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Best 365-day and long expiry prepaid mobile plans
Get Nan on the blower, we’ve rounded up the best 365-day prepaid and long expiry plans for low-usage customers.
- : Kogan Medium 365 Day Flex Plan
- : Lebara Small 180 Day Plan
- : Kogan Small 365 Day Flex Plan
- : ALDI Mobile $365 Data
- : Amaysim UNLIMITED 60GB Long Expiry
- : Woolworths $170 Long-expiry
There was a time when 365-day prepaid mobile 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 Medium 365 Day Flex Plan
If you're in the market for a top-value 365-day Long-Expiry plan, it's hard to look past this one from Kogan. It offers all the usual unlimited call and SMS trimmings (nationally), 158GB of data and 4G speeds on the Vodafone network.
If you sign up before June 11, you'll also $169 on the usual price and get an extra 42GB that brings things up to a total to 200GB. Recharges will revert the cost to the usual rate, but if you're after a lot of data and 365-day expiry this is a standout choice.
On top of that, this plan offers a few other nifty perks, such as the ability to earn one Qantas point per $2 spent (so 60 points for your $120 recharge.) and instant eSIM activation if you sign-up online; so you can do it all from home immediately.
For comparison, take a look at the most popular 365-day (and 1-year) Long-Expiry plans currently available for less than $200 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
If you don’t want to commit to the full 12 months with a 1 year prepaid phone plan, the Lebara 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 365 day prepaid plan
Kogan Small 365 Day Flex Plan
For the best cheap long-expiry prepaid plan, at the time of writing that crown was handed to the Kogan Small 365 Day Flex Plan, which offers unlimited national calls and texts and 120GB of data for $99 per 365 days.
Obviously, if you guzzle data like water on a hot day then 120GB of data won't suffice for a full year (roughly 10GB per month), but if you hardly ever use the internet on your phone, this could be a really cost-effective option for you.
The only catch here is that you'll revert to the usual $179.90 on the first recharge and you have to sign up before the 11th of June in order to get the cheaper price and the upgrade from the usual 80GB of data.
Here are some other cheap long-expiry prepaid plans for comparison:
Best 365 day data only prepaid 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.
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
Amaysim UNLIMITED 60GB Long Expiry
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:
Optus MVNO long-expiry prepaid plans
Best long-expiry on the Telstra network
Woolworths Mobile $170 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 $170 for 125GB 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.
Telstra MVNO long-expiry prepaid plans
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 365 day or 1 year prepaid phone 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.
The following carriers in our database on mobile plans offer 365 day prepaid plans.
- Catch Connect
- Kogan Mobile
- Coles Mobile
- Woolworths Mobile
While 365 day and 1 year prepaid phone plans do command an expensive upfront cost, they can sometimes work out to be cheaper than their month-to-month counterparts. However, the downside of this affordability is that they tend to offer significantly less value from a dollars-per-gigabyte perspective. You're paying less, but you aren't getting as much for your money.
Long expiry, 365 day and 1 year prepaid phone plans are great for those who don't use that much data or like the idea of locking in the cost of their phone bill ahead of time. However, they aren't necessarily going to be the right for everyone as monthly plans can offer significantly more data, perks and flexibility.