Cheap mobile plans

We all have different ideas of what 'cheap' is but for under $20 a month, you can get up to 40GB of data which we think is a pretty solid deal.

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Looking for a cheap plan is no different to finding a high cost one, although you do have to hunt around to get the most bang for your meagre spend.

Luckily, many plans with great inclusions at this budget are prepaid, meaning you'll never have to pay excess usage fees.

Compare cheap mobile plans for under $20 here

While $20 might not seem like much, many providers offer great deals on data if you're a new customer. You can take a lot at all the budget-friendly plan options in our database below.

Name Product Features Data Price
  • $9.80/mth for 12 months, then $15.80/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 24 June 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$9.80
per month
6GB
Data
$9.80
per month
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-50%
  • $10/mth for the first 3 months for new customers, then $19.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$10
per month
8GB
Data
-50%
$10
per month
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  • $16.80/mth for 12 months, then $23.80/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 24 June 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$16.80
per month
20GB
Data
$16.80
per month
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  • $15/mth for the first 3 months for new customers, then $29.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$15
per month
40GB
Data
$15
per month
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  • $10/mth for the first 6 months, then $19.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$10
per month
8GB
Data
$10
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
18GB
Data
$15
per 30 days expiry
18GB
Data
$15
per 30 days expiry
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  • $10/mth instead of $12.99 for as long as you stay on this plan. T&Cs apply. Ends 30 June 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
2.5GB
Data
$10
per month
2.5GB
Data
$10
per month
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  • 300 standard national minutes + unlimited std. nat. texts
1GB
Data
$8.80
per month
1GB
Data
$8.80
per month
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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
$15
per month
40GB
Data
-50%
$15
per month
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-22%
  • $14/mth for the first 12 months for new customers, then $18/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.07.2021, 12pm AEST
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
-22%
$14
per month
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How to choose a cheap mobile plan

Picking a cheap mobile plan is finding a balance between what you absolutely need and what you can go without. Here are the top things to consider when you're browsing through cheap mobile plans.

  • Data. Data's the biggest contributor to cost for any mobile plan, so keeping it low can save you heaps. Just remember that if you're routinely going to break your limit, a cheap plan will end up being significantly more expensive and less worthwhile.
  • Consider MVNOs. Purchasing a plan with a big carrier like Telstra or Optus brings some brand security and neat features, but they usually won't be the cheapest choice. Instead, consider going with an MVNO that uses their networks for a more affordable option.
  • Extras. Cheap plans tend to pare down on the bonus features you get like free streaming or other goodies. These extras can be nice, but only if you're going to take advantage of them. Leave them out and save.
  • Downgrade your contract. Even if you're locked into a long-term phone contract, you might be able to save. Most providers will let you switch between a specific set of plans without breaking your contract, allowing you to downgrade to a cheaper one.
  • Watch billing periods. Some prepaid plans come with 28-day recharge periods, while others offer the full month. 28-day expiry periods will end up costing you at least an extra recharge fee per year.
  • Talk minutes. The cheapest mobile plans (usually under $10) can limit how many minutes of calls you can make, even within Australia. If chatting is important to you, steer clear.

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Pay $28 for 100GB of data per month. Plan reverts to $38 for 100GB per month after 12 months. T&Cs apply.

Are prepaid or postpaid plans better if I want a cheaper deal?

While neither type of plan is inherently cheaper, you'll always know what you're paying with a prepaid plan since your service gets cut off when you hit your limit. Here's a quick rundown of how they compare.

FeaturePrepaidPostpaid
Payment madeAt the beginning of the monthAt the end of the month
Plan valueModerateUsually better in terms of data per dollar
Excess data chargesNeverCan be quite excessive
Extra featuresRarelyOften
Promotional dealsSometimesSometimes

What other options are there for cheap mobile plans?

Some of the cheapest possible plans are expressly designed for people who rarely use their phones or who just don't use much data at all. Many providers have long-expiry plans where you purchase a certain amount of credit and then are charged for each call you make, text you send or bit of data that you use.

See our guide to browse through the best-value long-expiry mobile plans on offer.


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