The Best 'SIM Only' Phone Plans You Can Get Right Now

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Whenever a big new phone launches, telcos will try and woo you into a 24-month contract with glossy deals and big bonuses. However, buying your phone outright and signing up for a SIM-only plan can often save you money in the long run.

If you can't afford to drop $2000 upfront on a shiny new handset, you should still consider grabbing one of these plans. (Your old phone is probably just fine.)

If you're considering a new device - say a Galaxy S10 or Huawei P30 Pro - or even just want a new plan for your current phone, it's worth taking a look at your SIM-only options.

The SIM-only market encompasses 12-month contracts, month-to-month plans, and prepaid. No matter which you prefer, there are awesome deals to be found. So, in no particular order, here are five of our favourite SIM-only plans available right now:

Think Mobile

This Think Mobile plan offers some of the best data-for-dollar around: $48 per month gets you a sizeable 80GB. The plan is pretty barebones - the only other inclusions are unlimited talk and text - but that's not a huge trade-off when you get so much data. You will however need to sign a 12-month contract.

Think Mobile is powered by the Vodafone 4G network.

Optus

Optus might not be known for its prepaid plans, but they're solid options if you're a bit commitment-phobic. $30 per 28-day recharge gets you 10GB of data, and an extra 10GB of streaming data for Netflix, Stan, and ABC iview. If you're a new customer and sign-up before June 3, you'll get an extra 25GB of bonus data on your first three recharges, for a total of 35GB.

Exetel

If you'd prefer something contract-free, Exetel's latest range includes an 18GB plan for $29.99 per month. Once again, this plan is a no-frills situation, but excellent bang-for-buck nonetheless. Especially given that it's commitment-free.

Exetel is powered by the Optus 4G network.

Vodafone

Vodafone's data inclusions aren't quite as high as what some other providers offer at the moment, but 40GB is still a pretty decent allowance. More importantly, this plan includes $5 per day global roaming, which is still easily the best telco travel solution around. This plan is normally $45 per month, but if you sign up before April 16, you'll pay $40 per month instead.

Boost Mobile

If you're after Telstra coverage without paying Telstra prices, Boost is one of the best options around. Unlike most other Telstra MVNOs, Boost has access to the entire Telstra network, rather than just select parts. It helps that Boost has pretty good plans too: $30 gets you a 28-day recharge with 20GB. If you sign up before May 13, you'll get a bonus 15GB on your first five recharges for a total of 35GB.

Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.

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Comments

    How about Kogan 365 days plan, I think it's a sweet deal. they are on Vodafone 4G

    Vodafone red sim, and only pay for what you use. No contract, no up-front fees and BYO phone, for someone who rarely ever uses a mobile except in emergencies. Even if you do use it occasionally, its still cheaper than a plan!

      Hi, could only find this There are two types of SIM only contracts on Vodafone; 30-days and 12 months.The best value can be found in the 12 month deals, as they lock you into using Vodafone for an entire year before you can switch. That means cheaper bills each month. Taken from : https://www.vodafone.com.au/plans/sim-only/state/month-to-month
      Could you please post a link to the one you mean ? I use exetel, $8.99 per/month - unlimited AUS calling with 2 gigs data. See : https://www.exetel.com.au/mobilephone/super-saver-4g - which is a no contract deal . I do not work for exetel or promote exetel products elsewhere.....

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