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Best prepaid plans for April 2021

Score the best value prepaid mobile deals this April with our pick of the finest plans.

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Best Prepaid plans for April 2021

  1. Best value prepaid plan: gomo Subscription $35 30GB 30 Days
  2. Best cheap prepaid plan: iiNet 4G $39.99 SIM Only Plan
  3. Best prepaid plan for data: felix Subscription $35 1 month
  4. Best long expiry prepaid plan: Catch Connect 4G 120GB $150 365 Days
  5. Best prepaid plan for international calls: Boost Prepaid 20GB $30 28 days

Best prepaid plan

gomo Subscription $35 30GB 30 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Gomo is a relative newcomer in the prepaid scene, but it's clearly come to fight, with an excellent value offer that sees the value of its $35 plan double this month. Sign up before May 31 and you'll score double the data.

That's 60GB per recharge for the first 3 recharges making it an easy winner in this category. You'll also get this plan for just $17.50 for your first month if you purchase it online.

  • 60GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $35 per 30 days
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Why we chose it:

  • Double data - 60GB of data included for the first 3 recharges
  • Price cut for the first month - get it for half price
  • Data rollover included

Gomo is owned by Optus and while it might be new, it definitely packs in the value for April with its data and price promos. If you don't use up your data each month, Gomo lets you save it up with data rollover of up to 200GB for the next recharge. Just watch out for the $2 fee for buying its SIM, which isn't usually

Best cheap prepaid plan

iiNet 4G $39.99 SIM Only Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

For just $20, get yourself an exceptional 55GB of data with iiNet's prepaid plan for your first 6 months. Keep in mind that the price reverts back to its original price of $39.99 from your 7th month onwards.

You even score 100 international calling minutes, making it a great all-round value proposition.

  • 55GB per month
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $20 per month
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Why we chose it:

  • 55GB of data for only $20
  • Discounted for 6 months
  • Includes 100 international calling minutes

While it's a TPG subsidiary, iiNet's current mobile deal grabs the best cheap deal award thanks to a 6 month promotion that halves its asking price. You'll get a large 55GB of data to use on the Vodafone 3G and 4G networks, plus unlimited standard national calls and texts in your recharge month.

Best prepaid plan for data

felix Subscription $35 1 month

SIM-only - Prepaid

What data limits? felix's prepaid plan has never even heard of data limits and is pretty amazing value as long as you don't need very high mobile data speeds. You're free to use as much data as you can, with the only limit being a 20Mbps download speed limit.

That's still enough for essential Netflix binges and plenty of social media throughout the month, plus unlimited standard calls and international calls to 40 destinations.

  • No download limit Speeds limited to 20Mbps
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Vodafone network
  • $35 per month
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Why we chose it:

  • Endless data
  • Unlimited calls to 40 countries
  • One tree planted when you subscribe

Prepaid plans aren't typically where you head when you want big data deals, but newcomer felix Mobile absolutely bucks that particular trend. It's a TPG-owned mobile brand, which means you're really on the Vodafone network when you're a felix customer, but what's exciting here is that felix's plans don't operate on a data basis at all. It's actually the only plan in the market that does this instead of slowing down your speeds when you hit your monthly data limit.

Best long expiry prepaid plan

Catch Connect 4G 120GB $150 365 Days

SIM-only - Prepaid

Saving money while only having to pay once a year makes Catch Connect's 120GB plan stand out.

You're effectively looking at 10GB per month over the 12 months of its expiry period for $10 per month, because new customers can score this deal for $30 off its regular recharge price.

  • 120GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Optus network
  • $120 per 365 days
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Why we chose it:

  • $120 for a full year's phone coverage
  • $30 discount for new customers
  • 120GB of data

Catch Connect again takes the prize as the best all-round option for long expiry prepaid plans. It will cost more for that second year after the promo ends, but that's a problem for 2022 you to consider – at which time there'll no doubt be a fresh set of prepaid deals to find right here at Finder.

We've got more options for the best long expiry plans here

Best SIM plan for international calls

Boost Prepaid 20GB $30 28 days

SIM-only - Prepaid

At just $10 for the first recharge with unlimited calls to 20 countries plus extra calling minutes, Boost Mobile's 20GB plan is a winner.

You'll need to double check on Boost's website if the countries you're calling are covered in its list, but if not, Boost also offers 300 minutes to 30 other destinations too.

  • 20GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $30 per 28 days
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Why we chose it:

  • Unlimited calls to 20 countries
  • 300 minutes to 30 further destinations
  • 300 additional minutes to call any country not otherwise covered

Boost Mobile's plans are typically sold as low-cost Telstra network alternatives, but they're also stacked with exceptional international call inclusions as well. If your call destinations fit within 20 selected countries you could spend all of your 28 day recharge period chatting. If not, there's 300 minutes for a further 30 destinations, plus a further 300 minutes to cover any destination remaining. That covers 50 countries, and then some.

What's happening with prepaid deals in April?

The old maxims about prepaid plans being cheap but poor value really are starting to crumble, with some exceptional deals on offer at low price points. That being said, it's well worth considering and comparing our picks for the best prepaid deals against our picks for the best SIM-only deals, if only because most SIM-only deals operate on a month-to-month basis with fewer hidden charges in play. Once you look at it from that perspective, there's not that much difference at all in a prepaid or postpaid plan.

While everyone's needs are different, to come up with our monthly comparison for each category, we apply some standard criteria. For the overall best value plan, we look at plans around the $30 mark, taking into consideration data inclusions specifically and then any additional plan features that may be unique to a given provider, whether that's international calls, data rollover, included streaming or any other promotional price offers. In the prepaid space, you've nearly always got the flexibility to move, so there's more weighting given here to promotional deals.

For cheap prepaid plans, the price ceiling is put at no more than $20 per month, with repeatable pricing more of a constraint. For long expiry plans we weigh up an effective monthly cost against data inclusions – again, calls/texts are pretty much assumed – but also consider other use cases such as a phone that's a contact point for you, or customers who may want heavy data usage. International calling inclusions have started to become a much more prominent part of the prepaid space, with more than 20 prepaid plans in our system including a level of international calls, but you do need to carefully select a plan that includes calls to your destination of choice.

Find the best prepaid plan for you

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Name Product Features Data Price
felix Subscription $35 1 month
SIM-Only - Subscription
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per month
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
TPG Super Value Large 40GB $29.99 1 Month
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • New customers pay $15/month for the first 3 months, then $29.99/month.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$15
per month
40GB
Data
amaysim 4G Prepaid SIM-only 30GB $30 28 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Save $15: Pay $15 instead of $30 for the first renewal. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
50GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
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Lebara 4G Large 45GB $39.90 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • 45GB + 20GB bonus data on your first 3 months. Ends 30 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
65GB
Data
$39.90
per 30 days expiry
65GB
Data
$39.90
per 30 days expiry
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Boost Prepaid 20GB $30 28 days
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SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Online offer: Save 15 - get a $30 SIM for $15. New customers only. T&C apply. Ends 26 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
20GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
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gomo Subscription $35 30GB 30 Days
SIM-Only - Subscription
No contract
  • $35 SIM sale: Buy online for $17.50 (includes first month of $35 subscription). New customers only. Ends 31 May 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$35
per 30 days expiry
60GB
Data
$35
per 30 days expiry
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TPG Super Value Extra Large 55GB $39.99 1 Month
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • New customers pay $20/month for the first 3 months, then $39.99/month.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
55GB
Data
$20
per month
55GB
Data
Optus Prepaid Epic Data $30 28 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • $30 SIM for $15. T&Cs apply. Ends 19 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data
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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Catch Connect 4G 18GB $15 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Pay $12 instead of $15 for the first 30 days. T&Cs apply. Ends 21 April 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
18GB
Data
$15
per 30 days expiry
18GB
Data
$15
per 30 days expiry
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Boost Prepaid 40GB $50 28 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Get 20GB bonus data on first 3 recharges. Ends 05 July 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$50
per 28 days expiry
60GB
Data
$50
per 28 days expiry
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How to find the best prepaid mobile plan

The classic benefit for a prepaid plan is that it allows you absolute budget control. You pay your money upfront and that's all you have to pay for as long as your expiry period lasts, unless you choose to buy additional features like data top-ups. You're also not tied to any provider for any serious length of time, excluding long expiry plans.

However, while phone companies will happily take your money upfront, they've historically nearly always offered less value to prepaid customers, precisely because they couldn't grab quite as much money as repeatedly as they could from postpaid consumers. That has made finding a good value prepaid plan tricky.

We've come up with five things to consider when you're trying to find the best prepaid mobile plan for your needs:

What's the actual cost?
Prepaid plans can come with as few as 7 days' expiry or as many as 365, which can make comparison tricky. An easy way to compare is to divide up the cost of the plan by the expiry period to get an effective daily rate. That helps you dodge the issue of 28-day plans, because over a year's usage on those, you end up effectively paying for an extra "month" compared to full 30-day plans.


How much data do you need?
The vast majority of plans include unlimited calls to standard numbers anyway, so data is now the key battleground. Some plans will let you bank unused data if you recharge regularly, but if that's you, you might be spending too much on your plan in the first place.


Do you need international calls included?
Think about whether having international calls included is necessary for you. These days, you can use alternative calling methods such as WhatsApp and Viber to call friends and family overseas. But if you find yourself needing to call international landline numbers, make sure that your plan of choice covers the countries you want to call.


Where do you need network coverage?
Despite the many companies, there are still only three networks operating across Australia, with somewhat varying coverage. A plan that's great value on paper on a network that has lousy coverage in your area won't be great value to you. Telstra has the widest coverage, but if you're just using your phone in metro areas, you could stand to save by choosing a plan on the Optus or Vodafone network instead.


Are there any data-free activities?
It's becoming less common, but some prepaid plans will allow select activities to run without using up your mobile data. If those match up with your favourite or most frequent online activities, they could be a good match for your needs.


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