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Cheap mobile plans – feel less-bad about doom scrolling

With plans from under $10 a month, what's not to love?

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Name Product Data Price Apply Price
TPG Small
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$10/mth for the first 6 months, then $20/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
TPG Small
Prepaid
$10/mth for the first 6 months, then $20/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
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  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G network
12GB
$10
per month
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-50%
  • $10/mth for the first 6 months, then $20/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12 GB
Data
$10
per month
TPG Large
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
TPG Large
Prepaid
$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G network
45GB
$15
per month
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-50%
  • $15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
45 GB
Data
$15
per month
iiNet Medium Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
iiNet Medium Plan
Prepaid
$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G network
16GB
$12.50
per month
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-50%
  • $12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
16 GB
Data
$12.50
per month
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
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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
amaysim 32GB Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
amaysim 32GB Plan
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
32GB
$30
per 28 day recharge
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
32GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
Optus Flex Plus $35
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
60GB 1st recharge, 40GB 2nd/3rd, then 20GB. Activate by 3.6.24. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply
Optus Flex Plus $35
Prepaid
60GB 1st recharge, 40GB 2nd/3rd, then 20GB. Activate by 3.6.24. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 5G/4G network
20GB
$35
per 28 day recharge
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  • 60GB 1st recharge, 40GB 2nd/3rd, then 20GB. Activate by 3.6.24. Excludes eSIM. T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$35
per 28 days expiry
felix Subscription Unlimited
SubscriptionNo lock-in contract
$20/mth for the first 3 months with code FELIX50, then $40/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
felix Subscription Unlimited
Subscription
$20/mth for the first 3 months with code FELIX50, then $40/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
Finder Award
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 5G/4G network
Unlimited data
At speeds up to 20Mbps
$20
per month
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GREEN COMPANY
  • $20/mth for the first 3 months with code FELIX50, then $40/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 30.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
At speeds up to 20Mbps
$20
per month
ALDI $29 5G Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
ALDI $29 5G Plan
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
25GB
$29
per 30 day recharge
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$29
per 30 days expiry
Dodo $25
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$12.5/mth for the first 3 months, then $25/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
Dodo $25
Postpaid
$12.5/mth for the first 3 months, then $25/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 4G/3G network
25GB
No excess data charges
$12.50
per month
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  • $12.5/mth for the first 3 months, then $25/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Order by 2.7.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25 GB
Data
$12.50
per month
Circles.Life 50GB Online Offer
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
$20 for 150GB/mth for the first 6 months, then $40 for 50GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24
Circles.Life 50GB Online Offer
Postpaid
$20 for 150GB/mth for the first 6 months, then $40 for 50GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 4G network
150GB
$20
per month
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  • $20 for 150GB/mth for the first 6 months, then $40 for 50GB/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
150 GB
Data
$20
per month
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Pros and cons of cheap mobile plans

Besides the main advantage of having a cheaper mobile bill to pay each month, there are other aspects to consider before you sign up to a cheap mobile plan:

Pros

  • Big range of providers. While we're all familiar with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, there are plenty of other smaller providers that share the same networks but at a fraction of the price.
  • Flexibility. Most cheap mobile plans are contract-free. If you're unhappy with the service, you can simply switch to another cheap provider.
  • Bundles. You have the option with some providers to save an additional $5–$10 when you bundle with an energy or Internet plan.

Cons

  • Promotional prices. Great for the first 6 months, but remember they'll revert to the full price at the end.
  • Less data. You can't expect to pay low prices and get tons of data.
  • SIM only. If you want to purchase a device with your phone plan, you might need to look at more expensive plans on contracts.
  • Fewer call inclusions. Features such as calls and texts might not be unlimited and international calls may not be included at all.

Comparing cheap mobile phone plans

If price is the main factor you care about, you might think that any plan with the right dollar figure will do.

This will be true for some people, but there are a 2 main factors to consider when finding the best cheap mobile plan for your needs:

  1. Data
  2. Consider how much data you use. You won't find many plans with unlimited data under $20 but you can definitely find plans with data between 10GB and 20GB a month. No matter how much data you're after, a good benchmark for value is to get at least 1GB or more for every $1 you spend.

  3. Promotional periods
  4. Many providers offer their plans with more data at discounts for the first 3–6 months. If you just want the cheapest deal, you could swap plans once the promo expires. Otherwise, make sure you're happy to pay the standard price of the plan.

Cheap mobile plans: Key things to check

Really cheap phone plans tend to cut corners. That's fine as long as you find a plan that cuts corners that don't matter to you. Here are the key ones to look out for.

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Expiry

Many cheap phone plans are prepaid plans with weird expiry periods. Sometimes as short as 5–7 days, which is a dodgy way to trick you. Be careful with plans that costs $1 or $2. We don't list this kind of slop on our tables, but you might find it out there.


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Calls and texts

Most phone plans, even cheap ones, include unlimited calls and texts. But there are some plans that bill you extra, like the $4 a month Flip plan. It's a good idea to avoid these by paying just a couple of bucks more for an unlimited talk and text plan.


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Data rollover

Some cheap mobile plans offer data rollover which is great if you don't use up all your data. Just keep in mind that you need to recharge your plan on time for the rollover to take effect.


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Data limit

On many cheaper prepaid plans, it's game over once you hit your data limit. You'll need to recharge for more data. If you plan to use lots of data, you might be better off on a slightly more expensive plan with more monthly data to be safe. On cheap postpaid plans, you could be hit with excess data fees, such as $10 for every 1GB you go over.


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Coverage

Most cheap phone plans are sold by Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). Basically they're resellers of Telstra, Optus or Vodafone's networks. Before signing up, check which network you'll be on.

  • Telstra MVNOs (except for Boost) only get access to part of the network, which covers 98.8% of Australians.
  • Optus MVNOs get full access to the network, covering 98.5% of the population.
  • Vodafone MVNOs get full access to the network, which covers 96% of Australians.

Are smaller networks with cheap plans worth it?

Small phone plan providers are fine, and there's no real catch. Most of them are resellers of a bigger network, but are still very legit businesses. There are a few cowboys out there, but any of the providers on our comparison tables are the real deal.

Because they use the phone networks of the 3 big telcos, MVNOs are able to offer much cheaper plans. They're not paying to maintain the cell towers and other infrastructure, so their overheads are low and they can pass the savings on to you.

The main difference you may find with a mobile plan from an MVNO compared to 1 of the 3 major providers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – is that their plans may have fewer bonus features than the bigger players. Stuff like getting Optus Sport for cheaper for example.

Which types of mobile plans are the cheapest?

Some of the cheapest plans are those with fewer inclusions targeted at people who don't need very much data (or none) at all or will rarely use their phones. If that sounds like you, a pay-as-you-go mobile plan might be right for you.

If you want to pay upfront (and save money in the long run), a long-expiry plan with inclusions that don't expire until 3–12 months might be better.

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