The headline of this article is as much a challenge for me as it's a promise to you. Spending my days looking at phone plans, and talking to people about phone plans, I know better than most that everyone needs something slightly different. Price, data, coverage, international calls, data rollover, contracts: the list of variables is long and each complicates the task.
But, I'm up to the task. So without further ado, I will now attempt to pick the one, single best phone plan under $50 per month for absolutely everyone.
For me, right now, the Optus $45 My Plan Plus SIM Only plan is the pick of the litter, especially at its currently discounted price (until 2 September). There's something for everyone in this plan.
For starters, the price of the data is $1.20 per GB if you do a straight data per dollar conversion. There are plans offering cheaper data, like the Think Mobile plan with 80GB for $48 per month, but this Optus plan delivers more data than most people need, and it costs a fair bit less than the target price of $50 per month.
But it's not just about data; it's all of the extras that put this plan so far in front. You get 300 minutes of calls to 35 overseas countries, data-free music streaming, an Optus Sport subscription, and the option to add data-free video streaming for another $5 per month. The only real downside is that the plan requires a 12-month commitment, but I think this is a fair trade off for everything included in the bundle.
But like I said above, everyone needs something a bit different, so here are other solid plan options for $50 or less. The list is ordered with the highest data inclusions at the top.
The more expensive Optus plan is also a good option, with more data and unlimited international calls. And the Think Mobile plan is hard to avoid with that mammoth data inclusion. If you're after a plan on the Telstra network, then Woolworth's Mobile is your best bet.
Joe Hanlon is Publisher at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website. He’s been writing about phones and plans for far too long.