The Best Long-Expiry Prepaid Plans Available in Australia
Prepaid plans may come and go as often as the season’s change but there’s one type of prepaid plan low-usage customers like my Nan won’t give up without a fight, the trusty long-expiry plan. There was a time when the phrases long-expiry and great value would never be uttered in the same sentence. Typically, long-expiry plans would feature the minimum inclusions, used more for receiving calls than making them (or parking a phone number). When the weight of smartphone usage began to shift from calls and text to data usage, and background data became a consideration, many who had been comfortably plodding along on $150 to $200 per year began burning through that amount in a matter of days. But these days, you can hook yourself up with a long-expiry prepaid plan with plenty of data to keep you afloat in a sea of software updates and cute cat videos. Let’s take a look at the best long-expiry prepaid plans available in Australia.
The best long-expiry prepaid plans
When it comes to value for data, there are a few clear winners across 3-month, 6-month and 12-month long-expiry plans. Kogan Mobile offers the best value for the shortest long-expiry prepaid option with its 90-day prepaid recharge. If you’re after a long life prepaid plan with a 12-month expiry, then Telstra is the best choice when it comes to data per dollar value. If you’re looking for something in between, you can’t really go past Lebara’s 180-day prepaid recharge.
The best 12-month long-expiry prepaid plan
The best 180-day long-expiry prepaid plan
The best 90-day long-expiry prepaid plan
Those are the best value long-life expiry prepaid plans on the market but what about the other big telcos? What are they offering?
Optus offers a huge variety of long expiry prepaid options but the majority of them don’t actually include any data and instead charge per MB used (which is deducted from your recharge amount). This is an archaic pricing model but Optus does have options for long expiry prepaid with included data. Here’s what’s on offer:
Like Optus, Vodafone still offers a selection of long expiry prepaid plans that charge by the MB. However, when it comes to long expiry prepaid, Pay As You Go is your only option with Vodafone. There are no long expiry prepaid plans with Vodafone if you want data inclusions with your recharge. Here are the Pay As You Go plans offered by Vodafone.
Telstra Long Life
As we mentioned up top, Telstra has some seriously good value prepaid plans that include an allotted amount of data to burn through. But if you or a family member have incredibly low smartphone usage habits, Telstra also offers similar Pay As You Go options to Optus and Vodafone. Here is Telstra’s current lineup of long expiry prepaid plans: