Just Bought A Phone on eBay? These are the Best SIM Only Plans For You

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You don’t have to spend so much on phones and plans

Phones are way too expensive these days. There, I said it. Gone are the days when you could get a really cool, brand name device for just under a hundred bucks. Today, paying a thousand bucks or more for a smartphone has become normal. And we’re not even talking about the phone plan yet – those are just as ridiculous!

But how do you keep up with fast-paced technological upgrades without spending too much?

Two words: Secondhand phones. Yes, used phones will save you a lot of money, and one of the best places to get them is eBay. You’ll find a lot of late model phones that are fairly used, and bidding on them will likely result in a fraction of the actual costs.

Okay, now that you’ve gotten your cheap phone from eBay, you should also get a cheap SIM Only plan to go with it. After all, a cheap phone with an expensive plan kind of defeats the purpose.

Thankfully, there are a bunch of cheap phone plans in Australia. In this article, we’ll show you the best SIM Only plans for your eBay phone.

MVNOs offer some of the best SIM Only plans in Australia

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) resell the three major networks (Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone). They have less overhead and don’t have to worry much about infrastructure costs – that’s up to the major networks that sell to them in wholesale. As a result, these MVNOs can sell cheaper plans to customers.

In recent years, a lot of MVNOs have entered the Australian market. With each entry, competition gets even more stiff, and phone plans get cheaper. Even the major telcos now have to revamp their plans to stay alive in the market.

The best part is that buying a phone plan for cheap from an MVNO doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on the network quality. Because MVNOs resell the major telcos’ networks, you get the same coverage as Telstra, Optus, or Vodafone (whichever of these they networks they resell to you).


When you buy a SIM Only plan from an MVNO, you get the same coverage as the major network they’re reselling.

So it’s a win-win for consumers – increased competition means cheaper plans, and MVNOs are making that a reality in Australia.

So what telcos offer the best SIM Only plans in Australia?

There are a bunch of cheap SIM Only plans out there today, and figuring out the best has a lot to do with your needs. Do you want a lot or data? Are you more interested in roaming and International inclusions? Are you more of an entertainment inclusion customer? We’ve compiled Australia’s best SIM Only plans here, so start there to compare and figure out the best deal.

But, in the meantime, here’s a look at some of the best:

  • OVO
    You’ll get a variety of prepaid plans with OVO. They’re SIM Only so you don’t need a device (but if you need one, OVO actually sell some). OVO resell the Optus network, so you get access to the Optus 4G+ network. They even have a kids plan that’s pretty great.
    OVO prepaid plans cost from $9.95 to $49.95, and include anywhere from 2GB to 40GB of data, with unlimited text and most plans come with unlimited voice as well, along with some International minutes. You can also purchase roaming packs. All plans come with OVOPlay access so you can stream their sport content.
  • Amaysim
    Amaysim also resell the Optus network, and their offer some pretty good prepaid plans as well as data only plans.
    Amaysim prepaid plans usually cost from $10 to $50, but a current promo is offering a $5 as well. You’ll get anywhere from 2GB to 60GB, and all plans include unlimited voice and text. Most of their plans also come with unlimited International calls to 10 countries.
  • Circles.Life
    Circles.Life is another great option. They entered the Australian market last year with some unbeatable postpaid SIM Only month-to-month offers, and they resell the full Optus 4G network.
    The normal Circles.Life month-to-month plan price range is from $28 to $38, but the current promo starts from $18 instead. You’ll get anywhere from 20GB to 60GB of data, and that’s really a lot for the money (and if you run out of data, they give you an extra 3GB). All plans also come with unlimited talk and SMS, and you can buy 300 International minutes for just $5. They also offer other perks like a 3GB data boost add on for $6, 20GB for $10, and a PAYG option of 1 cent per MB if you exhaust your data.
  • Belong Mobile
    Belong Mobile offer some of the best postpaid SIM Only plans in Australia. They resell the Telstra network, which means you get the benefit of the best coverage in Australia (98.8% of the population with 3G, and 97% with 4G).
    Belong offer month to month plans, with anywhere from 1GB to 40GB of data. All plans include unlimited talk and text within Australia, and you can add unlimited International talk and text to 33 countries for an additional $5 on the two smaller plans (the biggest plan already includes this). You also get an unlimited data bank so you won’t lose your unused data.

Final words – Why SIM Only?

SIM Only plans are the only plans that allow you buy the plan without a device. Other plans will require you to purchase a phone from the telco, and they lock your phone to their network so you can’t switch to another telco later if you find a better deal.

Now that you’ve found some good value on eBay, save even more money with the best SIM Only plans out there.

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.