$59 Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $1416 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Unlimited Phone Plans with 100GB Data

This is where the big boys shine once again – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Both offer some form of phone plan with 100GB+ full-speed data included, either as a bonus or standard feature. Keep in mind you will likely pay $100+ a month for these plans, though at this price a handset is included often at no extra charge.

  • Telstra offers Foxtel Now packages from time to time, as well as data-free music streaming, Apple Music memberships, data-free NRL & AFL and more.
  • Optus offers Optus Sport on many plans, plus data-free music and more.
  • Vodafone offers a competitive 80GB phone plan that comes with speed-capped unlimited data after this amount, plus current bonus data – an extra 20GB for customers signing up by 23 August 2018.

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

$80 Unlimited SIM Only

  • Unlimited Data*(Capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960.00 over 12 month billing period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

$105 My Plan Plus

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international roaming calls & international calls to selected countries
  • 2GB roaming data for use in Zone 1 Countries
  • Stream Optus Sport & Nat Geo data free
  • Stream Music data free
  • Double Data

min. cost $2,520 over 24 month plan period

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

$199 Ultimate

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • Unlimited international talk and text, 10GB overseas roaming data
  • 24 month Foxtel Now subscription to one Foxtel Now Starter Pack

min. cost $4776 over 24 month plan period

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $199Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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.

  • Providers in other countries – such as the US and UK – offer unlimited data phone plans and have done for a few years now.
  • The new battleground could be how much ‘full speed’ data each provider can offer, with ‘unlimited’ speed-rated data a foregone conclusion.

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 somewhat of a tit-for-tat ‘price war’ and while providers are slashing prices and ramping up value, the customers caught in the middle may actually benefit most.

  • You don’t have to spend a lot to get an unlimited phone plan – as little as $10 a month.

It all just comes down to how much data you want, which will dictate how much you pay. Keep your eyes peeled for the next best deal.

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