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