365 Day & Long Expiry Prepaid Mobile Plans April 2020

If you find you don't eat up your mobile plan inclusions that quickly, you might be better off with a 365 day & other long expiry prepaid plan.

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Long expiry plans give you more time between recharges and are a great money-saving option if you're not a heavy mobile user. They're essentially the same as a prepaid plan, but don't expire as often - many lasting up to a year before you need to recharge.

  • Long expiry plans are typically suited for light phone users.
  • Not usually a good match for heavy data users.

Best 365 Day & Long Expiry Prepaid Mobile Plans for April 2020

  1. Best 365 day expiry prepaid mobile plan: Boost Prepaid $150 12 Month Plan
  2. Best 180 day expiry prepaid mobile plan: Lebara Mobile Large $225
  3. Best long expiry on the Telstra network: Boost Mobile Prepaid $100
  4. Best long expiry on the Optus network: Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus $30
  5. Best long expiry on the Vodafone network: Kogan Mobile Small $150

Curious to know how we picked this list?

Every month, our team of experts looks for the best 365 day and long expiry prepaid mobile plans from dozens of products in the market. We break down plan details and costs to find you the best value plans. Keep in mind that our "best" picks may not always be the best for you, and you're always welcome to use our long expiry plans comparison table to find one that works for you.

Best 365 day expiry prepaid mobile plan

Boost's 12 month plan takes the cake this month with 80GB of data for $150. You'll also get unlimited calls and texts for a year. It's a great deal from them, with other providers charging a bit more for a similar offer. You can also add an international roaming pack, in case you decide to go overseas during the year that you're on the plan.

Best 180 day expiry prepaid mobile plan

Whilst a lot of long expiry plans come with little to no data, Lebara's long expiry plan works out to be great value, with a 22GB monthly allowance. That's enough for you to keep active on social media, browse and email, and you could even do a bit of light video streaming. You also get the best of both worlds in regards to calls and text - free if it's in Australia, and also free if you're calling to any of the 45 countries that Lebara has selected. If you think this plan has a little too much data, Lebara also do some great deals on their other 180 day plans with lower amounts of data.

Best long expiry on the Telstra network

Boost's prepaid plan includes 60GB data and unlimited calls and texts, all valid for six months. Boost's plan also has some great inclusions for international use. If you have family and friends abroad, you can benefit from the extra international credits on this plan, with unlimited international calls to 20 countries. You've also got the option to pay extra for international roaming, which you can use in 15 selected countries.

Best long expiry on the Optus network

If you're not looking for a heap of data, consider the Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus plan. The prepaid plan recharges can be as little as $30 and includes 500MB data, with 186 days expiry. If you need extra data, you can get another 500MB block for $2. Optus also has some other great long expiry prepaid plan options, depending on what your needs are.

Best long expiry on the Vodafone network

Kogan has a decent rage of long expiry plans, and their Small 365 day plan came out as our best pick this month. It was a close call between this and their Large plan, but if you're not looking for a crazy amount of data to use per month, 80GB over a year should be enough to tie you over. If you do find you need more data though, check out Kogan's other long expiry plans which have higher data amounts.

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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    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,
      Jeni

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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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