Australian Unlimited Phone Plans

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Optus

Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus

5 stars
Value

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

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

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

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$2.00

Minimum spend is $10.00
Kogan Mobile

Kogan EXTRA LARGE $49.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

23GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$4.90

Usual price $49.90
OVO

OVO $9.95

5 stars
Value

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

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$4.98

Usual price $9.95
Moose Mobile

Moose $9 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

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

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price is $9.00
Moose Mobile

Moose $14 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price is $14.00
Yomojo

Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

4 stars
Value

200 minutes of standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.90

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $12 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.90

Min. cost over 12 month is $118.80
Lebara Mobile

Lebara Large Plan $39.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

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

Data

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

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$9.90

Usual Price $39.90
Spintel

Spintel BYO $9.95

5 stars
Value

200 minutes standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.95

OVO

OVO $19.95

5 stars
Value

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

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.98

Usual price $19.95
Boost

Boost $10 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

1GB data

CONTRACT

7 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$10.00

Optus

Optus $10 SIM Starter Kit

5 stars
Value

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

Data

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

EXPIRY

7 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Starter sim cost

$10.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $10 12M

5 stars
Value

$500 call and SMS credit.

Data

500MB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $120.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $10

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Extra Small Plan $14.90 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$14.90

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

4GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$14.95

Usual Price $29.90
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $15

4 stars
Value

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

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.00

Boost

Boost $40 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.00

Usual price is $40.00
Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $15.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

3GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.95

Vaya

Vaya SIM Only $16

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

1.5GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$16.00

Minimum spend is $16.00
Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $16.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$16.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $19 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$19.00

Boost

Boost $20 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$20.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

2.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $22 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

7GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$22.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $264.00
Spintel

Spintel BYO $23.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$23.95

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Small Plan $24.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

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

Data

3.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$24.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $25.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.95

Moose Mobile

Moose $29 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$29.00

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Medium Plan $29.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

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

Data

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

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$29.90

Boost

Boost $30 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

28 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text

Data

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

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $30

5 stars
Value

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

Data

5GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Moose Mobile

Moose $34 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$34.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $34.90

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$34.90

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $35 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $35.00
Kogan Mobile

Kogan LARGE $36.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

16GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$36.90

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $40

5 stars
Value

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

Data

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

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $40

4 stars
Value

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

Data

15GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$40.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $46.90 - 90 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB every 30 days

EXPIRY

90 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$46.90

Common questions about unlimited plans

Do Unlimited plans include unlimited MMS?

Most of the time Unlimited plans include unlimited MMS’s within Australia. However there are a few providers that charge extra for this so it is worth reading the small print if picture messaging is important to you.

Do Unlimited plans include 13 and 18 numbers?

This changes depending on the provider. Most Unlimited plans offer 13 and 18 calls within the unlimited call category.  If calls to 13 and 18 numbers are important to you we would advise checking the critical information summary of the specific plan you’re interested in before making your choice.

Which Unlimited plan has the most data?

Strictly speaking, Optus’ $2 per day plan offers the most data of any monthly plan we’re aware of. With Optus’ $2 plan, you’ll get 500 MB of data per day for a total of 30 days in the month. That allows you 15GB of data or so in the month.

Who offers the best Unlimited plan for calling while you’re overseas?

Vodafone offers the best Unlimited plans for calling while you’re overseas. Their Unlimited RED plans include 300 minutes of international calls (that means calling from Australia to overseas). They also include texts to overseas destinations in their unlimited text category. No other provider offers this.

 

I want a phone plan with unlimited mobile data.

That’s a subject in itself! You can find out everything there is to know in our dedicated article about SIM Only plans with unlimited mobile data.

Is there a plan with unlimited data as well as unlimited calls and texts?

Not in Australia. In the UK and the USA. there are a couple of options but there are no mobile plans with unlimited data in Australia.

Are Unlimited plans post-paid or pre-paid?

There are Unlimited plans on both a post-paid and a pre-paid basis. For example Boost Mobile offer pre-paid plans.

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Are Unlimited plans truly unlimited or will I get in trouble if I use a massive amount?

When I worked in the telco industry we used to agonise over what the right answer to this should be! The mobile companies are scared that a few naughty people will somehow manage to use their unlimited minutes to run a huge telesales operation or similar. As a result all Unlimited plan terms and conditions talk about a ‘fair use policy.’ This just means they reserve the right to come down on you like a tonne of bricks if you do something like this! All you need to know is, you can talk on your phone all day, every day and they won’t bat an eyelid!

Unlimited plan review

Unlimited plans are reassuring because you know you can talk all day and never get charged more than you expect. Australia now has phone plans with unlimited mobile data. Make sure you get enough data. We have all the info you need, below.

What's good

  • Unlimited calls and texts for 3G or 4G phones
  • Total predictability - no more excessive bills for calls
  • A range of data options for light, medium & heavy users
  • Post-paid and pre-paid options
  • No commitment. Change if a better deal comes out.

What's bad

  • Most expensive type of plan only get it if you need it.
  • A broad array of data options to suit every need.
  • 3G data + Unlimited are cheaper.

Australian Unlimited Phone Plans

 

Around 70% of Australians now have Unlimited phone plans.

In this article we:

  • Consider why Unlimited Plans have become so popular.
  • Look at what defines an Unlimited plan.
  • Outline the sort of things that are often excluded from your unlimited plan.
  • Look at the all important data component of what you’re buying.
  • Consider the phone plan entertainment options that are available to you.
  • Show you the best way to minimize the costs of your plan.
  • Finally, we consider the question of unlimited data in a phone plan.

Click here if you want more details on the recent release of Mobile Phone Plans with unlimited data.

 

Unlimited data plans - everything you need to know

 

Unlimited plans are now the most popular plan in Australia

Around 70% of Australians now have unlimited phone plans. A reduction in the use of phone networks for calls and SMS has led to a drop in the entry price for unlimited plans, raising uptake.

We forget how quickly technology changes sometimes. Unlimited plans now being used by the majority of the Australian population. But this is actually quite are recent phenomenon. It was only 3 years ago, in 2015, that they became so prevalent. The avalanche was started by smaller phone companies  offering unlimited voice and SMS but was soon followed by Telstra, Vodafone and the others. Now, almost every phone company offers unlimited plans in some form, assisting users avoid excess charges. Entry prices for this sort of plan have fallen to the sub $15 a month level.

Some recent research by Deloitte in to Australian mobile usage shows one key trend behind phone companies’ ubiquitous offering of unlimited plans. The proportion of people making phone calls each week is declining year on year.

As usual, there is a business case behind the evolution of the product. In some recent Australian research by the consulting firm Deloitte shows that use of phone company networks for traditional purposes ; to make voice calls or send SMSs is declining steadily. Already, as recently as 2016, only 70% of so of Australians made a voice call in the week preceding the survey. No wonder the phone companies are prepared to ‘give unlimited inclusions away’ when it is of such declining value to their customers.

From a consumer point of view, unlimited plans reflect the broader tide of Australian sentiment away from expensive and complicated towards cheap and manageable. The same rising expectations that gave us Netflix instead of Channel 10 and Spotify instead of waiting for our song to come on the radio have driven users to demand that phone calls be provided on their terms, not the terms phone companies prefer. Now, comparison of the phone plan you want rarely involves consideration of the cost of voice and SMS. As we will see below, the major feature to compare is the data that comes alongside the uncapped voice and text allocation you’ll get.

 

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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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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

International Calls 2018

 

 

 

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

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

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

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

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

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

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

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

With Belong, you’ll get:

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

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

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

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

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

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)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

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

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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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Southern Phone

 

 

 

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

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

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

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

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

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SpinTel

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

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

With SpinTel you’ll get:

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

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

Moose Mobile logoBest plans overall 2018 - Moose

 

 

 

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

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

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

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

OVO Plans for your mobile

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

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

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

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What are Unlimited plans?

In theory, an unlimited plan is one which gives you an unlimited allocation of at least one phone company service. By far the most common example is an unlimited voice and SMS plan where the unlimited voice and SMS components are for use in Australia only.

The usual format is that you pay a monthly fee and get:

  • Unlimited talk time in Australia to Australian phone numbers:
    Unlimited talk time when calling mobiles and landlines in Australia from a mobile Australian number.
  • As many SMSs as you want :
    Unlimited texts / SMS’s to send to any mobile number in Australia from your Australian phone number. Remember they used to be 25 cents each?
  • An allowance for data :
    The data you’ll get in your plan changes depending on your spend level and is not unlimited. You’ll see options for anything from 1GB to 15 GB and more per month. Data inclusions are a constant source of innovation in telco. You’ll find Unlimited plans with providers offering more data on the weekend , data rollover  and even now, data banks.
  • International calls :
    Unlimited International Calls also become cheaper each year. Competition from Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp and other VoIP  known in the industry as Over The Top (OTT) services mean the phone companies are having to lower their prices for unlimited calls. That means you’ll find them in many plans $40 or above. The price of unlimited calls is falling every year, too. The alternative is that you will substitute these free versions of the same service.

 

: Unlimited Plan EXCLUSIONS 17.10.17. A representative sample of what you’ll pay extra for in some Unlimited Phone Plans.

 

Why would I want an Unlimited plan?

Why do 70%+ of Australians choose unlimited phone plans ?

  • They get a predictable costs :
    In this sort of plan, calls and texts are unlimited. That means no busting through an allowance and being charged for overage. The result is no bill shock. Even if a plan with unlimited calls costs a little more, most people are happy to pay it for the predictability is gives.
  • No contract required :
    You can get SIM only Unlimited plans on a month to month basis so there is no need to commit to an expensive 12 or 24 month contract. We generally recommend away from contracts of any sort. We explain why, below.
  • Prepay and postpaid options:
    There are post-paid and pre-paid options for unlimited plans so however you want to pay, you can find one to suit you. If cost manageability is the key thing you need, you might also like to include prepaid unlimited plans  which have an extra degree of cost control.
  • Budget options are available:
    This sort of plan is now extremely affordable. Shop around the budget deals and you can get amazing deals from phone companies with unlimited plans for under $15 per month.

 

Getting the right amount of data in your Unltd. Plan

When you can talk and text as much as you want, the key thing left to talk about is the amount of data you have in your plan. Below is some research we ran in September 2017 in which we asked people how much data they needed.

 Considering the data in your unlimited plan. This 500 person survey was run by WhatPhone in September 2017. It shows that there is a broad range of data requirements in Australia. We offer advice, below, on how you can figure out the data package you need alongside your unlimited calls and SMS.

 

What should you take from that chart ?

  • First, there is a broad distribution of the plans people are buying :
    It’s worth being aware that now the cost of calls is off the table, the cost of data makes all the difference to what you’ll pay for your plan. Our suggestion is that you don’t listen to those who try to tell you what average usage looks like (because it doesn’t matter what ‘average’ is, your data usage could match any of the data usage profiles in the chart above – it could be average or it could be well above / below average.) Follow our advice, below, to establish your own data usage requirement.
  • Second, only 20% of people have a bundle with 11GB or more :
    There is an amount of ‘dog whistling’ in the phone industry – misleading marketing and offers which create a false impression. Just because you see a phone plan with ‘45GB of data per month included’ (they are around!) does not mean you would use all of that data if you were given it. Of course, there are always extremes, people who tether their phone  and who might have a legitimate need for such a huge allocation. However, for the vast majority of people, 11GB of less is probably fine for now.
  • If you need help figuring out how much data you need :
    Most people don’t know how much data they use, how much they need or how to figure it out. We have an article dedicated to establishing what your need is.
  • And something which isn’t on the chart :
    The 4G coverage of the different networks is now pretty much the same. That’s a significant piece of information. If you were planning on going to one of the big phone companies to get better 4G data coverage, for example, you may not need to. The best way to find out more about the equivalency that’s happened in data networks is to read our Australian coverage page.

 

Entertainment in Unlimited plans + Data Free / zero rated data

That’s the basics covered. We’ve looked at unlimited plans, and data you need to add to them. Now let’s talk about the bolt ons; the optional extras which might influence your decision – most importantly, the entertainment options you now have in unlimited phone plans.

This chart shows one way of representing the Australian market for phone plans. Some of the higher cost unlimited plans available to you come with included (‘data free’) entertainment services. We explore those here.

Around 10% of Australians  want to watch entertainment (free streamed video or audio) on their phone plans. The only Australian plans which offer entertainment are unlimited plans.

There are a number of major options to consider in the world of entertainment in phone plans and we’ve written about them before. As a quick overview, some phone companies – usually – not always – the ones with the most expensive plans – now include some form of entertainment in their phone plans. The data for entertainment options on these plans is usually provided ‘free’ (see next section – it’s called ‘data free.’). Optus, Telstra and OVO Mobile  are the main companies you should consider for entertainment in your plans.

Entertainment may well be the most important  feature in your plan if you like the idea of watching a particular sort of content while you commute or wait at the doctor’s. Our plan chooser  can help you figure out the right plan and allows you to select the type of entertainment you want, if it’s of interest.

 

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

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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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Southern Phone

 

 

 

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

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

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

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

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

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SpinTel

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

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

With SpinTel you’ll get:

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

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

Moose Mobile logoBest plans overall 2018 - Moose

 

 

 

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

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

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

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

OVO Plans for your mobile

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

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

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

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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

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

With Kogan, you’ll get

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

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

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

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

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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

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

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

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

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

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

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

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

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

With Belong, you’ll get:

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

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

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

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

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

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What is ‘zero rated’ content in an unlimited plan?

We cover the lack of unlimited data plans below. For now, let’s look at the aspects of your unlimited voice and SMS plan which might be ‘data free or ‘zero rated.’

In a sense, ‘zero rated’ or ‘data free’ data is unlimited. However, it’s unlimited data which is restricted to one type of data usage. For example, with Telstra’s plans you’ll get unlimited voice and SMS (in Australia to Australian numbers) plus a standard data allocation. You can also watch as much AFL on your handset as you like, using their app. The data that is used during your AFL watching won’t be counted against your phone plan because it’s ‘data free’ or ‘zero rated’. Any other type of usage will be counted against the standard data inclusion in your plan.

Too complicated ? How about an example. Your Telstra plan has 5GB of data and, that month, you only do two things. First, you watch 30 hours of AFL. At the end of that, you still have 5GB of your standard bundle left. Next, you look at Facebook for hours on end. The data used by your Facebook feed counts against your 5Gb data allowance, running it down until it is used.

Data free is something to look out for if you like the content these phone companies are offering. You should be aware, however, that, unless you’re watching hours of TV or sport entertainment on your phone each month, it probably shouldn’t be the criterion on which you base your decision.

 

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

 

 

 

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

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

With Belong, you’ll get:

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

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

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

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

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

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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.

CHECK† AMAYSIM†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.

CHECK SOUTHERN PHONE SIM PLANS

 

SpinTel

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

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

With SpinTel you’ll get:

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

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

Moose Mobile logoBest plans overall 2018 - Moose

 

 

 

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

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

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

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

OVO Plans for your mobile

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

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

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

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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

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

With Kogan, you’ll get

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

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

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

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

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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

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

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

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

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

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

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Ways to keep costs down in Unlimited Plans

Unlimited plans, as we’ve said, are now extremely affordable. There’s no point in wasting money, however. There are ways to keep any additional costs associated with your unlimited plan, under control.

  • There are usually sign up bonuses :
    When it comes time to move plans, from the one you’re on to one of the others in market, see if you can get a signup bonus. Go for prepaid and move around.
  • Avoid out of bundle data charging :
    28% of people (see the chart below) have been charged $10 or more for data in the last month, on top of their core plan inclusions.

If you’re getting charged $10 per GB, you’re not managing your unlimited plan well enough. You are far better off spending the $10 before you use your data than after, as the chart below shows.

Data is extremely cheap these days. There really is no need to pay $10 penalty rates. Most phone companies will charge you $10 per GB for any data you use on top of your allocated data entitlement. It’s better than $11 / GB but you’ll be much better off if you spend that $10 before you use the data than after, as this chart shows.

 

Managing the costs of Unlimited Plans comes down to how well you control your data costs. It’s always better value to buy the data before you need it than have it charged as ‘overage’.

 

 

Remember too that the way phone companies charge for data differs between them. Moose Mobile  for example, charge per MB for ‘overage’ data on top of your monthly allocation. Some see this as a benefit because their users only pay for what they want. Most of the others charge $10 per GB, sold in GB chunks. You can find out the specifics of the plan you want by looking at the CIS – the Customer Information Statement on the website of the plan you choose.

 

Should you take out a contract on your unlimited plan ?

There are contract options on SIM Only Unlimited Plans. Telstra, for example, offer ( perhaps even prefer you to take ) both 12 and 24 month SIM Only contracts for their plans.

It would be foolish of us to suggest that you should never even consider these plans. They often include a great deal more data than you’ll get on the month to month option. More importantly, changing phone plans is a hassle that people rarely feel like attempting more than once a year. If you’re looking at your calendar and thinking that in all likelihood, you simply won’t have the time to compare and move plans in the next 12 months, well then you may as well take the contract option.

Just be aware of the fact that the cost of data is falling constantly and very quickly. And, as you can see here, there are often hidden costs for people who do take contract options.

Imagine a scenario in which someone signs up to an unlimited plan with a data inclusion of 6GB per month. In total, over a 2 year contract, they will be charged $300 for extra data.

In the example chart above, someone who signs up to a 2 year contract is fine for the first 12 months. Unfortunately, they don’t know their data usage is rising every month, a fact most people don’t realize. After about a year, they’ve started to nudge their usage allocation. Shortly thereafter, the user exceeds their allocated data bundle and starts to get hit with excess data fees, here we’ve used a data overage charge of $10 per GB. In total, their bill, with the average growth in monthly data, is $300 for excess usage over the course of the contract. And remember, when they signed up, they had an allocation which was twice what they needed!

If you want to sign a contract for data, that’s fine. Keep track of your usage and make sure you move up a plan to get more data if you need it, rather than paying for extra data.

 

When will get an unlimited data plan ?

We all know what unlimited plans should be. Nearly 40% of people say they want unlimited data included in their plan. There are no unlimited data plans available in Australia at this time although, historically, there have been times when you could get one.

The problem with unlimited data plans, from a phone company point of view, is that a small number of people misuse them. There are always a few people who hook their phone up to their laptop and torrent films 24 x 7.  Interestingly, as the majority of us start using larger quantities of data, the prominence of this small number of users is diminishing – a factor which may be pushing us closer to the release of an unlimited data plan in Australia.

What Unlimited Plans Should Be? The most common request for a phone plan inclusion ? Unlimited data.

TPG will launch in Australia in early 2018. They will have built a metro network and will need to build a customer base quickly. As you can see from the above graph, the biggest customer need that phone companies are not delivering, is ‘unlimited data.’ When it comes to ‘fair data management’, the simplest way to articulate it is by offering unlimited data in a plan. The user never has to worry about it again.

In the USA, prices for plans with unlimited data start at $50 and go to $90 depending on where you are in your agreement with the phone company, and the quality of the network. There are restrictions on the plan which the Australian regulators may not allow. For example, tethering laptops, on some plans, excess data is 3G only. Data may be throttled (slowed down) at 32GB or above.

In fact, unlimited plans made up more than 2% of the American market to in 2016, 2 years after Unlimited data plans were re-released. They’re not nearly as popular as you’d think.

So, if you want unlimited data, in our view, you’re about to get it, when TPG launch in 2018. In reality, however, what the phone companies need to give most of us, is better data management tools which make their products fairer.

 

Summing it up

There’s never been a better time to get unlimited voice and SMS plans. They start at $15 or less these days. You will likely pay more for plans which have international calls and / or data free entertainment options included.

It won’t be long before we have unlimited data plans over here. If the experience of our American cousins is anything to go by, even when they’re available, they will service only the highest using proportion of people. For the rest of us, the key to managing the cost of your plan is, as always in knowing and managing your data usage.

 

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