365 day prepaid mobile plans

Long expiry plans give you more time between recharges - just pay once for up to 365 days of usage. They can be a great way to help you save money in the new year.

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Best 365 Day Prepaid Mobile Plans for January 2021

  1. Best 365 day expiry prepaid: amaysim $145 365 Day Prepaid Plan
  2. Best 180 day prepaid: Lebara Prepaid 180 Day Plan $180
  3. Best long expiry prepaid on Telstra: Boost Mobile 300GB Prepaid Plan
  4. Best long expiry prepaid on Optus: Optus $30 Prepaid Plan
  5. Best long expiry prepaid on Vodafone: Kogan Prepaid $180 Plan
  6. Best no-data long expiry prepaid mobile plan: Vodafone $40 PAYG plan

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Every month, our team of experts looks at the large number of long expiry plans available in our Mobile Plan Finder™ to find the best deals in the market. Our team spends hundreds of hours each week updating plan details, features and offers so they know their way inside and out of the mobile plan field.

Keep in mind: Our best picks might not always be the best for you. Always compare your options and choose the one that best suits your needs.

How did we choose the best long expiry mobile plans?

At the start of each month, we look at the mobile phone plans available in our database that have a plan length between 90 and 365 days. We then choose a couple of top picks across a range of categories to help you find the best long expiry plan. None of our picks are sponsored placements - we also take into account mobile providers and plans that we aren't partnered with - so that our winners for each category are chosen without bias.

We take these factors into account when choosing our winners:

  • Price per month (and whether promotional pricing is involved)
  • Data allowance
  • Plan length
  • Other notable features such as data banking, network coverage and international inclusions

Best 365 day prepaid mobile plan overall:

amaysim 4G Prepaid SIM-only 120GB $200 365 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

amaysim is the biggest mobile provider outside of the major networks, so it's no surprise that its plans are pretty well priced with decent data chunks.

If you sign up before January 31, you'll get this plan for $145 instead of $200. Just remember that this price is for your first year on the plan only. If you want to keep it afterwards, you'll need to go back to paying the original price of $200 for a year.

  • 120 GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $145 per 365 days
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Best 365 day prepaid plan with lots of data:

Kogan Mobile Extra Large 486GB $355 365 days Flex

SIM-only - Prepaid

Kogan's another name known for its shopping deals, but it also does some great offers on long expiry plans too. If you're a data-hungry user, check out its massive 500GB mobile plan. If you sign up before March 31, you'll pay $285 for the full year instead of $355.

On its Flex plan, you won't get any monthly restrictions on your data usage, but if you spread it out evenly, you'll get over 40GB to use every month for under $24 a month.

  • 486 GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $355 per 365 days
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Best 365 day prepaid plan with a little data:

Catch Connect 4G 60GB $120 365 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Catch also has a great deal on for its lower data 365 day plan. If you don't need a bunch of data over the course of a year, Catch has lowered the price of its 60GB plan to $89. That means you'll get about 5GB to use each month for just over $7 a month. That's a pretty good bargain to kick off 2021.

Again, this is a promotional price for new customers only. After your first year on the plan, the price will revert to its original price of $120 per 365 days.

  • 60 GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $89 per 365 days
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Best 180 day prepaid mobile plan with lots of data:

Lebara 4G Large 180GB $180 180 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

If you don't want to commit to a year long plan, a 180 day prepaid mobile plan can still help you save. Lebara's plan will last you about 6 months, and only cost you $30 a month.

You'll also get data banking on this plan, which means if you choose to renew it for the last 6 months of the year, any unused data from your first 6 months will be passed onto the next period.

  • 180 GB per 180 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $180 per 180 days
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Best 180 day plan with a little data:

Woolworths Prepaid Long Expiry 12GB $60 180 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

You might get your groceries from Woolies, but did you know they do mobile plans too? If you don't need a lot of data, check out its 12GB plan which lasts for half a year.

It runs on the Telstra network, and as an added bonus, you also get 10% off your grocery bills once a month if you're a Woolworths Mobile customer. Not a bad way to save in more than one area of your life.

  • 12 GB per 180 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $60 per 180 days
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Best long expiry on the Telstra network (lots of data):

Boost Prepaid 240GB $300 12 Month

SIM-only - Prepaid

There aren't a lot of plans on the Telstra network with long expiry periods, so Boost Mobile's 12 month plan stands out thanks to its high data limit. Until February 1, you'll get a bonus 60GB of data on top of the usual 240GB on this plan, giving you a total of 300 to use over 12 months .

Boost also runs on the full Telstra 4G network, so you'll be getting the same coverage as you would on one of Telstra's own plans.

  • 300 GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $300 per month
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Best long expiry on the Telstra network (just a bit of data):

ALDImobile 4G Super Pack 15GB $99 365 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

There seems to be a lot of shopping brands when it comes to long expiry plans out there, and ALDI is another one of them with great value plans. If you're not someone who uses your phone a lot, you could get away with a lower data plan for the year.

ALDI's 15GB 365 day plan gives you just over 1GB to use each month, so you'd only really want to use it to check emails or browse the web a bit while you're out.

  • 15 GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $99 per 365 days
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Best long expiry on the Optus network (lots of data):

Catch Connect 4G 120GB $150 365 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Catch's 120GB plan was actually our long-standing monthly winner for the best 365 day plan in 2020. But thanks to amaysim's price promotion, they've taken a step off the throne this month. This doesn't mean it's not still worth a look though. Catch's plan is still a great option if you're looking for a long expiry plan on the Optus network, with a 1:1 ratio when it comes to data and price.

This plan is currently $120 for a year instead of $150 for new customers only.

  • 120 GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $120 per 365 days
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Best long expiry on the Optus network (just a little data):

Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus $30 186 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

If you're not a frequent phone user, Optus has quite a few options to choose from. Its Daily Plus plan works a little differently. You'll get $30 of credit on this plan, and get charged $2 each day you use it. With that $2, you get 500MB to use (which isn't a lot, so we wouldn't recommend anything download heavy) and unlimited calls and texts for the day.

This $2 comes out of your original $30 credit. If you go a day without using your phone, you won't get charged anything for that day.

  • 0.5 GB per 186 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $30 per 186 days
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Best long expiry on the Vodafone network (lots of data):

Kogan Mobile Medium 158GB $205.60 365 days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Rather than go with the same Kogan plan we picked earlier, we chose Kogan's Medium plan for this category since it's aimed at regular mobile users, but not necessarily those that need 500GB a month. This one isn't a Flex plan, which means even though you get 180GB to use over the year, it limits you to use 15GB a month so you don't use all your data at once.

Sign up before March 31 and this plan is yours for $180 instead of its usual price of $205.60.

  • 158 GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $205.60 per 365 days
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Best long expiry on the Vodafone network (just a little data):

Kogan Mobile Small 9GB $46.90 90 days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Kogan has somewhat of a monopoly when it comes to long expiry plans on the Vodafone network, since a lot of Vodafone's own plans are PAYG plans with no data. If you don't need a huge chunk of data, consider Kogan's Small 90 day plan. You essentially get 3GB to use each month for just over $15 a month.

Since it lasts for 90 days instead of a longer 180 or 365 days, if you find you're struggling data-wise, you can switch to a bigger plan after 3 months.

  • 9 GB per 90 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $46.90 per 90 days
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Best PAYG long expiry plan:

Vodafone Pay and Go Starter Pack $40 365 days

SIM-only - Prepaid

PAYG plans work a little differently to your usual mobile plan. Instead of the normal unlimited calls and texts you might be used to, you only get to use however much you've paid for. While this isn't great for regular mobile users, those who don't use their mobiles often should be fairly happy with this deal.

We picked Vodafone's $40 PAYG plan here, but they also offer $30 and $50 options depending on how much you want to pay upfront. The cost for each call or text you make will come out from the $40 you've paid for the plan.

  • GB per 365 days
  • $40 std. national calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $40 per 365 days
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How do long expiry prepaid mobile plans work?

Long expiry plans are prepaid plans where credit lasts longer than your usual month-to-month grind, up to a full 365 days. You pay upfront in return for a 3-, 6- or 12-month expiry period, meaning you won't need to recharge for ages so long as your credit holds out.

Long expiry plans typically suit infrequent mobile users, people with minimal data needs, or even people who just want to park a rarely-used number on a cheap, long-lasting plan, though that's less prevalent these days.

These plans come in two types:

  • Pay as you go (PAYG). Under the PAYG model, you plonk down some credit upfront and then are charged a flat rate for minutes of talk, texts and MB of data use. Usage charges are deducted from your credit until it's exhausted. Some versions of this plan deduct a flat fee for each day you use your phone, rather than how much you use it.
  • Set inclusion. Pay upfront and get an allotment of data that you can use as you wish during the expiry period, just like regular prepaid plans. Set inclusions plans tend to come with unlimited talk and text in Australia. Be aware that some plans may come with a monthly allocation for data amounts. For example, a six-month plan might come with a total of 60GB of data but only give you access to 10GB each month.

If you're unsure whether a long expiry mobile plan is right for you, we've broken down the pros and cons for you below:

Pros

  • Credit lasts a long time. You can simply pay once, and you don't have to think about it again until your expiry period comes up.
  • Good for receiving calls. If you just want a phone so that family and friends can stay in touch by calling you, a long expiry plan is a great way to save money.
  • Good option for the elderly. Long expiry plans are usually simple and suit light mobile users.
  • Use it to reserve your number. For as little as $5, you can secure your number on your SIM card for up to a year, whether you're travelling or just want a back-up number.

Cons

  • Lower value. Compared to a monthly prepaid or postpaid plan, you trade value for a long expiry period.
  • Not great for heavy data users. Even for the plans with bundled data inclusions, you're looking at less data than if you paid monthly.
  • You've got to pay upfront. Long expiry plans are all prepaid, so you've got to stump up the cash before you've even made your first call.
  • Locks you into a provider. The beauty of a prepaid plan is that typically you can change providers on a whim. That's a less attractive prospect if you've already sunk a lot of money into a 365-day expiry plan.
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Over 20% off for 12 months - pay $30 for 100GB of data per month. Plan reverts to $38 for 100GB per month after 12 months. T&Cs apply.

Compare more long expiry prepaid mobile plans below

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Name Product Features Data Price
Kogan Mobile Extra Large 486GB $334.40 365 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
486GB
Data
$334.40
per 365 days expiry
486GB
Data
$334.40
per 365 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Extra Large 486GB $355 365 days Flex
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
486GB
Data
$355
per 365 days expiry
486GB
Data
$355
per 365 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Medium 39GB $79.90 90 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
39GB
Data
$79.90
per 90 days expiry
39GB
Data
$79.90
per 90 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Extra Large 120GB $139.90 90 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Data
$139.90
per 90 days expiry
120GB
Data
$139.90
per 90 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Large 60GB $99.90 90 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$99.90
per 90 days expiry
60GB
Data
$99.90
per 90 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Small 9GB $46.90 90 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
9GB
Data
$46.90
per 90 days expiry
9GB
Data
$46.90
per 90 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Large 250GB $265 365 days Flex
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
250GB
Data
$265
per 365 days expiry
250GB
Data
$265
per 365 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Small 80GB $160 365 days Flex
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Data
$160
per 365 days expiry
80GB
Data
$160
per 365 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Medium 180GB $215 365 days Flex
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
180GB
Data
$215
per 365 days expiry
180GB
Data
$215
per 365 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Medium 158GB $205.60 365 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
158GB
Data
$205.60
per 365 days expiry
158GB
Data
$205.60
per 365 days expiry
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    DeanJune 10, 2019

    I’m looking for a long term data only plan, preferably 5 years if possible. Data usage is low, just monitoring power at a site with no internet access.

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      JeniJune 11, 2019Staff

      Hi Dean,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Currently, long expiry prepaid plans are up to 365 days which is for a year. Kindly contact your chosen provider if they may provide a modified mobile plan for your needs.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
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    JohnApril 9, 2019

    I intend to buy a prepaid mobile plan for 365 days. My present plan will end on 25/04/2019. Can I buy now and activate the SIM card nearer to the end date of my present plan?

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      MaiApril 10, 2019Staff

      Hi John,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      There are SIM providers that may allow you to buy a SIM now and then activate on a later time. You may need to check this with the specific SIM provider whom you are considering to buy a prepaid SIM so you can be advised accordingly. This is normally applicable if you are to get a new mobile number. If you intend to port your number, you need to let the incoming provider know that you are planning to move your number and check their porting time frame so you can consider and check your options.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Mai

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    MattApril 12, 2017

    Hello, great article, but it seems as though none of the pre-paid plans listed allow calls to be received when roaming internationally? What prepaid long expiry plans allow you to receive calls internationally?

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      HaroldApril 13, 2017Staff

      Hi Matt,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Our company finder.com.au is a financial comparison website and general information service designed to help consumers to make a better decision. Please note we do not represent any company we feature on our pages.

      On this article, you may need to contact the providers to inquiry if they have an offer to receive a call from overseas.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    AldimobileNovember 15, 2016

    Can these SIM cards be used in a Telstra mobile phone?

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      JasonNovember 15, 2016Staff

      Hi Aldimobile,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      You can use any of the SIM cards featured on this page if you have an unlocked mobile phone, however, you can only use a Telstra SIM card on a Telstra locked phone. You can get in touch with Telstra for assistance in unlocking your Telstra locked phone.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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