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The best 365-day and long-expiry prepaid plans in Australia
Get Nan on the blower, we’ve rounded up the best long-expiry prepaid plans for low-usage customers.
- : Kogan Small - 365 Day Flex Plan
- : Lebara Small 180 Day Plan
- : Woolworths Prepaid $65 Long Expiry Recharge
- : ALDI Mobile $365 Data
- : Optus Flex - $150 SIM (Online Only)
- : Woolworths $150 Long-expiry
There was a time when Long-Expiry plans featured the minimum inclusions and were used more for receiving calls than making them (or parking a phone number), whereas prepaid plans with 30-day recharge cycles included more overall value for calls and data. These days, most Long-Expiry plans have shifted with the times, focusing more on data-usage than phone calls and texts.
In this guide, we're going to take a look at the best long-expiry prepaid plans available in Australia. But first, here's a look at the most popular plans in this category:
Best 365-day long-expiry prepaid mobile plan
Kogan Small 365-day Flex Prepaid Plan
If you're in the market for a top-value 365-day Long-Expiry plan, it's hard to look past Kogan's offer. It offers all the usual unlimited call and SMS trimmings (nationally) and 4G speeds on the Vodafone network. But it also offers a few appealing perks, such as one Qantas point per $2 spent (so 60 points for your $120 recharge.) Kogan also offers instant eSIM activation if you sign-up online; so you can do it all from home immediately. There are a few downsides. Kogan's 365-day Small Flex plan doesn't offer data rollover for example, and it's a Vodafone MVNO, so if coverage is a major concern, you might want to keep scrolling. But if you're happy with those caveats, then Kogan Mobile offers some decent data-per-dollar value and some nice rewards for Qantas customers.
If that's not your cup of tea, take a look at the most popular 365-day (and 1-year) Long-Expiry plans currently available below:
Need more data?
If these long-expiry plans aren't enough to satisfy your appetite for calls and data, head to our round-up of the very best no-contract prepaid deals currently available.
Best 180-day long-expiry prepaid plan
Lebara Small 180 Day Plan
If you don’t want to commit to the full 12 months, Lebara's Small 180-day plan is the best value choice with a decent 80GB of data for $120. Once again, this one shakes out at roughly 13GB per month and costs roughly $20 per month. The plan includes unlimited standard national calls and text, as well as unlimited calls and text to 21 selected countries and another 50 minutes to Zone 1 countries. Lebara operates on the Vodafone 4G mobile network so be sure to check your coverage before signing up.
Here's a further list of 180-day long-expiry plans for comparison.
Best cheap long-expiry mobile plan
Woolworths Prepaid $65 Long Expiry Recharge
For the best cheap long-expiry prepaid plan, at the time of writing that crown was handed to the Woolworths Prepaid $65 Long-Expiry Recharge, which offers unlimited national calls and texts and 15GB of data for $65 per 180 days. Obviously is you guzzle data like water on a hot day, 15GB of data won't suffice for half a year (2.5GB per month), but if you hardly ever use the internet on your phone, this could be a real cost-effective option for you.
Plus, the unused data can be rolled over to be used within the next recharge period which could save some data for the months.
Here are some other cheap long-expiry prepaid plans for comparison:
Best long-expiry Data SIM plan
ALDI Mobile $365 Data Plan
If you're looking for a long-term mobile broadband solution, no provider is offering a better deal than ALDI Mobile at the moment. The Telstra-powered MVNO has three 365-day data-only SIM options at $95 for 30GB, $240 for 185GB and $365 for 365GB. As with most long-expiry plans, you obviously get a lot more value the more you spend per recharge but ALDI's $365 plan makes things even simpler. It's a dollar a day for 1GB of data per day over the year. Of course, you can use more than 1GB per day, you'll just burn through your 365GB faster.
Best long-expiry plans on the Optus network
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:
Best long-expiry on the Telstra network
Woolworths Mobile $150 long-expiry
We've gone with Woolworths Mobile for our pick of the best long-expiry prepaid plans on the Telstra network for a few reasons.
Firstly, it offers decent data-per-dollar value at $150 for 100GB every 365 days (plus unlimited standard national calls). This prepaid plan has data rollover when you recharge before an expiry date, making it an even better deal.
The other reason we've rolled with Woolworths is its included grocery shopping discounts that you can claim every other month. If you spend $500 in one shop at Woolworths, you'll get 10% off, potentially saving yourself $50 per month. It's a great perk for big families where a $500 shop will be enough to get you through the weekend. Woolworths Mobile also offers early bird deals on Samsung Galaxy devices, which makes it one of our top picks for the best postpaid MVNOs on the Telstra network.
Here are a few more popular 365-day long-expiry prepaid options on the Telstra network.
What to look for in a long-expiry prepaid plan
Long-expiry prepaid plans are, by their very nature, relatively straightforward and no-fuss. Their simplicity is a big reason that people opt for them. Still, there's a few things to keep an eye out for when choosing a long-expiry prepaid plan:
There are a few different types of long-expiry prepaid options. The most common is the 365-day recharge, but there are also 90-day and 180-day options. Every now and then, telcos will off one-year recharge options, which won't necessarily last you 365 days, instead they expire on a year from the day you activate.
Different telcos offer different data rollover offers (some don't offer it at all). Some allow you to bank a limited amount of unused data for your next recharge, others let you rollover all of your unused data if you recharge before the expiry date. It's important to know which data rollover or data banking option is available to you before signing up.
Long-expiry prepaid plan and recharge FAQs
In a nutshell, prepaid mobile phone plans are bill-less options that are paid upfront via a recharge purchased in-store, online, or set up with auto-recharge. Essentially, you pay before you use.
Postpaid mobile phone plans on the other hand come with a monthly bill, which you pay after you've used.
When your prepaid plan expires - you'll need to sign up for a renewal if you want to keep using your phone. Some plans let you rollover any unused data if you renew, so check your plan's Ts and Cs to see if they offer that.
It depends, but as a general rule of thumb, prepaid plans tend to be cheaper than postpaid plans. Postpaid plans tend to bundle better overall value into its monthly fee.