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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Moose SIM Only $14.00

• Now 10 cents for the first month. Regular price is $14. Offer ends 31.08.18.

• Customers love them. Check out their online reviews.

• Australian customer service and support.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

1.5GB

Data

• Now 10 cents for the first month. Regular price is $14. Offer ends 31.08.18.

• Customers love them. Check out their online reviews.

• Australian customer service and support.

$14.00 COST PER MONTH $0.10
CONTRACT Month to month
Regular price is $14.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Moose SIM Only $9.00

• Now 10 cents for the first month. Regular price is $9. Offer ends 31.08.18.

• Customers love them. Check out their online reviews.

• Australian customer service and support.

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 mins Standard calls

1GB

Data

• Now 10 cents for the first month. Regular price is $9. Offer ends 31.08.18.

• Customers love them. Check out their online reviews.

• Australian customer service and support.

$9.00 COST PER MONTH $0.10
CONTRACT Month to month
Regular price is $9.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $9.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

1GB

Data

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $9.90
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $118.80
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

• Special 'kids plan' - pocket money spend level.

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 mins Standard calls

1GB

Data

• Special 'kids plan' - pocket money spend level.

• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $9.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Spintel BYO $9.95

• Set your own data limit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 mins Standard calls

1.5GB for first 6 months then 1GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Set your own data limit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $9.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $10.00

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

1GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid Optus
Optus SIM Starter Kit $10.00

• Up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
Up to 100mins Standard calls
Up to 100 mins (charged per min) of standard national calls.

5GB

Data
Data will roll over up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry.

• Up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 7 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies. Bonus Offer: Bonus data may take up to 72 hours to be applied and will expire at the same time as the standard inclusion, unless data roll over applies. Subsequent $10 recharges will give 500MB data. Excludes SIM swaps. Not to be used with any other offer. Limit once per customer. Compatibility: If you bring your own device, make sure it's not locked to other networks and is compatible with the Optus network. To learn more, visit optus.com.au/compatibility.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $12.00

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

500MB

Data

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $12.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Spintel BYO $15.95

• Plus $50 international call credit.

• Set your own data limit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

3GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Plus $50 international call credit.

• Set your own data limit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $15.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Vaya SIM Only $16.00

• Best price guarantee.

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

1.5GB

Data

• Best price guarantee.

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $16.00
CONTRACT Month to month
Minimum spend is $16.00
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Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan SMALL $16.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

3GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $16.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Small $19.95

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

2GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $19.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Spintel BYO $19.95

• Plus $50 international call credit.

• Set your own data limit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

5GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Plus $50 international call credit.

• Set your own data limit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $19.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20.00

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

2.5GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $20.00

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

3GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

RECHARGE COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $40.00

• $40 SIM now 1/2 price online save $20. Hurry, ends 27 Aug!

• Unlimited international calls to 15 countries + 100 mins to 35 countries + 100 texts to 50 countries. Offer ends 25 Feb 2019.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

15GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• $40 SIM now 1/2 price online save $20. Hurry, ends 27 Aug!

• Unlimited international calls to 15 countries + 100 mins to 35 countries + 100 texts to 50 countries. Offer ends 25 Feb 2019.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

$40.00 STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
Usual price is $40.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Vaya SIM Only $24.00

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

3GB

Data

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $24.00
CONTRACT Month to month
Minimum spend is $24.00
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Postpaid Optus
Optus My Promo Plus 12M SIM Only $25

• Offer available to new customers in all channels (recon available online only). Offer available for consumer and SMB (SoHo/Micro). Excludes TechFund and Fleet customers. Offer ends 2 September 2018.

• Cancellation fees apply.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
Unlimited Standard calls
Unlimited calls to standard national numbers, 13/1300 numbers and voicemail.

3GB

Data

• Offer available to new customers in all channels (recon available online only). Offer available for consumer and SMB (SoHo/Micro). Excludes TechFund and Fleet customers. Offer ends 2 September 2018.

• Cancellation fees apply.

COST PER MONTH $25.00
Contract 12 Months
Min. Cost over 12 months is $300.00
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What else do I need to know?
Extra data $10/1GB. All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Medium $29.95

• With 50 international minutes.

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

6GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• With 50 international minutes.

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

• Data-free streaming of sport, music and entertainment.

STARTER SIM COST $29.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30.00

• With unlimited international calls to 10 countries.

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

5GB

Data

• With unlimited international calls to 10 countries.

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $30.00

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Unlimited international calls to 10 countries + 100 mins to 40 countries + 100 texts to 50 countries. Offer ends 25 Feb 2019.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

6GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Unlimited international calls to 10 countries + 100 mins to 40 countries + 100 texts to 50 countries. Offer ends 25 Feb 2019.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Woolworths Mobile 12 Month SIM Only $30

• 30GB Data Bank

• Bonus 12-month Entertainment Digital Membership on $30+ 12 Month Plans

• Includes 1GB bonus data. T&Cs Apply.

• With 200 standard international SMS. T&Cs Apply.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

6GB

Data
5GB + 1GB bonus data

• 30GB Data Bank

• Bonus 12-month Entertainment Digital Membership on $30+ 12 Month Plans

• Includes 1GB bonus data. T&Cs Apply.

• With 200 standard international SMS. T&Cs Apply.

Cost per month $30.00
Contract 12 Months
Minimum spend is $360.00
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What else do I need to know?
12 month payment plan. Total minimum cost $360 (excludes any discount). Additional Data - 1GB for $10. All for use in Australia. Calls and messages to standard Australian numbers. T&Cs Apply.
Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $34.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited Standard calls

10GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $34.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Postpaid Optus
Optus My Plan Plus 12M SIM Only $35

• 6GB (Includes 3GB of Bonus data for 24 months) Offer ends 02/09/18. The offer is available to new and recontracting customers through all channels. The offer is available to Consumer and SMB customers.

• Optus Sport subscription, National Geographic and Music Streaming can be added at no extra charge.

• Stream Google Play, iHeartRADIO and Spotify without using your data. Streaming apps subject to change and subscription required. Stream music up to 512kbps. Charges apply for downloads, video and non-music content. Fair Go Policy applies. Full terms optus.com.au/streammusic

• Optional Mobile TV Streaming for $5 per month. Streaming apps subject to change and subscription required. Charges may apply including for downloads & content such as ads. Fair Go Policy Applies. Full terms at optus.com.au/stream. Max plan cancellation fee is $210.00

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
Unlimited Standard calls
Unlimited calls to standard national numbers, 13/1300 numbers and voicemail.

6GB

Data
Includes 3GB of data for 24 months. Offer ends 02/09/18

• 6GB (Includes 3GB of Bonus data for 24 months) Offer ends 02/09/18. The offer is available to new and recontracting customers through all channels. The offer is available to Consumer and SMB customers.

• Optus Sport subscription, National Geographic and Music Streaming can be added at no extra charge.

• Stream Google Play, iHeartRADIO and Spotify without using your data. Streaming apps subject to change and subscription required. Stream music up to 512kbps. Charges apply for downloads, video and non-music content. Fair Go Policy applies. Full terms optus.com.au/streammusic

• Optional Mobile TV Streaming for $5 per month. Streaming apps subject to change and subscription required. Charges may apply including for downloads & content such as ads. Fair Go Policy Applies. Full terms at optus.com.au/stream. Max plan cancellation fee is $210.00

COST PER MONTH $35.00
Contract 12 Months
Min. Cost over 12 months is $420.00
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What else do I need to know?
Extra data $10/1GB. All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.

Latest guides from WhatPhone

Buying a phone plan in 2018, what’s changed ?

This website is here to help you save money on your phone bill this year

Are you looking to compare Australian mobile plans ? Our website is designed to give you the insider information you need, in order to be able to compare the best phone plans on the Australian phone market . In late 2017, we conducted a survey of hundreds of Australian phone users to identify trends which will help you pick a plan you love in 2018. Here’s what we found.

On this page, you’ll find :

We surveyed hundreds of Australians so we could give you the information you need to make an informed choice in 2018. Here’s what we learned.

  • First, why not use our our FREE downloadable information pack :
    While you’re researching, are you finding words or jargon you don’t understand ? Are you struggling to know where to start ? Use our guide to get headed in the right direction and to demystify the lingo.
  • Our summary infographic :
    If you don’t have long to do your research, check out our infographic. (Below on this page.) It offers a quick overview of the key trends, facts and figures you need to know about how to compare plans in 2018.
  • Why phone plans could be more expensive in 2018:
    Only 7% of Australians are committed to comparing phone plans in 2018. We look at phone plan buying behaviors so you can see how you can stay ahead of the pack this year.
  • The power shift :
    We explain the way the phone market has changed – and why you just got a lot more power than you used to have, when it comes to picking phone plans.
  • The 3 biggest trends you need to be aware of :
    The 4G networks are all remarkably similar now, SIM Only plans have taken over and ,most importantly, a lot of people now buy their phone plans from smaller phone companies. In the ‘3 biggest trends’ section we explain each of these situations – this is the most important information to bear in mind when you’re picking your plan.
  • More details on the key trend that’ll help you :
    The rise of smaller phone companies (also known as MVNOs or network resellers) has come about for 3 reasons:

    • They offer more data per $ :
      Pick a smaller phone company and you’ll get up to twice as much data per GB than you would if you went with a bigger phone company equivalent.
    • Their customers are happier :
      Our survey revealed that customers of smaller phone companies are happier with their phone service, on average, than customers of big phone companies. Why pay more to be miserable? We show you the statistics so you can make your own choice.
    • You’ll often get the same network:
      Many people don’t realize that if you pick a small phone company, you’ll get exactly the same coverage, speed and priority as customers of the bigger phone companies. We explain how the system works so you can make the right decision.

Best SIM Only Plans August 2018

Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths plan range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Woolworths Mobile review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

boost mobile logo

 

 

 

Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans:
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

CHECK  BOOST MOBILE PLANS

 

Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

 

 

 

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network

Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.

With Vaya, you will get:

  • Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network:
    Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
  • Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’:
    Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
  • The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award:
    How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data

Vaya’s Plan Range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Vaya Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

CHECK SOUTHERN PHONE SIM PLANS

 

SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

Moose Mobile logoBest plans overall 2018 - Moose

 

 

 

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

CHECK  KOGAN MOBILE PLANS

  • How 2018 will be different :
    Phone plans are changing. We explain how 2018 will be different to previous years. Specifically, phone plan users will be :

    • Happier :
      Customer satisfaction with phone plans is going to go up in 2018. We explain why and how you can harness the trend.
    • Healthier :
      People are using personal health tracking equipment at a rapidly rising rate. We explain what that means to you and your phone plan.
    • More tailored :
      Phone plans are now being tailored by users to meet their specific needs. We examine the trend so you can use it to your advantage.
    • More mobile internet :
      Mobile Broadband is taking off. We explain why and what it means for you if you’re thinking of getting a mobile broadband SIM.
  • Other influences :
    Finally, we consider other ideas to bear in mind when comparing phone plans in 2018. In this special section, we cover everything else you could possibly need to know.

 

First, here’s our quick, FREE downloadable information guide to buying a phone plan in 2018

We want to offer you the support you need while you shop. If you want a written record of the key information we offer on this page, you might like to download our FREE information pack. It explains every phone company related technical term you’re likely to bump in to, it gives you a visual guide to navigating the maze of phone plans and best of all, you won’t pay a penny for it.
Download our FREE information booklet to help figure out the best prepaid plan for your needs.

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Comparing phone plans in 2018 – key trends.

Use the results of our research in to Australian phone users and plans to inform your decision.

 

Just want a quick summary ? Here’s our infographic on 2018 phone plans

Got to rush off ? We’ve summarized the key findings from our research, here, in this infographic.

2018 Phone Plan Summary – Everything you need to know to get the right 2018 phone plan

2018 Phone Plan Comparison Infographic

 

Why phone plans could be more expensive in 2018

Perhaps the most important trend in 2018, when it comes to keeping your costs down, is the low proportion of people who intend to change their phone plan over the next 12 months. Busy lives mean people don’t have the time to compare. Only 7% of Australians offered a definitive ‘yes’ when asked if they intend to compare their phone plans.
2018 Phone Plan Comparison – Our primary research indicates that only 7% of Australians intend to change their 7% this year.

Only 7% of Australians are sure they’ll compare and change phone plans in 2018

That’s a shame. The truth is that comparing and buying a phone plan typically takes 15 minutes or less. Here are the steps to follow.
Comparing operators and moving to a phone plan takes 15 minutes or less.

You can compare phone plans and move to your new provider in under 15 minutes.

 

The powershift that’s happened in recent years

As we mentioned in the intro, comparison shoppers – like you – have a lot more power now than they ever did. Here’s why the power has shifted to consumers and what that will mean to you in 2018.

  • Better information:
    There are a lot more phone companies out there than you might think. Our site provides information from people who used to work in the phone companies so you know what they know. The information is provided free of charge alongside the plans we’d recommend.
  • More competitors:
    New entrants in to the market like Moose Mobile on the Optus network, Belong Mobile on the Telstra Mobile Network and Kogan Mobile on the Vodafone network are bringing new things to customers. In 2017, we saw ‘data vault’ released as a product feature for the first time. Once you’ve bought your data, it’s yours forever! Competitors are falling over themselves to improve their products, critically, making them fairer than they used to be. You now have more choice across more products than ever before.
  • Phones from everywhere:
    The biggest shift has been a move away from buying phones under more expensive contract from your phone company and towards SIM Only deals. More on these trends below.

 

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Here’s how things have changed in 2017:

More people will be comparing phone plans in 2018. The big phone companies are losing the power that contracts gave the over their customers. Now, people tailor their phone, internet connected devices and plans together to provide a tailored solution which is just right for them.

More people will be comparing phone plans in 2018 and tailoring their own solutions.

 

The 3 biggest trends you need to keep in mind when you’re comparing phone plans

Key Trend 1 : SIM Only and prepaid are taking over:

Prepaid plans has always been around 45% of the Australian market. The reduction in the number of contracts sold has led to a rapid rise in postpaid SIM Only plans. People are now far more likely to buy their phone outright and add a SIM than they ever have been before.
The phone plans people compare has changed a lot recently. Now, two thirds of people are buying a SIM Only Plan, rather than a phone under contract.

Comparing phone plans is more likely to involve a comparison of SIM Only plans than phone contracts.

As well as saving a ton on the total cost of ownership with a new phone, having a mobile plan out of contract helps with the management of your rising data needs.
2017 was the year of the prepaid plan. There are a number of factors combining to make 2018 even better than last year for those comparing a SIM Only, PAYG or prepaid plans in Australia. Here’s a summary.

Key Trend 2 : Todays 4G networks are all the same:

We’ve been brainwashed in to believing that Telstra offer the best network, haven’t we ? Well, here’s a surprise for you. Both Optus’ 4G and Vodafone’s 4G networks are on a par with Testra’s for both coverage and speed. It’s not just us who think it. OpenSignal are one of two independent companies which have compared these networks in studies the Australian coverage of all 3 major phone companies. The results are consistent and remarkably clear across all the surveys which have been run. When it comes to 4G data, there is very little to pick between the phone companies.
 A number of independent sources now show the same thing – and it’s something to consider when you’re comparing phone plans this year. The coverage and performance of all of the major 4G networks is now about the same.

The coverage and performance of all of the major 4G networks is now about the same.

Unless you are one of the 2-3% of people who live in the outskirts of Australia, whichever network you get, Optus, Vodafone or Telstra, the availability of 4G signal you receive and the speeds you benefit from will all be the same. You can find out more about Australia’s network coverage information on our dedicated page.

Note : It’s true to say that Telstra’s 3G signal covers twice the land mass of Australia as either Optus or Vodafone. We have dedicated article on the subject here.

Key trend 3: The increasing presence of smaller phone companies:

As if competition between the big phone companies wasn’t enough to push down prices, here come the smaller phone companies. Collectively known as MVNOs, smaller phone companies generally, with the exception of OVO Mobile offer more basic phone plans than Vodafone, Telstra or Optus. They’re doing that successfully, as you will see from our chart, below. Their share of the market is large and growing. 50% of all phone plan purchases were from smaller phone companies in 2017.
 If 2017 is anything to go by, 50% of people will be buying their phone plan from a small company like Lebara, Yomojo or Belong.

A full 50% of new phone plan sales were to smaller phone companies in 2017.

 

More detail on the most important trend

Small phone companies have happier customers

On average, people who pick a small phone company are more likely to be satisfied with their phone service than those who pick a big phone company.
On average customers of smaller phone companies are happier with the service they get than customers of big phone companies.

If you want to be happier with your service, pick a smaller phone company.

Examining the detail of big company vs small company customer satisfaction levels in our survey, reveals that, on average, customers of small phone companies are happier than customers of big phone companies. Vodafone is a notable exception.

You’ll get more data per $ if you buy a plan from a small phone company

The key comparison is between data inclusions. In this example, smaller phone companies offer up to twice as much data as the bigger phone companies. Remember, Kogan and Lebara both use the Vodafone network, too.

It’s not an exact comparison but, roughly, Kogan offers twice as much data for around $30 per month as Vodafone – and they both use exactly the same phone network.

The primary plan feature people compare these days is the data they’ll get per dollar spent in their phone plan. The third and final reason small phone companies are doing so well is that they offer more data at each spend level. Here’s just one example.

You can get twice as much data, for the same monthly spend with smaller phone companies. This example shows pricing valid 13.12.17 – promotional offers removed. Remember, Kogan and Lebara both use EXACTLY the same network as Vodafone.

Note, many bigger phone companies offer value added services that the smaller telcos don’t.

Smaller phone companies often use exactly the same phone network as big phone companies

You are unlikely to know how phone companies really work unless you have been employed by one. Smaller phone companies actually resell the big phone company networks. Here’s how they function.
Smaller phone companies resell the networks that big companies built.

Remember, whether you go with Optus or one of it’s resellers, you’ll get the same network.

Australia’s big phone companies are Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. Examples of smaller phone companies include Amaysim and Boost Mobile. Smaller phone companies resell the big company networks. You will often get the same coverage and priority if you go to a small phone company, as if you went to a large one.
The practical reality is that you can cut your phone bill by going to a smaller phone company – and often get exactly the same network.

Best SIM Only Plans August 2018

Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

 

 

 

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network

Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.

With Vaya, you will get:

  • Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network:
    Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
  • Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’:
    Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
  • The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award:
    How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data

Vaya’s Plan Range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Vaya Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

Moose Mobile logoBest plans overall 2018 - Moose

 

 

 

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

Kogan Logo

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths plan range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Woolworths Mobile review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans:
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Why 2018 will be different when it comes to buying phone plans

More Self Service App use means happier phone users

Our research shows that 2018 is going to be even better than 2017 for consumers.
Our survey revealed that there will be a 22% increase in the number of people using the Self Service app their phone company provides. Self service apps are the number 1 way people can improve their level of customer satisfaction – essentially how happy they are – with their existing phone company.
People who use the Self Service app from their phone company tend to be happier than those who don’t. And the number of people who will start to use their Self Service app is set to increase by more than 20% in 2018.

Install and use the Self Service app from your phone company in 2018, if you haven’t already done so.

Most phone companies offer a free, downloadable, Self Service app which can be used to manage your account. It tracks your bills, data usage, and can answer simple questions you might have. Installation takes seconds. I you install the app on your own phone, the phone company will identify you through your phone number and there are no login details required.

People should download these free apps. As you will see on the next diagram, they will make you happier with your service.

From the phone company side, there is an education gap around the self service app. Nearly 20% don’t know what these self service apps are is and less than 10% intend to try it in 2018.
 A higher proportion of phone users who have installed and now use their self service app gave their phone company between 7 and 10 / 10 when asked to rate their own level of customer satisfaction.

The range 7-10 out of 10 on a customer satisfaction score is often called the ‘Net Promoter Score’. People are far more likely to give that sort of ranking to their phone company if they use the Self Service App.

As the chart and our survey shows, a higher proportion of users ranked their telco with 7-10 out of 10 on a customer satisfaction scale, than those who did not have the app installed.

The number of people with connected wearables is increasing

The ‘Internet Of Things’ (IoT) is a term used to describe gadgets which are connected to the internet. Wearables are a great example. Your Fitbit or Apple Watch is increasingly likely to come with it’s own SIM card installed. SIM cards too, are an area of innovation with the Apple Watch containing a new ‘eSIM’ which promises to make future wearables smaller and easier to connect to cellular networks.

Wearables are primarily used to measure health and fitness related information. Australia is known as a country of ‘early adopter’s. It’s us who took to Social Media first in huge numbers and bought iPhones faster than other countries. The same is proving true of Australian adoption of wearable devices. The growth in the number of Australians prepared to try a wearable is similar to that we saw with SmartPhone adoption 10 years ago.

Our survey indicates that 7% of people already have an internet connected wearable and that number is set to grow by 40% in 2018.
2018 is going to see a 40% increase in the number of people using ‘wearable’ technology.

Wearable technology is going to be a key trend in 2018. All these wearables will need a wireless / cellular data connection.

The most important ramifications of this trend will apply to phone companies. Individuals now have and need multiple SIMs, often with a single phone number, as we saw with the Apple Watch. Phone companies have invited technology to deal with this need. Telstra, for example, provide a ‘One Number’ solution for the Apple Watch 3. Ironically, although Telstra and others among the big telco brand have had challenging times recently, their billing system facilities may help them win back the customers they’re losing. It’s only the big phone companies which offer data sharing, which, as we connect more and more of our possessions to the internet will become exponentially more valuable.

For now, our 2018 phone usage survey revealed that we will be a healthier bunch, as an increasing number of us use internet connected wearables to track the ‘measured self.’

2018 will see us tie together more tailored phone plan solutions

As we’ve seen, the power is shifting to users of phone plans and away from the big phone companies. One way this is showing up in life is the proportion of users who are buying their own phone outright and adding a SIM. Our survey indicates that, in 2018, this will be the most common way people acquire a phone.
2018 is going to see a continuation of the move towards SIM Only plans – enabling more tailored solutions for users.

In 2018, we’re going to see people using the incredible range of phone companies and plans that are available to tailor phone plans to be exactly what they want them to be.

Buying a phone outright, frees people from being tied into a contract with their phone company. It allows them to pick a plan tailored to their needs. Contracts still play a role for those wishing to avoid the upfront cost of a device but the proportion of people who are trapped in to these agreements will decrease over time. People on SIM Only plans are free to move plans and even networks when better deals, with more data become available. (See data deflation commentary below.) These people can also experiment with smaller phone companies and benefit from their better pricing.

Mobile Broadband will continue to explode

One of the biggest trends which revealed itself in 2017 was the uptake of mobile broadband plans which Australians invested in for the first time. We saw an enormous amount of interest in these relatively new plans. Phone companies have offered data only bundles for tablets and laptops for many years. Data allowances tended to be small – below 20GB per month, for example. 2017 saw a change in both the size and affordability of these data plans.
One of the biggest trends of 2018 is going to be the uptake of mobile broadband connections.

Mobile Broadband bundles 30GB or more really took off in 2017. 2018 is going to see this growth continue.

Mobile Broadband does many of the things people value better than fixed alternatives. is cheaper, faster and perceived to be more reliable than fixed connections, particularly the NBN. Mobile Broadband services meet needs that fixed broadband does not – entertaining the kids with You Tube on long journeys, helping students and business people work wherever they want to.

Given the problems NBN customers have experienced, it could be that mobile broadband grows in to a threat, perhaps even a replacement for NBN broadband connections. As a result, 2018 could be a pivotal year for the NBN. Mobile broadband threatens their entire investment.

Summing up 2018 for phone plan users

It may not feel like it but things are moving fast. In the last few years alone, we’ve started buying our phones ourselves, adding SIM plans we’ve found, often from smaller phone companies. We’re taking advantage of the fairer plans which some companies offer. We’’re connecting more of our possessions and gadgets to the internet and adding mobile broadband connections to our list of phone services, in some case replacing fixed NBN connections with them.
Here’s how your suite of phone plans will look at the end of 2018. We’re moving to a world in which many people have multiple SIMs and are using the self service apps they have to manage them.

We’re going to have to get used to having multiple SIMs to manage and using the tools available to us to do that.

It’s not hard to imagine an Australian buying an Apple Watch from Amazon, an iPhone from MobileCiti and adding a Kogan which provides data to both. The same individual may also invest in a mobile broadband connection, say, from OVO, one of the leaders in that particular field.

The next generation of advances in telco, in 2018, 2019 and beyond, are likely to be in the area of improving the customer experience around managing these multiple SIMs. Phone bills already take up around 5% of Australian income. It’s time the phone companies started giving us the tools to limit the cost of these additional connections. After all, it’s them who are trying to sell those new services to us.

Other influences that will affect us in 2018

If that’s not enough, there are some smaller forces exerting their influence on the market for phone plans. Here’s our view of the other significant factors you might like to bear in mind.

  • Data price deflation:
    Data price deflation is the constant reduction in the price of a GB (the unit) of data per dollar spent. Where once, you paid $30 a month for 300 MB of data, you can now get 3GB or more in a plan, for the same monthly spend. Users benefit from this price reduction – so long as they stay out of contracts.
  • Many phone companies now offer entertainment as part of their phone plans:
    Content may, Below, if the USA is anything to go by, turn the phone companies you ‘know and love’ in to phone and media entities. The effect on Australia is multifaceted. First, now, there’s a tiered system of phone plans, some with entertainment and some without. Comparing a mobile plan these days involves establishing entertainment options, if any, are important to you. The answer might completely alter the phone company you pick. If you buy a SIM only or prepaid plan from Optus or Telstra you will get some form of zero rated service. One example is internet radio. Optus offer it on their prepaid plans through Spotify, Pandora and other providers. Telstra offer streamed audio from Apple. The data you use to get access to these services is not charged to your data allowance. What this means to you is that it’s worth thinking about how you use (or how you would like to use) your phone. If you have a long commute, if you listen to streamed music or have a service like Netflix at home, it could be that accessing it, across the mobile internet is something that would add value to your plan. If this is the case, you should be considering Optus prepaid, Optus postpaid, Telstra prepaid, Telstra postpaid and OVO Mobile plans. These companies lead the way when it comes to included entertainment in plans. If, however, those inclusions don’t appeal, you might want to consider the phone services that a growing number of Australians use. Smaller phone company SIMS.

 

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In our view, last year was the biggest year in history for Australian telco. The future looks set to deliver even more dramatic change. 5G is just around the corner, scheduled for 2020 release. That could present the phone companies with an existential risk to their pricing options on data and drive the uptake of those mobile broadband bundles we saw, as alternatives to the NBN.

And, in to this mix, comes shortly, the eSIM. The eSIM / Soft SIM / electronic SIM is, itself, the biggest bit of technological progress which has yet been made in telco. It will replace the physical SIM we are all used to buying, with a software SIM. In simple terms, that means you will no longer need to go shopping to pick up a prepaid SIM. You can change your phone company like you change your TV channel, with the press of a button. In the future, to get access to their network, you will go to settings on your iPhone and pick them from the list of options. The trend which is putting power in the hands of consumers and removing it from the phone companies is set to continue.

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths plan range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Woolworths Mobile review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

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Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans:
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

 

 

 

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

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Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network

Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.

With Vaya, you will get:

  • Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network:
    Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
  • Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’:
    Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
  • The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award:
    How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data

Vaya’s Plan Range

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Vaya Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

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Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Why Buy an iPhone 7 Outright + a SIM
from a small phone company ?

Neil

Found a deal on WhatPhone


  • Bought the iPhone 7 32 GB from Apple

    $1,079

  • 24 months on Kogan x $33.30

    $799.20

  • ( = Unlimited Oz Talk & Text + 8GB of 4G Data )

Minimum Total Cost $1,878.20

On Vodafone network

Sally

Went with a Vodafone contract


  • iPhone 7 32 GB

  • 24 months contract on Vodafone x $103.00

    $2,472.00

  • ( = Unlimited Oz Talk & Text + 9GB of 4G Data )

Minimum Total Cost $2,472.00

On Vodafone network

By finding a reseller deal on WhatPhone and buying his phone outright, Neil makes a

25%

saving

 

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