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

Name Product Features Data Price
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-50%
  • $17.50/mth for the first 3 months, then $35/mth. Use code FINDER50. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$17.50
per month
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Unlimited data
Speeds up to 20Mbps

-50%
$17.50
per month
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-50%
  • $15/mth for the first 6 months, then $29.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.38 per GB
$15
per month
40GB
Data

$0.38/GB
-50%
$15
per month
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Finder Award
  • $10 for 70GB for the first renewal, then 30GB for $30. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
30GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
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  • Online offer: $10 instead of $30. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
45GB
Data
$0.67 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
45GB
Data

$0.67/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.88 per GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.88/GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
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Finder Award
  • $20 for 88GB for the first renewal, then 50GB for $40. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$0.80 per GB
$40
per 28 days expiry
50GB
Data

$0.80/GB
$40
per 28 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$25
per month
25GB
Data

$1.00/GB
$25
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$0.58 per GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
60GB
Data

$0.58/GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
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  • $30 SIM for $10. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
Available after 1/3/21. After 3rd recharge, $30 recharge gives you 10GB standard data. T&Cs apply.
$30
per 28 days expiry
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-50%
  • $10/mth for the first 6 months, then $19.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$1.25 per GB
$10
per month
8GB
Data

$1.25/GB
-50%
$10
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12GB
Data
$1.67 per GB
$20
per month
12GB
Data

$1.67/GB
$20
per month
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-50%
  • $12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
16GB
Data
$0.78 per GB
$12.50
per month
16GB
Data

$0.78/GB
-50%
$12.50
per month
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Best SIM-only postpaid alternatives to Virgin Mobile

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

Name Product Features Data Price
Exclusive
  • 120GB for $28/mth for the first 6 months, then 100GB for $45/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.02.2022, 1pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
120GB
Data
$0.23 per GB
$28
per month
Exclusive
120GB
Data

$0.23/GB
$28
per month
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-50%
  • $10/mth for the 1st 2 months, then $20/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$1.00 per GB
$20
per month
20GB
Data

$1.00/GB
-50%
$20
per month
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Finder Award
  • $12.80/mth for the first 12 months, then $15.80/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
7GB
Data
$1.83 per GB
$12.80
per month
7GB
Data

$1.83/GB
$12.80
per month
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  • $15/mth for the first 6 months, then $25/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 01.02.2022, 1pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$0.50 per GB
$15
per month
30GB
Data

$0.50/GB
$15
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$1.25 per GB
$25
per month
20GB
Data

$1.25/GB
$25
per month
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-50%
  • $5/mth for the 1st 2 months, then $10/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
2GB
Data
$5.00 per GB
$10
per month
2GB
Data

$5.00/GB
-50%
$10
per month
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Finder Award
  • $16.80/mth for the first 12 months, then $23.80/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$0.67 per GB
$16.80
per month
25GB
Data

$0.67/GB
$16.80
per month
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  • 300 standard national minutes + unlimited std. nat. texts
1GB
Data
$8.80 per GB
$8.80
per month
1GB
Data

$8.80/GB
$8.80
per month
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  • $5/mth for the first 6 months, then $10/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
2GB
Data
$2.50 per GB
$5
per month
2GB
Data

$2.50/GB
$5
per month
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-50%
  • $15/mth for the 1st 2 months, then $30/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 January 2022
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per month
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
-50%
$30
per month
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Finder Award
  • $25.80/mth for the first 12 months, then $29.80/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.65 per GB
$25.80
per month
40GB
Data

$0.65/GB
$25.80
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
5GB
Data
$4.00 per GB
$20
per month
5GB
Data

$4.00/GB
$20
per month
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12-month contract with 5GB+ for under $30/month

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.73 per GB
$29/mth
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
40GB
Data

$0.73/GB
$29/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $348
12 month contract
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
25GB
Data
$0.88 per GB
$22/mth
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $264
25GB
Data

$0.88/GB
$22/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $264
12 month contract
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
7GB
Data
$2.14 per GB
$15/mth
12 month contract
Min. total cost over 12 months: $180
7GB
Data

$2.14/GB
$15/mth
Min. total cost over 12 months: $180
12 month contract
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