Consider the different types of mobile plan

Mobile phone contract

Sign up to a contract and get the smartphone of your choice for an additional monthly fee. The cost for the phone will vary depending on the plan you're on and the RRP of the device.

Prepaid plan

Pay in advance for your service and you will never be hit for excess usage charges. Prepaid plans are often cheaper than contracts, though may not include as many features.

SIM-only plan

Just like a prepaid plan, SIM-only plans include a monthly allowance of calls, texts and data, but are charged on a postpaid basis. That means you pay for any excess usage, automatically added to your bill.

Contract plans

Contract plans usually offer more inclusions than a SIM-only plan, but lock you in to the same provider for a fixed number of months. There may be fees to break contract with this type of plan.

How to compare mobile plans with the Mobile Plan finder engine

Choosing your next mobile plan is easy with the finder Mobile Plan comparison engine. Here's how it works:

  • Decide whether you want a new phone with your plan
    By default, our engine compares plans that don't include a phone. If you want to get a phone on a contract, simply select the "Add a phone" button in the filters to get started.
  • Use the filters to fine-tune your selection
    Our engine gives you comprehensive control to help you find the perfect plan to suit your needs. Use the sliders to customise the price, the contract length and the amount of included data for your needs, and watch as the results dynamically change to match your settings. By default, we compare plans under $80 a month with more than 3GB of data, but you can adjust that to suit your needs.
  • Tweak the advanced filter options
    If you're looking for a business mobile plan rather than a personal plan, use the usage type checkbox to help filter the results. Similarly, if you know you can only get reception from a particular network, we let you view plans by the network they use.
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How to find the best mobile plan for you

When it comes to choosing a new mobile plan, there are literally hundreds of plans from dozens of providers to compare. With so many options, it's impossible to recommend a single best plan that suits everybody's individual needs. If you are looking to get a new mobile plan, there are some simple questions you can ask yourself before you get started to help make the decision easier:SIM cards

  • How much can you afford to spend each month? Setting your budget up front will help you set expectations for the type of plan you can get, as well as what's included.
  • How much data will you need? The vast majority of mobile plans today come with unlimited calls and texts to Australian numbers, so the biggest differentiator between plans is the amount of included data. To find out how much data you should need, check out our mobile data usage calculator for an estimate according to your habits. If you're streaming Netflix every day, expect to pay for the privilege.
  • Which network delivers the best coverage at your home and office? Believe it or not, but the 4G mobile networks of Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are fairly close when it comes to coverage and speeds, but there are still areas around the country where certain networks struggle. If you can't get service from one network at home, best not sign up for a plan that uses that network.
  • Do you call overseas often? While most plans come with unlimited calls to Australian numbers, the same can't be said for international phone numbers. However, there are a wide range of plans that offer unlimited calls to particular countries, or calls at a massively discounted rate.
  • Do you need a new phone? Smartphones have changed the way the world communicates, and every year phones are getting faster and smarter. While research shows most Australians hold on to their phone for about three years before upgrading, getting a phone on a contract helps break down the costs of a new device over a couple of years, making it friendlier to your bank account.

Common mobile plan questions

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    PnetSeptember 11, 2019

    What is the cheapest sim only plan available?

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      JeniSeptember 12, 2019Staff

      Hi Pnet,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Please check out this page to compare some cheap mobile plans which are around $20 or less. I suggest that you also contact your chosen provider to help you find a cheap sim-only plan that would suit your needs most.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    AndrewAugust 21, 2019

    My wife and I are planning a holiday to southern Africa – South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania with a little stop in Mauritius. We are in most countries for about 5 days. To keep in contact with home, do we need to purchase a pre-paid SIM card in each individual country? Or is there some way to spend more time touring and less time sourcing local SIM cards?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiAugust 22, 2019Staff

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      You can buy two sim cards, one for South Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe) and you can check your options on this page and another for East Africa (Tanzania and Mauritius) and you check your options here.

      It would also be helpful to check your current courier and see if you can use your sim card in these countries or if they have partner telco’s in Africa for your convenience. Don’t forget to ask about roaming fees and charges for every minute of calls and number of texts for the duration of your trip.

      Hope this helps and have a great trip!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    JanetApril 15, 2019

    What is the best mobile phone travel SIM offering data and phone calls, for travel in Europe?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MaiApril 16, 2019Staff

      Hi Janet,

      Thank you for reaching out.

      The best mobile SIM will depend on your preference as to how you’d be using it, how long will you need it, country you are visiting etc. You can check our article on Prepaid SIM card while traveling around the European Union. There list two international SIM providers that you can compare. Both can work in multiple countries. You can hit Go To Site or View Details on the page to know more about the services so you can decide on who to go with.

      The page also have some tips as well as some reviews to help you on making a decision.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Mai

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    BrianMarch 26, 2019

    It should be possible to ignore “introductory offers” in the search and sort. It’s not very useful to be bombarded with $50 plans when I’m looking for $10 plans.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      NikkiMarch 27, 2019Staff

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for getting in touch! We appreciate your time in dropping us a message about this and rest assured our team will look into this to provide a better user experience for customers. Let us know if there is anything else we can help you with in the meantime, we’re here!

      Best,
      Nikki

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    WayneMarch 10, 2019

    I would like to purchase a sim card with no monthly contract.
    I want to pay for sms as I go.
    Is this possible.
    Cheers
    Wayne

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnMarch 11, 2019Staff

      Hi Wayne,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      Please click on this link to be routed to our page that offers you a list of mobile plans that is Sim only. Kindly review and compare your options on the table displaying the available providers. Once you have chosen a particular provider, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to the provider’s website where you can proceed with the application or get in touch with their representatives for further inquiries you may have.

      Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and read through the details of the needed requirements as well as the relevant Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions when comparing your options before making a decision on whether it is right for you. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    NirajanJanuary 2, 2019

    I am using Vodafone and planning to change to Optus what should I do to change it as my plan is ending soon. And what about Virgin?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniJanuary 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Nirajan,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Kindly visit your chosen provider’s official or call then directly to assist you on porting your number over to your chosen provider and help you choose the plan that would suit your needs most.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    AnnieDecember 31, 2018

    Can I keep my current number if I get a pay as you go phone card?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniJanuary 1, 2019Staff

      Hi Annie,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      You may port your number over to prepaid or new provider. It is best to contact the provider first before deciding which to go with.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    TestokNovember 3, 2018

    Is telstra new prepaid plans good value?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JohnNovember 9, 2018Staff

      Hi Testok,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      While we do not provide specific product recommendations, we can help guide you through the process of comparing options. This is a great page to make a comparison on different mobile providers. Depending on what you need and you mobile usage, you may customize the search to get the best results for you. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    BarryOctober 3, 2018

    Can I keep my mobile phone number on all plans?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeniOctober 3, 2018Staff

      Hi Barry,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      You may still use your number to a prepaid plan if you wish. You can request to port your number to the new provider and subscribe to their prepaid plans. Prepaid has the flexibility to change your recharge amount with every recharge and change your plan online or over the phone.

      I hope this helps.

      Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any other enquiries.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    helenAugust 14, 2017

    In a couple of months my contract is over with Optus. I would like a new phone (not important) 4-5G of data, unlimited SMS and unlimited calls local and interstate on Australian mobile and time to bring just one country which is Greece.

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      JonathanAugust 14, 2017

      Hello Helen,

      Thank you for your inquiry. You can check our review for mobile plans for international calling. On this guide, we have suggested providers that you can consider for Greece. You may click on their names, so that you can be redirected to their own reviews and see the plans they are offering. Once there, you may click “Modify Results” at the top of the comparison table, to customize the plan results based on your other needs mentioned above.

      As always, please review the requirements and the fine print of each product prior. You may click “Go to Site” green button to proceed with your application.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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