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  • Perfect for those who make less than 1 call per day
  • Pay only for what you use
  • Minimise your annual phone spend
  • Makes sense if migrating from a 2G phone / network
  • These plans have no data in them - so there's no $ waste

Best PAYG Plans in Australia

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Cmobile

Cmobile Red PAYG

4 stars
Value

10c per minute standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2c per MB data

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

PAYG

ALDImobile

ALDImobile Pay As You Go $15

3 stars
Value

12c per min voice and 12c per SMS

Data

5 cents per MB data

EXPIRY

365 days

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.00

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Optus

Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus

5 stars
Value

$2 a day gets you: unlimited standard national talk and text when you recharge from $10.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

$2 Daily Level expires at 11.59pm local time. Minimum recharge is $10.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$2.00

Minimum spend is $10
Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $40

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text. Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations. Full terms at optus.com.au/prepaidint

Data

25GB (standard 7GB + 8GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $40 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $45

5 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS plus International Standard Calls & SMS to 10 countries.

Data

15GB + 30GB welcome gift

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Parts of Telstra 3G/4G network

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$45.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $46.90 - 90 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB every 30 days

EXPIRY

90 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$46.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $49 Sim Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$49.00

Usual price $49.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $50

5 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS plus International Standard Calls & SMS to 10 countries.

Data

15GB + 30GB welcome gift

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Parts of Telstra 3G/4G network

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $50

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text. Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations + 5 bonus destinations until 3 June 2018. Full terms at optus.com.au/prepaidint

Data

35GB (standard 10GB + 15GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $50 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$59.90

Boost

Boost $50 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

20GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$50.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $15.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

3GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.95

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $16.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$16.90

Boost

Boost $20 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$20.00

Boost

Boost $40 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Spintel

Spintel BYO $23.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$23.95

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $25

4 stars
Value

No voice

Data

5GB + 10GB welcome gift

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Parts of Telstra 3G/4G network

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.00

Spintel

Spintel BYO $25.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.95

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Medium Plan $29.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz, Unlimited Standard Calls to 12 Selected Countries, Unlimited calls to India

Data

15GB first month = (5GB+10GB Bonus) data

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$29.90

Kogan Mobile

Kogan MEDIUM $29.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$29.90

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

4GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$29.90

Boost

Boost $30 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

28 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

5GB + 10GB welcome gift

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Parts of Telstra 3G/4G network

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text

Data

18.88GB (standard 3GB + 5.88GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $30 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Moose Mobile

Moose $34 Sim Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$34.00

Usual price $34.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $35

5 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS plus International Standard Calls & SMS to 10 countries.

Data

5GB + 10GB welcome gift

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Parts of Telstra 3G/4G network

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan LARGE $36.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

16GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$36.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $39 Sim Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

18GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$39.00

Usual price $39.00
OVO

OVO $9.95

5 stars
Value

$200 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$4.98

Usual price $9.95
Moose Mobile

Moose $8 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS and MMS in Oz.

Data

500MB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price $8.00
Moose Mobile

Moose $19 Sim Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price $19.00
Yomojo

Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

4 stars
Value

200 minutes of standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $9.95

5 stars
Value

200 minutes standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.95

OVO

OVO $19.95

5 stars
Value

$500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz.

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.98

Usual price $19.95
Boost

Boost $10 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

1GB data

CONTRACT

7 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$10.00

Optus

Optus $10 SIM Starter Kit

5 stars
Value

Up to 100 minutes of standard national calls (charged per minute). Unlimited standard national SMS/MMS

Data

15GB (standard 500MB + bonus data) when you activate on Prepaid Ultimate Plus by 03/06/18. Data will rollover up to 10GB when you recharge before expiry.

EXPIRY

7 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Starter sim cost

$10.00

Moose Mobile

Moose $78 Sim Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

90GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$78.00

Usual price $78.00

Common questions about PAYG Plans

What is a PAYG plan ?

PAYG or Pay As You Go plans are some of the cheapest phone plans in Australia. They charge you per minute for voice calls and SMS access. They don’t include any data in them at all.

An annual PAYG plan bill can be as little as $50. Some people spend that per month !

PAYG plans make sense for savvy shoppers who are not hooked on their phone as a cornerstone of their life ?

How does data work on a PAYG plan ?

Like all services on a PAYG plan, data is charged for at the point of use and according to how much you use. But watch out ! Check the rates for data in the plan. They are extremely high ! If you use any data at all during the the month you will be better off with a cheap phone plan which has a small data inclusion.

Why don’t the phone companies talk about PAYG plans ?

Phone companies have hero plans they like to sell. More than 90% of the market buy one of the top 7 phone plans the phone companies sell.

PAYG plans are niche. They service very low usage customers perfectly. Very low usage customers are not the ideal target for phone companies.

Are PAYG plans 3G or 4G ?

All PAYG plans shown on this page are both 3G and 4G.

Can I keep my existing phone number if I move to a PAYG plan ?

Yes you can. This is a common question and we explain the answer in detail here. In short, if you click through and buy a plan from any provider listed on this page, you will be asked if you want to keep your number. If you select ‘yes’ then the SIM that is delivered to you will have that phone number assigned to it.

Comparing PAYG Plans in Australia - Which is best for you?

If you make one phone call a day or less then forget all the telco marketing, we recommend that you get one of these PAYG plans while you still can.

The key things you need to know about PAYG plans!

  • PAYG SIM plans are popular but rarely mentioned by the phone companies.
  • They are hard to find. Of the 16 phone companies we feture on the site, only 4 have PAYG plans.
  • We suggest them to people who typically make around one call and send one SMS a day.
  • If you have a smartphone, a PAYG plan is almost certainly not the right plan for you.
  • If you are moving from the 2G networks that Optus and Telstra are closing in late 2016, you could well consider the combination of a PAYG plan and a feature phone.

We explain much more about each of these key things to consider, below.

PAYG (Pay AS You Go) plans make up a relatively small 5% of the AustralianPAYG plans are the least common type of BYO plan.

 

 What is a PAYG Plan ?

PAYG plans appeal to those who make a phone call or send an SMS once a day.

‘PAYG’ or ‘Pay As You Go’ plans are something of an ‘under the counter’ offer in Australia. They’re actually extremely popular. You’d never know it : PAYG plans don’t often get marketed on the websites you see when you’re researching a phone plan. PAYG is not what the telcos talk to their customers or prospects about. A quick scan of the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone sites will show you – there’s a lot of talk about SIM Only or prepaid plans. There’s no section for PAYG.

It could be that the profitability of the plans is to blame – perhaps this type of plan doesn’t make enough money. It could be the fact that their marketing teams already struggle to articulate value in the long list of prepaid and postpaid plans they have available. Many people, for example, are not even clear on the differences between prepaid and postpaid. Whatever the reason,  the phone companies don’t usually talk about the PAYG segment. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be considering them.

PAYG plans appeal to those who need only very limited access to a phone to make a call or send an SMS.  Typically we recommend them to people who want to make just one call a day. In some ways, PAYG all boils down to these three things:

  • Do you just make one call a day ?:
    It’s critical you’re clear on this point. Go back through the history on your phone and check. The rates are low on PAYG plans. But, don’t ignore the information you have available to you just because you want one of these plans. If your history says you make more than one call a day, this is not the right plan for you! I write for a phone plan comparison site. I advise people on how to get the right plan. I tried a PAYG plan because I felt like I didn’t make many calls and I wanted to save some money. It turned out that I ended up paying more for my PAYG plan than if I’d spent $30 on an unlimited plan from a smaller phone company.
  • Data is very, very expensive on PAYG plans:
    If you have a smartphone, PAYG plans are almost certainly not right for you. Data on a PAYG plan can cost $50 per GB (see below.)
  • Remember, you can still receive calls:
    The other critical fact to remember is that when you’re on a PAYG plan, you can still receive as many calls as you want to. If you are the center of your social circle and everyone calls you, you won’t be charged extra on your plan.

PAYG plans are genius for plans which last forever and service ‘casual’ usage.

 

Best SIM Only Plans April 2018

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. (link to awards page.)

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

  • Moose $8 SIM OnlyAdvertisement = 200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS and MMS in Oz + 500MB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $14 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 1GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $19 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 2GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $29 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 5GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $34 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 10GB of data.
  • Moose $39 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 16GB of data.
  • Moose $49 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 30GB of data.
  • Moose $78 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 90GB of data.

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.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 5GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 10GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 19GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.

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.

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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

International Calls 2018

 

 

 

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

If you’re after an unlimited plan with incredible data inclusions, or you make calls overseas, in our view, you need look no further than Lebara. Lebara use the much improved Vodafone 3G + 4G network which covers more than 96% of Australians. With Lebara, you’ll get :

  • Big Data on the Vodafone 3G + 4G network:
    Lebara’s plans include enough data for even the most ravenous data eaters.
  • Broad Range Including Plans With International Calls:
    Lebara have Unlimited International Call plans at $29.90 and $49.90 price points. Lebara’s cheaper international call rates cover all the major destinations including : UK, USA, Greece, China, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, South Korea and Switzerland. (Inclusions vary, see our review.)
  • Multi-Month-Options:
    Lebara have 30 day plans, 180 day plans and 360 day plans. Buy up-front and save.

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our full Lebara 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 National Calls:
    Belong’s price plans are data first. If you want to add Unlimited Australian National calls, it’ll cost you $5 a month, on top of the price of your data.
  • $10 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $10.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $25 = 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $40 =45GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $30 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $35 = Unlimited national calls & SMS + 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift) with international calls & SMS to selected countries.
  • Belong Mobile $45 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 40GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $50 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 45GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift) with international calls & SMS to selected countries.

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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Australian PAYG Plans – the good bits

There is no differentiation of service when you take a phone plan. Whether you’re on a $120 a month 24 month contract plan or a lowly PAYG plan, you’ve get the same thing. You’ll get all the same coverage, all the same customer support, all the same 4G data speeds including super fast (carrier aggregated) fast data. You may even get access to customer loyalty schemes too and the ever increasing range of content. PAYG It’s an affordable back door in to the phone company you love.

 

If you have a smartphone, forget PAYG

If you have a smartphone, PAYG is almost certainly not the right suite of plans for you. Smartphones are designed with a computer interface in mind. Their entire structure is around the screen. Design and usability decisions are made to facilitate the use of apps and other services on the phone which rely on data being provided.

Check our ‘Typical PAYG Rates’ section, below and you will see: Data starts at about 5 cent per MB and rises to 7 cents with some phone companies. This might not sound like much but there’s a reason the phone companies have expressed it in the way they have. A MB is 1/1024th of a GB. And most smartphone users will use, as an absolute minimum a GB of data each month. To work out what that would cost you, you need to multiply the 5 cents by 1024 and express it in dollars. Even if you’re maths isn’t too good, you’ll quickly see that PAYG plans charge at least $50 per GB of data. If you check out our cheap phone plans, you will see tens of plans with unlimited Australian voice and SMS and more than 1GB of data for under $30, let alone $50.

There is one exception to this – extremely advanced and confident users – and we give them specialized advice below. If you do end up on a PAYG plan and you find that it is costing you more than it should, don’t worry. You will always be able to move off your PAYG plan and on to something a little more suitable at the end of the month.

 

Typical Australian PAYG rates and inclusions

PAYG plans are an extremely savvy way of dealing with low usage. Multiply your usage by these prices for individual transactions and use our chart, below, to determine if these plans are right for you.

  • With PAYG, it’s all about the price per minute, cost per SMS and costs per MB.
  • Typical voice rates (for calls within Australia to other Australian mobiles or landlines) are generally 11 or 12 cents per minute. If you made one call per day, of a standard 2 minute duration on a plan which was 12 cents per minute, you’d end up being charged $7.20.
  • Since SMSs are charged at the same rate, you can see the cost progression in the charts we’ve included on this page.
  • Where one call a day makes this an extremely attractive set of plans, any more and you would be better off looking at cheaper non PAYG plans.
  • Remember, this indicative usage / cost chart for PAYG Plans does not include any data at all. We are assuming that you are not using any data as part of your plan because it is so prohibitively expensive.
  • PAYG plans are generally sent to you if ordered online, free of charge, like any other SIM. They too are often subject to next day delivery.

PAYG Plans

 

PAYG Plans can be bought either prepaid or postpaid

This can be hard to understand if you don’t have experience with the concept. Multiple payment methodologies for plans, however, is increasingly common. There is a difference, between the price plan and the payment method. It is absolutely possible to have a single price plan which is made available with either a prepaid or a postpaid payment methodology.

The price plan is what’s set up in the billing system of the phone company. For PAYG plans, we covered this above. You’ll get a charge of around 15 cents per minute for a phone call, as an example.

The payment methodology, prepaid or postpaid is how bills (from the billing system) are applied. If you go to the Amaysim site you’ll see that their PAYG plans are available as either prepaid or postpaid.

 

We advise that you monitor all usage with the app

With any phone plan, we advise installing and using the app from your service provider. They are almost universal these days. (One exception is OVO Mobile.) Apps will help you keep track of your spending, especially around data. If you choose a PAYG plan and it’s not right for you, the app will tell you quickly and you will be able to switch out.

 

Best SIM Only Plans April 2018

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 National Calls:
    Belong’s price plans are data first. If you want to add Unlimited Australian National calls, it’ll cost you $5 a month, on top of the price of your data.
  • $10 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $10.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $25 = 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $40 =45GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $30 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $35 = Unlimited national calls & SMS + 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift) with international calls & SMS to selected countries.
  • Belong Mobile $45 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 40GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $50 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 45GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift) with international calls & SMS to selected countries.

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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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. (link to awards page.)

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

  • Moose $8 SIM OnlyAdvertisement = 200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS and MMS in Oz + 500MB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $14 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 1GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $19 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 2GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $29 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 5GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $34 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 10GB of data.
  • Moose $39 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 16GB of data.
  • Moose $49 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 30GB of data.
  • Moose $78 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 90GB of data.

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.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 5GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 10GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 19GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.

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.

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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

International Calls 2018

 

 

 

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

If you’re after an unlimited plan with incredible data inclusions, or you make calls overseas, in our view, you need look no further than Lebara. Lebara use the much improved Vodafone 3G + 4G network which covers more than 96% of Australians. With Lebara, you’ll get :

  • Big Data on the Vodafone 3G + 4G network:
    Lebara’s plans include enough data for even the most ravenous data eaters.
  • Broad Range Including Plans With International Calls:
    Lebara have Unlimited International Call plans at $29.90 and $49.90 price points. Lebara’s cheaper international call rates cover all the major destinations including : UK, USA, Greece, China, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, South Korea and Switzerland. (Inclusions vary, see our review.)
  • Multi-Month-Options:
    Lebara have 30 day plans, 180 day plans and 360 day plans. Buy up-front and save.

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our full Lebara Review.

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PAYG vs Long Expiry plans

PAYG and Long expiry plans are extremely similar in nature. Again, Long Expiry plans, typically offered as part of a prepaid range are not heavily marketed.

Long Expiry plans are used for bizarre things like having a phone number you want to keep and ‘parking’ it while you are overseas for a while. They are used by people who want to keep a phone in their glove box in order to be able to use it in case of emergency. They are used by older people who don’t want to pay for a mobile phone regularly because they can’t see the value.

The commonalities with PAYG plans are the rates for calls, usually expressed in minutes and very similar between the two plans types. Critically, the validity period, the time for which the SIM will remain active once it has been started is very long on both plans. Most of the phone companies which provide them require a minimum payment and then activate the SIM for 12 months.

 

What are your other alternatives to PAYG plans ?

Almost the entirety of the telco plan stable can be described as either prepaid or postpaid. This is made all the more complicated by terms industry insiders use which lack clear definition. For example, SIM Only plans actually comprise prepaid plans. Every prepaid plan is a SIM Only plan. Not every SIM Only plan is a prepaid plan, however.

But remember, PAYG plans are an unusual aspect of the Australian market. There are no direct equivalents. The closest, as we’ve seen is the long expiry prepaid plan. Other alternatives to PAYG plans would be used as alternatives rather than substitutes. For example, if you found you were using your phone to make a couple of calls and texts each day, our chart, above, would tell you that this level of usage was costing over $20 per month and you might like to consider an equivalent spend with Vaya, OVO or Boost Mobile who will give you a great deal more in terms of plan inclusion for that spend level.

PAYG plans are special. They represent pretty much the minimum in terms of commitment that you can make to a phone company while ensuring you get the same access to network services that everyone else does. They are hard to beat if you are one of the lucky people in the small segment they suit.

 

PAYG works well for a very small segment of people – be careful of these things

PAYG plans are a valuable component of the list of options available to those who know what they’re up to and are shopping for a plan. The ‘under the counter’ nature of the means you kind of have to know about them before you will find one.

Our major concern with PAYG is the advent of 4G data speeds and the move to smartphones. There are not many people these days who have a simple feature phone. But data isn’t the only thing to be careful of when weighing up these plans.

PAYG plans offer you the same services as other plans but, used individually, they can become expensive. Voicemail retrieval, MMSs ( 49 cents each with Amaysim! ) 19 numbers and International Calls are all inexpensive per minute but if used regularly would push you out of the people for whom PAYG plans make sense.

 

Some really ‘advanced’ stuff: Data only with PAYG voice

Telcos are in a bit of a tough spot. Data pricing has fallen 75% in the last 2 years. Voice and SMS are commoditized to the point where they are offered at rates which I would consider not far from ‘free’ (in the sense that they are included in a plan without much cost.)

As we move more and more in to the world of data plans being the primary consideration for people buying a new phone plan, the more ‘sophisticated’ phone user has a chance to consider a whole new range of plans. In this circumstance, for a confident user, PAYG voice and SMS rates on a data led plan might be worth consideration.

We’ve actually covered this concept in some depth on our data plans page. The idea is that you save money by using a data plan from a phone company. One which was designed to go in to your tablet computer or mobile broadband dongle.

By picking one of those plans which has PAYG voice rates, you can get cheap data (cheap because it was designed to appeal to tablet and dongle users, not phone users) and the same PAYG rates you would get on any other SIM for your voice and SMS needs.

This is an advanced trick. You need to be sure that you have a smartphone and you are prepared to take such an atypical path. However, it is perfectly legal and acceptable to do it. You won’t lose support if you call your phone company for assistance in getting it working. It’s just a back door in to telco that is not often used.

 

Which phone companies offer PAYG plans in Australia

We don’t feature every phone company in Australia. We have a selection and we pick and show our favourites because we believe that together, this range offers you the best deals and they short cut the time it takes for you to make the right decision. When it comes to PAYG, the list is already pretty short.

 

Best SIM Only Plans April 2018

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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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

International Calls 2018

 

 

 

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

If you’re after an unlimited plan with incredible data inclusions, or you make calls overseas, in our view, you need look no further than Lebara. Lebara use the much improved Vodafone 3G + 4G network which covers more than 96% of Australians. With Lebara, you’ll get :

  • Big Data on the Vodafone 3G + 4G network:
    Lebara’s plans include enough data for even the most ravenous data eaters.
  • Broad Range Including Plans With International Calls:
    Lebara have Unlimited International Call plans at $29.90 and $49.90 price points. Lebara’s cheaper international call rates cover all the major destinations including : UK, USA, Greece, China, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, South Korea and Switzerland. (Inclusions vary, see our review.)
  • Multi-Month-Options:
    Lebara have 30 day plans, 180 day plans and 360 day plans. Buy up-front and save.

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our full Lebara 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 National Calls:
    Belong’s price plans are data first. If you want to add Unlimited Australian National calls, it’ll cost you $5 a month, on top of the price of your data.
  • $10 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $10.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $25 = 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $40 =45GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $30 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $35 = Unlimited national calls & SMS + 15GB of 4G data (5GB plus 10GB welcome gift) with international calls & SMS to selected countries.
  • Belong Mobile $45 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 40GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift).
  • Belong Mobile $50 = Unlimited National Calls & SMS + 45GB of 4G data (15GB plus 30GB welcome gift) with international calls & SMS to selected countries.

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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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. (link to awards page.)

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

  • Moose $8 SIM OnlyAdvertisement = 200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS and MMS in Oz + 500MB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $14 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 1GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $19 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 2GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $29 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 5GB of data. Now only $5!
  • Moose $34 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 10GB of data.
  • Moose $39 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 16GB of data.
  • Moose $49 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 30GB of data.
  • Moose $78 Sim OnlyAdvertisement = Unlimited standard calls and SMS and MMS in Oz + 90GB of data.

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.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 5GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 10GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited national Talk and Text in Oz + 19GB of 4G data. Save 50% for each of the first 3 months.

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

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Vodafone:

  • Starter Pack with $30, $40 and $50 rates.
  • My Credit. Excludes premium services.
  • 365 day expiry period.
  • 20c/min for standard national calls.
  • 20c for each TXT here and overseas.
  • 2c per MB for data.
  • Standard international calls that start at 2c/min.

 

Cmobile Red PAYG:

  • 10c per minute standard national calls
  • 10c standard national TXT
  • 2c per MB data
  • A minimum annual fee of $50 applies
  • Plan includes $50 call credit with 12 months expiry period
  • $50 included call credit can be used for any call types!

 

Amaysim:

  • AS YOU GO including $5 starter credit, valid for 365 days
  • Rates What you pay with AS YOU GO, all Australia-wide
  • Standard calls (mobile & landline) = 12c/min
  • Standard SMS = 12c/SMS
  • International calls = International calling rates /Roaming rates
  • International SMS = 25c per SMS sent from Australia
  • Calls to 13 numbers = 29c/min
  • Calls to 18 numbers = Free in Australia
  • Amaysim-to-amaysim (calls & SMS) = 12c/min
  • Data = 7.2c/MB, Add extra Data
  • Standard MM = S49c/MMS
  • Voicemail12c/min
  • Flagfall = FREE
  • SIM card = FREE

 

Yomojo:

  • Voice = 11c per min
  • SMS = 9c per min
  • Data = 5c per MB data
  • International calls = 20c per minute

 

These operators, featured on WhatPhone don’t offer PAYG.

  • Lebara: None, only SIM Only plans and recharge
  • Virgin Mobile: None, only SIM Only plans and recharge
  • Bendigo: None, only SIM Only plans
  • Boost: None, no longer existing
  • TeleChoice: None, only SIM Only plans
  • Think Mobile: None, only SIM Only plans
  • OVO: None, only SIM Only plans
  • TPG: None, no longer available. – only SIM Only plans
  • Vaya: None, only SIM Only plans
  • Kogan Mobile : None, only SIM Only plans
  • Telstra: None, confirmed though their website online chat – only SIM Only plans
  • Optus: None, confirmed though their website online chat – only SIM Only plans

 

PAYG in Australia Summed Up

PAYG plans are all too rare. They can also be hard to find. It took extensive research to pull this page together and we only considered (what we consider to be the top) 16 phone companies in the country. It’s possible that the reason you and customers like you love PAYG plans so much is exactly the reason they’re so fare in Australia. PAYG plans are about the cheapest way you can connect your phone to the phone company network for a year.

PAYG plans let you receive as many calls as anyone else – free of charge. They charge extremely reasonable rates for SMS. You must absolutely not use PAYG plans to service your data needs. If you have a smartphone, for example, where data is part of your telco requirement, you should probably consider these cheap phone plans instead of paying exorbitant PAYG data rates.

Our suggestion is that you enjoy these Pay As You go phone plan rates for as long as you can. One can only speculate about the future of plans like these but when we do, at WhatPhone, we predict that they will end and end at some point soon. The SIM and management of the customer alone cost more than a low spend PAYG customer would generate for the phone company over the course of a year. Remember, PAYG customers can call the telco’s call center just as much as any other customer – and that costs the phone company real money. The SIM and delivery ( getting it to you free of charge, next business day, as most phone companies now offer ) will cost them a minimum of $5. These plans are great for users but at best must be marginally profitable for those that offer them.

As we move in to a world where 4G data speeds are superseded by 5G ( many believe that this’ll happen in 2020 ) it is hard to see that PAYG plans will continue to be produced. The whole world is addicted to data and smartphones. PAYG addresses neither.

PAYG is a niche and it won’t last forever. If you want one of these plans take it today. They’re hard to find in store so you’re better off ordering online. If you’re one of the many evacuating the soon to be defunct Telstra or Optus network, PAYG plans plus a feature phone make an exceptionally clever lifeboat. They’re affordable, they keep you connected to the phone companies networks and they are almost certainly as cheap as the plan you were using on your 2G network.

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