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Carbon-neutral mobile phone plans

Compare carbon-neutral mobile phone plans that are better for the environment.

Worried about your carbon footprint? You're not alone. According to Finder research, the number of concerned Australians grew by 3 percentage points to 69% from 66% in 2021.

Every action counts. Check out these green mobile plan providers and start doing your part today.

2022 Finder Green Awards

2022 Finder Green Award winner for Green Mobile Plan Provider of the Year

felix finally claimed victory in this category after missing out in 2021. felix's use of 100% renewable energy and its tree planting program in which it plants a tree for every customer helped it stand out from the competition.


2022 Finder Green Award finalists

It takes more than a single business to make a change. The 2 others that stood out as finalists for the Finder Green Awards for Mobile Plan Provider are:

What's considered a green telco?

When selecting a Finder Green Award winner, we look at multiple elements specific to the telco space. These include general environmental criteria such as:

  • Emissions intensity (including offsets)
  • Energy from renewable sources
  • Waste avoiding landfill
  • Targets for emissions, renewable energy use and waste
  • Public climate change plan
  • Other external accreditation and benchmarks

The telco-specific criteria are:

  • Recycling or refurbishing e-waste
  • Carbon-neutral products
  • Incentives or discounts that encourage sustainable behaviour

What is a carbon-neutral mobile plan?

A mobile plan is carbon-neutral when the carbon emissions related to its production (and other business practices) are effectively zero. The telco company achieves this by getting involved in offset projects that "neutralise" the carbon footprint by removing an equal amount of carbon from the atmosphere.

In Australia, companies can apply for Climate Active certification to show their carbon-neutral status.

Climate Active certification requires companies to:

  • Calculate its emissions
  • Create a carbon reduction strategy
  • Purchase offsets
  • Have their data audited
  • Keep a public summary of its carbon-neutral claim and update it annually


The Finder Green Award winner for 2022 felix, for example, has gone through this process for its product and services. felix is 100% powered by renewable electricity and goes the extra mile by planting a tree every month per customer.

Compare carbon-neutral mobile plans

Name Product Data Price Apply Price
Southern Phone Finder Exclusive
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Southern Phone Finder Exclusive
Postpaid
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Exclusive
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
20GB
$9
per month
Go to site
View details
Exclusive
$9/mth for the first 6 months, then $24/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20 GB
Data
$9
per month
felix Subscription Unlimited
SubscriptionNo lock-in contract
$20/mth for the first 3 months, then $40/mth. Use promo code FELIX50. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
felix Subscription Unlimited
Subscription
$20/mth for the first 3 months, then $40/mth. Use promo code FELIX50. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 5G/4G network
Unlimited data
At speeds up to 20Mbps
$20
per month
Go to site
View details
Finder Award
GREEN COMPANY
$20/mth for the first 3 months, then $40/mth. Use promo code FELIX50. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
At speeds up to 20Mbps
$20
per month
Belong 40GB
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
Belong 40GB
Postpaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
40GB
No excess data charges
$35
per month
Go to site
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$35
per month
Southern Phone Medium
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$19/mth for the first 6 months, then $29/mth. Use promo code EOFY24. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Southern Phone Medium
Postpaid
$19/mth for the first 6 months, then $29/mth. Use promo code EOFY24. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
40GB
$19
per month
Go to site
View details
$19/mth for the first 6 months, then $29/mth. Use promo code EOFY24. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40 GB
Data
$19
per month
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What are the carbon-neutral mobile plans in Australia?

Carbon-neutral-certified mobile plan providers in Australia include:

Other green telcos to consider

While they aren't registered as carbon-neutral-certified with Climate Active, a few mobile providers striving to be greener include:

  • Optus (committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2025)
  • TPG/Vodafone (committed to using 100% renewable electricity for its Australian operations by 2025)

If you're looking to compare eco-friendly options for the rest of your utilities, check out the green internet providers and green energy companies in Australia.


felix

felix was the first telco in Australia to be 100% powered by renewable energy and was certified carbon-neutral in 2020. felix plants a tree on your behalf for every month you're a customer.

Belong

Belong was the first telco in Australia to receive Climate Active certification back in 2019. Belong invests in renewable energy projects locally and overseas.

Goodtel

Goodtel is socially and climate-conscious, donating 50% of its proceeds to good causes. It received Climate Active certification in 2021 and supports carbon reduction projects abroad and locally.

Telstra

Telstra is the largest carbon-neutral telco and has been Climate Active-certified since 2020. Telstra supports green projects in India and at home in Western Australia and Queensland.