Best SIM Only Plans for
your iPhone 7 + 7 Plus

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  • Exactly the right 4G data allowances for your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • Best deal from network resellers - save up to $500 !
  • Best 4G plans from Kogan Mobile, Boost Mobile and OVOMobile
  • All plans work with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

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Top iPhone SIM plans in Australia

Kogan Mobile

Kogan Prepaid Starter SIM Pack

5
Value

Depends on Recharge

Data

Depends on Recharge

Contract

Depends on Recharge

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$ 0.00

Optus

Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus $10

5
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text

Data

500MB A DAY. Charged per KB

Contract

5 day

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Cost per month

$ 10.00

Optus

Optus My Prepaid Long Expiry $10

5
Value

20c per minute for standard national calls (charged per min) and 20c per standard national SMS (160 characters) and MMS.

Data

5c per MB. Charged per KB

Contract

186 days on $10 recharges before 2.4.17

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Cost per month

$ 10.00

OVO

OVO $14.95

5
Value

$500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

Contract

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 14.95

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $16.9 - 30 Days

5
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

1GB

Contract

30 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 16.90

OVO

OVO $24.95

5
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

Contract

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 24.95

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited $29.9

3
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

Contract

Month to month

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
Cost per month

$ 29.90

Kogan Mobile

Kogan MEDIUM $29.9 - 30 Days

5
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

5GB

Contract

30 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 29.90

Optus

Optus My Prepaid Ultimate $30

5
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text

Data

3GB included data. Keep Rolling over up to 15GB when you recharge before expiry.

Contract

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Cost per month

$ 30.00

OVO

OVO $34.95

5
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

8GB

Contract

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 34.95

Kogan Mobile

Kogan LARGE $36.9 - 30 Days

5
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

Contract

30 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 36.90

OVO

OVO $44.95

5
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

12GB

Contract

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
Cost per month

$ 44.95

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Common questions about iPhone 7 plans

What is an prepaid plan and can I use one in my iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?

Prepaid  service is simply a phone service you buy a SIM and recharge it with a dollar amount – say $30. These plans are perfect for your iPhone 7. They offer totally predictable pricing, especially on data and they give you the flexibility to change SIM provider whenever you need it as data prices fall. We’ve seen data pricing drop by up to 75% in the last 2 years ( since the launch of the iPhone 6 ) so we strongly recommend you make this a consideration in the plan you pick.

You can read more about prepaid and how it compares to other SIM Only plans in our article on the subject. And you can see all our prepaid options, including the plan we recommend for iPhone users on our prepaid plans page.

Do I need to unlock my iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to add a SIM Only plan?

You probably do not have you unlock your iPhone 7 / 7 Plus to put a new SIM in it. The only way you’d have to do this would be if you had bought your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus under contract.

Locking iPhones is one way phone companies try to recover the costs of any discounts they offer to customer on mobile and phone plan purchases when they’re offered under contract.

To have a company unlock your iPhone you must satisfy certain contractual obligations and pay a fee. The unlocking requirements and the time it takes to unlock an iPhone vary.

Each company provides details of their unlocking procedure on their website. You can find out more about unlocking, why it’s done and how you can go about freeing yourself here.

What does ‘data pricing has fallen 75% in the last 2 years’ mean ?

Competition between the phone companies means that, to get new customers, they are always inching up the data inclusions in their plans for a given price point. 2 years ago, to get a plan with 4GB of data in, you might have paid $70. Now you’ll get it for $20 / $25. This is what we mean by data pricing falling.

Our suggestion is that you sign up to a SIM Only / prepaid plan to avoid this. Then, as data inclusions are increased, you can move to the best value plan.

How can I save myself hundreds of dollars on the new iPhone ?

The question here is whether it is cheaper for people to buy their own iPhone 7 and add a SIM plan or whether it’s cheaper to get an iPhone 7 under contract with a phone company. We talk about the two options generally, here.

Most phone contracts tie you in to a set of pricing and inclusions for 24 months. One example might be paying Vodafone $100 per month to get the phone. In exchange for the $100, you will get Unlimited calls and SMS in Australia and 9GB of 4G data.

The problem is, you are tied to those prices for the next 2 years once you sign up.

The alternative is to take a SIM Only or prepaid plan and to buy the phone outright yourself. This is more expensive in the first place- you’ve got to shell out for the phone. However, over the course of the contract, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars.

Are all iPhone iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus SIM Only plans month to month?

The larger phone companies offer SIM Only plans on month to month, or twelve month agreements, while the smaller phone companies (also known as mobile virtual network operators or MVNOs) also offer contract free deals. These phone plans can be prepaid or postpaid (PAYG) in nature.

What is 4G data ?

4G is the latest data speed. It’s the fastest available. You want a plan with 4G data in it for your iPhone 7.

Where can I get the most affordable 4G SIMs?

We think OVO Mobile ( who use the Optus 4G network ) offer some great value on their recently revised plan range. They also have additional content included free of charge in their which you can read about here, in our review of them

Vodafone’s best value plans are provided through Kogan Mobile. Kogan are a recent addition to the Australian market and a price plan value power house. Check out how their plans can save you $500 over the course of your phone contract.

And, on the Telstra Mobile Network ( now with 4G ) is Boost Mobile. Their pricing is consistently among the best of all Telstra resellers. We recommend them.

If I take a SIM Only plan / prepaid plan, can I keep my existing phone number.

Yes, of course you can. If you’ve bought yourself an iPhone 7 and you already have a SIM card ( say in your old phone ) you can transfer the phone number you’ve been using across to any new SIM you buy. We have a lot more on this important and frequently asked question, here.

We recommend a plan with at least 5GB of 4G data for the iPhone 7 / iPhone 7 Plus. Choose Kogan Mobile, Boost Mobile or OVO Mobile for the best value SIM Only plans with 4G.  ‘Continue reading’ for more detail.

 

What's good

  • Great value SIMs for the iPhone 7 / 7Plus
  • Save $hundreds with network resellers
  • Go month to month - data prices are falling
  • We recommend a plan wtih 5GB or more

What's bad

  • Most contracts more expensive over 24 months
  • Make sure you get a 4G phone
  • Pick OVO Mobile, Boost Mobile and Kogan Mobile

 

Why you’d be mad to buy an iPhone under contract in 2016

 

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. They key points you need to know

  • This year is the clearest yet for the numbers at the launch of the iPhone 7.
  • We have compared the options of buying an iPhone 7 outright and taking one under contract with Telstra, Optus or Vodafone.
  • We strongly recommend you buy the iPhone 7 outright and add a SIM yourself.
  • Savings will be in the region of 25% if you do so, whichever carrier you choose.
  • See our infographics below which highlight the difference.
  • Below, we discuss the critical factors which have combined to create this situation.
  • And we consider what most people’s biggest question will be – how much data does my iPhone 7 need ?

 

iPhone 7 plan research assets

Here are articles which might be relevant to your research in to the best plan for your new iPhone – and which are not unique to Apple devices.

We avoid duplicating content on this website. While the iPhone 7 is a unique phone, some of the questions people have about it are not. Here are articles which might be relevant to your research in to the best plan for your new iPhone – and which are not unique to Apple devices.

  • Should I buy the phone myself or under contract : 
    This fundamental question is at the heart of most people’s decisions when it comes to iPhone time : Read how the two can be safely compared in our article should I buy my phone outright ?
  • How can I compare Prepaid vs postpaid :
    >Comparing prepaid vs postpaid plan types might provide you a reason to pick one you never have before. Prepaid has a lot of advantages over postpaid. If you’re not sure of the difference, check out our article on the subject.
  • How fast is iPhone 7/7 Plus data ?
    You can find out about the latest data speeds and what they might mean to your usage in our article covering one of the fundamentals – ‘What is 4G’.
  • Can I keep my phone number ?
    You’ve been able to do this for over a decade and your right to it is protected by law. Unfortunately people are still, often, unsure. Find out how to keep your phone number and the process that’s used to ensure you can in our article.
  • What is SVOD :
    Streaming Video On Demand is a significant feature of many phone plans these days. If you are considering watching Netflix, Presto or Stan on your phone, read our article ‘what is SVOD.’
  • Free Netflix ? :
    Comparing the video and audio offerings of the main phone companies is now a part of choosing a plan. Like it wasn’t complicated enough, right ? You can read our analysis in our article which compares Telstra vs Optus on content.
  • Coverage :
    Most people need coverage information when they’re considering a plan. We have it in spades. Check out our most visited page to see Australian coverage information.

 

Starting at the beginning – iPhone 7 Specs and what they mean to your plan

Our job is to provide accurate and trustworthy information on the phone plan you might like to get with your iPhone 7. We are not here to

  • Faster processor :
    The new iPhone has a faster processor. This may not seem important from a network services point of view at first glance but it’s actually the most significant feature of your iPhone 7 to consider. New phones have faster processors and that affects how fast they can ‘pull’ information from the phone network. Your iPhone 7 will use more data because it has a faster processor.
  • Other existing features :
    Features which have been demonstratively linked to how much data you use like the fact the phone has 4G and the brighter screen ( which will encourage video watching ) have all been in the phone for some time now. Our basis for the recommendation we are making on the data inclusions to seek out in your new iPhone come from average usage on the iPhone 6S. These features were all available there.
  • No other iPhone features will affect your data usage :
    None of the other features of the iPhone 7 will have the same impact. The new phone has a better camera, better battery and some stereo speakers. The press have concluded, this is an unremarkable new phone. Whether or not that’s true, these new hardware components will do nothing to affect the pan you choose.

 

iPhone 7 under contract or with a SIM Only plan ?

The infographic comparisons we show here aren’t exact but they’re indicative. And the consistent theme is very clear indeed. You should definitely buy an iPhone 7 outright and add your own SIM. It will save you hundreds of dollars.

This year, the maths is exceptionally clear. We have done the work for you and you can see the differences in these infographics. The process is simple.

  • We start with a basic 32GB iPhone 7.
  • We establish a plan which provides at least the minimum data recommendation ( We recommend plans with at least 6GB per month fr the iPhone 7 – see section above. )
  • We then note the contract price for a plan which includes that iPhone at each of the major phone companies – Vodafone, Telstra and Optus.
  • And we compare those, visually, with the alternative :
  • The alternative is to buy the phone yourself and add a SIM Only plan with the data you need.
  • The infographic comparisons we show here aren’t exact but they’re indicative. And the consistent theme is very clear indeed. You should definitely buy an iPhone 7 outright and add your own SIM. It will save you hundreds of dollars.

 

Why does it make so much sense to buy an iPhone 7 out of contract ?

Their decision making is underpinned by a critically important fact. Their own data pricing is falling by 75% a year. If a GB of data cost you $20 in a plan last year, it might cost $5 now.

  • Data gets a lot cheaper every year :
    Every year the phone companies weight up their best move. The iPhone 7 launch is their most critical time. They can compromise profitability to buy customers or they can stick to their guns and risk being beaten by the competition. Their decision making is underpinned by a critically important fact. Their own data pricing is falling by 75% a year. If a GB of data cost you $20 in a plan last year, it might cost $5 now.
  • Intense competition between the phone companies :
    This is the way it’s supposed to work. But the phone companies are getting squeezed at both ends. They are spending $billions upgrading their network. They’re under competitive pressure to drop their pricing. The result is that they need to maintain their pricing and add value to warrant it. This has resulted in a two tier market, which we discuss and explore below.
  • Additional benefits :
    Not being tied in to a contract with a phone company feels good and the value of that should not be under-estimated. You can sell or upgrade your iPhone 7 when you want to if you are on a month to month plan ( as all our recommendations are ). You can move to a cheaper plan when you want to.

 

How much data does the iPhone 7 need ?

We are currently recommending iPhone 7/7 Plus plans that have 5GB of data or more.

In 2015, the average iPhone 6/6S used around 2GB of data. That number is rising every year. There are multiple studies which suggest that the use of data doubles on smartphones every year. We are currently recommending iPhone 7/7 Plus  plans that have 5GB of data or more.

This year, it likely to increase far more. The big phone companies make up the majority of the market and they’re competing on ‘content’. This is a big subject ( link ‘big subject’ to 5000 word article on content ) in itself/ We cover the key details below. It could mean that if you’re in to content, you use a lot more on your phone.

  • Video / YouTube :
    Any type of video content will burn through a lot of data quickly. If you watch any reasonable amount of You Tube or other streamed video services each month – let’s say an hour or above – you will want a plan which has more than 5Gb of data in it.
  • ‘Unmetered’ video content :
    A very recent addition to the decision making process, Optus / Telstra / OVO Mobile have all started including unmetered content in their plans. Unmetered is a telco way of saying ‘Free’- they just need to be careful with the way they express the concept of a zero charge so they’ve decided to use very accurate technical language. The key thing to remember here is that if you want to watch Optus or Telstra’s authorized content on your phone, you will need to pay more for it. Optus charge $10 per user per month. But, if you sign up to the service, you will not be charged for the streamed videos you watch – no matter how much you use. If this is the only kind of streaming you do, stick with the 5Gb recommendation we’ve made.
  • Streamed Audio :
    Both Telstra and Optus now provide a number of music streaming services free of charge on every plan they sell. Streamed audio consumes more data than you think it will ( probably – it surprised me when I worked it out ). This service benefit could save you two or three GB a month if you hit streamed audio hard. Again, if you are in to this type of usage consider a plan from Telstra or Optus or buy more than 5GB of data in your plan.

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$24.95

OVO Mobile

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

2.0GB

Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

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$29.90

Yomojo

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

6.0GB

Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

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$34.95

OVO Mobile

Unlimited Voice and SMS in Australia

8.0GB

Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

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$40.00

Boost Mobile

Unlimited Voice and SMS in Australia

9.0GB

Telstra 4G

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$44.95

OVO Mobile

Unlimited Voice and SMS in Australia

12.0GB

Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

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Don’t forget, this data utilization and management is all in your control.

  • Consider prepaid :
    If you’re buying a SIM only plan, prepaid is, in our view, often the best one to consider. It helps especially in the management of data costs. Prepaid is completely controllable. You recharge when you want to and as much data as you need. When you run out, that’s it. You decide when you want to spend more money.
  • Use the app :
    As we always say, almost every phone company has an app which assists users establish the details of their account and manage their service. Track your data usage as often as your bank account – we recommend daily – and you’ll never be surprised with a big phone bill.

 

iPhone 7 phone plans – how to work the system

Are you an early adopter who loves watching video on your phone ? If so, consider Optus or Telstra. If not, get your iPhone 7/7 Plus SIM from a smaller phone company.

Australia now has a defacto two tier system for phone plan sales. If you want to watch streamed video, or listen to streamed audio on your phone, you need to consider Optus or Telstra. Even optus prepaid and Telstra prepaid have some content inclusions these days.

 

If you’re struggling to understand, here’s how it works.

  • 2 tier system :
    There are the big phone companies – Optus, Telstra and, to a lesser extent Vodafone who want to lure you in to a contract with them so you can get streamed Netflix ( and alternatives ) streamed to your phone.
  • Basic phone providers :
    Then there are people who resell the Vodafone, Optus and Telstra networks. These MVNOs or network resellers are a back door to the phone company you love – without having to take the ‘value added’ content services you might not. There are dozens of these smaller phone companies in Australia. We over those we consider amongst the best of them, here, on this page. Kogan mobile offer access to the entire Vodafone 3G + 4G network. OVO Mobile offer access to the entire Optus 3G + 4G network

The key question to ask yourself is – are you an early adopter who loves watching video on your phone ? If so, consider Optus or Telstra. If not, get your iPhone 7/7 Plus SIM from a smaller phone company like those we recommend here. A small proportion of people meet this bill. A few Australians must have the latest phone and the latest services on it. If you watch a lot of Netflix at home, you are adept at figuring out new technology and you’re buying an iPhone 7,  this could be you.

 

iPhone 7 pricing in Australia summed up

The savings from taking a SIM Only plan like this are substantial – as we’ve seen – often in the region of $500 over the 2 year ‘contract’.

You would be crazy to buy an iPhone 7 under contract from any of the major carriers this year. Whether you use any of the smaller phone companies we have suggested here or choose a different MVNO ( network reseller ) your choice is clear. If you are comparing plans which have at least the basic data requirement for the iPhone 7 ( 5GB and up ) you’re better off buying outright and adding your own SIM.

The savings from taking a SIM Only plan like this are substantial – as we’ve seen – often in the region of $500 over the 2 year ‘contract’. And there are the additional benefits we have highlighted, too. iPhone data pricing has fallen 75% in the last 2 years alone.

The SIM Only plans we are suggesting on this oage offer complete data cost management ( they’re all prepaid ) and the flexibility to move carrier in the future if you want to, when data pricing falls. In short, if you’re using 5GB now, in the future your needs may change. At the same time, the market rate for that data may also have changed.

The two tier system for phone plans which has recently eventuated in Australia complicates an already complicated system. If streamed video or audio content like Netflix or Pandora is important to you, you will need to do more research. But if you are prepared not to be enticed by this ‘value add’ the options we’ve given will satisfy most needs for iPhone 7 plans. They are also likely to save the user that buys them a heap both now and in the 2 year term of the phone.

Not everyone can afford to buy a new iPhone 7 outright. And that’s a shame. To be obliged in to a contract because you can only afford the monthly, not the outright is a waste. In our view, if you can’t afford to buy an iPhone 7 on it’s own, you should probably save your money up and wait until you can.

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