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Best mobile plans for June 2024

After wading through 360 mobile plans in Australia, we’ve surfaced our top 5 picks that are totally worth checking out.

Top pick: Postpaid
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80GB
$24
per month
80GB for $24 for the first 6 months then 80GB for $34. T&Cs apply. Use promo code EOFY24.
Top pick: Prepaid
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50GB
$15
per month
50GB for $15 for the first 3 months then 50GB for $30. T&Cs apply. Use promo code FELIX50.
Top pick: 365-day
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Finder Exclusive
120GB
$109
per 365 days expiry
120GB for $109 for the first 365 days then 120GB for $150. T&Cs apply.

Finding the best mobile phone plan for you

At the start of each month, our team of mobile experts analyse all the latest mobile deals in the market to find the best value plans for a wide range of categories. There is no singular mobile plan that will work perfectly for everyone.

To help you find the right mobile plan, we've evaluated hundreds of plans based on a value score. These top picks were awarded on 6 June based on the prices and deals available at that time.

Read more on our methodology for the best mobile plans

Top pick: Best prepaid mobile plan

felix Subscription 50GB GREEN COMPANY

Unlimited
Calls & Text
50GB
data. Slowed down to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$15
per month
felix Subscription 50GB logo

for the first 3 months then 50GB for $30. T&Cs apply. Use promo code FELIX50.

Pros & cons:

  • There are no excess data charges. Using up your data allowance will only slow your speeds to 1.5Mbps.
  • It features unlimited data banking which is handy to avoid unused data from going to waste.
  • You can sign up via an eSIM if you have a compatible handset. This makes it even easier, and quicker to switch to felix.
  • The price of felix’s plan goes back to $30 a month after 3 months.

Mobile network: Vodafone 5G network

Total cost over first 12 months: $315

Why we chose it

To choose the best prepaid mobile plan, we looked at prepaid mobile plans in our database from Finder partners with a monthly cost of $35 or under. We disqualified any mobile plans with enforced speed caps. Of the plans that met those criteria, we then ranked them by our value score and went with the highest-ranking plan.

Top pick: Best postpaid mobile plan

Southern Phone Large

Unlimited
Calls & Text
80GB
data
$24
per month
Southern Phone Large logo

for the first 6 months then 80GB for $34. T&Cs apply. Use code EOFY24. Ends 30.6.24

Pros & cons:

  • You not only save $60 for the year with its current deal, but the data allowance you get in return is quite impressive, both before and after the promo price runs out.
  • The plan comes with a $50 credit each month to make standard international calls.
  • 5G download speeds are capped at 100Mbps, though this is still good enough for streaming, browsing and social media.

Mobile network: Optus 5G network

Total cost over first 12 months: $348

Why we chose it

To choose the best SIM-only mobile plan, we looked at postpaid mobile plans from partners in our database with a monthly cost of $35 or under. Of the plans that met those criteria, we then ranked them by value score and went with the highest-ranking plan.

Top pick: Best 365-day mobile plan

Catch Connect 365 Day Plan 120GB

Unlimited
Calls & Text
120GB
data
$109
per 365 days
Catch Connect 365 Day Plan 120GB logo

for the first 365 days then 120GB for $150.

Pros & cons:

  • You’re essentially getting 10GB of data for just $9 a month, which is pretty great value.
  • It offers a handy mobile app so you can easily track data usage and manage your plan.
  • You can make unlimited standard calls and texts within Australia.
  • There are no additional plan features such as international call inclusions or data banking.
  • The price of the plan reverts to $150 after the first 365 days.

Mobile network: Optus 4G network

Total cost over first 12 months: $109

Why we chose it

We looked at prepaid mobile plans on Finder with a plan length of 365-days or 12 months that cost under $150, including any promotional discounts. We then gave each plan a value score by weighting different factors including cost per data over 12 months (including promotional offers), network coverage, international call inclusions, data rollover and Wi-Fi calling. Our top pick was chosen based on the plan with the highest value score from a Finder partner.

Top pick: Best mobile plan under $20

Dodo $20

Unlimited
Calls & Text
15GB
data
$20
per month
Dodo $20 logo

Pros & cons:

  • Includes $100 international call credit on top of your unlimited standard national calls and texts.
  • There's no excess charges meaning once you've used your monthly data allowance your speeds will be capped at 1Mbps.
  • You can add an additional 5GB of data pack for $10.
  • Despite it being a postpaid plan, you actually have to pay for your plan at the start of each month.

Mobile network: Optus 4G network

Total cost over first 12 months: $240

Why we chose it

To choose the best mobile under $20 plan, we looked at mobile plans in our database from Finder partners with a monthly cost of $20 or under. From these plans, we then ranked them by our value score, which takes into account cost per gigabyte, network coverage and plan features, and went with the highest-ranking plan.

Top pick: Best plan on the Telstra network

Tangerine 50GB 5G SIM

Unlimited
Calls & Text
100GB
data
$38
per month
Tangerine 50GB 5G SIM logo

for the first 3 months then 50GB for $38. T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24

Pros & cons:

  • You'll get double the data for the first 3 months.
  • You can bank up to 500GB for future use which makes Tangerine's double data offer even more enticing.
  • The plan features unlimited international calls and texts to 15 selected countries.
  • Data allowance reverts to 50GB from the fourth month onwards.
  • 4G and 5G download speeds are capped at 100Mbps.

Mobile network: Wholesale Telstra 5G network

Total cost over first 12 months: $456

Why we chose it

To award the best mobile plan on the Telstra network, we compared plans with a monthly ongoing cost of $40 or under. We then ranked the plans by our value score and selected the highest ranking plan from a Finder partner.

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How do you find the best mobile plan?

The best mobile plan for you will depend on your personal preferences. Here are some of the things to consider to help get you started:

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Do you want access to a particular mobile network?

While there are dozens of mobile plan retailers, there are just 3 network operators. In order of coverage, they are Telstra (99.5%), Optus (98.5%) and TPG/Vodafone (96%).

You can check coverage in your area online before you sign up because even in metropolitan areas, there may be coverage gaps.

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How much data do you need?

While a few providers offer unlimited data, most people don't need very much data at all. The average Australian uses 10.2GB a month according to the ACCC Communications Market Report.

You can use our mobile data usage calculator to get an estimate of how much data you use, but it's also a good idea to check your latest bill.

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What features are must haves for you?

When choosing our top picks, we considered a broad range of features that are useful to have, including data rollover, Wi-Fi calling and international calls and texts.

That being said, you may just be happy with a regular plan with national calls and texts and data. If that sounds like you, don't be fooled by fancy extras and stick to a simpler plan for cheaper instead.

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How much can you afford to pay?

If you're getting a new phone on a plan, you'll need to decide how much you can afford for the repayment period. You can typically choose between 12-, 24- and 36-month repayment periods.

Keep in mind that while a 36-month repayment period will have a "smoothing" effect on your monthly bill, you may miss out on better deals that come along within that 3-year period while you stay with the same provider.

Expert tip: The next time your phone bill comes in, look at how much data you used. The average Aussie downloads just 10.2GB a month. If that’s you and you’re paying for more data than you need, it might be time to compare your options.

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Compare to find the best mobile plan

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Name Product Data Price Apply Price
TPG Large
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
TPG Large
Prepaid
$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G network
45GB
$15
per month
Go to site
View details
Finder Award
-50%
$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
45 GB
Data
$15
per month
iiNet Medium Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
iiNet Medium Plan
Prepaid
$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G network
16GB
$12.50
per month
Go to site
View details
-50%
$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
16 GB
Data
$12.50
per month
Optus Flex Plus $35
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
EOFY Deal: $35 SIM for $12. Ends 30.6.24. 40GB for first 3 recharges, then 20GB/recharge. New services only. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply.
Optus Flex Plus $35
Prepaid
EOFY Deal: $35 SIM for $12. Ends 30.6.24. 40GB for first 3 recharges, then 20GB/recharge. New services only. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
40GB
$35
per 28 day recharge
Go to site
View details
EOFY Deal: $35 SIM for $12. Ends 30.6.24. 40GB for first 3 recharges, then 20GB/recharge. New services only. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40 GB
Data
$35
per 28 days expiry
felix Subscription Unlimited
SubscriptionNo lock-in contract
$20/mth for the first 3 months, then $40/mth. Use promo code FELIX50. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
felix Subscription Unlimited
Subscription
$20/mth for the first 3 months, then $40/mth. Use promo code FELIX50. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 5G/4G network
Unlimited data
At speeds up to 20Mbps
$20
per month
Go to site
View details
Finder Award
GREEN COMPANY
$20/mth for the first 3 months, then $40/mth. Use promo code FELIX50. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
At speeds up to 20Mbps
$20
per month
Southern Phone Finder Exclusive
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Southern Phone Finder Exclusive
Postpaid
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Exclusive
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
20GB
$9
per month
Go to site
View details
Exclusive
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20 GB
Data
$9
per month
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Methodology: How we researched the best mobile plans

  • We looked at mobile plans in our database for personal use only.
  • This includes major providers that operate Australia-wide across the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks.
  • We calculated a value score for each plan in our database weighted as follows: 70% cost per gigabyte over the first 12 months of the plan, 20% mobile network coverage and 10% features (including data rollover 6%, Wi-Fi calling 3% and international call inclusions 1%).

To select the overall winner of each category, we ranked the plans in our database via their final value score.

Written by

Mariam Gabaji

Mariam Gabaji is an editor and tech and utilities expert at Finder with 12+ years of experience as a journalist. Her goal is to help households cut through the industry jargon and save money on their household bills. Her expertise is often featured in media including the ABC, Yahoo Finance, 9News, 7News, A Current Affair, The Guardian, SBS and Money Magazine. See full profile

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    stewartApril 23, 2024

    I tried to move my $50 phone account from optus to telstra However after a week with Telstra , optus said i had to move it back as I had 2 years to go in my prepaid account, I moved it baxk and now optus are trying to bully me in to paying $600+ instead of $about $50, What carrier can i take my phone number to ??

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      SarahApril 23, 2024Finder

      Hi Stewart,

      We’re not licenced to provide personal advice, so we suggest you get in touch with Optus’s customer service and dispute resolution team to work out what your next steps might be. Best of luck

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    RoyAugust 7, 2019

    Optus have offered, on a 24 month plan, a new iPhone 7 with unlimited text and national calls together with 10GB of data discounted to $45.20 per month. Is this a good deal?

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      NikkiAugust 8, 2019

      Hi Roy,

      Thanks for getting in touch! It’s helpful to know that when choosing a mobile plan, it should be one that fits your monthly budget and lifestyle. Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    SamyMarch 14, 2018

    Hi,
    I would like to know which MVNO using full strength 4G network for voice and data. I heard that Boost is using Telstra’s full network and Virgin is using Optus. Is there any other MVNO using full strength network for both voice and data ??
    Cheers!
    Samy

      AvatarFinder
      JoshuaMarch 22, 2018Finder

      Hi Samy,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder.

      The network strength depends on different factors such as time and place. However, in terms of network coverage, the service an MVNO offers shouldn’t differ in any way at all from the service that you’d get from the underlying network provider at the same location. That makes sense because it’s the exact same network infrastructure. If there’s an outage or a reception problem with an MVNO, it’s a question of the underlying carrier’s network, not the MVNO.

      We also have a list of MVNOs along with the networks they use. Please check and see if it answers your question.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    ZitaMarch 6, 2018

    I need a new mobile phone (keeping my existing mobile number) + prepaid monthly plan to receive incoming calls from work and reply back fast and easy … as my job based on how fast I receive the messages from work and can take the shift … so coverage is important … between Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island . Best/lowest price deals with fast and safe/reliable network even in rain/storm? Any suggestions? Thanks*

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      MayMarch 7, 2018Finder

      Hi Zita,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      In terms of speed, calls, and messaging, all Australian telcos are largely using 3G networks. So we couldn’t single out who’s fast and who’s not. You may compare your phone plan using our comparison table and search filters to help narrow down your options. Please see the image below:

      Mobile plan+phone

      Once you have chosen a particular plan, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to the provider’s website where you can proceed with your application or get in touch with their representatives for further assistance.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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