🥇 Best Mobile Plans for April 2021: 8 Top Picks

Best mobile plans for April 2021

Start the year off with a fresh mobile plan. We've analysed over 300 plans from 40+ providers and chosen the best mobile plans for this month.

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Best Mobile Plans for April 2021

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How did we choose our best picks?

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Expert picks

Every month, our team of experts dig through the hundred of plans available in our Mobile Plan Finder™ to find the best deals in the market. We find ones that we think are best suited for you across a number of categories. None of our picks are sponsored - 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 and contracts
  • Other notable features such as data banking, and international inclusions

Keep in mind: The plans we've chosen as the best might not always be the best one for you. We encourage you to compare your options and choose the one that best suits what you're looking for.


Best SIM only mobile plan:

Circles.Life 100GB for $38 SIM-only Plan

SIM-only - Postpaid

Circles.Life continues to impress with lots of data for very little money. 100GB of mobile 4G data is great at this price, and it's even better value for new customers who can score this deal running through all of 2021.

That means if you sign up before April 30, instead of its original plan price of $38/month, you'll pay $30/month for your first year on the plan.

  • 100GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $30 per month
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Best mobile plan for data:

felix Subscription $35 1 month

SIM-only - Prepaid

felix, TPG's latest MVNO, recently joined the market with its single mobile plan, which could be the best option for those who are looking for heavy data and are on their phone constantly. felix gives you unlimited data with 20Mbps speed cap which isn't that slow. You should be able to easily watch HD videos, back-up your phone to the Cloud, and use social media.

felix currently offers a referral bonus where you and a friend both get $5 off. You can refer as many friends as you want, without any limit.

  • No download limit Speeds limited to 20Mbps
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $35 per month
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Best prepaid plan:

iiNet 4G $39.99 SIM Only Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

iiNet's plan brings great value with 55GB of data for as little as $20 per recharge. It's a straightforward deal: get 55GB each month for $20 for your first 6 months, before paying $39.99 from your 7th month onwards. You'll also get 100 international calling minutes.

There are no extra bells and whistles with this plan, but if you're just looking for a good value plan with decent data at an affordable price, iiNet has got your back.

  • 55GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $20 per month
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Best cheap mobile plan:

amaysim 4G Prepaid SIM-only 30GB $30 28 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

amaysim offers great value on almost every plan. Whether it's long-term or month to month, you will get sufficient data and calls to use. This $30 plan also gets you unlimited international talk & text to mobiles and landlines in 28 countries.

Usually this plan offers 30GB data + unlimited calling for $30/month but until April 30 you can save $15 and get this plan for just $15 and get a 20GB bonus data for the first 3 renewals.

  • 50GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $30 per 28 days
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Best iPhone plan:

Vodafone Lite 24 Month iPhone 12 Plan

Phone contract

If you're looking to start your new year off with a flashy new phone, look no further than the iPhone 12. Vodafone's plans for it are some of the cheapest around, and you get some solid inclusions too.

You'll also get access to 'infinite' data on Vodafone's plans. This means that once you use up your 50GB allowance, you can keep using your data at no extra charge till the end of the month, but your speed will get reduced to 2Mbps, which is still enough for some basic web browsing.

  • 50GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $91.2 per month
    Min. total cost: $1,384
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Best Samsung plan:

Telstra Upfront Samsung S21 5G Plan

Phone contract

Keen to connect to the 5G network? Samsung's S21 5G phone with Telstra' plan will give you 5G access, so long as you're within Telstra' coverage area.

This plan is perfect for those who are looking for decent data, coming up to just over $100 a month which includes your handset repayment.

  • 40GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $100.75 per month
    Min. total cost: $1,153
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Best long expiry mobile plan:

Catch Connect 4G 120GB $150 365 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Our long-standing monthly winner for the best 365 day plan in 2020 is back. Catch's 120GB plan is 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.

  • 120GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $120 per 365 days
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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?

PrepaidPostpaid
Bills are paidAt the beginning of the monthAt the end of the month
Bill shockNeverWhen you go over your data or talk limits
ValueGenerally low in data per dollarCan be high, though watch out for early termination fees on contracts
BYO phone?YesYes with a SIM only plan, or included handsets are available on contracts
Data/credit rolloverSometimesRarely
Promotional dealsOftenOften
Best for
  • Infrequent or light mobile users
  • People whose usage changes month to month
  • Seniors and kids
  • Heavy mobile users
  • People who use their phone roughly the same amount each month
  • Anyone who wants a new phone with their plan

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.

Promoted
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.

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my existing number to a new phone plan?

When switching to a new plan, you should almost always have the option to bring your old number with you at checkout. Always check with your new carrier first and do not cancel your current plan before buying a new one or you could lose your number. Read our guide on mobile number porting for more in-depth instructions.

What are data only SIM plans?

A data only SIM plan is a form of mobile broadband where you purchase a certain amount of GBs but don't get access to mobile network communication features. This means that if you insert a data only SIM into your phone, you won't be able to make calls or send texts, but you will be able to browse the Internet.However, a data only SIM can be inserted into any SIM-enabled device, including some laptops, tablets and other devices. You can also plug them into certain wireless modems, which can then be used as hotspots to provide network access. Learn more on our mobile broadband page.

What if I want to change phones/plans before my contract has ended?

If you want to change your plan but stay with the same provider, many will allow you to switch between a limited set of plans freely. But if you want to change your provider or phone entirely before the contract is up, you'll usually have to pay out the remaining value of the handset and maybe extra cancellation fees.This is why choosing the right contract length is important: a 36-month plan will give you lower monthly costs on your handset, but you should ask whether you'll want the latest model in the next couple of years or whether your phone will even last that long. 12- and 24-month plans have higher monthly repayments, but offer greater flexibility if you decide you want a change.

How do plans without excess data charges work?

Both Telstra and Vodafone offer a wide range of plans that claim no excess charges, unlike other plans which will automatically charge you for extra data blocks when you go over your limit. These excess-free plans function by allowing you access to more data for free, but at a severely reduced speed of 1.5Mbps, which will restrict your ability to do more data-intensive activity like streaming and downloads.

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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

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      JoshuaMarch 22, 2018Staff

      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 us 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, 2018Staff

      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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