Best phone plans for students

Whether you're just after a cheap plan or need one with good coverage, we've rounded up the best mobile plans for students for November 2021.

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Looking to make the most out of your money? Every month, our team of experts sift through the hundred of plans available in our database to come up with a shortlist of what we think are the best mobile plans for your budget.

You'll notice quite a few special deals on our picks below, to make sure you're getting bang for your hard-earned buck.

Best mobile plans for students

How did we choose our best picks?

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Mobile plans compared

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Mobile providers

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Expert picks

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
  • Other notable features such as data banking, network coverage and international inclusions


Keep in mind: Our best picks may not be the best for you. Always compare your options and choose the one that best suits what you're looking for.


Best student phone plan:

iiNet Mobile Large Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

iiNet has a strong set of prepaid plans to offer, which gives a great data + price value on a monthly basis. All its mobile plans are at half-price for the first 6 months.

We picked this large plan from iiNet which is currently on discount and will cost you just $15 per month for the first 6 months and then $29.99/mth after. You also get 40GB of data per month which is good enough for normal internet use.

  • 40GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $15 per month
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Runner up for best plan:

TPG 45GB Mobile Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

We picked TPG as the next best plan that offers 45GB of data for $30/month for students.

You can also add unlimited international calls to 37 selected countries for an additional $5/month. TPG is offering $5 off/mth extra off if you would you like to take their broadband service along with the SIM.

  • 45GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $30 per month
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Best cheap mobile plan for students:

Dodo Mobile $20

SIM-only - Postpaid

If you are looking for a mid-range of data and only want to spend few bucks a month. This plan would be a good fit.

You will usually get this for $20 a month, but until 31 January 2022, you just need to pay $10/mth for the first 2 months, which gives you 20GB per month data and 100 international minutes to selected 35 countries

  • 20GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $20 per month
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Next best cheap plan:

Dodo Mobile $30

SIM-only - Postpaid

We picked Dodo again for the next cheap plan as it's on the offer, making it the best choice for this month.

If you buy this plan before 31 January 2022, you just need to pay $15/mth for the first 2 months and $30/mth after that. You will get 40GB of data per month + unlimited international SMS and 200 mins to selected countries.

  • 40GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $30 per month
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Best high data mobile plan:

$35 gomo mobile plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

We picked gomo Subscription plan because it's giving you a great value with the current price point.

Gomo has revised all its plans recently and now offering great inclusion within the same prices. This $35 plan now has standard 60GB data per 30 days + unlimited national and international calls to 15 selected destinations. It also includes data rollover up to 200GB.

  • 60GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $35 per 30 days
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Next best high data mobile plan:

felix Subscription

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 can. New customers also get the 1st month for free if they sign up before 3 December 2021.

  • Unlimited data
    Speeds limited to 20Mbps
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $35 per month
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What is a good phone plan for students?

A good phone plan depends on what you're planning to use your phone for, be it work, entertainment or study.

Did you know? A 2019 Finder survey found that 21% of gen Z members had faced an unexpectedly high phone bill in the last 12 months.

It's important to figure what to look at when you're comparing plans to find the best one. To help you out, we've broken down four things to consider, other than cost, when picking the right plan for you.

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Flexibility

Provider discounts aimed specifically at students aren't super common, but they might be a better, cheaper option for you. We've summarised all the student discounts available for Aussie students further down the page.

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Is budgeting your main concern? The student discounts offered by the big 3 providers might not be the best value plans out there. There's no need to splash out on a fancy mobile plan when there are plenty of good, cheap options on the market. Even if you spend most of your time glued to your campus or home Wi-Fi, these $20 and under plans will give you a fair chunk of data to meet your on-the-go needs.

If you want to take advantage of a deal or special, go for one that lasts longer than a month so it doesn't fizzle out right away.

Name Product Features Data Price
Exclusive
-50%
  • $17.50/mth for the first 3 months, then $35/mth. Use code FINDER50. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 14 December 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$17.50
per month
Exclusive
Unlimited data
Speeds up to 20Mbps

-50%
$17.50
per month
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-33%
  • 120GB for $30/mth for the first 6 months, then 100GB for $45/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.12.2021, 11:59pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Data
$0.25 per GB
$30
per month
120GB
Data

$0.25/GB
-33%
$30
per month
Go to site
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  • Online offer: $9 instead of $30. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 29 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
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Finder Award
  • $12.80/mth for the first 12 months, then $15.80/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$2.13 per GB
$12.80
per month
6GB
Data

$2.13/GB
$12.80
per month
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Finder Award
  • $10 for 70GB for the first renewal, then 30GB for $30. T&Cs apply. Ends 15 December 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
30GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
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-50%
  • $15/mth for the first 6 months, then $29.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.38 per GB
$15
per month
40GB
Data

$0.38/GB
-50%
$15
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.88 per GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.88/GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
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  • $30 SIM for $10. T&Cs apply. Ends 12 December 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
Available after 1/3/21. After 3rd recharge, $30 recharge gives you 10GB standard data. T&Cs apply.
$30
per 28 days expiry
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-40%
  • $15/mth for the first 6 months, then $25/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.12.2021, 1pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$0.50 per GB
$15
per month
30GB
Data

$0.50/GB
-40%
$15
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$1.88 per GB
$15
per 30 days expiry
8GB
Data

$1.88/GB
$15
per 30 days expiry
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Which phone companies offer student discounts?

Right now, student phone deals are only being offered by the three biggest telcos: Optus, Vodafone and Telstra. We've listed them below, but keep in mind that just because they're discounts, doesn't mean they'll be your best option. Smaller MVNOs might still have more competitively priced plans, however, these discounted plans from the big three will have plenty of bonus features that you won't find elsewhere.

Vodafone student plans

Vodafone has joined forces with student deal organisation UNiDAYS to create some student-exclusive deals and discounts. By registering your student ID with UNiDAYS, you'll be available to view student discounts from Vodafone.

Vodafone's current student discount is on its SIM-only Lite plan, where you can save $5/month for the first 12 months.

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Get 30GB bonus data per month. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 2Mbps after full speed data used up
$1.00 per GB
$40
per month
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 2Mbps after full speed data used up

$1.00/GB
$40
per month
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These deals are constantly changing, so keep checking Vodafone's student portal for the latest deals.

On top of student benefits, Vodafone's SIM-only plans provide "endless data", where you can continue using data past your monthly limit at 1.5Mbps to 25Mbps for free, plus get 12 months of Amazon Prime.

Optus student plans

As long as you have a valid student email, Optus will give you a 10% discount on its more expensive SIM-only plans for the first 12 months. As well as that, you'll receive the usual Optus extras, including data sharing between plans on the same account and access to exclusive Premier League live content streaming.

Optus's 10% discount is valid for the below plans, but you'll need to sign up to these plans via its Student Hub to grab the discount:

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.19)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$2.25 per GB
$45
per month
20GB
Data

$2.25/GB
$45
per month
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  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.19)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Data
$0.69 per GB
$55
per month
80GB
Data

$0.69/GB
$55
per month
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  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.19)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
200GB
Data
$0.33 per GB
$65
per month
200GB
Data

$0.33/GB
$65
per month
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  • Optus Sport & OS Fitness subscription can be added at no extra charge (RRP $14.19)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
240GB
Data
$0.35 per GB
$85
per month
240GB
Data

$0.35/GB
$85
per month
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  • $65/mth for the first 12 months then $115/mth thereafter. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
500GB
Data
$0.13 per GB
$65
per month
500GB
Data

$0.13/GB
$65
per month
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Telstra student plans

Register your student email and get 10% off of Telstra's entire range of SIM-only plans for the first 12 months. On top of that, you'll benefit from Telstra's many included extras: potential 5G access, "endless data", a 3-month BINGE subscription, Telstra Plus rewards and access to the Telstra Air national Wi-Fi network.

You can take a look at Telstra's full range of SIM-only plans in the table below. Remember, you'll only get the student discount if you register with your student email.

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$1.38 per GB
$55
per month
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up

$1.38/GB
$55
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
80GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$0.81 per GB
$65
per month
80GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.81/GB
$65
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$0.71 per GB
$85
per month
120GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.71/GB
$85
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
180GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$0.64 per GB
$115
per month
180GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up

$0.64/GB
$115
per month
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FAQs about student phone plans

Can students get a phone contract?

You can sign onto a contract as a student once you hit 18, but you won't get a discount. All three of the big telcos exclude device repayment plans from their student discounts. If you want to go on a phone contract with no discount and you're under 18, it will have to be in your parent or guardian's name.

Can I get a student discount on a new phone?

No. Your best bet is to buy your new handset outright and then invest in a separate, high-value SIM-only plan, which you can get a discount on. This way, you'll still enjoy a bit of a discount that you wouldn't get if you got your phone on a contract.

Phone plans for students: An overview

ProviderMobile planMonthly cost
TPG MobileSuper Value Large Plan 25GB$15
OptusPrepaid Epic Data Plan 35GB$30
Catch15GB Prepaid Plan$20
TPG MobileSuper Value Small Plan 6GB$10
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    AishwaryaJuly 18, 2017

    I have shifted to Brisbane yesterday and as a international student I am looking for best plan for myself within a budget. I want unlimited international and national calls with good data pack.

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      JonathanJuly 19, 2017

      Hello Aishwarya,

      Thank you for inquiry today. :)

      You are on the right page! Use our comparison table and follow these steps:

      1. Click the (+) sign of Modify Results Tab.
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      Hope this helps.

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