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Unlimited Mobile Data Plans

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

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"Endless data" plans are the closest thing currently available to getting unlimited data on your mobile plan. Currently, only Telstra and Vodafone offer unlimited data plans in Australia. Both telcos' plans enforce speed limits once you exceed a fixed amount of data.

That means, instead of charging you for going over a certain limit, your download speed gets slowed down to 1.5Mbps.

Vodafone's SIM-only endless data plans

Vodafone is another provider that provides unlimited data plans. On top of their basic plan inclusions, Vodafone also has several other features and offers.

  • Bonus data for students. Get more data for the same price on postpaid plans.
  • Discounts on bundled plans. Put your plans together on the same account and you could be eligible for discounts.
  • 30-day network satisfaction guarantee. Drop your plan with no penalty if you aren't happy with Vodafone in the first 30 days of service.
  • $5 roaming. You can get some international roaming packs for $5 a month.

 
Have a look at Vodafone's unlimited data plans in the table below.

Telstra's SIM-only unlimited data plans

Telstra won't charge you any excess data fees if you go over the limit on their SIM-only plans. In addition to their basic plan inclusions, Telstra has a whole lot of other features and offers:

  • 5G trial. You can join on the Telstra 5G trial until June 2020 so long as you have a compatible device and live in one of the serviced locations.
  • Telstra Air Wi-Fi. You gain access to over 1 million free Wi-Fi hotspots on any Telstra plan.
  • Free sports streaming. No data use when streaming certain sports like AFL, NRL and others.
  • Free music streaming. No data use when listening to Apple Music, though you still need your own subscription.

 
You check out Telstra's endless data plans below.

How exactly does unlimited mobile data work?

When you hit your monthly data cap on an unlimited data plan, your connection speed will be slowed down from whatever it normally is to about 1.5Mbps. To give some context on how slow that is, a regular 4G connection has a maximum speed of 150Mbps and an average speed of around 15Mbps. Essentially, your connection is being cut to about 10% of its regular level.

This probably won't have a huge impact on your basic browsing, but what does it mean for streaming video? According to Netflix's minimum speed recommendations, 1.5Mbps is the absolute minimum you should have to be able to even watch something, though it will be very poor quality and probably highly pixelated. You need at least a 3Mbps connection to watch a video in decent SD quality.

Vodafone's unlimited mobile data plans with a phone

No matter which Red Plus plan you choose with your phone, you'll get access to unlimited data with Vodafone. By default, we're only showing plans that come with the Samsung Galaxy S20 range or the iPhone 11, but you can pick whatever phone you like by clicking the 'filter results' button.

Telstra's unlimited mobile data plans with a phone

The good news is that all of Telstra's plans with a phone offer an unlimited data feature, so you can pick whichever suits you. The table below shows only the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy S20 range by default, but you can plug in whatever model you want by clicking the 'filter results' button.

Unlimited streaming options

If you're super keen on your media, there are several providers that offer unlimited or bonus streaming of certain services with their mobile plans. Using these services when on one of these plans will either let you stream data-free or will give you some bonus data (like 10GB) exclusively for using these services.

Common ones you should keep an eye out for include Apple Music, Spotify, Apple TV and Netflix. Be aware that you'll usually need a paid subscription to the service in question to take advantage of this.

Are unlimited mobile data plans worth it?

This really depends on how much data you use and what you use it for. If you mostly chew through data watching videos, 1.5Mbps probably won't cut it for your streaming habits. You're likely better off shelling out for a plan with a higher data cap. If you just browse and look at social media, you should be fine.

On top of this, the two providers that offer unlimited data plans – Vodafone and Telstra – are far from the cheapest options out there, so you'll be paying a premium on the full-speed data you do get. Check out your data use with our mobile data calculator and consider looking for a plan that simply provides the amount of data you need.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use my endless data overseas?

No. Unlimited data from both Vodafone and Telstra only applies when you're in Australia.

Can I share my endless data plan with other family members?

Yes, so long as you all use Vodafone. Vodafone's Red Plus plans allow you to share your full-speed data with other Red Plus plan members. While they don't get access to your unlimited data, they'll naturally have unlimited data of their own by virtue of having a Red Plus plan themselves.

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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.

      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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