Cheap Mobile Plans in Australia

Get tonnes of talk, text and data for under $30 a month.
  • Ovo Mobile, Kogan, Optus and Boost are fantastic value
  • Get what you need - but don't pay for what you won't use
  • Suit average users' needs and talk / text / data requriements
  • Few contract plans on this page - there's a lot of flexibility to move to new plans
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Top cheap phone plans in Australia

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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 $10.00
Kogan Mobile

Kogan EXTRA LARGE $49.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

23GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$4.90

Usual price $49.90
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 $9 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

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

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price is $9.00
Moose Mobile

Moose $14 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price is $14.00
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

$5.00

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

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $12 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.90

Min. cost over 12 month is $118.80
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
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

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $10 12M

5 stars
Value

$500 call and SMS credit.

Data

500MB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $120.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $10

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Extra Small Plan $14.90 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$14.90

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

$14.95

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $15

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS plus unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.00

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

$15.00

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

Moose Mobile

Moose $19 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$19.00

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

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

2.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM 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

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $22 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

7GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$22.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $264.00
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

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Small Plan $24.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz, Unlimited Standard Calls to 10 selected countries

Data

3.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$24.90

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

Moose Mobile

Moose $29 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$29.00

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 including 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

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

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS plus unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

Data

5GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $35 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $35.00
Lebara Mobile

Lebara Large Plan $39.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

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

Data

26GB first month = (10GB+16GB Bonus) data

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$39.90

The most common questions about cheap phone plans

Wha are the cheapest plans for less than $30 ?

The best value plan comes down entirely to what you need it for.

There are, however, a couple of plans we’ll recommend to you straight off the bat.

  • OVO Mobile $9.95 :
    Gives you $500 of calls, 1GB of 3G/4G data on the Optus network and even includes parental control software in case you provide this to your child as a ‘pocket money’ plan. OVO Mobile are our best of the best this year. Their plans are an incredible blend of value and inclusions.
  • Unlimited voice + 2GB of data  :
    This price you pay for this combination has fallen dramatically int he last 12 months. 2GB is about average usage at the moment. If you want unlimited calls and SMS, you can get it with Yomojo on the Optus 3G and 4G network cheaper than you’ll get it anywhere else. It’s incredible value and a plan we recommend often.

Which plans under $30 have the most data ?

We would suggest a range of options, depending on your network preference. Each of these providers resells the network of one of the major phone companies.

  • Yomojo offer the best value when it comes to data and you’re looking for a cheap plan. Yomojo use the Optus 3G and 4G network.
  • Lebara is a great alternative on the Vodafone network and also offer both 3G and 4G speeds.
  • Boost Mobile have great pricing including extra allowances on the weekends. Boost use the Telstra Mobile Network.

Significant data allocations are hard to come by under $30. You can check out out data only plans if you’re after JUST data. And, whoever you choose for your SIM Only plan, you should be able to add more data later in the month with a bold on.

What won’t I get if I take a plan under $30 ?

You will be surprised the extras that you’ll get these days in a cheap phone plan.

  • The same coverage:
  • Included streamed video entertainment options: OVO Mobile are unique in offering streamed audio which is zero rated, in their prepaid plans under $30. You can read more about it in our full review but if you’re a V8 Supercars fan or you like gymnastics, then we would suggest to you that these plans are worth a look.
  • Included streamed audio entertainment :
    Optus offer streamed audio on many of their prepaid plans including their $2 Days plan and $30 My Freedom Plus plan. This can save users a great deal of data if, for example, they have an existing Spotfiy account and use it a lot.
  • Parental lock :
    OVO Mobile’s entry level plan includes parental lock software

The truth is, these days, any phone plan should be cheap. If people are paying more than $30 a month, in our view, they’re wasting money.

Do you recommend any cheap prepaid plans under $30 ?

Most Australian prepaid plans have entry level price points of less than $30 per month. We do recommend them – often in fact. Generally, if you’re buying from a tier 1 telco – that’s Vodafone, Optus and Telstra, and spending $30, you’ll get more for your money on prepaid.

We’ve written in some details what the benefits and compromises and have a table which tells you what the key differences are.

What is a PAYG plan ?

A PAYG plan is a Pay As You Go plan. Usually, with either Prepaid or Postpaid plans, you’ll commit to a value in advance.

With Prepaid, to get you going, you’ll buy a SIM, pick a plan and add a recharge value. For example, you choose Lebara, decide on their ‘Unlimited National’ plan and recharge with a $29.90 value. Then you can make calls using the features of the prepaid plan.

On postpaid plans, you’ll take a SIM Only plan for, say $30 per month, hand over some payment details like a bank account or a credit card and they’ll charge you automatically for the $30 you’ve decided on and any additional services you’ve used, every month.

For PAYG, you choose the plan and get charged according to how much you use. For example, you have a SIM in your phone from Amaysim. It has PAYG features. One of those PAYG features is that you can make calls with no flagfalls for 12c per minute. During the month, you make one call a day ( 30 days ) of a standard 2 minute duration. At the end of the month, you’ll pay 12c x 2 minutes per day = 24 cents x 30 days = About $7 in fees.

The difference is that you don’t know in advance how much you will be paying.

As usual, we have more analysis and details on these plans in our PAYG plans explained article.

What is a network reseller ? ( Like Boost, Lebara or Cmobile ? )

Network resellers just don’t own the network. They buy a large quantity of minutes and resell them to you. They tend to be no frills operators. You can find out more in our What is an MVNO article.

Review and comparison of cheap plans

We’ve done the research for you. The plans on this page are the cheapest in Australia. They all cost less than $30 per month.

What's good

  • Lebara, OVO and Kogan offer best value <$30
  • Use resellers of Telstra's, Optus' & Vodafone's networks
  • So much cheaper than getting a contract and a new phone
  • An increasing number of 4G plans are under $30

What's bad

  • Cheaper plans tend not to have entertainment
  • Will not suit high end data users

 

Cheap phone plans have never been more accessible than they are now

We say a phone plan is cheap if it costs under $30 per month. There are cheap mobile plan options, however, on this page which include phone plans which cost as little as $10 per month.

 

We say a cheap phone plan as one costing less than $30 per month. We want you to have not only a cheap first month but a reliably low bill. The advice we give on this page does not include introductory offers and makes clear where additional charges might catch you out. If that all sounds like boot camp, don’t worry. It’s not. We explain everything with images and charts below so you can see the cheapest mobile phone plans visually.

Note: When you compare mobile phone plans, you need to consider the number of days they’re active for. We say ‘a month’ here but include plans with slightly different ‘expiries’. Plans shown on this page may have 28 day expiries, 30 day expiries (prepaid plans) or they may be postpaid which renew on the same day each calendar month.

When shopping for a phone plan in this bracket, we think you should use the following common sense advice to get you going

  • Be realistic about what you use:
    Consider your actual voice minutes, SMS and data requirements. Here is no escaping your responsibility in being clear on the ways you use your phone. You need to know roughly your monthly data usage, roughly how many calls you make a month and whether international calls are something that is important to you.
  • Be prepared to try something new:
    We make recommendations on this page around prepaid plans  and plans from small phone companies. These sorts of plans tend to offer better value than the big brands you’re likely used to. If you want the cheapest plans, you might have to step outside your comfort zone when it comes to the phone company brand you decide on.

 

It’s Getting Tougher To Be A Telco. That’s great for you

Telstra’s profits fell 33% last year ; Optus’ fell by 12%. Vodafone made a loss of $242m. The reason they’re suffering is that the industry is lowering prices to attract people like you to their plans. Even Andy Penn, the CEO of Telstra acknowledges it. Competition from smaller phone companies, he says, with “lower cost bases, and agile, innovative business models“ is driving the change. It is these changes which have led to the cheap phone plans you see on this page.

In July last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported a 3.8% fall in prices for telecommunications services for the previous 12 months.

The ABS report a fall in the prices we pay for telecommunications services of nearly 4% last year.

Source : Telstra is entering the low-cost mobile market with its budget brand Belong

 

Cheap phone plans are cutting in to the profits of the major phone companies as they compete for your business.

 

Changes in entry level plan inclusions

These price reductions don’t actually explain the changes to cheap mobile plans that have happened effectively. Even as price fall each year, phone companies are also offering extra data at each price point. Other changes include

  • Lower entry point plans :
    New plans have been floated, targeted at the youth market with ‘pocket money’ spend levels.
  • New phone companies have entered the market :
    You have around 50 phone companies to pick from Moose Mobile and Belong Mobile have both added innovative features and better value to the mix, particularly when it comes to data.

As well as lower entry prices, new phone company options and international calls, coverage has improved for you too with the phone companies spending billions of dollars on their networks.

  • Network investments :
    The $billion spend levels from Optus and Vodafone have made 4G accessible, at lower prices, to more people, than ever before. Competition has increased data allowances. On a cheap phone plan, you’re likely to get exactly the same network coverage as anyone on a more expensive version.

Below, we point out these changes, suggesting the cheapest mobile phone plans which have the inclusions you need. We also provide guidance on how you can keep your plan cheap after you’ve signed up by avoiding unnecessary data overage and additional charges.

 

What you won’t get

In some ways, you get what you pay for. There are some services that most cheap phone plans just won’t provide you.

Cheap phone plans are cutting in to the profits of the major phone companies as they compete for your business.

  • You’ll probably have to pay extra for International calls :
    The cost of international calls in phone plans came down a lot last year. You will still struggle to get decent plan inclusions for calls from within Australia to other phones around the world, for under $25.
  • No entertainment services :
    Content and entertainment in phone plans is an increasingly prevalent inclusion. The plans which offer this sort of inclusion tend to be more expensive than $25 per month.

 

The key to good value plans is trying a smaller phone company (MVNO)

You may not know it but there are around 50 phone companies in Australia. Smaller phone companies give you what you need – clear, simple plans with lots of data at a low price.

The key to keeping your phone plan affordable is an awareness of how your data usage is changing over time. Those who lose track get charged ‘overage’ on their plans.

However, people can be nervous about moving to a smaller phone company : In a recent survey of phone plan users, we asked : Would you consider buying a phone plan from an unknown / lesser known brand if it was cheaper and offered the same service and benefits? Approximately 45% of people would consider buying from a smaller phone company Of that 43%, 24% said they would need a bit of reassurance. Here’s some reassurance :

  • Smaller phone companies are good bets for the best mobile phone plans :
    Once you try them, you’ll realize that there was nothing to worry about. These phone companies are regulated in the same way the big phone companies are so you won’t get ripped off.

Cheap phone plans from smaller companies also seem to entitle their users to better customer service.

 

Generally, small phone companies offer better value for money.

  • You can keep your phone number :
    In Australia, you’ve had the facility to move phone companies and keep your phone number for 20 years. If you want to move to a smaller phone company, you’ll be able to take your phone number with you.
  • They mostly sell month to month agreements :
    Smaller phone companies tend to offer SIM Only plans – either prepaid plans or postpaid SIM Only. These are almost always month to month agreements. That means that you can leave if it doesn’t work out.
  • They often have better customer service than the big phone companies :
    Let’s face it, you probably don’t actually like the phone company you’re with anyway. Most people have had at least one bad customer service experience with one of the big phone companies they’ve signed up to over the years. Independent research shows that smaller phone companies often have better customer service than the big ones.
  • They use exactly the same networks :
    Any phone company which uses the Optus or Vodafone network uses the same towers and masts as you’d get if you went direct to the big phone company. For example, if you choose OVO Mobile who use the Optus 3G and 4G network, you’ll use the whole, entire Optus network. There’s no prioritization of their traffic over your call when you’re with OVO. You’ll be connected in the same way and get the same data speeds as someone who stood next to you and used the Optus network.

You’ll get exactly the same network coverage, data speeds and voice calls if you go with an Optus reseller or Optus themselves.

  • Telstra resellers do not get the same network :
    The one exception to this rule is that Telstra customers do get broader 3G coverage than any other user. Even the phone companies which sell the Telstra network only get a cut down version of it. They often say in our listings that they sell ‘a part of the Telstra 3G / 4G network.’

 

Best SIM Only Plans May 2018

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.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 10GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 19GBSave 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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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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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

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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

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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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Awareness of these options is clearly increasing

The fact that people automatically compare their options when they’re looking for a cheap plan, the number of alternatives which are available and the  the never ending list of promotional offers to lure new customers in all contribute to an exodus from the big phone companies. Where Optus, Telstra and Vodafone have focused their business on offering value adds, the growth in the Australian market for cheap plans is coming from low cost operators.

It’s not just you looking for a cheap mobile phone plan. Nearly 50% of Australians chose a plan from a low cost operator in the first half of 2017, according to Telsyte.

Vodafone, Telstra and Optus tend to focus more on value adds rather than cheap phone plans. Around 45% of people took a cheap plan instead of going to one of the big 3.

Around half of people who took a new plan in the first 6 months of last year got a SIM / plan from a low cost operator. This, perhaps surprising statistic indicates that people are finally figuring out the best way to optimize their plans. This is an extreme change in a small amount of time. For the last few years, these smaller phone companies have made up a much smaller proportion of the market. Most of them target the $30 and below spend level. That means the fastest growth is happening amongst cheap phone plans.

It’s the price of alternatives and promotional offers which are available on cheap mobile phone plans which entice people to move.

Cheaper phone plans with introductory and promotional offers are the motivation behind most people’s moves to low cost operators.

 

Obviously, the biggest factor to consider is data

Unlimited voice and SMS inclusions start in phone plans under the $15 spend per month these days. That means the primary thing people are looking for, when they pick cheap mobile plans is data.

The key thing to know, when you’re considering your data requirements is that the average amount of data people are using is increasing each year at a rate of about 70%.

Almost all the cost of a phone plan these days comes from the data in it. Your data usage is growing at around 70% per year. If you’re unaware of the effect of that on your data usage, it will cost you a great deal of money.

So, how much data do you need ? Well, we asked people that and the answer was remarkably varied. Take a look at this chart.

 

The mean average data usage is around 6GB per month. There are cheap plans which will provide you that.

The mean average data usage is around 6GB per month. The best phone plans in Australia will provide you that data allocation. Unfortunately, if you are a high data usage – let’s say above 6GB per month, you are probably not going to find a plan which gives you what you need. You might like to consider our best phone plans page – and to spend a little more.

If you need to, we show you how to figure out your data requirements.

 

Consider these things when you compare mobile phone plans

  • Your data usage will probably ‘sneak up on you’ :
    People find it really hard to anticipate exponential growth in any circumstance including their phone usage. At a 70% growth level, your data rises by 1300% over 5 years.
  • You probably want to consider prepaid plans and month to month agreements :
    Avoiding contracts with the phone companies means that you can constantly stay on more affordable agreements. As your data usage rises, a prepaid plan, for example, is likely to keep pace with your needs. Phone companies tend to add more data every few months to prepaid and month to month SIM Only plans.

Here’s what will happen if you don’t keep pace with the way your data usage is growing. People who lose track of their data usage exceed their data inclusion and incur a $10 fee per GB for overage.

The key to keeping your phone plan affordable is an awareness of how your data usage is changing over time. Those who lose track get charged ‘overage’ on their plans.

 

Features of cheap phone plans you may not have considered

Whatever phone plan you buy, the fundamentals are as important as the price. You’re going to want good coverage, to be a happy customer and to get decent customer service. Luckily, those things are all available to you. It may not have occurred to you but when you think about it, these facts are quite clear. Whether you’re on a $100 a month plan or something under $30 per month, you’re going to get the same network, the same customer service team and you’re probably going to be just as happy as any other customer on that network.

Let’s start with customer satisfaction. You may well notice a stand out feature of this chart. Small phone companies have higher levels of customer satisfaction than big phone companies.

You’ll notice that smaller phone companies have higher levels of customer satisfaction than bigger phone companies.

The bigger they are, the unhappier their customers.

 

Customer Satisfaction levels are higher among small phone companies

Customer Satisfaction with phone companies is a single number which shows how happy people are with their experience with their phone company. It includes how they feel about the customer service they get when they call a call center, their feelings on the network quality they receive and finally, it includes how they feel about the value associated with their plan.

Customers who choose smaller phone companies almost always feel happier about their decisions than those who go with the big telco brands we are all familiar with. Of course, this applies to the customers they have on their cheaper plans as much as it does to anyone else. Small phone companies, it seems, do a simple job, well.

  • They’re smaller :
    The likes of Aldi, Amaysim and Vaya  have smaller numbers of customers. Each person they deal with gets longer and more personalized service.
  • They only sell SIM Only Plans :
    The deal is straightforward. No phones are involved in the transaction – and phones can go wrong. There is no bundling of services with confusing discounts or charges.
  • They only service consumers, not businesses :
    Smaller phone companies sell fewer products. Typically, smaller phone companies only sell consumer focused SIM Only plans – as opposed to fixed broadband, home phone rental, business products and so on. That makes dealing with them

Cheap phone plans from smaller companies also seem to entitle their users to better customer service.

Most people instinctively know which phone companies are at the bottom of the list for customer service.Customer service is a measure of how happy phone company customers are with the service they get when they deal with their phone company. That includes customer service calls – what people do when they have a problem with their phone company service. The bigger phone companies tend to find themselves at the bottom of this sort of report, as you can see.

 

Smaller phone companies benefit from :

  • Better online self service :
    Smaller phone companies tend to have fewer high street stores around Australia. Their main customer service connection with their customers is through the Internet. To minimize the money they spend on customer service, smaller phone companies tend to invest heavily in their Self Service apps and web based self service portals. As a result, customers often find that they can resolve their service issues themselves without calling the call center.
  • More issues resolved first time :
    Again, the smaller product ranges held by smaller phone companies help with customer service issue resolution. It’s easier to troubleshoot one product than many held in parallel by a customer.

 

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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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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.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 10GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 19GBSave 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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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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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

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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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The network coverage you’ll get with a cheap plan

There are a couple of critical points to bear in mind when considering the network  you need in your cheap phone plan. It’s helpful to think of them in this order, too.

  • The difference between 3G coverage and 4G coverage :
    Imagine that every big city in Australia had a bright light shone on it from above. The bright bit of what you’d see would be the 4G coverage. And around the cities would be areas less well lit. 3G coverage is a bit like that. Most phones are 4G enabled now  and if you live and work in a city, you’ll probably get great 4G coverage, whatever network you’re with. As you’ll see from our info-graphics below, the networks are remarkably similar when it comes to 4G coverage. 3G coverage is a different
  • The difference between population coverage and landmass coverage :
    Australia has around 23 million people in it and about 32m phone services in operation. Most of the people and so most of the services in operation are congregated around the coast. 70% of people are housed in Australia’s biggest cities.

    • Population coverage :
      When the phone companies report population coverage they’re showing you the proportion of Australians who are covered with their network. This is the most common measure of coverage you’ll see phone companies produce.
    • Landmass covered :
      The other measure you’ll see is the proportion of landmass covered by a phone company signal. Australia is such a huge country that covering it all with mobile phone towers is just impractical. Even Telstra  only cover 17% of Australia’s landmass with a network signal. )
    • How they relate to each other :
      Population density falls off quickly as you move away from the cities. That means there are fewer and fewer people every square Kilometer and less money available to phone companies which cover the area. It’s much, much easier to cover 99% of the population than 99% of the countryside.

Here’s how the phone companies compare on coverage. You’ll see what I mean from the charts.

Australia’s 3G population coverage statistics are quite similar. Even Vodafone cover 96% of the population of Australia with a 3G signal.

Source: WhatPhone, multiple.

3G population coverage statistics are similar, whichever network you choose. Remember, you’ll get the same coverage with a smaller phone company which uses the Vodafone or Optus network as if you went to them direct.

As you can see in the chart, population coverage is very similar between the 3 major phone companies when it comes to a 3G signal. Even Vodafone covers 96% of the population. This is an important statistic for your cheap phone plan. Whether you buy a SIM from Vodafone / Optus themselves or a smaller phone company, you’ll get the same network signal, speed and priority on the network.

 

Now compare that with the landmass covered with a signal.

This is the real difference in the network your cheap phone plan will give you access to. Telstra cover around twice as much of the Australian landmass as either Optus or Vodafone.

Source: Multiple, WhatPhone

Here’s the secret. Telstra cover around twice the Australian landmass as any other provider. And you probably won’t get a cheap phone plan from them.

Remember how population density falls quickly as you leave the cities ? Well, here’s the effect of that. Telstra cover around twice the landmass of even Optus. There are very few people in all that extra ground so it doesn’t make much of a difference to the population coverage statistics you’ll see.

This is why, if you live in rural areas, you’ve got used to buying Telstra. Although their plans aren’t cheap, in many situations, you don’t have an option.

Real life is a little different to this chart, however. Of course, Optus and Vodafone focus their network rollout on the places there are most people. For example, they tend to build new networks along roads which traverse the country. That means unless you live / spend a lot of time in rural areas, Optus or Vodafone (or the companies which resell their networks) may well be OK for you.

One fact which might surprise you is that even Telstra cover less than 20% of Australia with a signal. The country continent is so huge, even they have to draw the line at an agreed level of population density.

 

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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 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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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.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 10GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 19GBSave 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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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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Finally, let’s have a look at 4G coverage.

4G population coverage levels are, again, very similar between opertors.

Source : Multiple, WhatPhone.

With 4G, there is little to choose between the main networks.

When it comes to superfast data speeds, Optus, Vodafone and Telstra all have very similar speeds and coverage statistics.

 

Keeping your cheap phone plan under $30 per month

When you get a cheap phone plan, you’re going to want to avoid those extra data charges. Here are the steps we’d recommend. It’s not at all hard.

  • Use your phone company’s Self Service App : Downloading and installing a phone company app could not be simpler. It’s the first and most important thing we would recommend you do if you want to minimize your bills in an ongoing way. Apps are all free from the Google Play or iTunes store and they all do very much the same thing. You can track your usage and buy extra services cheap ( like more data if you need it ) rather than paying exorbitant out of bundle rates.

 

Every phone company, big and small, now offers a free Self Service App. If you want to keep a reign on your costs, we suggest you download and check it as often as you check your bank balance on the bank’s app. (About once a week.)

  • Track your usage – especially data :
    Both Android and iOS phones now allow you to measure your data usage through their settings. Or, again, you can use the app from your phone company. Here’s why it’s important.
  • Be smart about how you use your phone :
    There are a number of ways you can work around unnecessary charges. Install, update your contacts and get as much use as you can out of WiFi calling apps. Viber, Skype over WiFi won’t cost you a penny when your monthly bill arrives.
  • Keep it cheap when you can – with WiFi for data where possible :
    Make the most of free data over WiFi at home. Tune in to WiFi when you’re out and about. Think about whether you really need to watch that cat video using your cellular connection. Some simple ‘mindfulness’ about the costs of data can minimize the wastage of your plan.

 

Most people only need cheap mobile plans

It’s a general rule, when it comes to products, that the lazier you are, the more you’ll pay: Think mortgage, car insurance and phone plan. A willingness to undertake a small amount of research in to the ways phone plans have changed over the last 12 months delivers some incredible results.

Industry trends are your friends when you compare mobile phone plans. Considering a smaller phone company might be new to you but there’s nothing to worry about (see our section above which will reassure you about the ‘risk’ you’ll take by going to one. With a smaller phone company, you’ll get more data for your money. You’ll need to know how to figure out your data usage. and then we advise you take some simple steps to stay on top of your usage, remembering it will increase over time.

An increasing number of people are choosing inexpensive plans and either holding on to their phone longer or buying a new one outright and adding a SIM. The balance of power is constantly shifting in your favor and away from the bigger phone companies. Cheap Chinese phones are available now from high street stores and even supermarkets.

It won’t be long before everyone has this sort of phone plan.

 

Sources for data growth information :

Source for proportion of people taking a cheap plan from a low cost operator:

 

 

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