Best prepaid plans under $30

Intro – 60 second guide

Here are our findings on the best prepaid plans currently in Australia under $30. There are more key details in the following article below.

  • On average, the best prepaid plans on the Australian market are those on offer from MVNO providers.
  • Data rollover is a great feature offered by the MVNOs such as Amaysim, where any unused data can be rolled over to the following month.
  • Prepaid plans on average offer much better data and unlimited calling, even on the lower end of the pricing scale.

Prepaid plans are the best value at $30

Currently, more than half of all the people in Australia are using smartphones which do not have 4G capabilities and as such can only be connected to the 3G networks.

All that this simply means is that consumers which use 3G enabled phones will only be able to access the 3G networks, and there is nothing wrong with this as in Australia these networks provide users with high speeds which is perfectly acceptable.

By using an MVNO and avoiding going directly with the three major Australian carriers, consumers can receive plans for under $30, by using the MVNO network resellers. Whether you live in a main city of Australia or in a rural area, there are cheap prepaid plans out there which are suitable for you.

What to look for in your plan

At the moment, some of the best Australian prepaid plans on offer are the ones with great rates from MVNOs. These network reselling companies offer the flexibility of not being tied long term to postpaid plans with poor contract details.

Prepaid plans let you bring your own handheld device or smartphone, all you need is a SIM card and you are good to go. Prepaid plans are great as they give the user freedom to move up or down when it comes to changing their prepaid plans.

All of this can be done without penalty, and whenever consumers want to do so. If you don’t like the service which you are receiving from one provider, you have the choice of moving to a different one, without exit fees.

A lot of people which use prepaid plans already own the phone, so it just makes sense to use a MVNO and not be locked into a postpaid plan, and be given another phone which you don’t need.

In Australia, we are lucky to have so much competition in the MVNO prepaid market, with new companies opening up every month. Just recently we have had both Kogan and Coles entering the marketplace and forcing other companies to lower their prices.

What’s important to you – voice / data / international?

It’s important to calculate how much prepaid mobile data, calling and texting you will require each month before purchasing a prepaid plan.

Obviously there are a lot of numbers to take into consideration but on average, people’s usage varies according to the individual.

If you are lucky enough to have one of the latest smartphones then you can use monitoring applications which keep track of your usage for you. On average each month, smartphone users use around 1GB of mobile data, so you can use this as a benchmark to keep in mind when shopping for the best-prepaid plan under $30 for you.

Discounts for recharging online

In Australia, all of the MVNO network providers offer recharge deals, extra data and additional calling minutes on their highly competitive prepaid plans. The best discount which consumers can receive is when you recharge your prepaid plan online before it expires and you rollover your unused mobile data.

Rollover credit is a great feature which MVNOs such as Virgin Mobile and Amaysim offer to their users, whereby if you recharge online before your month expires, your unused data is rolled over to the following month.

Virgin Mobile customers can take advantage of this from inside the online dashboard, where current usage amounts are displayed and the amount of rollover which is available is outlined.

In most cases, all that you need to do is recharge before your credit expires, and any remaining mobile data which is remaining on your prepaid plan will be added to your account at your next recharge, so long as you ensure that you recharge before your month expires.

Traps for the unwary – running out half way through the month

Often if your credit runs out too fast or if you use more data than you usually do, then on a prepaid plan it does not matter in comparison to postpaid as you won’t be hit with excess charges.

You can simply top up your prepaid plan with more calling minutes or by adding an extra mobile data bolt on, to your existing prepaid plan.

In almost all cases, you can still recharge and add additional credit to your prepaid plan account if you find yourself running out half way through the month. Recharging will enable you to carry on making calls and sending texts, as well as using mobile data on the go.

Getting the most out of the plan

When it comes to getting the most out of your prepaid mobile phone plan, you should look at the price of all the plans which are currently on the market. In most circumstances, you will find that the ones on offer by MVNOs offer the best deals.

Always be sure that if the plan says unlimited, it truly unlimited and that the mobile plan doesn’t hide any additional details in the fine print.

Summing up

Prepaid mobile phone plans are getting cheaper all the time. In the last year alone, more consumers than ever are making the switch, from postpaid to prepaid. Prepaid mobile plans are great if you want to stick to a budget, understand your monthly usage and want a better deal by using one of the many Australian MVNOs

With the freedom to switch your plan at any time you like and not be locked in by contracts, a prepaid mobile phone plan is a perfect choice.

MVNO providers such as Amaysim consistently provide highly competitive prepaid plans, with 4G network access via the Optus’ network and 5GB of data alongside unlimited standard calls and texts on their most popular plan.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.