Coles Prepaid Mobile Plan
Review and Comparison

  • Well known, reliable brand = safe
  • Easy to recharge when visiting store
  • Best value in market at $20 (for 2GB)
  • Coles use the Optus 3G & 4G Plus networks
  • Also consider OVO and Amaysim for Optus 4G

Top Coles Prepaid Plans

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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Coles Mobile Prepaid $10.00

• Buy in store.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data

• Buy in store.

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 10 days.
No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Coles Mobile Prepaid $20.00

• Buy in store.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data

• Buy in store.

STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 35 days.
No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Coles Mobile Prepaid $40.00

• With 250 standard international minutes.

• Buy in store.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data

• With 250 standard international minutes.

• Buy in store.

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 35 days.
No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Coles Mobile Prepaid $180.00

• Buy in store.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

36GB

Data

• Buy in store.

STARTER SIM COST $180.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 365 days.
No direct link.

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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $10.00

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20.00

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2.5GB

Data

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $30.00

• 8GB + 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first five $30+ recharges on Telstra Pre-Paid Max _. First recharge by 5 February 2019, with all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data
Data Banking

• 8GB + 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first five $30+ recharges on Telstra Pre-Paid Max _. First recharge by 5 February 2019, with all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30.00

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $40.00

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

18GB

Data
Data Banking

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $40.00

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

20GB

Data

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max Extra $50.00

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

28GB

Data
Data Banking

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $50.00

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $60.00

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

60GB

Data

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $60.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $60.00

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

38GB

Data
Data Banking

• With unlimited international calls to standard international numbers to 10 destinations.

• 22GB bonus on your first 5 recharges. First recharge before 25 Feb 2019, and all other recharges by 30 June 2019.

• Data free streaming of Apple Music, AFL, NRL and more.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

• Australia's biggest 3G + 4G network.

STARTER SIM COST $60.00
EXPIRY 28 days
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What else do I need to know?
Telstra Prepaid Extra Plans: Data bank when you recharge $30+ before expiry. Access your Data Bank when you have an active recharge. Day2Day plans. International Minutes charged per destination when first eligible call is made. (Automatic top up of data in 100MB bundles.) See Telstra.com.au for terms and conditions.
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Small $19.95

• Receive 4GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

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

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

4GB

Data
2GB + 2GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• Receive 4GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

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

STARTER SIM COST $19.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Medium $29.95

• With 50 international minutes.

• Receive 10GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

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

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data
6GB + 4GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• With 50 international minutes.

• Receive 10GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

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

STARTER SIM COST $29.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Large $34.95

• With 300 international minutes.

• Receive a huge 25GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

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

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

25GB

Data
15GB + 10GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• With 300 international minutes.

• Receive a huge 25GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

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

STARTER SIM COST $34.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Extra Large $49.95

• With 500 international minutes.

• Receive a massive 40GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

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

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data
20GB + 20GB bonus data. Data Free Entertainment

• With 500 international minutes.

• Receive a massive 40GB data ongoing for the life of the plan if purchased on or before 31 Jan 2019.

• FREE Cyber Safety + Parental Control software.

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

STARTER SIM COST $49.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid Optus
Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus

• Auto charge with an extra 524MB for $2.

• Maximum auto charge is $4/1GB for the day.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS for $2 a day.
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited standard national calls for $2 a day.

500MB

Data

• Auto charge with an extra 524MB for $2.

• Maximum auto charge is $4/1GB for the day.

STARTER SIM COST $2.00
EXPIRY Days end at 11:59pm local time. Minimum recharge is $10.
Minimum spend is $10.00
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies. 30 days expiry for $10 recharges, 6 months expiry for $30+ recharges. Days end at 11.59pm local time. Minimum recharge $10.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Epic Value $30.00

• Roll over unused data up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry.

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

1GB

Data
Charged per KB

• Roll over unused data up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 42 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Long Expiry $30

• MyCredit roll over up to $500 when you recharge before expiry.

25c Standard SMS
25c per standard national SMS (160 characters) and MMS.
25cStandard calls
25c per minute for standard national calls (charged per min).

7c

Data
7c per MB. Charged per KB

• MyCredit roll over up to $500 when you recharge before expiry.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 186 days.
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All for use in Australia.
Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $50.00

• Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19.

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited standard international calls to 20 select destinations, 100 mins standard international calls to 30 select destinations and 100 standard text to 50 select destinations.

55GB

Data
32GB+23GB bonus data

• Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19.

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

RECHARGE COST $50.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

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

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

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract. Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 minsStandard calls

1GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

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

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

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract. Free delivery!

$9.90 STARTER SIM COST $4.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $9.90
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

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

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

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

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$15.90 STARTER SIM COST $7.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $15.90
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

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

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

8GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

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

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$29.90 STARTER SIM COST $14.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $29.90
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Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $34.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$34.90 STARTER SIM COST $17.45
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $34.90
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Prepaid 3G from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data

• Silly Season Sale - 50% OFF for the first 3 months. Use Promo code: FESTIVE18 . Offer ends 10.01.19

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo calls

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

$59.90 STARTER SIM COST $29.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $59.90
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $40.00

• Grab a $40 SIM for $15! That is better than 1/2 price! Hurry offer ends 07.01.19.

• Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19.

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited standard international calls to 15 select destinations, 100 mins standard international calls to 35 select destinations and 100 standard text to 50 select destinations.

45GB

Data
22GB+23GB bonus data

• Grab a $40 SIM for $15! That is better than 1/2 price! Hurry offer ends 07.01.19.

• Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19.

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

$40.00 STARTER SIM COST $15.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
Regular price is $40.00
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $20.00

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

RECHARGE COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $30.00

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls
Unlimited standard international calls to 10 select destinations, 100 mins standard international calls to 40 select destinations and 100 standard text to 50 select destinations

35GB

Data
12GB+23GB bonus data

• 4G on the FULL Telstra Mobile Network.

• Roll over unused data to your next recharge.

• Data Free Music streaming of Apple Music.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan EXTRA LARGE $49.90

• 90% OFF - save $45.00. Valid for new Kogan Mobile customers. Offer ends 11:59PM 31.01.201

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data

• 90% OFF - save $45.00. Valid for new Kogan Mobile customers. Offer ends 11:59PM 31.01.201

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

$49.90 STARTER SIM COST $4.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $49.90
Prepaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
OVO Mobile Mini $9.95

• Free cyber safety account with Family Zone

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

Unlimited Standard SMS
$500Standard calls

1GB

Data
Data Free Entertainment

• Free cyber safety account with Family Zone

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

STARTER SIM COST $9.95
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan SMALL $16.90

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $16.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan MEDIUM $29.90

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

13GB

Data

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $29.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan LARGE $36.90

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

20GB

Data

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $36.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan SMALL $46.90

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data

• Uses the full Vodafone 3G & 4G Network

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $46.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 90 days.

Independent Coles Prepaid Plan Review – Should You Go With Them ?

We recommend Coles for $20 monthly spend levels and $10, 10 day recharges, especially if you are a Coles shopper who visits the store regularly, students, females aged 30-59, Tourists and mums / kids.

What's good

  • Unique $10 for 10 day plan
  • Better value than ALDImobile at key prices
  • Well known brand - reliable
  • Recharging is easy - tie in with weekly shop
  • Great coverage with the Optus 4G PLUS network

What's bad

  • There are lots of Optus resellers
  • No entertainment options
  • Unused data does not rollover
  • No self service app
  • Customer service based in the Philippines

Coles – Another Supermarket Phone Company – Great for $20 Monthly spends

Introducing Coles – 60 second summary

Coles the supermarket has joined Woolworths and ALDImobile in providing mobile phone services. Here’s what we think in a nutshell.

  • We recommend Coles for $20 monthly spend levels and $10, 10 day recharges, especially if you are a Coles shopper who visits the store regularly. Additionally, Coles will fit for students, females aged 30-59, Tourists and mums / kids.
  • Coles $20 is about the best data inclusion you’ll get in any prepaid price plan for that monthly spend. We recommend a 2GB data allocation for average users at the moment.
  • As you will see from our infographics below, Coles outperforms the competition on the key price points they have in market.
  • Coles uses the Optus 4G Network. ALDImobile and Woolworths use a proportion of the Telstra Mobile network. In actual population coverage terms, there is very little difference between the networks that Coles, ALDImobile and Woolworths sell.
  • In fact, it’s hard to overstate how close to Optus’ prepaid service Coles’ is : Essentially, Coles’ entire prepaid offering is just Optus’ prepaid network and customer service painted red.

 

Getting the basics right about Coles’ Mobile offer

Coles Prepaid has actually been around for a while now. The plans they have in market are their second iteration. As a phone company, Coles don’t own the network, they resell the Optus 3G and 4G network and their intention is quite clear. Coles have a huge number of value conscious shoppers come through their doors each week. Understandably, they want to use those visitors and their loyalty to secure more of what’s in their wallet. As a result and following a president set by some supermarkets in the UK, notably, Tesco, Coles have joined Australia’s two other major grocers in selling prepaid phone plans.

This is Coles' current prepaid plan range

This is Coles’ current prepaid plan range

Unlike other grocery prepaid phone plan, however, Coles is doing things a little differently. The primary unique selling point for Coles’ plans is the recharging frequency on their low end plan and the data inclusion on their mid tier plan.

There are a number of ways you can go about being a phone company. Coles have chosen the easiest. Coles prepaid is essentially just Optus painted a different colour. Everything from the packaging on the SIM, to the customer support you’ll get it exactly the same as Optus. To be clear on what this means – we bought and tested a service when reviewing Coles as we do for all of our plans and partners. Coles support is based in the Philippines. When you call Coles’ Customer Service, you are put through to an Optus customer service representative !

 

Great stuff about Coles Mobile Plans

Coles is a brand you can trust which is important buying any product. It’s especially important when you’re buying a SIM and you don’t want to risk losing service. All of Coles plans come with Unlimited Talk and Text. We also think Coles plans are good because :

  • They have a 10 day plan :
    Coles’ entry level 10 day expiry plan is unique in Australia at the moment. A 10 day renewal period ties in with the visits many families to the supermarket.
  • 2GB of data @ $20 for a 28 day plan :
    Average usage is in the region of 2GB of 4G data. That should provides sufficient data for an average user over the period.
  • Retail presence :
    A lot of having a prepaid service revolved around the convenience of recharging. Postpaid services (effectively) ‘recharge themselves.’ If you’re using a prepaid service, you need to be able to recharge easily or you’ll be without service for a while and no one likes that. You’re never far from a Coles.
  • $5 for more data :
    One of our concerns about being charged $10 for an extra GB of data when you run out ( the current industry standard ) is that you can have the extra added just before the end of the month and waste a lot of it. Coles charge you $5 for 500 MB, a different way of expressing the industry standard of $10 which is less likely to sting you in this way. It’s fairer.
  • Options on International Minutes :
    Only Coles’ $40 plan has International Minutes included. On lower end plans you can add them if and when you need them. This is likely to lead to less wastage.
  • Great 4G network :
    As you’ll see from the infographic below. Coles are using a network which is equivalent to the other grocer alternatives.
  • It’s basically Optus :
    You’re getting the best of both Coles and Optus, in many ways. You can recharge conveniently ( even receiving FlyBuys 1 point per $ spent ) if you do. But you get the Optus coverage and experienced customer support if you contact them remotely.

 

Stuff that’s not so great about Coles Mobile Plans

  • Crowded Optus resellers :
    There are a lot of companies selling Optus’ network with their own price plans already. Coles need something special to stand out.
  • Won’t get entertainment :
    Entertainment options are now a part of many phone plans. If these or other value added services are important to you, Coles is not the provider you need.

 

Comparing Coles’ Network Coverage with the alternatives

The biggest question most people will have when comparing Coles and the alternatives from high street retailers is around network coverage. As we’ve said, Coles use the Optus 3G and 4G network. ALDImobile and Woolworths both use the Telstra Mobile Network, now with 4G. If that was all you needed to know, it would probably be quite clear. But that’s not all you need to know.

The Australian Optus 4G network offers great coverage and connections to 95.9% of the Australian population at last count. From a landmass perspective, the Optus network provides coverage over a surface area of more than 1.2 million kilometers of land.

The key thing you need to understand when comparing these plans is that ALDImobile and Woolworths do not use the entire Telstra network. They use a portion of it. The coverage footprint is similar to the more than 1 million square Kilometers that Optus have.

You can see from the population coverage chart here that there are only 2-3% of people who will benefit from coverage under the ALDImobile plan. Unless you live in the most remote 2-3 % of the population, then, the chances are, Coles is just as good.

 

Coles use the Optus network, meaning 98.5% of Australians will get coverage on a Coles prepaid planColes use the Optus network, meaning 95.9% of Australians will get 4G coverage on a Coles prepaid plan

Coles use the Optus network, meaning 98.5% of Australians will get coverage on a Coles prepaid plan

Comparing Coles and ALDImobile

ALDImobile are one of the biggest small phone companies ( if that makes sense ) in Australia and have shown real growth over the last couple of years. And, on their bottom 2 price points, Coles beat them hands down.

ALDImobile M $15
vs Coles Prepaid $10

30 days vs 10 days credit expiry

  • Deal 1

  • Per Month

    $15.00

  • Voice

    $25 of credit for calls and unlimited standard SMS in Oz

  • Data

    1.5 MB

Coles Prepaid use the Optus network!

  • Deal 1

  • Per Month

    $15.00

  • Voice

    $25 of credit for calls and unlimited standard SMS in Oz

  • Data

    1.5 MB

Coles Prepaid use the Optus network!

 

ALDImobile M $20
vs Coles Prepaid $20

Prepaid month to month

  • Deal 1

  • Per Month

    $20.00

  • Voice

    750 minutes of calls

  • Data

    2.5 GB data

Coles Prepaid use the Optus network!

  • Deal 1

  • Per Month

    $20.00

  • Voice

    750 minutes of calls

  • Data

    2.5 GB data

Coles Prepaid use the Optus network!

 

Coles Customer Service

Coles prepaid services do not come with an app ( yet? ) That’s a negative in today’s day and age. You can still check your balance using SMS codes. For example, texting 9999 will return you a menu and you can interact with it to establish how much data you’ve used. This is the way phone companies have been servicing prepaid customers for 20 years. You can also call them.

Activation messages for your service come from Optus. The Customer Information Statement, (which is a summary of all the call charges you’ll get with your plan and a legal requirement for your phone company to provide ), is housed on an Optus web page. Coles’ customer service really is a thin veneer over Optus’ existing infrastructure.

That said, the customer service we received from a Filipino team was perfectly good. There were no communication problems, the staff were friendly, efficient, and, importantly, knew they were dealing with a ‘Coles customer.’

 

Best SIM Only Plans December 2018

Winner ! Prepaid plans with included streamed audio.

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Optus are a reliable brand with great coverage , great value and some unique Optus value you won’t find elsewhere.

My Daily Plus :
Unique in Australia, $2 days offers huge data : 
Unlimited minutes to standard Australian mobile & landlines. Calls are charged per min. They also include unlimited STD national SMS & MMSs. With this plan, you are only charged for the days you connect your phone to the network !

  • $2 per day = Unlimited standard national talk and text  + 500MB A DAY. Charged per KB. Auto bump up with an extra 524MB data for an extra $2. Maximum of $4/1GB for the day. All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies.
  • Optus SIM Starter Kit $10.00 = Unlimited calls and SMS/MMS in Oz +  5GB

Epic Data plans:

Epic Value plans:

See our full Optus prepaid review,  check out Optus’ recharge options, or see all prepaid plans.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

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

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

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

Amaysim’s plan range:

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

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

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

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

With Vaya, you will get:

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

Vaya month to month plans

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

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Southern Phone

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

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

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

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

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

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SpinTel

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

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

With SpinTel you’ll get:

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

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

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

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

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

OVO Plans for your mobile

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

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

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

Kogan Logo

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

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

With Kogan, you’ll get

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

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

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

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

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Telstra Mobile – Best For Coverage

Telstra Australia

Prepaid + Postpaid | Month to month and contract

Telstra are unrivalled in Australia for coverage, with a 3G signal that covers roughly twice the landmass of any other phone company except Boost Mobile.

  • Unique coverage footprint:
    Access to 2.5m square Km
    of the Australian landmass.
  • Unique video content:
    Only Telstra provides data free streaming of the AFL, NRL and Australian Gymnastics in their plans.
  • Fair data:
    Telstra now offer ‘Data Banking’ on some of their plans and provide Unlimited data options.

Telstra’s Plan Range :

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

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

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

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

With Belong, you’ll get:

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

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

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

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

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

boost mobile logo

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

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

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

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

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

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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)

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

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In Conclusion – Coles add real value and alternatives in a complex market

Once you’re In the world of smaller phone companies, things become extremely competitive very quickly. There are already a lot of phone companies which resell the Optus 3G and 4G network. Amaysim, Vaya, Bendigo Bank, OVO Mobile and so on.

Coles Mobile prepaid plans, adds noise, a bit of heat and a small amount of incremental choice to the current deals on the market. But they do offer a couple of unique elements. A 10 day recharge will suit shopping mums. A $20 plan with unlimited voice and SMS and enough data for an average user is market leading. These inclusions are all the more impressive when you consider the quality of the offering. By essentially repainting the Optus facilities they want, Coles offers customers a doubly whammy. They blend the convenience of a retail recharge using the high street branding we know and trust of Coles – and get the experienced telco customer service and coverage of Optus. It’s a clever combination and it ties in well with Coles’ reputation for affordability.

Naturally Coles Mobile have chosen to address the niche they know most about : Retail shoppers. They’ve also addressed the elephant in the room and taken themselves head to head with ALDImobile. Overall, the plans are worthwhile. If you meet the specification of the recommended buyer, get stuck in.