In an evolving world of ever-cheaper mobile plans, where prices have gotten so low they’re almost giving it away in some cases, there’s some pretty tight profit margins at play. But as someone who works to help power the machinery of Australia’s government — or someone who’s served the country in the military — surely there’s some benefits to be had when shopping for a mobile plan.
Unfortunately, it’s those razor-thin margins that put paid to that idea, no matter how much we’d all like to see those that help run the country — and those that serve to protect it — get a better deal on their phone plans. Telco giant Telstra does offer discounts to veterans who hold the DVA card — but that only applies to a home phone line.
Government Employees and Veterans
That might sound incredibly stingy of the various mobile providers — until you see the prices they’re asking these days, that is. Because even without a discount, you’ll be paying so little for your mobile plan you’ll think back to that expensive old home phone and wonder how people ever justified spending so much for the thing.But what plan should you look for? Well, as a government employee you’ll likely be living a very connected life — emails, website research, booking meals, taxis, flights and more. Even if you have a government-issued phone at your disposal, you’ll want to keep the personal stuff to your own device, and so what you’re after is a smartphone with a plan that gives you a decent data allowance without breaking the bank. A “daily driver”, as some call it.
As a military veteran, on the other hand, you’re possibly retired, possibly doing some work from home, and while you use the internet a fair bit, you don’t really need to worry about it too much on your phone — but then, it’s incredibly useful for when you’re catching public transport, doing some quick online banking, or checking maps when you’re travelling around. A smartphone’s probably what you need as well, but perhaps one that’s geared more towards calls than a super-fast internet experience.
Chances are you already have a smartphone of some kind handy — but if not, there’s a huge range of them to pick from, at prices ranging from under $100 to close to $2000. That’s the cost of buying a phone outright, of course — something you don’t need to do if you opt to buy or lease a phone on a 24-month plan.
The option to lease is a fairly new one in Australia, and basically means you get a brand new phone and pay less per month than the “buy” plans cost — but you don’t own the phone at the end of your contract. Instead, you have to buy it at a price the provider sets — or trade it in for a new model for a nominal fee and start a new contract. Leasing is for those who upgrade their phone every year to the latest model.
Buying is the better option by far — whether that’s on contract, or outright.
So with all that in mind, let’s look at five of the best mobile deals around at the moment — both with and without a phone. If you’ve got your own phone at hand you’re in the best position to save big money, but if you don’t have a smartphone handy, you can get a high quality one surprisingly cheap — as long as you don’t chase the latest and greatest model!
Southern Phone Samsung Galaxy A11
A nicely capable smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy A11 can be had on a two year contract with Southern Phone mobile for $13/month on top of any of their plans, with the X Small plan being a great choice — you get the plan with its unlimited calls and texts on the Optus network, along with 1GB of data, for a total of only $22/month. Alternatively, you can buy the phone outright for $300, which is way cheaper than paying for it on the plan. This is an ideal solution for those wanting unlimited calls but with the ability to use basic internet when needed.
Southern Phone Best SIM Plans
Get connected from wherever you are with Southern Phone’s SIM only plans, powered by Optus. 12-month plans with unlimited calls & text start from only $9/mth.
Moose 21.80 Plan
Still looking for more data? If you need a plan that gives you more room to enjoy streaming through your mobile phone, then we highly recommend checking out Moose’s $21.80/month plan. It’s currently on offer, giving you 20GB data for 24 months! Plus unlimited calls and texts on Optus’ full 4G Plus network. With Moose Mobile’s monthly plans, you’ll also have the flexibility to change it up depending on your needs and budget.
Best-Value Plans from Moose
Get your money’s worth with Moose Mobile’s range of affordable and high-value plans. No-contract plans start at $8.80/mth, powered by the Optus 4G network.
Telstra $65 Mobile Plan
Going with Telstra comes with a few key advantages — not least their stellar network, which operates at full 4GX speed with the right phone. What that means is flawless internet service no matter where you are, and crystal-clear calls with coverage across Australia, unrivalled by any other provider.
Telstra’s $65 phone plan gives you 80GB total data — plenty for streaming and daily use with no excess data charges — and unlimited talk and text across Australia. The value comes from pairing this plan with any of the latest devices (or even the old yet highly capable ones) with no lock-in contract. With Telstra’s postpaid plans, you can add a new phone to any of the telco’s month-to-month plans, which you can pay off over 24 months.
The cheapest handset currently offered is the Samsung Galaxy A30 for around 16 bucks per month, on a 24-month device repayment option. Going postpaid with Telstra also gives you more perks; right now they’re offering three months of BINGE and one month of Foxtel Now streaming for free.
Telstra Mobile plans with free sport added
Telstra offers full access to live and on-demand games from AFL, AFLW, NRL, Netball and A-League for Telstra mobile customers. Just take a Telstra postpaid (from $55 p/m) or Prepaid ($30 recharge) mobile plan and you’re in!
Woolworths 20GB Phone Plan
Woolworths is a great contender if you’re looking for affordable plans that are generous with data allowances and cheap phone repayment options. For only $30/30 days, you’ll get 20GB data plus unlimited calls and text on Telstra’s mobile network. All phone plans also include 100GB data bank, 10GB bonus data every three months, and 2GB bonus data each month.
There are plenty of handsets to choose from and the telco also often offers marked down Samsung smartphones. The cheapest currently offered is the FZ One with a device repayment of only $5/month for 36 months. Plus, with Woolworths Rewards you can also get 10% off your grocery bills every month when you link your rewards account to your mobile account.
Worthwhile Family Mobile Plans
Get everyone connected with Woolworths’ Mobile Plans. Enjoy unlimited calls & texts, large data + bonuses with plans from $10/mth. Plus, get 10% off your grocery shop once a month as a Woolworths Mobile customer.
While the lack of mobile discounts for government employees and veterans might seem a little stingy, the reality is that prices are so incredibly low and fiercely competitive in the mobile world right now that you’ll find yourself paying a lot less than you’d think, regardless of whether you’re looking for a new phone or just a SIM for your current one. Use these deals as a jumping-off point and explore these providers’ other offers. We’re pretty sure you’ll find something that fits your needs perfectly.