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Best mobile phone plans for teenagers

We've picked out some of the best phone plans for teenagers that offer enough data each month without breaking the bank.

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Best mobile plans for teenagers for October 2020

How did we choose our best picks?

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Expert picks

At the start of each month, our team of experts scour 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

 
Keep in mind: Our best picks might not always be the best for you. Always compare your options and choose the one that best suits your circumstances.


Best overall mobile plan for teenagers:

Vodafone Combo Plus Starter Pack 40GB

SIM-only - Prepaid

Vodafone's prepaid plan is a fantastic deal thanks to its bonus data being offered for the life of your plan, as long as you sign up for automatic recharges. Other prepaid plans only offer you bonus data for the first couple of recharges, so Vodafone's is definitely more valuable in the long run.

This plan is only $12 for the first purchase, then $30 per month after. Offer ends on November 9.

  • 40GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $12 per 28 days
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Next best mobile plan for teens:

TPG 4G Super Value Extra Large 30GB

SIM-only - Prepaid

You might know TPG as an Internet provider, but did you know they also offer mobile plans? If you want more data for a month, TPG's 30GB plan is our next best pick under $30.

Be aware that it's only $20/month for the first 6 months, so if you're not willing to pay the full price after, you'll need to switch prepaid plans.

  • 30GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $20 per month
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Best cheap mobile plan for teenagers:

TPG 4G Super Value Large 25GB

SIM-only - Prepaid

Low budget but in need of data? TPG's 25GB plan is perfect for teens who want data at a lower price point.

Take note that it's only $15 a month for the first 6 months, then $29.99 a month from your 7th month onwards. So if you're not willing to pay the full price after, you'll need to switch prepaid plans.

  • 25GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $15 per month
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Runner up for best cheap plan:

Moose $14.80 SIM-Only Plan

SIM-only - Postpaid

This plan from Moose usually comes with just 2.5GB to use each month, but with its current offer you get 6GB of data each month for your first 24 months! That bumps up the value of this plan significantly.

It's a limited time offer only for new customers so if you're interested, sign up while it's still available.

  • 6GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $14.8 per month
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Best high data mobile plan:

Optus Prepaid Epic Data 35GB

SIM-only - Prepaid

Optus's Prepaid Epic Data plan is a classic choice if you're looking for a solid plan. It's been a long-running Finder user favourite, consistently being one of our most clicked mobile plan offers.

You'll get 35GB of data for each of your first three recharges, then 10GB per month after.

  • 35GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $30 per 28 days
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Next best high data plan:

amaysim $30 Prepaid Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

amaysim's plan isn't just a good value prepaid plan, but it also comes with included international calls and texts to 28 countries. That means you can call these countries for free without having to worry about paying for extra charges.

The list of countries includes China, Indonesia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Japan.

  • 40GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $30 per 28 days
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How to choose the best mobile plan for your teenager

Here are a few things to consider when trying to pick the best plan for you teen:

  • Call limits. Teens may not spend as much time talking on the phone as they did in the past, but limited minutes could still be a problem. Many plans come with unlimited domestic talk, but if yours doesn't, make sure it offers enough.
  • Data. This is one of the hardest choices to make when it comes to plans, and also the biggest factor in determining cost. Consider sitting down with your teen and discussing what a reasonable amount of data might be.
  • Expiry periods. Postpaid plans are usually charged monthly, but if you go for a prepaid plan, you might find that you have to recharge more often than that. Factor how often you'll recharge into the total cost.
  • Excess charges. Some postpaid plans have excess charges if you go over your monthly data or call limit. Since the contract will be in your name if your teen is under the age of 18, you'll be liable for these excess costs.

 

Teen-friendly phone plans: Key points

  • Prepaid plans prevent overspending, but postpaid plans tend to offer greater value
  • While fixed-term contracts often pack the most bang for your buck, beware their hefty cancellation fees
  • Try to avoid plans that automatically charges for excess data usage, as this can lead to nasty bill shock

Family plans

Data pooling on bundled plans can be great for families. Just make sure everyone's getting their share of the data and one person isn't hogging all of it!

Optus

Optus allows you to purchase several postpaid mobile plans together and enable data pooling with them. This combines their associated data limits into one, accessible to everyone with a pooled plan, and also places them all onto a single bill.

Vodafone

With Vodafone, you can bundle together several postpaid plans onto one bill and activate data pooling between them. Not only will everyone who is bundled in have the ability to use this data, but you can also control who has access to the pool and how much they can use to stop someone going way overboard.

Should I get a prepaid or postpaid plan for my teen?

Prepaid plans require you to pay ahead of time for a certain amount of monthly usage and your services are usually cut off when you go over this limit. Postpaid plans will usually let you go past the limit but will charge you for the excess at the end of your payment period.

We recommend a prepaid plan with unlimited talk and text for your teenager. This means that they'll always be able to contact you, but you'll both have to agree to purchasing extra data if they use it all up.

On the other hand, the major benefit of a postpaid plan is that you generally get more value for money overall.

If your teenager is under the age of 18, you'll have to put your name on their phone plan because they legally can't. However, this doesn't mean that you have to be the one who pays for it.

Having your teenager pay for their own phone plan, especially a prepaid one without the possibility of bill shock, can help them with responsibility or learning to budget.

How much data is enough?

This depends on a couple of things: how much your teenager wants to use the Internet on their phone, and how much you're willing to pay for. It's probably a good idea to sit down with your teenager and hammer out a compromise based on what both of you want.

To help you out, here's how much data common mobile activities consume:

ActivityData use
General web surfing2.5MB per page (roughly 60MB per hour)
Social media150MB per hour (90MB without videos)
Music streaming90MB per hour
Standard video streaming720MB per hour
HD video streaming (1080p)1.5GB per hour

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