Best Mobile Phone Plans for August 2020
After the best mobile phone plan to meet your needs? We've analysed the market and chosen our top picks for you.
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Best Mobile Phone Plans - August 2020
- Best SIM only plan: Circles.Life 100GB for $28 Plan
- Best mobile plan for data: Circles.Life 100GB Plan
- Best prepaid plan: Optus Prepaid Epic Data $30
- Best cheap mobile plan: TPG $15 Plan
- Best iPhone plan: iPhone 11 64GB $50 Vodafone Plan
- Best Samsung plan: Galaxy S20 5G $49 Optus Plan
- Best long expiry mobile plan: Catch Connect 365 day prepaid plan
- Best mobile plan for international roaming: Vodafone Starter Pack $40
Curious to know how we picked this list?Every month, our team of experts looks for the best mobile phone plans from hundreds of products in the market. We look at the most popular phone models based on user preference, and 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 mobile phone plans comparison table to find one that works for you.
We all use our mobile phones differently, which is why there's such an enormous amount of mobile plans out there. While there's no single plan that we can shout as being the "best" for everyone, we've divided our choices into multiple categories to help you find the best value mobile plans currently available. Whether you're budget-conscious, data-hungry or after a new phone, we've got you covered with our expert picks of the best mobile phone plans.
Best SIM only mobile plan
Why we like it: Circles.Life is a new player in Australia from Singapore, and their plans are absolutely jam-packed with value. It's safe to say that its 100GB plan is the best mobile plan on the market right now - you won't find any other providers coming close this insane data allowance at this price point! Since this is a limited time offer, make sure you grab the deal before Circles.Life decides to take it off the market.
Best mobile plan for data
Why we like it: This is a no brainer - we can't put any other plan here besides the same one that's topped our list for best SIM-only mobile plan. We could put a 50GB plan here but it'd cost more than the plan that Circles.Life is offering. So why not grab a plan that offers more data for a cheaper price?
Best prepaid mobile plan
Why we like it: Optus' plan is as its name suggests, giving you 'epic data'. It even rolls over your data if you recharge your plan before it expires. If you love streaming sport, you have the additional option of adding Optus Sport to your recharge for an additional $5.
Best cheap mobile plan
Why we like it: TPG's more well-known for their Internet plans, but they also provide some pretty competitive mobile deals. They're currently offering a lot of their plans with 6-month promos, which is pretty great value since you're not tied into a contract, so you can leave if you're not satisfied. We think their Large plan is the perfect cheap option, giving you plenty of data for a cheap $15/month.
Best iPhone plan
Why we like it: With so many iPhones to choose from, it's near impossible to pick the 'best' one. We've gone with the iPhone 11 64GB since it's the latest model with sufficient storage space. In our opinion, Vodafone's plan is a great choice coming out at under $100 a month (including handset repayment). You've also got "endless data" with Vodafone so once you hit your 60GB limit, you won't get charged extra, but your speed will get slowed down to 1.5 Mbps.
Best Samsung Galaxy plan
Why we like it: The Samsung Galaxy S20 5G model is a solid choice for those looking for a new phone, being one of the latest releases and one of only a handful of 5G capable phones available on the market. Optus has one of the better plans on the market for the Samsung S20. With 60GB of data each month, you'll have plenty to keep you busy, for a price tag that's just above $100 a month which includes your handset repayment.
Best long-expiry mobile plan
Why we like it: Catch Connect's long expiry plan is our top pick this month giving you 120GB and unlimited calls and texts for an entire year. Though you get all your data given to you up front, if you portion out your usage, you should have 10GB to use each month. There aren't any bells or whistles to this plan, so all you've got to do is buy it, activate it and away you go with no worries for a year!
Best mobile plan for international roaming
Why we like it: Thanks to its $5 a day global roaming inclusions, Vodafone has this category pretty much locked up, as no other provider offers anything near the same level of value. By paying $5 for every day you use your phone's service in eligible countries, you get to access your phone plan's regular inclusions. As a bonus, the $5-a-day fee is waived if you happen to be travelling to New Zealand as well.
Alternative pick: If you can do without the data but still want the freedom to call home, Vodafone's $30 Combo Plus plan has unlimited talk and text plus 10GB of data for just $30 per recharge.
What makes the best mobile plan?
There isn’t a single answer to this, because it depends entirely on what you’re looking for and your personal mobile habits. With that in mind, here’s what to consider when narrowing down the right mobile plan for you:
- Cost. This can go anywhere from $15 to over $100 a month, depending on what you get. For a prepaid plan, consider how frequently you’ll need to recharge. Figure out your maximum monthly mobile budget and remember the cheapest plans aren’t always the best due to very limited inclusions.
- Data inclusions. Not just how much data you have, but whether you get free streaming, international roaming or data rollover between months.
- Network and coverage. Telstra’s, Vodafone’s and Optus’ 3G/4G networks may have variable coverage over where you live, work and travel. Certain devices might enjoy faster speeds with some 4G networks like Telstra’s.
- Excess data and charges. What happens when you go over your data limit? Some providers like Telstra or Vodafone may just lower your connection speed to 1.5Mbps, while others will charge you an extra $10 or so for additional GB blocks.
Should I get a prepaid or postpaid plan?
|Bills are paid||At the beginning of the month||At the end of the month|
|Bill shock||Never||When you go over your data or talk limits|
|Value||Generally low in data per dollar||Can be high, though watch out for early termination fees on contracts|
|BYO phone?||Yes||Yes with a SIM only plan, or included handsets are available on contracts|
Is it better to buy a mobile outright or with a plan?
The first thing to know is that whether you buy your mobile upfront or on a plan, the actual cost you pay for the handset doesn’t change. The main difference is that you’ll be locked to a particular phone plan for the length of the contract and you’ll be paying the phone off over a period of time rather than all at once.
Generally, you’re better off buying the phone outright and picking a cost-efficient SIM only plan to go with it. However, if you can’t afford the handset outright or want the convenience of getting everything from a single provider, a contract could be the way to go. Just be aware that the plans available with handsets may not be the best mobile deal you can get.
Which is better: an MVNO or the actual provider?
A mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is a third-party retailer that offers mobile plans on Telstra’s, Vodafone’s or Optus’s networks, rather than owning or building its own infrastructure. The biggest difference between an MVNO and one of the big three carriers is usually cost, but you can see our guide on MVNOs to find out more.
- Cheaper plans. Because MVNOs don’t have to pay to build and maintain network infrastructure, they usually have cheaper plans on offer than a provider like Telstra, which has more overheads.
- Flexibility. Almost all MVNOs provide phone plans on a month-to-month basis rather than a multi-month contract, meaning you can switch plans easily to get the best value or as your needs change.
- Reduced coverage. Most MVNOs use the wholesale network of a particular carrier, which offers slightly less coverage overall – usually only relevant in certain regional areas.
- Limited handset options. Few MVNOs have handsets on contracts. If you want a new phone with your plan, you’ll likely have to go with a major carrier.
- Fewer extras. Lower costs mean fewer features. You probably won’t get as many plan extras like free streaming from an MVNO compared to a more expensive major carrier plan.
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