Best mobile plans for students

Whether you're just starting off your tertiary studies or looking for a new plan to see you through to completion, we've got the best plans for every type of student.

Get 35GB bonus data + $5 off on $45 SIM-only plan

Get 35GB bonus data + $5 off on $45 SIM-only plan from Vodafone deals

  • 40GB + unlimited talk & text to standard Australian numbers
  • Includes 35GB bonus data per month for use in Oz when you sign up
  • 1000 international minutes for zone 1 + 150 minutes for zone 2
  • No lock-in contract
  • Offer ends 20.12.2018
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    As a student, a mobile phone is a natural part of your life and is as much a research tool as a communications device. At the same time, you’re coming to grips with balancing a budget that’s nearly always much lighter than you’d like, so making the most of your money is an absolute must.

    However, the needs of students vary depending on both personal circumstances and how they use their mobile phones. While different telcos will appeal to students at different times, no provider has designed a plan that fits every type of student in every circumstance just yet. With that in mind, this is what you should consider when picking a plan.

    Pick of the plans: Which plans are best?

    We can’t and won’t pick any one plan as being "ideal" for students, because that would suggest that every student’s wants and needs are identical. What we’ve done is identify different student need types in order to highlight plans that we think offer the best value to those types. You may fit into a number of different categories, which is why we’ve explained our choices along the way, so you can weigh up your real needs and make the best possible plan decision.

    Provider Prepaid/Postpaid Offer
    Postpaid Get 35GB bonus data + $5 off on $45 SIM-only plan. Offer ends 20.12.2018
    Postpaid Students get 10% off plans fees - online only
    Prepaid New customers get 90% off for first month. Offer ends 28.02.2019
    Prepaid New customers get this plan for just $15. Offer ends 11am 09.01.2019 Sydney time

    Best plans for budget-conscious students

    student_phone_2_450Rationale: Money is super tight, and while you need a mobile for communication purposes, you absolutely cannot go over budget in any way. It’s not a fun situation to be in, but every cent counts, and as such you need the best value for your fiscally constrained dollar.

    Unlimited calling + 45GB of data for $15 for first 90 days

    Unlimited calling + 45GB of data for $15 for first 90 days from Catch

    • Pay $15 for first 90 days thereafter $89 for next 90 days
    • Unlimited standard national talk & text
    • 45GB included data
    • Offer ends 09.01.2019 11am Sydney time
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    Best plans for international students

    Rationale: You’re studying here from an international base, or you simply have relatives overseas that you want to stay in regular contact with. As such, a core part of any plan you pick up has to be a significant quantity of international calling inclusions.

    Get 40GB for $4.90 with Kogan's XL prepaid plan

    Get 40GB for $4.90 with Kogan's XL prepaid plan from Kogan

  • $4.90 for first 30 days (New customers only)
  • Regular cost $49.90 (90% Off)
  • 40GB data, unlimited standard calls & texts included
  • Limited time only. Offer ends 28.02.2019 11:59pm AEDT
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    Best plans for gap-year students

    Rationale: You’re still a student – but you’re taking a gap year to travel around Australia or the world. That doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in touch, but keeping your bills low is also a priority because you’ve got better things to experience with your dough.

    Plans for students who want a new phone

    For years, you’ve made do with phones most likely handed down from your parents, or simple gift phones at best. With independence comes the ability to choose your own mobile plan and a shiny new handset with it. That choice is quite wide, naturally, but our Mobile Phone Planner can help you tailor the perfect plan with a handset to match your choices. We’ve pre-populated it with a select of recent smartphones, but you can adjust any variable and add or remove phones easily by clicking on "Filter Results" below.

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    Alex Kidman

    Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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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.
        2. Choose if you want to take a phone or just a sim.
        3. Select your provider.
        4. Adjust your usage based on price, calls, messages and data.

        The suggestions below will be adjusted based on your preferences. You may click “Go to Site” green button of your chosen provider to proceed with your application.

        Hope this helps.


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