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Best mobile phone plans for kids

Choosing the best mobile phone plan for your kids involves more than just finding the cheapest deal. We've narrowed down the best plans for this month, and some tips on how to find the right phone plan.

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Best Phone Plans for Kids April 2021

How did we choose our best picks?

326

Mobile plans compared

45

Mobile providers

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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


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 cheap plan for younger kids:

TPG Super Value Small 8GB $19.99 1 Month

SIM-only - Prepaid

TPG's plan comes out as the best cheap mobile plan option thanks to its three-month promotional discount. With other providers, you're likely to get only 1GB for $10 a month, but TPG's comes with 8GB data.

Keep in mind that the price is only for your first three months, so if you're not happy to pay the normal $19.99 from your fourth month onwards, you'll need to look for another mobile plan to switch to.

  • 8GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $10 per month
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Next best mobile plan for kids:

Moose 8.80 1GB 1 Month

SIM-only - Postpaid

If 1GB data a month works for your child's Internet needs, Moose's $8.80 plan is a great option. It comes with 300 minutes of standard national calls and unlimited texts. It's as straightforward as a plan can get.

  • 1GB per month
  • 300 minutes std. national calls
    Optus network
  • $8.80 per month
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Best mobile plan with data for kids:

TPG Super Value Extra Large 55GB $39.99 1 Month

SIM-only - Prepaid

TPG has some great deals on offer, thanks to its discounts for your first three months on its plans. If your kid needs a huge chunk of data to make sure they're entertained, have a look at TPG's Extra Large plan – it comes with 55GB of data at $20 each month!

The plan costs $20 a month for your first three months, then reverts to its original price of $39.99 a month.

  • 55GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $20 per month
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Next best plan with data for kids:

TPG Super Value Large 40GB $29.99 1 Month

SIM-only - Prepaid

TPG wins out again in the data category. If 40GB of data suits your kid's Internet browsing needs, TPG's Large 40GB plan can be the next best option.

The plan costs $15 a month for your first three months, then reverts to its original price of $29.99 a month after.

  • 40GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $15 per month
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How to choose the best mobile phone plan for your kids

The video below from the Household CEO goes into lots of detail about all the factors you might want consider when picking a plan for your kid, but here's a quick list of the things that you should keep in mind:

  • Call limits. While the great majority of plans provide unlimited text messages that will help your kids stay in touch, some of the cheaper options have limited minutes of talk. Make sure the plan has enough minutes for how often they will chat to you or their friends.
  • Data. If your child is younger, chances are they probably won't need much data and 1GB or 2GB should be plenty. For older kids, consider plans with a little more, since they may be interested in heavier social media and browsing use.
  • Expiry periods. Most plans need to be recharged every month or so, but if your kid barely uses their phone, you could spring for a long expiry plan instead. With these, you can purchase a set amount of credit that can last for up to a year, but they offer less value per dollar than a monthly plan.
  • Excess charges. Some postpaid plans have excess charges if you go over your monthly data or call limit. Try to avoid plans with these since your kid could easily exceed their caps if they don't pay close attention.

Family phone plans for you and your kids

Optus and Vodafone both have options to help you save some money by sharing data between postpaid plans if you have multiple plans with them.

Optus

When you buy several postpaid mobile plans with Optus, you have the choice of enabling data pooling. This will link all the services together onto one bill and means that the combined data can be accessed by anybody who's part of the data pool, which can be useful for families.

Vodafone

Vodafone gives you the option of bundling together multiple postpaid mobile plans into a single bill, allowing for data pooling between the devices. Different family members have the ability to draw from the shared pool, and you even have the ability to control who can access it and how much.

Is it better to get prepaid or postpaid for my child?

Overall, you're probably better off opting for a prepaid plan for your kid, since it allows you to avoid the largest issue you're likely to run into: bill shock. Prepaid plans cut off your service once you've exhausted your inclusions, whereas most postpaid plans will let you go over and just charge you a heap for the excess.

The potential downside of a prepaid plan is that if your kid uses up all the talk inclusions, they might not be able to call you in an emergency, but this is much less likely than them running out of data. Further, some prepaid plans have recharge periods that are shorter than a month, meaning you'll need to recharge more times per year than with a postpaid plan.

The main thing a postpaid plan has going for it is that you'll usually get better value overall, which is important if you're after a decent amount of data.

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.

Also need a phone for your kid? Here's what to consider

Your kid may be clamouring for the latest iPhone or high-end Samsung Galaxy model, but if you're paying for the phone, remember that the choice is up to you. These handsets cost serious money, sometimes more than $1,000, and you'll be paying a significant amount per month even on a plan.

Here's what you should consider when making a decision on what phone your child needs.

  • Smartphone? Depending on their age, they may not even need a smartphone, just an older phone with call and text capabilities. However, if you're interested in location tracking or letting them use other apps, a smartphone is a good choice.
  • Should you get a plan? Buying a phone on a plan is tempting, since it spreads the costs out over a longer period of time. The flip side is that you'll be locked for a long time into a plan that's unlikely to be the cheapest option for what you need.
  • Model. Just because you're getting a smartphone doesn't mean you need the fanciest one available. Handsets like the iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy A range and the Oppo A series are all decent budget picks.

Not happy with our picks? Compare more phone plans for your kids below

Data updated daily
Name Product Features Data Price
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 3GB $15 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
3GB
Data
$15
per month
3GB
Data
Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 30.04.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
Moose 15.80 6GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Pay $12.80/mth instead of $15.80/mth for 12 months. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
6GB
Data
$12.80
per month
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Moose 8.80 1GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • 300 standard national minutes + unlimited std. nat. texts
1GB
Data
$8.80
per month
1GB
Data
$8.80
per month
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Boost Prepaid 5GB $20 28 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
5GB
Data
$20
per 28 days expiry
5GB
Data
$20
per 28 days expiry
Go to site
View details
iiNet 4G $19.99 SIM Only Plan
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Pay $10 for the first 6 months, then $19.99/month. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$10
per month
8GB
Data
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 12GB $20 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12GB
Data
$20
per month
12GB
Data
TPG Super Value Small 8GB $19.99 1 Month
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • New customers pay $10/month for the first 3 months, then $19.99/month.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$10
per month
8GB
Data
Southern Phone Small SIM-only $12.99 Plan 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
2.5GB
Data
$12.99
per month
2.5GB
Data
$12.99
per month
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Dodo Mobile SIM-only $5 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
0GB
Data
$5
per month
0GB
Data
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