Telstra Prepaid
Review & Comparison

  • Impossibly large prepaid selection
  • Expensive compared to alternatives
  • Innovative plan features inc data rollover
  • But : Last year Telstra suffered multiple network issues

Telstra's Prepaid Plans

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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $30.00

• 10GB 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

8GB

Data
8GB data + 10GB Data Bank bonus.

• 10GB 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 $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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Long Life Plus Recharge $30.00

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

30c Standard SMS
30c text to standard Australian numbers.
30cStandard calls
30c calls per minute to standard Australian numbers (charged per min).

10c

Data
10c per MB. Charged per MB

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY 186 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Prepaid Recharge Day2Day $30.00

• 100 MB of data per day.

• Only pay for the days you use.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

100MB

Data

• 100 MB of data per day.

• Only pay for the days you use.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Day ends at 11:59pm AEST. Recharge every 30 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $40.00

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

• 10GB 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.

• 10GB 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Long Life Plus Recharge $50.00

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

30c Standard SMS
30c text to standard Australian numbers.
30cStandard calls
30c calls per minute to standard Australian numbers (charged per min).

10c

Data
10c per MB. Charged per MB

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY 186 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max Extra $50.00

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

• 10GB 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.

• 10GB 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max $60.00

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

• 10GB 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.

• 10GB 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Prepaid Recharge Day2Day $60.00

• 100 MB of data per day.

• Only pay for the days you use.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

100MB

Data

• 100 MB of data per day.

• Only pay for the days you use.

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

STARTER SIM COST $60.00
EXPIRY Day ends at 11:59pm AEST. Recharge every 60 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Long Life Plus Recharge $70.00

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

30c Standard SMS
30c text to standard Australian numbers.
30cStandard calls
30c calls per minute to standard Australian numbers (charged per min).

10c

Data
10c per MB. Charged per MB

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

STARTER SIM COST $70.00
EXPIRY 365 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 4G from Telstra
Telstra Long Life Plus Recharge $100.00

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

30c Standard SMS
30c text to standard Australian numbers.
30cStandard calls
30c calls per minute to standard Australian numbers (charged per min).

10c

Data
10c per MB. Charged per MB

• Free Wi-Fi with Telstra Air

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

• Roll over your unused recharge credit when you recharge before the credit expiry date.

STARTER SIM COST $100.00
EXPIRY 365 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.

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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 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

• 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

• Free delivery!

$49.90 STARTER SIM COST $4.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Regular price is $49.90
Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

• 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 call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 minsStandard calls

1GB

Data

• 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 call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $9.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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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
$500 Standard 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 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 Optus
Optus Prepaid Epic Data $10.00

• Plus up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
Up to 100minsStandard calls
Calls to standard national numbers, 13/1300 numbers and Voicemail (charged per minute).

5GB

Data
Data will roll over up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry. Streaming data does not roll over. Charged per KB.

• Plus up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 5 days.
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What else do I need to know?
New customers on Epic Data plan $30+ recharges only. First recharge before 04/02/19 and next two before 08/04/19. All for use in AU in 28 days. Excludes rate plan changes and SIM swaps.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Long Expiry $10

• 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 $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 45 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia.
Prepaid Optus
Optus SIM Starter Kit $10.00

• Plus up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
Up to 100minsStandard calls
Up to 100 mins (charged per min) of standard national calls.

5GB

Data
Data will roll over up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry.

• Plus up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

STARTER SIM COST $10.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 5 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies. Bonus Offer: Bonus data may take up to 72 hours to be applied and will expire at the same time as the standard inclusion, unless data roll over applies. Subsequent $10 recharges will give 500MB data. Excludes SIM swaps. Not to be used with any other offer. Limit once per customer. Compatibility: If you bring your own device, make sure it's not locked to other networks and is compatible with the Optus network. To learn more, visit optus.com.au/compatibility.
Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

• 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 call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data

• 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 call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $15.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan SMALL $16.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $16.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
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
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 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 Optus
Optus Prepaid Epic Data $20.00

• Plus up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

Unlimited Standard SMS
Unlimited standard national SMS and MMS.
Up to 200minsStandard calls
Calls to standard national numbers, 13/1300 numbers and Voicemail (charged per minute).

12GB

Data
Data will roll over up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry. Streaming data does not roll over. Charged per KB.

• Plus up to 10GB streaming data only on Netflix, Stan, ABC Kids, ABC ME and ABC iView. Positive MyData balance and subscriptions required.

STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 10 days.
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What else do I need to know?
New customers on Epic Data plan $30+ recharges only. First recharge before 04/02/19 and next two before 08/04/19. All for use in AU in 28 days. Excludes rate plan changes and SIM swaps.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Long Expiry $20

• 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 $20.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 90 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan MEDIUM $29.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

13GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $29.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

• 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 call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

8GB

Data

• 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 call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $29.90
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 Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $30.00

• 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 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

• 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.

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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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 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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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia.
Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $34.90

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $34.90
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 from Vodafone
Kogan LARGE $36.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

20GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $36.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 days.
Prepaid Telstra 4G Network
Boost Prepaid $40.00

• 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 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

• 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.

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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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 Optus
Optus Prepaid Epic Data $40.00

• Get 25GB Bonus data on first three $30+ recharges. New customers only. First recharge before 04/02/19 and next two before 08/04/19. All for use in AU in 28 days. Excludes rate plan changes and SIM swaps.

• Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations.

• With $10 Extras Credit for international calls and messages, roaming and selected premium SMS services.

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

20GB + 25GB bonus data

Data
Data will roll over up to 50GB when you recharge before expiry. Streaming data does not roll over. Charged per KB.

• Get 25GB Bonus data on first three $30+ recharges. New customers only. First recharge before 04/02/19 and next two before 08/04/19. All for use in AU in 28 days. Excludes rate plan changes and SIM swaps.

• Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations.

• With $10 Extras Credit for international calls and messages, roaming and selected premium SMS services.

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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What else do I need to know?
New customers on Epic Data plan $30+ recharges only. First recharge before 04/02/19 and next two before 08/04/19. All for use in AU in 28 days. Excludes rate plan changes and SIM swaps.
Prepaid Optus
Optus Prepaid Epic Value $40.00

• 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.

10GB

Data
Charged per KB

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

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
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 $40

• 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 $40.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 186 days.
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Kogan SMALL $46.90

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB every 30 days

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $46.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 90 days.
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 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 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
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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 from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
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30GB

Data

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $59.90
EXPIRY Recharge every 30 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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Common questions about Telstra Prepaid

What’s special about Telstra’s prepaid plans ?

Telstra’s prepaid plan range has a number of unique features. Depending on the (specific prepaid) plan you sign up to, you might get:

  • Included sport:
    Telstra’s ‘free’ (for prepaid customers who have a balance of over $30 on selected plans) content / Entertainment is unique and, could, on its own, entice you across. Through their app, you will get one season of AFL, NRL or Basketball when you have an appropriate SIM.
  • Included streamed audio:
    Telstra also offer a 6 month subscription to Apple Music. Streamed audio through this service is free.
  • Remember:
    Both of these entertainment options provide the user with zero rated data.

We explain these, and every other unique Telstra prepaid ‘value add’, in our article, below.

How can I maximize the value in my plan ?

We encourage prepaid shoppers to try alternative service providers to Telstra. One of the best elements of using a Prepaid service is that you are not tied in to a contract. Other providers who resell the Telstra Mobile network will provide better value inclusions.

Consider :

  • Boost Mobile
    a prepaid provider for plans with relatively large 4G data allocations on the Telstra Mobile Network – now with 4G.)
  • Belong Mobile :
    A postpaid SIM Only plan provider which also uses the Telstra Mobile Network.

What are Data Top Ups and Plus Packs ?

In a postpaid agreement between you and Telstra, you agree that any services you use, on top of the core arrangement, will be charged to you automatically at the end of the month. For example, if you buy a plan which has just Australian Domestic call minutes (core product) but you want to call overseas this month (you’ll be charged automatically for that at the end of the month.) This is just one of the reasons that postpaid plans can end up being more expensive than prepaid plans.

In prepaid plans, additional services like international calls, calls to satellite numbers, the use of premium SMS numbers etc may all be required by customers at some point. Where these services are not included in your prepaid plan, you can buy a ‘Plus Pack’ to enable their use. A Data Top Up plans is the same deal. You use it to add more data on top of the initial allocation you were given in your Freedom bundle.

Imagine you have taken a Telstra Prepaid  plan at $30. You have used all of the international minutes included in your plan but you want to make an international call. Buying a Bonus Pack would allow you to do that.

I need to compare the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks to be able to decide.

Telstra experienced a number of concerning network problems during 2016. Since Telstra’s main justification for their unusually high pricing is the quality of their network, this is a concerning new aspect to their service.

This is an understandable question before you commit to a service. We’ve written a separate page on this very subject, to track the most important Australian network facts.

What phone options do I have with Telstra Prepaid ?

Telstra have a reasonable range of phone hardware targetted at their prepaid shoppers.

You don’t have to take a new phone from Telstra to get a Prepaid SIM from them, however. Any SIM you get should work in just about any phone you bought in Australia. If you do need a new phone, Telstra has an inexpensive range with some 4G models. You’ll find them on the Telstra website.

We generally recommend Kogan for new phones.

How can I compare Telstra prepaid against Telstra postpaid plans ?

We have a separate page for Telstra’s postpaid SIM Only plan range.

I live in a city. Is it worth paying the extra for Telstra coverage ?

In our view, no. Independent studies have shown that, in cities, Optus and Vodafone’s coverage is just as good as, if not better than Telstras.

This is a big news story for telco. Read more about Telstra’s competition’s network coverage.

Should I compare Telstra’s Prepaid Plans with their Postpaid plans?

Yes. In reality, when it comes to SIM Only plans, there are few differences between a prepaid service and a postpaid service. Prepaid services are paid in advance. Postpaid SIM Only services are paid for at the end of the month in which you used them. If you’re not sure of the differences, we have a dedicated article on the subject. 

Most people are looking for the most data they can get for the lowest price. You would be surprised at how much difference that can make to the amount of data you’ll get. We show you some examples, in the article, below.

Telstra Prepaid - Everything You Need To Know

Telstra’s prepaid plans’ best feature is their unique content. However, we think there are better deals out there for most people than Telstra’s prepaid range.

What's good

  • Undeniably the best 4G network in Australia
  • Useful plan features - e.g. different night time data allocaiton
  • Prepaid better value than postpaid on Telstra's plans at $30
  • Most expensive in market - consider Boost as alternative

What's bad

  • Inflexible procedures - can be hard to work with
  • Better value available if you live in / near a city

 

A 60 second intro to Telstra Prepaid

  • Telstra revised their plan line up, including their prepaid plans in late 2017.
  • Telstra prepaid is also about the chespest and most effective way you can get on the Telstra network.
  • Telstra offer some unique entertainment options (streamed voice and video) and some other value add services to their prepaid range.
  • Telstra prepaid will be right for you if you like those entertainment options.
  • For most, however, we think there are better prepaid plan / prepaid SIM offers out there beyond Testra.
  • Telstra’s range is bewilderingly large.
  • To be sure you’re getting the best value for data, make sure you compare first with their SIM Only plans
  • Then compare with Belong Mobile, the major alternative to Telstra.
  • Belong offer twice the amount of data at each spend level that you’ll get from Telstra.
  • And Belong use the Telstra Mobile Network.

 Belong’s data inclusions are twice those of the Telstra Retail brand.

 

Telstra’s Prepaid Plans Offer a Bunch Of Value Adds

Telstra’s plans and positioning, place them at the top of our telco value pyramid. In essence, going with a big phone company like Telstra means you’ll get a bunch of value adds provided ‘free’ on top of the prepaid plan they give you. If these value adds are of no use to you, however, then you may well have been better off choosing a core plan from an alternative SIM Only or prepaid provider.

Telstra’s prepaid plans are right at the top of this Pyramid. If you go with Telstra, you’ll get a lot of value adds, on top of your core Telstra Prepaid Plan.

 

When comparing Telstra prepaid, to what else is out there, we recommend you consider these factors. Telstras voice, minutes and data inclusions are well understood. What you might like to compare them on is their value added plan components which are not well understood.

  • Telstra’s prepaid video entertainment options :
    Entertainment has become a part of phone plans now. Telstra’s prepaid plans and Optus include access to zero rated sports programming, available to Telstra prepaid customers through an app. If you’re in to them, Telstra’s sport inclusions will be hugely valuable. For NRL, AFR or Australian Netball fans (those are the codes that Telstra support), this single plan feature might make Telstra worthy of their monthly prepaid spend. (Note: With any prepaid plan on which the user has a recharge value of $30 or more, they’ll be able to use the Telstra app to watch the sport.)
  • Telstra prepaid streamed audio options:
    Optus and Telstra have quite different streamed audio offerings. Telstra have partnered with Apple. On some Telstra prepaid service, you can sign up with Telstra for a free 6 months Apple Music account. The ‘new aspect’ to Telstra’s support of this is that the data you use streaming the Apple Music service to your phone will not come out of your plan. Optus partners with different streamed audio providers including iHeart Radio and Spotify.
  • Other bonus Telstra features:
    Note, these are all available on Telstra Prepaid Plus. Not all of these features are available on all of their prepaid plans. Telstra also offers access to it’s users through several hundred thousand “Telstra Air’ WiFi Networks. (Which it sometimes offers free, to everyone, anyway) and some Microsoft Onedrive cloud storage.

 

Telstra prepaid – comparing within Telstra’s prepaid range

Telstra have 4 sets of prepaid plans: Prepaid Extra, Long Life, Simplicity and Day2Day.

In our view, and as we show below, this range is too big. It appears that Telstra think the same thing. They look like they’ve made their ‘Prepaid Plus’ plans so appealing that the alternatives they offer are pretty much meaningless.

Telstra’s range of SIM Only plans is confusing. You need to compare data inclusions even within their prepaid plans. Here, their Day2Day plan may offer better data value.

 

Telstra Prepaid Extra

Telstra’s range of prepaid plans is confusing. You need to compare data inclusions even within their prepaid plans. Here, their Day2Day plan may offer better data value.

 

Above, Telstra Prepaid Plus offers more minutes than any other of Telstra’s plans at a $30 limit. It is fair to say that this is not an entirely apples with apples comparison. Recharge expiry differs by plan. Specifically, the Simplicity plan has a 60 day expiry and the Long Life plan 6 months. However, unless you have a very unusual need to make a very small number of voice calls over a very long time, these Telstra Prepaid Extra plans is almost certainly going to be right for you.

 

Telstra Prepaid Simplicity

Has a 60 day tenure (on the $30, tenure increases with spend) and a per minute charge for voice and SMS / data inclusions. Simplicity charge per MB for data. These data prices are extremely high. Be careful using data on this plan. Prepaid Simplicity is probably not the right plan to add to a smartphone. We recommend you only consider Telstra Prepaid SImplicity plans it if you have a feature phone.

 

Telstra Day2Day

The Day2Day plan from Telstra’s prepaid range is unusual. Optus are the only phone company in Australia which offer an equivalent. With Day2Day, you’ll get a data allowance of 100MB per day and unlimited voice and SMS calls. As you can see from our chart here, theoretically, that means you’ll get more data for a $30 monthly spend with Day2Day than you will on Telstra’s Prepaid Extra plan. In reality, you’ll need to consider how you use your phone before you go for the Day2Day plan. Day2Day doesn’t include any data rollover. That means that you’ll have to use almost all of your daily allowance, regularly each day, to get the full value out of it. Most people don’t behave that way. Most people use their phones a bit one day and then a lot the next. Prepaid Extra is probably the right choice, whatever the theoretical maximums this chart suggests.

 

Telstra Long Life Prepaid

Telstra Long Life plans are for unusual use cases. If you have a phone you keep in the glove box of your car for emergencies, if you receive the vast majority of your calls then you might want one of these prepaid plans with extremely long expiry durations.

 

Telstra prepaid vs Telstra SIM Only (postpaid)

Prepaid has always been the lion’s share of the phone company’s sales. Despite the already enormous size of the prepaid market, usage of prepaid services is increasing quickly. A number of factors are driving the increase in prepaid and other SIM only products. One of those factors is introductory offers. Including introductory offers, Telstra’s prepaid plans are often better value than more expensive postpaid alternatives, at lower price points on their own network. And the quality of the product is exactly the same. Remember, using a $30 Telstra pre paid SIM, you can get the same network service at a great price without a long-term commitment.

As if often the case, Telstra’s Prepaid Plus plan is better value than the nearest spend SIM Only plan. This is the case consistently across the major telcos. Another reason not to write prepaid plans off before you consider them.

 

Telstra’s coverage advantage now

A key change for Telstra in 2016 was the perception of their coverage. Following improvements in 2016, Optus and Vodafone’s networks are on a par with Telstra in cities. Independent research shows that all 3 networks cover a very similar proportion of the population with 4G speeds. If you live in or near a city, there really is very little reason to choose Telstra now.

Whichever 4G network you get, the proportion of coverage you’ll receive is about the same.

 

Telstra’s coverage footprint advantage

Telstra (cleverly) jealously guard their 3G /4G  network. It’s not even sold, in it’s entirety through their network resellers.

There are around 2.5 million Australians who live in Rural Australia (that’s towns with less than 1000 inhabitants and includes everyone from farmers to downsizing retirees who have moved from city areas.) For them, Telstra could appear to be the only choice.

Telstra have 2 national networks, their 3G and, separately, their 4G networks. Whatever phone you have, it will work with the Telstra 3G network. The Telstra 3G network covers 98% of the Australian population. That’s 1.26 million square kilometers – a larger network footprint area than any other Australian phone company network. Their 4G network currently covers 90% of Australians with a 4G signal.

Just to make it clear, this does not call in to question what was said above. Telstra do cover some very rural parts of Australia. Those rural parts are very sparsely populated. That means that, for people in the city, for the vast majority of the country as a whole, Optus’ coverage is as good for them as Telstra’s. However, for those living in the coverage area that only Telstra services (usually with a 3G signal), there is no alternative.

 

How Telstra’s network outages affect their prepaid customers

Telstra’s network is provided with equal priority to both prepaid and postpaid customers. When the network stops working, it is most likely to stop working for both prepaid and postpaid customers at the same time.

Telstra suffered a series of embarrassing network outages in 2016. Despite efforts and a great deal of PR, the perception of their network as the most reliable in Australia has been sorely dented.

 

Alternatives to Telstra prepaid – Optus and Vodafone prepaid

Telstra’s major competitors are well known in Australia

  • Vodafone’MyMix’:
    Vodafone ‘MyMix’ plans allow you to tie together whatever combination of SMS, data and voice you need. We think that the value Vodafone include on these prepaid services is never as good as Kogan Mobile which use the same network. The international rates are simply not as good as those offered by Lebara Mobile, which, again use exactly the same Vodafone 3G and 4G network. We also believe that the Vodafone MyMix plan configurator is complicated and an outdated concept. Yomojo, for example, do the same thing, much better.
  • Optus prepaid:
    Not only does Optus compete with Telstra extremely effectively on data inclusions at the moment, we think Optus’ Streamed Audio offering is better than Telstra’s. We have a dedicated page to compare Optus vs Telstra.

Outside the major phone companies, you will get a lot more for your money. We recommend you compare all prepaid SIM Plans side by side.

 

Best SIM Only Plans November 2018

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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Woolworths Mobile

Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network

Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get

  • Access to the Telstra network from a reliable brand:
    Woolworths use part of the Telstra Mobile Network.  You can see their coverage map on their site.
  • Data bank feature:
    Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.

Woolworths 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 Woolworths 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

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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.

CHECK  BOOST MOBILE PLANS

 

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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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.

CHECK OPTUS PREPAID PLANS

 

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.

CHECK†VAYA†SIM PLANS

 

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

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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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Summing Up : Telstra’s prepaid service looks very different already and seems set to change a great deal more – from a coverage point of view

As we’ve seen in the plan inclusions, 2016 was an enormous year for prepaid all over. We believe this year will be even bigger.

There have been many changes but probably the key adaptation to their prepaid service, since you last checked in, are Telstra’s entertainment options. They are mind-blowingly good and, in line with the reason Telstra are prepared to spend so much on them, these alone might cause you to pick Telstra as your prepaid provider. If you choose Telstra prepaid, their ’Prepaid Plus’ range will be right for 90% of those reading this article.

The nature of the prepaid service is that it’s highly competitive. Prepaid services do not require customers to sign up to contracts. Customers’ short recharge commitment period ( 28 days ) gives a great deal of ‘switching power’ to consumers. Essentially, the minute they’re unhappy with the deal they’re on, or they see something better coming, they can leave and go to the new deal.

That works in favor of every prepaid shopper. Simply put, the phone companies have to provide headline stealing introductory offers to get your attention. It has to be worthwhile for you to get you to move away from the competition. That even applies to Telstra who have, uncharacteristically, started competing in this way with special introductory offers.

These days, headline grabbing introductory offers involve including more data which is just what Telstra have done. Incredibly, as we’ve shown above, you’re more likely to get bigger and better data inclusions from Telstra prepaid than if you spend an equivalent amount on their own postpaid range.

Unfortunately, Telstra’s plans are often too expensive for everyone except those in deeply rural areas who have no alternative. One reason for Telstra’s inflated pricing is the charge they impose for 4G services. If you are a feature phone owner (and many prepaid customers are) then paying for 4G speeds even although you can’t use them is wasteful. Compare on our prepaid plans page to get the best value.

Beyond the entertainment, these must be terrifying times for Telstra. They’re forced to match (what they consider to be less worthwhile rivals like) Optus and Vodafone on data inclusions. The famed reliability of the network they used to be able to charge more for, is now seen as in need of some maintenance. This seems to be the start of a network perception problem which could get worse for Telstra. To this, we add the burden of the proposed national roaming agreements. If they go ahead, as seems likely, Telstra will not have a better network at all. Telstra’s prepaid offering will be even more interesting when Optus and Vodafone can access that extra rural footprint. That seems like to accentuate what’s already happening. Telstra having to add more and more data and more and more value adds to justify their very high pricing.

 

Extra Resources – Articles of use to Prepaid Users

  • Prepaid plans now have streamed audio included in them :
    You may not be aware of one of the biggest improvements to prepaid plans since they were originally devised. 2016 saw the release of prepaid plans which have streamed audio included in them. If you already have a Spotify, iTunes Music, Google Music or IHeartRadio account, then you might like to find out more about streamed audio in phone plans.
  • Entertainment options are becoming common :
    You may also have started hearing about the increasing inclusion of entertainment options in prepaid and SIM Only phone plans. We also examine Optus’ mobile phone plan Entertainment options, Telstra’s mobile phone plan Entertainment options and compare the two.
  • Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month :
    We’ve given a short explanation on this page but if you want more detail on the types of phone plans in Australia, this is it. In Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month, we explain and the best value alternatives you have and when it makes sense to use each type.
  • Prepaid vs Postpaid –the simple trick to getting the best value :
    The tier 1 telcos ( Optus Telstra and Vodafone ) all have both prepaid and postpaid plans. Sometimes they have both types of plan at the same price point.
  • Does it make sense to buy a Phone myself and add a SIM ? :
    It’s often even cheaper to buy your own phone and add a SIM ( including a prepaid SIM ) to it. We explain how to go Buying a phone outright and adding a SIM.
  • Data Rollovers :
    Considering a plan with data rollover in it ? We explain why they’re not the real solution to the real problem with prepaid plans.

And, remember, before you buy, read the CIS (that’s the Critical Information Summary–a clearly written definition of what is and is not included in the plans from these phone companies) before you buy. You need to be confident in the plan you choose yourself. You’ll find the CIS on the Vodafone website.

 

Compare all of our prepaid plans

If you need another network, you might like to check our Best Prepaid Plans Page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. ) A list of best value plans using the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks.

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