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.

Best 365-day expiry
Kogan Mobile
Kogan Small 365 Day Flex Plan
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
First recharge ($179.90) discounted to
$99
Network
Vodafone 4G
Data
100GB
Standard calls and text
Unlimited
Best 180-day expiry
Lebra Mobile
Lebara - Small 180 Day Plan
4 out of 5 stars
4
From
$120
per 180-day recharge
Network
Vodafone 4G
Data
80GB
Standard calls and text
Unlimited
Best cheap long-expiry
Woolsworth Mobile
Woolworths- Prepaid $65 Long Expiry Recharge
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$65
per 180-days
Network
Telstra 4G
Data
15GB
Standard calls/text
Unlimited
Best long-expiry data SIM
Aldi Mobile
ALDI Mobile - $365 Data Plan
5 out of 5 stars
5
Price
$365
per 365-day recharge
Network
Telstra 4G
Data
365GB
Standards Calls/text
Not included
Best long-expiry on Optus 4G
Optus
Optus Flex - $150 SIM (Online Only)
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Discounted to
$150
per year
Network
Optus 4G
Data
100GB
Standard calls/text
Unlimited
Brodie Fogg
Editorial Lead
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November 29, 2022
5 min read

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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:

Most popular long-expiry phone plans in Australia

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: 

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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

pro
Pros
pro Roughly equivalent to 13GB of data per month
pro Decent international call inclusions
pro Now pay $60
con
Cons
con Another Vodafone 4G which won't suit many regional Australians

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

pro
Pros
pro Telstra 4G
pro Competitively priced Prepaid plans
pro Legitimately appealing perks
con
Cons
con Middling reported customer satisfaction

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

pro
Pros
pro Telstra 4G
pro Works out at $1 for 1GB per day
pro Continuous data rollover
con
Cons
con Data-only, no calls or text

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.

ALDI Mobile's 365-day data plans can be used in a tablet or in a compatible USB modem or pocket WiFi device.

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

Read the fine print and pay attention to the terms and duration of your recharge.

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. 

The easiest way to compare long-expiry prepaid options is to calculate the equivalent monthly cost and inclusions. This allows you to compare 180-day and 365-day recharge options in a like-for-like way. For example, Kogan's $120 Small Flex Plan costs $120 for the first year and gets you 80GB of data to use over the year. That works out at roughly $10 and 6.6GB of data per month.

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. 

Again, different telcos have different ways of handling excess data charges. Some will simply charge a per-megabyte rate for all data used in excess of your inclusions, deducting that amount from the dollar value of your recharge amount. Others offer convenient auto-recharge options that automatically top-up your balance via direct debit when you run out of credit or your plan expires

Long-expiry prepaid plan and recharge FAQs

Here are the most commonly asked question we get about long-expiry (365-day) prepaid mobile plans.
What's the difference between prepaid and postpaid?

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.

What happens when a prepaid plan expires?

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.

Are prepaid mobile plans cheaper?

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.

More popular long-expiry deals

Didn't find what you were looking for? Let's recap by taking a look at the most popular long-expiry prepaid mobile plans currently available in Australia. 

Brodie Fogg
Written by
Brodie Fogg
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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