- Month-to-month contract plans provide decent value
- One of the only smaller providers around to offer phones on a plan
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Southern Phone is one of the largest providers of communications services to rural Australia, but it also services metro areas too. Its plans are simple and straightforward, and it's one of only a couple of smaller providers that sell phones on a contract.
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Compare Southern Phone SIM-only plans
Southern Phone offers both month-to-month mobile plans.
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Compare Southern Phone plans with a phone
Southern Phone offers some of the latest phone models, plus a few budget options, which you can pair with its mobile plans on a 24-month contract.
We show the Samsung S20 4G model by default, but you can pick your own handset by clicking "remove all" under "Phones" and then selecting the handsets you want from the pop-up screen.
What are Southern Phone plans like?
Southern Phone has a wide range of different plans on offer, including ones that run month-to-month. You can also get a new handset with your plan if you want. These are available on a 24-month plan.
All Southern Phone plans come with an $8 "port out" fee if you cancel your service or transfer your number.
Southern Phone's month-to-month plans
These are regular postpaid plans that come with a monthly data allowance and unlimited standard calls within Australia.
- Small: 2.5GB of data for $12.99 per month.
- Medium: 10GB of data for $25 per month. $50 international call credit.
- Large: 30GB of data for $35 per month. $300 international call credit.
- X Large: 60GB of data for $45 per month. $500 international call credit.
Southern Phone's mobile phone plans
Southern Phone has a range of Android phones available on a contract if you need a new handset to go with your plan. You can get them on a 24-month contract with any of Southern Phone's 12-month mobile plans, or you can buy the phone outright if you wish.
Your monthly bill will be equal to the monthly cost of the plan plus the repayment for the handset. If you want to end your contract early, you'll have to pay the full remaining cost of the phone plus the monthly cost of your plan multiplied by the number of months remaining on your contract.
Southern Phone mobile review
Southern Phone is a mobile provider that has a focus on rural and regional customers. It was bought out by AGL at the end of 2019. Although its month-to-month plans don't offer incredible value, you can get a much better deal by signing up to one of its 12-month contract plans instead.
There aren't a lot of special features or extras attached to plans from Southern Phone, but here's what it does offer:
Aussie-based customer support
Southern Phone's customer support team is based in Australia, so you don't have to worry about being put in touch with operators overseas.
International calling credit
Some of Southern Phone's plans come with international calling credit included. This lets you call various destinations overseas using Southern Phone's international calling rates.
Here's a quick breakdown of what Southern Phone offers in general:
Feature Does Southern Phone offer it? Excess usage warning Entertainment extras Data-free media streaming Rollover data Data sharing International calls/texts International roaming Rewards program Student/pensioner discounts
Should you sign up to Southern Phone? We ask our utilities expert and writer, Sam Baran
Southern Phone's month-to-month plans offer some of the lowest value on the market, charging you even more for data than high-cost providers like Telstra or Optus. And unlike those premium providers, Southern Phone doesn't have any exciting extra features or inclusions to draw you in.
The data value sharply increases if you go for a 12-month contract, but it still ends up being fairly average for what you're paying. The best deal is Southern Phone's X Small $9 for 1GB 12-month plan for people who aren't looking for a lot of data. Consider other competitors like Circles.Life or Vaya, which don't require you to sign a contract for good plan value.
How does Southern Phone compare?
To give you an idea of how competitive Southern Phone's monthly plans are, we've looked at its X Large plan side-by-side with plans from Optus (Southern Phone's network provider) and Vaya (another provider on the Optus network).
Southern Phone Optus Vaya Plan name X Large (month-to-month) Medium Optus Choice 50GB SIM-only Plan cost $50 $49 $44 Data allowance 25GB 60GB 50GB Cost per GB of data $2/GB $0.82/GB $0.88/GB Features $500 international call credit Data sharing, 5G access, Optus Sport, international inclusions None
Based on this comparison, Southern Phone's second-best-value monthly data plan offers far, far less than the competition. Not only does it cost more than the offerings from Vaya and Optus, but you get less than half as much data for that price.
Feature-wise, you get some international call credit, but this doesn't do much to make up for the extremely poor data value on offer.
Southern phone mobile plans for seniors
Although Southern Phone doesn't have any plans specifically aimed at seniors, its $9 for 1GB or 5GB for $20 12-month plans aren't a bad choice for people who are after a basic plan.
You will be locked into a 12-month contract, though, so you'll have to pay a termination fee if you want to leave early.
For more information on other available deals, see our guide on phone plans for seniors.
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