Best mobile plans for July 2023
We’ve selected 5 top picks based on price, network and features to help you find the best mobile phone plan in Australia.
Finding the best mobile phone plan for youAt the start of each month, our team of mobile experts analyse all the latest mobile deals in the market to find the best value plans for a wide range of categories. There is no singular mobile plan that will work perfectly for everyone.
To help you find the right mobile plan, we've evaluated hundreds of plans based on a value score. These top picks were awarded on July 24 based on the prices and deals available at that time.
Top pick: Best mobile plan under $20
Coles Prepaid $20
Calls & Text
per 30 days
Top pick: Best prepaid mobile plan
iiNet Mobile Large Plan
Calls & Text
for the first 6 months then 40GB for $29.99. T&Cs apply.
Top pick: Best postpaid mobile plan
Belong 40GB SIM
Calls & Text
data. Slowed down to 1Mbps after full speed data used up
Top pick: Best plan on the Telstra network
Tangerine Telecom 42GB Mobile SIM
Calls & Text
for the first 6 months then 42GB for $34.90. T&Cs apply. Ends 31.7.23
Top pick: Best plan on the Optus network
AGL Medium 4G Mobile
Calls & Text
$20/mth for the first 12 months, then $30/mth after for AGL energy customers. T&Cs apply. Ends 31.7.23
Top pick: Best iPhone plan
Top pick: Best Samsung plan
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How do you find the best mobile plan?
The best mobile plan for you will depend on your personal preferences. Here are some of the things to consider to help get you started:
While there are dozens of mobile plan retailers, there are just 3 network operators. In order of coverage, they are Telstra (99.5%), Optus (98.5%) and TPG/Vodafone (96%).
You can check coverage in your area online before you sign up because even in metropolitan areas, there may be coverage gaps.
While a few providers offer unlimited data, most people don't need very much data at all. The average Australian uses 10.2GB a month according to the ACCC Communications Market Report.
You can use our mobile data usage calculator to get an estimate of how much data you use, but it's also a good idea to check your latest bill.
When choosing our top picks, we considered a broad range of features that are useful to have, including data rollover, Wi-Fi calling and international calls and texts.
That being said, you may just be happy with a regular plan with national calls and texts and data. If that sounds like you, don't be fooled by fancy extras and stick to a simpler plan for cheaper instead.
If you're getting a new phone on a plan, you'll need to decide how much you can afford for the repayment period. You can typically choose between 12-, 24- and 36-month repayment periods.
Keep in mind that while a 36-month repayment period will have a "smoothing" effect on your monthly bill, you may miss out on better deals that come along within that 3-year period while you stay with the same provider.
Compare to find the best mobile plan
Use the filters on the table to start comparing mobile plans to find the one that best suits your needs.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
Methodology: How we researched the best mobile plans
- We looked at mobile plans in our database for personal use only.
- This includes major providers that operate Australia-wide across the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks.
- We calculated a value score for each plan in our database weighted as follows: 70% cost per gigabyte over the first 12 months of the plan, 20% mobile network coverage and 10% features (including data rollover 6%, Wi-Fi calling 3% and international call inclusions 1%).
To select the overall winner of each category, we ranked the plans in our database via their final value score.
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