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 $50 with 60GB of high-speed data, $60 for 40GB (with a bonus 60GB) and $80 will get you 80GB of high-speed data (with a bonus 80GB).

Telstra offers a similar deal with its ‘peace of mind’ data which is available on a few SIM-only plans as well as plans bundled with handsets. Essentially once you reach your data inclusion, you can keep using your data with capped speeds at 1.5Mbps. Telstra also offers unlimited data ‘at the best speeds available’ on its $199 Ultimate Unlimited phone plan. This is Telstra’s ‘truly’ unlimited plan, and is only available on 24-month phone contracts.

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

$50 SIM Only Plus Plan

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

min. cost $600 over 12 month plan period

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
  • Special offer: 40GB bonus full speed data per month (offer expires 26/03/19)
  • 10,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $720 over 12 month plan period

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
  • Special offer: 70GB bonus full speed data per month (offer expires 26/03/19)
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$69 Large BYO Mobile Plan

  • 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
  • Special offer: $10 plan credit per month for new services and re-contracting customers

min. cost $708 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$89 Extra Large BYO Mobile Plan

  • 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 $1,068 over 12 month plan period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$199 Ultimate Unlimited

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • *Unlimited data offered with ‘the best speeds available’
  • Unlimited international calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 10GB international data roaming

min. cost $4,776 over 24 month plan

Unlimited*Max Data**/billing period $199Advertised 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 $15 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 12

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $144 over 12 month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $12Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 14 SIM Only

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

min. cost $14 over one month plan period

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

MiniPlus

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $14.95 over 30 day expiry

2GBMax Data**/billing period $14.95Advertised 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 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 offers a competitive ‘lease’ plan, which can be combined with the cheapest phone plan with 3GB data on board. Much like Optus, you’ll end up saving about $10 off your device payment if you choose to lease rather than buy. The only downside is that you’ll need to hand your device back in good working order or pay a fee to upgrade after 12 months, otherwise upgrade for free after 18 months. The cheapest plan that can be bundled with a new device includes 3GB of data, however you’ll get access to the data-free sports and Apple music streaming, along with free access to the Telstra Air WiFi data network.

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
  • Special offer: 4GB bonus full speed data per month (offer expires 04/04/19)

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

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 My Plan Plus

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

$59 Small

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

min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

3GBMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised 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.

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 SIM Only Plus Plan

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 70GB bonus full speed data per month (offer expires 26/03/19)
  • 20,000 Qantas Points

min. cost $960 over 12 month plan

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

$105 My Plan Plus

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

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

200GBMax Data**/billing period $105Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$129 Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • Includes 100GB bonus data
  • 2GB international data roaming
  • Special offer: $10 monthly credit

min. cost $3,096 over 24 month plan period, plus any device payments

160GBMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised 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. 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 $50 SIM Only Plus Plan 60GB at full speed + unlimited 1.5Mbps data $50 12 months
Vodafone $60 SIM Only Plus Plan 40GB at full speed + unlimited 1.5Mbps data $60 12 months
Vodafone $80 SIM Only Plus Plan 80GB at full speed + unlimited 1.5Mbps data $80 12 months
Telstra $69 Large BYO Mobile 60GB $69 12 months
Telstra $89 Extra Large BYO Mobile 90GB $89 12 months
Telstra $199 Ultimate Unlimited Unlimited $199 24 months
Amaysim Unlimited 1GB 1GB $10 No contract
Southern Phone Green 12 1GB $12 12 months
Moose Mobile Moose 14 SIM only 2GB $14 No contract
OVO Mobile MiniPlus 2GB $14.95 No contract
Exetel Saver 4G 3GB $14.99 No contract
Vodafone $35 Red Plan 2GB $35 No contract
Optus $45 My Plan Plus 4GB $45 24 months
Telstra $59 Small 3GB $59 24 months
Optus $105 My Plan Plus 200GB $105 24 months
Telstra $129 Extra Large 160GB $129 24 months

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