Compare mobile plans with unlimited data

Tired of excess data charges? These mobile plans will let you browse and stream to your heart's content.

Summary

  • Vodafone and Telstra offer speed-limited plans that include a fixed amount of full-speed data along with unlimited data at slower speeds.
  • Those slower speeds are sufficient for basic web browsing but may struggle with streaming video.
  • Optus and Vodafone sell add-ons that include unlimited data for use with specific services like Netflix and Facebook.

Unlimited SIM-only plans with speed-limiting

How do unlimited SIM-only plans with speed-limiting work?

Both Telstra and Vodafone offer SIM-only plans with "unlimited" data, but they come with a significant catch: only some of that data is available at the maximum speed of your mobile connection. Each plan has a fixed cap and any data you use up to that cap works much like it would for any other mobile plan. Once you exceed that cap, though, your Internet speed is automatically slowed to a maximum of 1.5Mbps. You can browse and download as much as you want at that speed, but you'll likely face poor performance in data-intensive applications like streaming video.

Unlimited phone plans with speed-limiting

How do unlimited phone plans with speed-limiting work?

As with their SIM-only plans, Telstra and Vodafone include "unlimited" data with select phone plans. The two function identically. Each plan has a fixed amount of data you can use at the fastest speed your mobile connection supports. Once you use up all that data, you can continue browsing the web but only at a maximum speed of 1.5Mbps. That's fast enough for basic browsing, but you're going to have a rough time streaming video or downloading large files.

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Unlimited streaming options

If you chew through most of your mobile data streaming video and audio from services like Netflix and Spotify, forking out for an unlimited data plan isn't your only option. On the video front, both Optus and Vodafone sell add-on packs for their existing plans that let you stream as much as you like from select platforms like Netflix and Stan. However, you're limited to streaming in standard definition (SD), and you can only watch on the device you're streaming from – if you try to cast to another screen using Google Cast or Apple AirPlay, it'll count against your regular data cap.

Similar options are available for music streaming services and some plans even include data-free music streaming at no extra cost.

You can find out more about unlimited mobile streaming options in our guide to the best mobile plans for entertainment.

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What other options are there?

If you don't want to deal with speed-limited data, you may want to consider simply going for a mobile plan with a sufficiently large data cap. It might not be an ideal solution, but provided you have a good idea of how much data you typically use each month, you should be able to find a suitable plan from among the many on the market.

To compare your options, head over to our round-up of high-data mobile plans.

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    GlenSeptember 24, 2017

    I note Amaysim seems t have dropped off the radar? As an Amaysim customer seeking a better deal am I missing something?
    I am after unlimited calls. An account billing per month and approx 15 Gb data per month? Help please
    Regards Glen

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      RenchSeptember 26, 2017Staff

      Hi Glen,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      You can also go to this page and make use of the search filter according to what you need in a mobile plan. You may adjust the features and it will show you a list of mobile plans that you can compare.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    TimApril 11, 2017

    Three.ie unlimited data and no throttling. While calls and texts are limited depending on plan, everyone uses data to communicate.

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      nickAugust 2, 2017

      Ok Sorry but the reaaoning given by the 3 telcos is a load of nonsense. A modern city like HK with a third the population of Australia ALWAYS has unlimited data and plenty of call time in all their plans. There is NO difficult decision to make or justifiable reason why the telcos here can t offer unlimited data. The ONLY reason is pure GREED. Comparing the situation to the very scattered and poorly serviced US network smacks of a cover up. Your writers can do better than that.

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      JonathanAugust 4, 2017

      Hello Nick,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      We appreciate your sharing on this matter. Indeed many Australians are looking forward for that day when we can use unlimited data on our mobile phone plans. Just to clarify some points though, it is not only US that uses “capping” on their unlimited offers. Many providers, including the ones in Australia, are doing that in compliance with Fair Usage Policy (FUP), that will ensure equal distribution of network resources to all customers.

      While no signs can be seen yet if Australian providers will give this, your options will be to use home/office wifi, use public wifi, if you’re a Telstra fixed broadband customer you can use Telstra Air, pre-load your content if you’re watching videos, or use mobile broadband device.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    StevenApril 7, 2017

    What about Vivid Wireless?
    They have an Unlimited Internet Plan for $89 per month.
    Vividwireless LTE internet service provides up to 10mbps download and 1 mbps upload.

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      JasonApril 8, 2017Staff

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      The technology of Vividwireless is purpose built for data rather than mobile phone services, which means they do not include call or text services. They would fall under the mobile broadband category instead.
      Please check out this link for the monthly plans of Vividwireless mobile broadband.

      Kind regards,
      Jason

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    OptusNovember 20, 2016

    I’m on 2dollars a day plan with Optus pre-paid it’s unlimited everything for 2buks a day. The catch is if use ur credit it will charge 2 dollars but only 2dollars for that day. I don’t know if they still have this plan. Since I’ve had it for years now no doubt the best pre-paid plan Iv found all up 60 bucks a month but has unlimited internet. I use my hotspot all day and it only charges me 2 dollars. I don’t know Wat ur on about for not having unlimited in Australia

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      MattieboyMarch 13, 2017

      Yes i am on the Optus $2 a day 3G ready plan. Had it for years and still loving it. I use it for personal hotspots and letting my friends go crazy on it. I use up to 30-50 gigs a month. Imagine the cost in comparison to today’s plans?

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      MayNovember 30, 2016Staff

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, as of this writing, Optus is still having the $2 Prepaid product with 4G Coverage, however, the data allowance included is only at 500MB (counted in 1KB increments) for use within Australia with 7-day expiry. Please note though that this offer and plan may change in the future.

      Most networks nowadays are generally not having unlimited data on their mobile data plans due to the huge number of mobile data users, which in turn could impair providers economically. Companies find that improving the data speed is costly to maintain. Although the data is not unlimited, most of these companies have dropped the outright data pricing and one example for that is the $2 Prepaid from Optus.

      Cheers,
      May

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