Updated 30th January 2020
There used to be a stigma associated with cheap prepaid mobile phones and plans. They are an option people chose when they couldn’t afford a long-term contract. Prepaid plans have always been a convenient option for those that want more flexibility, but at the cost of a more expensive service overall.
All that’s now changed. Prepaid mobile plans offer some of the best value. They also give you flexibility in a rapidly-changing mobile market, where today’s best mobile plan could easily be next month’s worst! With a prepaid plan, you have the power to change providers, swap plans whenever it suits, or buy a mobile phone to meet your budget (one that’s yours to keep or later sell, if you like).
What are the Best Prepaid Mobile Plans?
Prepaid used to be all about “choose your recharge amount and deal with the high call and text costs”. Today’s prepaid plans give you value for money, with many offering unlimited calls and text messaging as a baseline. There are some people who rarely use their mobile phone – they have it in case of emergency, or to receive calls – so for those people, spending money every 30 days to recharge their prepaid service would be wasted money. For them, the best-prepaid plans could be the ones others scoff at – low call and data allowance, but a long expiry time.
If you spend most of your time on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media, it’s all about the data. Most providers offer prepaid plans that hone in on raw data allowance. Lucky for you, this usually comes with unlimited calls and texts as standard. The monthly recharge cost will depend on the volume of data you get. Let’s look at some of the best prepaid plans from OVO Mobile, Telstra and even Woolies.
Telstra Mobile Prepaid Plans
Long-life prepaid plans – like those offered by Telstra – come in handy. With recharges starting at $20 and extending out to $100, these plans can keep your phone on air for as long as a year between recharge. To extend that far, you’d need to pick the $70 recharge at a minimum so it’s far better value for the true super-occasional user to pick the $30 recharge that lasts a full 6 months, bringing the minimum annual cost down to only $60. These are more “traditional” prepaid plans where calls, texts, and data are all charged. They can be perfect for someone who just needs to have a phone when they need it.
For included unlimited calls and texts with generous data allowance, Telstra offers Prepaid Max. These prepaid plans include up to $100 extra credit. They all include unlimited
amaysim Prepaid Mobile Plans
For ‘the browser’, their phone is a phone – it makes calls and keeps them in touch with friends – even friends overseas. amaysim’s prepaid offerings cater to this mid-range usage brilliantly. They offer unlimited calls and texts from only $10/30days and this already comes with 2GB data. Subsequent plans are Unlimited 5GB, 30GB, 45GB, and 60GB for $20, $30, $40, and $50 per 30 days, respectively. $30 and above plans include unlimited international standard calls to 10 countries while the $50 plan adds 300 minutes of international calls to 22 more countries.
Woolworths Prepaid Mobile Plans
Woolworths has prepaid plans starting from $10 per month. For the cheapest plan, customers already get unlimited calls and texts to standard numbers in Australia, 1GB data, and 200GB data banking. Most plans also include a free 12-month free subscription to Family Zone, which is perfect for families with kids. The rest of the three plans are as follows: $20/month for 6GB, $30/month for 30GB, $40/month for 42GB, and $50/month for 55GB. Then there’s also Woolworths’ rewards card, delivering ongoing discounts and other benefits, saving you money in the long run. The $30 and above prepaid plans also include unlimited standard international calls and text to 22 selected countries.
What is the best Prepaid Mobile Plan for you?
You might pick a prepaid plan, then discover it doesn’t suit your usage, but fear not – you can swap to a different one any time. That’s the killer benefit of prepaid that no other type of phone plan can match. Prepaid plans are no longer the only option for those who can’t get or don’t want a contract. These days, prepaid mobile plans are the smart way to go.