Here are the best cheap mobile plans in Australia

Chick out these cheap, cheap plans...

The best thing about the advent of more telcos is the inevitable race to rock-bottom prices as they vie for consumer bucks and ongoing loyalty. These days, you can score a decent plan for under $20. And you only need to make a small increase to your budget to add big data and shiny perks.

In this guide, we take a closer look at the best-value SIM-Only plans (Prepaid and Postpaid), kicking off with those under $10 and stretching up to a max cost of $40.

Best cheap phone plan: $10 and below

At this price point, plans generally come with around 1GB of data, which is not bad for only $10! But this month there’s a good promo running from the Optus-powered Spintel that’ll get you a substantial amount of data for under $10 per month – well, for the first six months. Afterwards, it’ll revert to $14.95.

Not quite what you’re after? Here are the most popular mobile plans for $10 and under today.

Best cheap mobile plan: $20 and below

For those looking for a bit more versatility in a SIM-only plan, there are more options (and more data) to be found in this next 10-buck bracket. And of course, plans also come with unlimited calls and texts. This month’s top pick is Moose Mobile‘s $19.80 SIM Only promo, which runs on the Optus 4G Plus network and offers a generous 20GB of data for a full month of usage. One thing to be aware of is that this promo lasts for 12 months if you sign up before March 31. After those 12 months, it’ll revert to the original $23.80.

If you want to check out your options, here are some more popular plans at this price point.

Best cheap phone plan: $30 and below

At this price bracket, this is where you start to tap into a healthy dose of data and some great extras. Currently, Circles.Life is holding a massive sale on all their plans, and if you get in before April 30, you can score a huge 50GB of data for just $20 per month for the first 12 months when you use the promo code 50NEWYEAR.

Outside of the promo, it’s 20GB of data for $28 per month, which is still a pretty good deal.

Not sold on Circles.Life’s offering? Take a look at the table below for more popular data-heavy plans at $30 per month or less.

Best cheap mobile plan: $40 and below

This is the price bracket where you can sniff out a stack of data and shinier bells and whistles. Circles.Life comes out on top once again with their gargantuan 100GB plan, which is currently on sale until April 30 for $30 for the first 12 months using the promo code 100NEWYEAR. Afterwards, the price reverts to $38 per month, which is still comfortably within this price bracket and still packs the same big data punch.

Want to see what else is out there? Take a look at the most popular plans below $40 per month for comparison.

Best cheap ‘unlimited’ data plan

If a hundred gigs still won’t suffice, there is one more option. While there are no truly ‘unlimited’ data plans in Australia, there are a decent handful that offer ‘endless’ or ‘infinite’ data, which means you can use as much data as you please, but it will be speed-capped.

The best option for most people is Felix Mobile‘s $35 subscription plan, which offers ‘endless’ data that’s capped at 20Mbps. At that speed, you can do most things comfortably, from streaming HD video, updating apps, online shopping, scrolling through social media and video chatting with friends and family. Really, the only thing you’ll struggle with is downloading large files, which may take a while.

Outside of Felix, only the big three offer capped-speed ‘endless’ data. You’ll get a certain amount of data to use at full 4G or 5G speeds (depending on your plan), but if you go over, you’ll be capped at a measly 1.5Mbps (Telstra and Optus) or between 2 and 25Mbps on Vodafone. Here are their most popular plans.

Cheap mobile plans on the Telstra network

If you have coverage requirements that don’t match up with your budget, there are plenty of MVNOs on the Telstra wholesale network that will connect you to the largest mobile network in Australia for a fraction of the cost. Here’s an updated list of the cheapest mobile plans on the Telstra network.

Cheap mobile plans on the Optus network

If Optus works best in your area, and you’re not interested in switching to Telstra or Vodafone, there’s a bunch of smaller providers that offer access to the Optus 4G network for lower monthly price (though Optus plans can be quite cheap).

Cheap mobile plans on the Vodafone network

Unlike Telstra and Optus, Vodafone doesn’t have any postpaid MVNOs. It does, however, have a healthy mix of budget prepaid providers that use its network. If you’re in a place with ample Vodafone coverage, and you’re only interested in cutting back your monthly bills, check out the most popular plans on Vodafone’s network.

The cheapest of the cheap mobile plans

In our top picks above, we’ve tried to highlight the cheapest plans that offer reasonable data and call inclusions. However, if you’re simply after the cheapest prepaid and postpaid plans and recharges Australian telcos provide, take a look at the table below for some truly dirt-cheap mobile plans.

The 10 cheapest prepaid and postpaid mobile plans in Australia
Dodo$5 Mobile PlanUnlimitedNone$5 per month
Tangerine1GB SIM OnlyUnlimited1GB$9.90 per month
C MobileC RedUnlimited1GB$9.90 per month (plus $6.90 upfront)
Spintel$14.95 Mobile PlanUnlimited4GB$9.95 per month for first 6 months
LycamobileUnlimited 10Unlimited1GB$10 per 28-day recharge
Woolworths MobilePrepaid Mobile $10 RechargeUnlimited1GB$10 per 30-day recharge
OptusMy Prepaid Daily Plus – $10 RechargeUnlimited500MB$10 per 30-day recharge
PennytelExtra Small – 1GBUnlimited2GB$10.99 per month for first 3 months
Amaysim$12 UNLIMITED PlanUnlimited2GB$12 per month
Moose Mobile12.80 SIM Only PromoUnlimited6GB$12.80 per month for the first 12 months

Now that you know, here are your next steps.

Need more data? Check out the best SIM-Only plans


Or if you want to go even cheaper, read up on long-expiry plans