Virgin Mobile: The best replacement plans for your Virgin plan

With Optus announcing the closure of Virgin Mobile, what are your best alternative options?

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Virgin mobile: Essential facts for the shutdown

  • In May 2018 Optus announced it was shutting down the Virgin Mobile brand
  • Existing Virgin customers will still receive their service, and can still get account information from Virgin's website and app
  • Some providers are offering incentives for Virgin customers to switch, so make sure you compare before switching

The Virgin Mobile brand has been closed down entirely, with Optus confirming in 2018 that they would shut down their low-cost subsidiary.

If you're an existing Virgin Mobile customer, you should have been contacted by Optus by now to discuss your options directly, and you don't have to panic about losing mobile service. This is largely a brand play rather than a network closure, but it's always wise to know what your options are in these circumstances.

No doubt Optus would prefer to keep you as a customer, but depending on your contract status, you've actually got plenty of flexibility. That's true even if you want to stay on the Optus network because it's by far the most widely used network by Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in Australia.

Best prepaid alternatives to Virgin Mobile

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Name Product Features Data Price
Optus Prepaid Epic Data $30 28 Days
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SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • $30 SIM for $10. T&Cs apply. Ends 18 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
35GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
35GB
Data
New customers only. After 3rd recharge, $30 recharge gives you 10GB standard data. T&Cs apply.
$30
per 28 days expiry
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Boost Prepaid 5GB $20 28 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
5GB
Data
$20
per 28 days expiry
5GB
Data
$20
per 28 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Large 20GB $36.90 30 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$36.90
per 30 days expiry
20GB
Data
$36.90
per 30 days expiry
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Optus Prepaid Epic Data $40 28 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
45GB
Data
$40
per days expiry
45GB
Data
New customers only. After 3rd recharge, $40 recharge gives you 20GB standard data. T&Cs apply.
$40
per days expiry
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Woolworths Prepaid M 42GB $40 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
42GB
Data
$40
per 30 days expiry
42GB
Data
$40
per 30 days expiry
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Telstra Pre-paid Complete $30
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Save $15 - get $30 SIM for $15. T&Cs apply. Ends 26 January 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
25GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
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Optus Flex 30GB $35 30 Day
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$35
per 30 days expiry
30GB
Data
$35
per 30 days expiry
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Optus Flex 7GB $7 7 Day
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
7GB
Data
$7
per 7 days expiry
7GB
Data
$7
per 7 days expiry
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Woolworths Prepaid S 30GB $30 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$30
per 30 days expiry
30GB
Data
$30
per 30 days expiry
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Woolworths Prepaid XS 6GB $20 30 Days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Bonus 6GB when you recharge. T&Cs apply. Ends 07 February 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$20
per 30 days expiry
6GB
Data
$20
per 30 days expiry
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Kogan Mobile Medium 13GB $29.90 30 days
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
13GB
Data
$29.90
per 30 days expiry
13GB
Data
$29.90
per 30 days expiry
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Optus Flex 30GB $30 30 Day
SIM-Only - Prepaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$30
per 30 days expiry
30GB
Data
$30
per 30 days expiry
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Best SIM-only postpaid alternatives to Virgin Mobile

Month to month with 3GB+ for under $30/month

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Name Product Features Data Price
numobile 4G Small 3GB $15 month-to-month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
3GB
Data
$15
per month
3GB
Data
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 3GB $15 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
3GB
Data
$15
per month
3GB
Data
Moose 15.80 6GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$15.80
per month
6GB
Data
$15.80
per month
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Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 18.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
Southern Phone Medium SIM-only $30 Plan 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$30
per month
8GB
Data
Dodo Mobile SIM-only 12GB $20 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12GB
Data
$20
per month
12GB
Data
Moose 23.80 20GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$23.80
per month
20GB
Data
$23.80
per month
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numobile 4G Medium 30GB $30 month-to-month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Get 10GB bonus data for every renewal. T&Cs apply. Ends 14 February 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$30
per month
30GB
Data
Moose 29 40GB 12 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$29
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
40GB
Data
$29/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
12 month contract
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Moose 29.8 35GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
35GB
Data
$29.80
per month
35GB
Data
$29.80
per month
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Dodo Mobile SIM-only 36GB $30 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
36GB
Data
$30
per month
36GB
Data
Circles.Life 20GB for $28 SIM-only Monthly Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get triple data and over 20% off for 12 months - pay $22/mth, then $28/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 18.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$22
per month
60GB
Data
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12-month contract with 5GB+ for under $30/month

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Name Product Features Data Price
Moose 29 40GB 12 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$29
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
40GB
Data
$29/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
12 month contract
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Southern Phone Medium SIM-only $30 Plan 12 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
18GB
Data
$30
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $360
18GB
Data
$30/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $360
12 month contract
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Moose 22 20GB 12 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$22
month contract
Min. total cost over months: $0
20GB
Data
$22/mth
Min. total cost over months: $0
month contract
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Moose 15 6GB 12 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$15
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $180
6GB
Data
$15/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $180
12 month contract
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Southern Phone Small SIM-only $20 Plan 12 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
5GB
Data
$20
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $240
5GB
Data
$20/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $240
12 month contract
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