Vodafone Plan Review
And Comparison

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Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone Prepaid Combo Plus Starter Pack $40

• Half price $40 Combo Plus Starter Pack only $20. Online only. Offer ends 27.11.18. T&C apply

• With 500 min standard international calls in Zone 1 countries and 100 min standard international calls in Zone 2 countries.

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data

• Half price $40 Combo Plus Starter Pack only $20. Online only. Offer ends 27.11.18. T&C apply

• With 500 min standard international calls in Zone 1 countries and 100 min standard international calls in Zone 2 countries.

• Free delivery!

$40.00 STARTER SIM COST $20.00
EXPIRY 35 days
Usual price is $40.00 No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone Prepaid 365 Plus $30.00

• Free delivery!

20c Standard SMS
20c per SMS
20cStandard calls
20c per min

2c

Data
2c per MB

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY 365 days
No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone Prepaid Combo Plus Starter Pack $30

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $30.00
EXPIRY 28 days
No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan 12M $35.00

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data
3GB + 27GB Bonus data per month

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

COST PER MONTH $35.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $420.00 No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan $35.00

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

COST PER MONTH $35.00
CONTRACT Month to month
No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan 12M $45.00

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 1000 mins for Zone 1 and 150 mins for Zone 2.

• Get $5 off plan fees when you sign up to this plan. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data
15GB + 25GB Bonus data per month

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 1000 mins for Zone 1 and 150 mins for Zone 2.

• Get $5 off plan fees when you sign up to this plan. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

$45.00 COST PER MONTH $40.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $540.00 No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone Prepaid 365 Plus $40.00

• Free delivery!

20c Standard SMS
20c per SMS
20cStandard calls
20c per min

2c

Data
2c per MB

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $40.00
EXPIRY 365 days
No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan $45.00

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply

• Get 10% off plan fees when you sign up to this plan online as a student. Verify that you _ _ _re a student with your UNiDAYS account before checkout. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

4GB

Data

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply

• Get 10% off plan fees when you sign up to this plan online as a student. Verify that you _ _ _re a student with your UNiDAYS account before checkout. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

COST PER MONTH $45.00
CONTRACT Month to month
No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone Prepaid Combo Plus Starter Pack $50

• With 1000 min standard international calls in Zone 1 countries and 150 min standard international calls in Zone 2 countries.

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

50GB

Data

• With 1000 min standard international calls in Zone 1 countries and 150 min standard international calls in Zone 2 countries.

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY 35 days
No direct link.
Prepaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone Prepaid 365 Plus $50.00

• Free delivery!

20c Standard SMS
20c per SMS
20cStandard calls
20c per min

2c

Data
2c per MB

• Free delivery!

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY 365 days
No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan 12M $60.00

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 2000 mins for Zone 1 and 200 mins for Zone 2.

• Get 10% off plan fees when you sign up to this plan online as a student. Verify that you _ _ _re a student with your UNiDAYS account before checkout. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

80GB

Data
40GB + 40GB Bonus data per month

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 2000 mins for Zone 1 and 200 mins for Zone 2.

• Get 10% off plan fees when you sign up to this plan online as a student. Verify that you _ _ _re a student with your UNiDAYS account before checkout. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

COST PER MONTH $60.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $720.00 No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan Plus 12M $60.00

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 2000 mins for Zone 1 and 200 mins for Zone 2.

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Includes all the data you want at speeds of up to 1.5Mbps after your max speed of 40GB is used.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

80GB

Data
40GB + 40GB Bonus data per month

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 2000 mins for Zone 1 and 200 mins for Zone 2.

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Includes all the data you want at speeds of up to 1.5Mbps after your max speed of 40GB is used.

COST PER MONTH $60.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $720.00 No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan $60.00

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply

• Get 10% off plan fees when you sign up to this plan online as a student. Verify that you _ _ _re a student with your UNiDAYS account before checkout. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

20GB

Data

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply

• Get 10% off plan fees when you sign up to this plan online as a student. Verify that you _ _ _re a student with your UNiDAYS account before checkout. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Vodafone Pass for the apps you love $5/month each as an Add-on in the checkout or at any time through My Vodafone.

COST PER MONTH $60.00
CONTRACT Month to month
No direct link.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Vodafone
Vodafone SIM Only Plan Plus 12M $80.00

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 3000 mins for Zone 1 and 300 mins for Zone 2.

• Get 20GB/mth bonus data for use in Oz when you sign up to this plan. Offer ends 31.10.18. Not available with students offer. T&C apply.

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Includes all the data you want at speeds of up to 1.5Mbps after your max speed of 80GB is used.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

100GB

Data
80GB + 20GB Bonus data per month

• Standard international minutes from Oz. 3000 mins for Zone 1 and 300 mins for Zone 2.

• Get 20GB/mth bonus data for use in Oz when you sign up to this plan. Offer ends 31.10.18. Not available with students offer. T&C apply.

• Get 10% off plan fees each month when you sign up to this plan as an additional service to your current plan of equal or lesser value. Not available with student offer. Offer ends 20.11.18. T&C apply.

• Includes all the data you want at speeds of up to 1.5Mbps after your max speed of 80GB is used.

COST PER MONTH $80.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $960.00 No direct link.

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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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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $9.95

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
200 minsStandard calls

1.5GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $9.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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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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Postpaid Telstra 3G + 4G
Belong Mobile $10.00

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data
Data Banking

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $10.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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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.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $12.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $12.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 month is $144.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $12.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

500MB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $12.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Southern Phone Orange M2M $15.00

• Orange 15 Promo - Now $12 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data

• Orange 15 Promo - Now $12 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$15.00 COST PER MONTH $12.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $22.00

• Now $15 for the first 6 months. Save $42! Regular price is $22.

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

7GB

Data

• Now $15 for the first 6 months. Save $42! Regular price is $22.

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$22.00 COST PER MONTH $15.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 months is $$222.00
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Postpaid Telstra 3G + 4G
Belong Mobile $15.00

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

1GB

Data
Data Banking

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $15.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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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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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $15.95

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $15.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Vaya Unlimited M2M $16.00

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

2GB

Data

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

COST PER MONTH $16.00
CONTRACT Month to month
Minimum spend is $16.00
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Extra data is $10/1GB. Personal use only. Critical information summaries. Terms & Fair use policy apply. Month-to-month plans auto-renew each month.
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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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $19.95

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $19.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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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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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Woolworths Mobile 12 Month SIM Only $20

• Plus 10GB once off bonus on activation

• BONUS 10GB school holiday data every three months

• 100GB Data Bank

• Unlimited Standard National Calls and SMS

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data
Data Banking

• Plus 10GB once off bonus on activation

• BONUS 10GB school holiday data every three months

• 100GB Data Bank

• Unlimited Standard National Calls and SMS

Cost per month $20.00
Contract 12 Months
Minimum spend is $240.00
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What else do I need to know?
12 month payment plan. Total minimum cost is $240 (excludes any discount). Additional Data - 1GB for $10. All for use in Australia. Calls and messages to standard Australian numbers. T&Cs Apply.
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.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Southern Phone Orange M2M $30.00

• Orange 30 Promo - Now $20 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data

• Orange 30 Promo - Now $20 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$30.00 COST PER MONTH $20.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $20.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $22.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

3GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $22.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $22.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $35.00

• Now $25 for the first 6 months. Save $60! Regular price $35.

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

18GB

Data

• Now $25 for the first 6 months. Save $60! Regular price $35.

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$35.00 COST PER MONTH $25.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 months is $ $360.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Belong Mobile $25.00

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data
Data Banking

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $25.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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Postpaid 4G from Optus
Spintel BYO $25.95

• Plus $50 international call credit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data
Set Your Own Data Limit

• Plus $50 international call credit.

• Data is capped for postpaid plans - no 'Bill Shock'!

COST PER MONTH $25.95
CONTRACT Month to month
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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 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 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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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Belong Mobile $30.00

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

5GB

Data
Data Banking

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $30.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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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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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $35.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

10GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $35.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $35.00
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Postpaid 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Vaya Unlimited M2M $36.00

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• International rates from 2c/minutes

• Free standard delivery.

COST PER MONTH $36.00
CONTRACT Month to month
Minimum spend is $36.00
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What else do I need to know?
All for use in Australia. Extra data is $10/1GB. Personal use only. Critical information summaries. Terms & Fair use policy apply. Month-to-month plans auto-renew each month.
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 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.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Belong Mobile $40.00

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data
Data Banking

• Unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

• All plans come with Data Vault. You keep all your unused data, forever!

• No lock in contract.

COST PER MONTH $40.00
NO CONTRACT Month to month
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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.
Postpaid 3G + 4G from Telstra
Southern Phone Orange M2M $60.00

• Orange 60 Promo - Now $40 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

30GB

Data

• Orange 60 Promo - Now $40 for a limited time!

• 30 Day Network Guarantee.

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

$60.00 COST PER MONTH $40.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $40.00
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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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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green 12M $50.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

23GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $50.00
CONTRACT 12 Months
Min. cost over 12 months is $600.00
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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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Postpaid 3G + 4G from Optus
Southern Phone Green M2M $50.00

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

15GB

Data

• 30 Day Network Guarantee - Sign up to 12 month plan and cancel within the first days with no fees!

• Australian Call Centre: 8am-8pm / 7 days a week

• Free delivery!

COST PER MONTH $50.00
EXPIRY Month to month
Min. cost over 1 month is $50.00
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Prepaid 4G from Telstra
Telstra Pre-Paid Max Extra $50.00

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

• 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 3G + 4G Plus from Optus
Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $50.00

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

40GB

Data

• Unlimited standard SMS/MMS to 32 selected countries

• Unlimited standard international calls to 10 selected countries

• 300 standard international minutes to 22 selected countries

• No lock-in contracts

• Free Standard SIM delivery

STARTER SIM COST $50.00
EXPIRY Recharge every 28 days.
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Prepaid 3G from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

• Free Yomojo-to-Yomojo call

• No Lock-in Contract

• Free delivery!

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

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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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.
Postpaid 3G Plus from Optus
Moose SIM Only $78.00

• Customers love them. Check out their online reviews.

• Australian customer service and support.

Unlimited Standard SMS
UnlimitedStandard calls

90GB

Data

• Customers love them. Check out their online reviews.

• Australian customer service and support.

COST PER MONTH $78.00
CONTRACT Month to month
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Common questions about Vodafone

Hmm. Vodafone. Really ? Can I trust the network ?

If you live in one of Australia’s main cities, then yes, you should be considering Vodafone Australia. In rural areas, you probably shouldn’t.

Historic concerns about the network are understandable. Back in 2011, Vodafone did have some real problems with their coverage quality. Things have improved a lot since then. Regular reports from OpenSignal (an independent research company which compares the quality of the 3 main networks) and others have shown consistently that Vodafone’s network quality and speed was the best of the big three in metro (city) areas of Australia.

You’ll get the same network whether you go direct to Vodafone or buy a SIM from one of their resellers like Kogan Mobile.

How does the ‘add more data automatically’ plan feature work ?

Vodafone have matched Optus by allowing you to set your plan to automatically add another GB of data if you use your entitlement. Say you bought 1.0 GB of data within your plan and then used it all. Vodafone would charge you $10 extra for another GB of data and automatically apply it to your account.

Previously, you’d get to the end of your data allowance and then you would be charged out of bundle rates. Often a MB of data would have cost in the region of 10 cents. Which doesn’t sound like a lot until you realise that’s $100 per GB!

The benefit to users of this sort of pricing scheme is that they get a more predictable costs and a transparently fairer scheme.

In mid 2018, Vodafone offered their customers the options of a ‘pass’ for some data usage types. For example, you can now buy a pass which offers unlimited access to Social Media or Streamed Music. We explain Vodafone passes in the article, below.

Are Vodafone’s ‘Unlimited plans’ really unlimited?

Vodafone’s plans with Unlimited data do, indeed have no limit on the amount of data you can download.

However, when you get to a pre-assigned number of GB of usage (exactly how much depends on the plan you’re in) your speed will be ‘throttled’ (slowed) to 1.5mbps.

VERY slow download speeds could interrupt some of the things you try to do online. In truth, 1.5mbps is actually OK for almost any activity, including watching standard definition streamed video on your phone. (And streamed video requires the most download data speeds you’ll ever really require.)

So, in practical terms, whichever Unlimited plan you get will provide you unlimited data downloads in a month, We have more information on these Unlimited plans in the article below.

Are there any smaller phone companies who use the Vodafone network ?

Yes there are. Smaller phone companies or MVNOs as they’re known in the industry rent network access directly from Vodafone and resell it to you.

Kogan Mobile is a great example. Vodafone actually do everything for Kogan, from providing the network coverage to answering their customer support queries. Read our Kogan Mobile review.

What is the Vodafone $5 roaming deal ?

Vodafone have the strongest roaming offering of all 3 major networks. With the right Vodafone plan, you can use your Australian entitlements in partner countries. Using your phone overseas is called roaming.

For example:
An Australian who buys a Vodafone plan with Unlimited calls to Australian numbers from your mobile in Australia. The plan also includes 10GB of 4G data.

If that same person goes to New Zealand for a holiday. While they’re there, for $5 a day, they can call back to Australia and using the unlimited minute allocation to do it. They can also use their data allowance in NZ ( up to the 10GB limit they had in their plan ) while they’re in NZ.

Every day you have your phone on in the partner country, and it connects to the network overseas, the $5 extra has to be paid.

When they introduced this, it was a revolutionary concept and a way for Vodafone to use the huge number of partner networks it has around the world to offer something a bit different from Optus and Telstra. Now, the other two telcos offer similar schemes. (They are more expensive.)

Vodafone is adding new countries to their partner list all the time. You can see who is currently involved, on their roaming page.

What is Vodafone’s 4G coverage like ?

Vodafone are a bit cagey about the ‘numbers’ concerning the coverage capability of their 4G network. For example, Optus say they cover 98% of Australia. It’s hard to find an equivalent statistic for Vodafone’s network.

In metro / city areas, the research shows Vodafone’s network is just as good as Telstra’s and Optus’. Outside that, Telstra’s 3G coverage footprint is twice that of Vodafone’s. You can find out more on our

Vodafone Review - Should you go with them?

Vodafone’s network has improved a great deal.  We recommend you consider Kogan Mobile, as an alternative to Vodafone themselves. Kogan use the full Vodafone network and charge lower prices for higher data allowances. We have a separate page for Vodafone’s prepaid plans.

What's good

  • Research shows the network is great in Australia's cities
  • Some of the best customer support in the industry
  • Strong roaming offering : $5 a day scheme

What's bad

  • Coverage still not great outside the main cities
  • Calling overseas from Oz? use Lebara not Vodafone
  • Optus resellers offer same value inclusions & a better network

 

Vodafone’s 2018 phone plans

60 second intro

  • Vodafone have split out the phone and the plan to give you more flexibility in how you pay for your service.
  • They also simplified their entire postpaid plan range in 2018 (still their current range.)
  • Then they added unlimited plans and ‘passes’ – a new way to get predictable pricing on some of the data services you use.
  • Vodafone’s plans can still be expensive. We show alternatives which use the same network, below.
  • We have a separate page for Vodafone’s prepaid plans.

 

 

Key points about Vodafone’s 2018 plan range

Vodafone have made some ‘sizable’ changes to their entire range of postpaid phones and plans. Historically, telcos have a number of ‘dirty tricks’ which they use to make it hard to compare what they offer, directly. In the past, one of their favorites has been tying together 2 things:

  1. The monthly plan payment : This is what you pay for your voice calls, SMS and data each month.
  2. The handset repayment : This is the proportion of your plan which is used to pay off the ‘free’ phone they give you.

To muddy the waters further, some phone companies vary the price of the plan, depending on the device you take. So, for example, if you take an iPhone plan, you might pay $40 for a plan with 10 GB in it. If you take a Samsung Galaxy S8, you’ll pay $45 for the same plan with 10GB in it. It’s very hard to compare phone plans in this circumstance – which could be the intent. This approach is is one of the key ways telcos have deliberately made the market hard to understand for a long time. Vodafone are trying to change that and have made their plans more transparent.

 

Details Of Vodafone Australia’s Current SIM Only Plan Features

Australia is starting to embrace a world which includes some plans with ‘unlimited data’. Vodafone extended their range shortly after the release of their new unlimited mobile plans at the $60, $80, $100 price points at the start of May 2018.  As part of their 2022 strategy, Telstra launched plans which had an option of not charging the $10 per GB for data overage and instead limits speeds to 1.5mbps. Vodafone has opted to sell ‘passes’ as an alternative to Telstra’s charging mechanism.

So, to clearly summarize Vodafone’s offering :

  • Vodafone’s postpaid SIM Only Plans include some plans with Unlimited data : They provide users with a ‘full speed data’ allowance of 40GB. After the full speed inclusion, any extra data is then slowed speeds. Vodafone call it the difference between data given at ‘max speed’ and data which is ‘throttled’ to 1.5mbps.
  • Vodafone is also offering optional ‘passes’ : Passes are service based fees which covers ‘unlimited’ data for use for a number of purposes. For example, for $10 per month, you might be allowed unlimited access to social Media sites in a month, like Facebook and / or Twitter. With a ‘pass’ you can then access as much data as you want to, in a month, when visiting those sites.

 

What are Vodafone ‘passes’?

You can only get these passes on Vodafone’s SIM Only postpaid plans. Users have to sign up to a new plan or add them on using the MyVodafone Self Service app.

Vodafone passes are optional extras, that cost money charged in addition to your plans’ monthly service fee.

Each pass provides unlimited access, to a group of internet based services.

  • An example of a Vodafone ‘pass’ : One example of a pass is Vodafone’s Social Media pass. It costs $10 per month (in addition to your standard service fee of, say $40 per month.)
  • How does a ‘pass’ work?: In exchange for your $10, you’ll for unlimited access to Facebook and other social networking sites.
  • The data speeds ‘passes’ offer are speed limited: Access to the group of sites granted under teach of the ‘passes’ scheme is not provided at full theoretical network speeds. Data you download from these sites will come down at speeds limited to 1.5mbps.
  • But the limits don’t pose any practical restriction: In practical terms, even high bandwidth applications work just fine at 1.5mbps – so, for example, you could almost certainly watch Netflix (the highest speed data requirement most users have) streamed over that connection.

Vodafone sells 4 different passes, each of which provides unlimited access to these internet based services for a monthly fee.

  • $15 – Video partners : Including Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime Video.
  • $10 – Music partners: Including Spotify, Amazon Music, Sound Cloud and Dozer.
  • $5 – Chat services : Including WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger (note, Video chat is not always supported by the Vodafone Pass in these messaging apps.)
  • $10 – Social Partners : Facebook, Instagram and the rest of the usual suspects.

 

We advise against taking ‘pass’ from Vodafone

In reality, for almost anyone, the best Vodafone postpaid plan is likely to be the one which contains about as much data as you used last month and which you’ve upgraded to have the 1.5mbps overage facility Vodafone now offer.

Vodafone passes charge extra for the same service you’d get (unlimited data slowed to 1.5 mbps) in addition to having a plan with the throttled overage.

 

Vodafone passes may make sense – but don’t rush in

These ‘passes’ appear to make sense from a user point of view. People are far more aware of the Digital products they use (YouTube, Facebook, Messenger) than they are the amount of data they transact while they’re doing it. Service pricing in this $5 – $15 range is a good way to reassure people about the data they’re using, for a reasonable cost. It’s a small amount of money to put your mind at rest.

In practical reality, however, having any Vodafone plan with a throttled speed of 1.5mbps to cover your overage would give you all the benefit of these passes without the cost.

 

How can Vodafone offer these passes?

Technically, (unless you encrypt the data you send over their network) the phone companies know which URL your phone is accessing because they’re connecting you to the internet – so they have to.

Phone companies can split the traffic out, per URL and charge as they want to. So, for example, if you go to Netflix.com.au to watch a video, and your pass entitles you to free Netflix data, then Vodafone can ‘zero rates’ that data stream – and you won’t be charged for it.

By the way, there are all sorts of exceptions to these rules – where, when you’re on the Netflix site, for example, that website downloads something automatically from a source outside Netflix.com. Vodafone will charge you for that data – they can’t avoid it – which is why they give you 500MB of data in these passes for all those unintended extras.

Even if you’ve used up all of your allocated data then the data you use accessing these sites will be zero rated so long as you have a pass in place.

 

 

Vodafone’s SIM Only Plan Features

Best SIM Only Plans November 2018

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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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.

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Southern Phone

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

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

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

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

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Winner ! Prepaid plans with included streamed audio.

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

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

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

Epic Data plans:

Epic Value plans:

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

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

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

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

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

Amaysim’s plan range:

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

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Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award

Best Value Plans 2018

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

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

With Vaya, you will get:

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

Vaya month to month plans

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

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Southern Phone

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

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

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

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

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

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

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

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SpinTel

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

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

With SpinTel you’ll get:

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

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

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

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

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

OVO Plans for your mobile

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

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

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Quick summary of Vodafone’s SIM Only plans vs Telstra and Optus

  • Adding more data when you’ve used yours up:
    Vodafone has a facility on their SIM Only plans whereby, when you reach your data limit, you will automatically have more data added at a cost of $10 per GB. Optus and Telstra now have the same thing. Newer phones have faster processors and they pull information down from the network faster. The result is that people are using more data this month than they did last month. By most people’s reckoning, each phone user will get through twice as much data next year as you are now. The safety belt feature that Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have put in place with their auto add data is a lifesaver. It reduces the risk of using data in the first place. It also avoids huge bills for those who accidentally use too much. Vodafone now offer a Vodafone ‘passes’ scheme, explained above, which offers an alternative to this sort of $10/GB charging. Passes off unlimited data downloads to certain websites (at a restricted or ‘throttled’ speed of 1.5mbps.) Vodafone also offer unlimited plans which equally avoid the problems of overage charging.
  • Sharing Data over multiple devices:
    Vodafone have a data sharing scheme and it’s very similar to Optus’. With it you can add another SIM to what is effectively a family account. Here’s how they work. Imagine a father is paying $50 per month for a SIM Only plan with ‘infinite’ SMS and voice from Vodafone. For $30 per month, he can add another family member, let’s say his wife to that plan. She also gets ‘infinite’ SMS and voice and now splits the data with him. Vodafone’s SIM Only sharing option is an important first step along the multi SIM management path but at this time, the practical benefits are, in our view not worth having. Far better, instead to manage your data needs yourself and buy a bundle you’ll use.
  • Overseas roaming at daily prices:
    Vodafone have the best proposition in market for overseas roaming on their SIM Only plans. For $5 per day, you can safely (and that is probably the key word) use your phone overseas. Vodafone’s huge global coverage works in their favor here. The range of countries you can go Red Roaming in is already large and is growing every day. Optus and Telstra’s equivalents are more expensive and offers less international coverage. If you travel overseas regularly then Vodafone should be a strong contender for your money.
  • Simple ‘Keep Talking’ (or ‘Keep talking Plus’) Insurance:
    Vodafone have effectively emulated Optus’ insurance scheme. Iit has some very reasonable terms and it’s far more useful than what was the industry standard until recently and it will let you insure your device up to a value of $2000. Remember, you’ll only be able to use it if you got your phone from Vodafone in the first place.
  • Good Self Service App:  Typically, a cost of approximately $5 is assigned by a phone company like Optus or Vodafone to a customer calling in to the customer care organization. If they’re dialing in to do something they could have done online, it makes sense to create an app which allows them to do it. Banks blazed a trail of Self Service which it took the telcos a while to catch up with. These days, the apps from all 3 phone companies is exceptionally good. That includes Vodafone. And you’ll be able to manage your SIM Only plan just fine using their ‘MyAccount’ app.
  • Free content:
    Vodafone does not offer free included streamed content (streamed audio or video) in their plans. Optus and Telstra do. Vodafone do offer ‘passes’ to content provided by others – which are explained above.
  • Network Guarantee:
    We have covered Vodafone’s Network Guarantee in some detail before.  It’s an important feature if you’re buying a contract. Not so much for a SIM only plan. After all, Vodafone’s agreements are month to month. If it doesn’t work, you just leave.
  • Free WiFi:
    Every Australian, including Vodafone SIM Only customers can use the free Telstra WiFi Hot Spots that are currently in market as part of Telstra’s trial. It’s just as easily for non customers as it is for Telstra customers to logon. That said, in time, Vodafone customers may well be charged for the facility.
  • Loyalty rewards scheme:
    Vodafone also now offer a Frequent Flyer program. When you sign up to a Vodafone Unlimited phone plan, on a 12 month contract, (they call them their ‘Plus plans’, they will give you 20,000 Frequent Flyer points. Our view is that these schemes are something to be careful of. They sound great but then, when you’re in them, you make all sorts of decisions that you wouldn’t have made before. For example, signing up to Vodafone when it doesn’t have the best deals just to get air miles.

 

Customer satisfaction with Vodafone’s SIM Only Plans

We ran our own research in late 2017 and found a surprising result. Vodafone’s customer satisfaciton level are the best in the business.. They are notably better than both Telstra and Optus’.

 

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans might make you happer than any other type of plan you can buy.

In our own research from December 2017, you can see Vodafone customers were more satisfied than any other

 

Vodafone’s network

For some of us,the most important factor when choosing a phone plan is the quality of the network. You don’t want to find yourself consistently without coverage. You might miss an important business call or find yourself stranded in the middle of no-where without an on screen map. Vodafone have spent $billions trying to improve the performance of their network and how it’s talked about in the media.

Vodafone Australia is not a tiny company. It has a 14.8% market share, behind Optus at 22.3% and Telstra at 39.9% . The problem is, those market shares aren’t changing quickly. It’s a difficult spot for Vodafone. You can get the same network coverage as you do from Vodafone but, with this 4G example, you’ll get 4G coverage across 96.6% of the Australian population instead of Vodafone’s 96% of metro area .

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to their 4G network – which is about the same in city areas as Optus’ and Telstra’s

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to their 4G network – which is about the same in city areas as Optus’ and Telstra’s

 

This is where the difference starts to show up in Vodafone’s coverage. That small population coverage difference actually makes a lot of difference in terms of the square kilometers covered.

Vodafone covers a very high proportion of the population – almost the same as Telstra and Optus. But there’s a big difference in the number of square Kilometers that each network reaches.

 

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to this many square kilometers. As you can see, there’s a big difference in the square kilometers their networks reach.

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to this many square kilometers.

 

 

 

Bringing it all together

Optus and Telstra have prominent Streamed video content offerings to differentiate themselves from each other. Optus is spending millions on soccer coverage, not always successfully. Vodafone clearly don’t want to make the bet on content that their rivals are doing.

Vodafone has kept clear from these huge content investments so far. And yet, their new price plan range shows that Vodafone do recognize the behavioral changes which are happening around content that many, more often younger phone users are exhibiting. These days it’s not unusual to see someone watching TV on their phone. Netflix and other video streaming services are now mainstream entertainment activities. Their service based pricing ‘passes’ are Vodafone’s first real attempt to sell a product that will help people use their phones more safely, in these new ways.

Their mid 2018 plan refresh may have been rushed. This is a confused offering from Vodafone. On the one the one hand, they are pitching the solution to data overage as a ‘throttled’ speed limited ‘step down’ from premium service. On the other hand, they are selling a commercial service for a few dollars per month, delivered in the form of these ‘passes’ which themselves are limited to 1.5mbps and which, in this context, we are supposed to accept as an acceptable product to buy.

Since in practical terms, the effect is the same and the cost lower, the best course of action for anyone considering a Vodafone postpaid SIM Only plan is probably to buy a $30 SIM Only plan with the 1.5mbps throttled maximum, Vodafone should probably have thought a bit longer about how to position these things.