Picking a new phone plan can be confusing, especially if you're going down the SIM-only route. New providers are popping up all the time, and it can feel like plans are changing on a daily basis. There's a lot to consider.
If you just want a simple answer, it can pay to follow the crowd and get an idea of what everyone else is buying. With that in mind, here are this week's top five SIM-only and prepaid plans according to around a million WhistleOut users.
The five plans below aren't the cheapest, nor do they have most data, but they're the plans most WhistleOut users are interested in, based on weekly clicks. Given WhistleOut tracks hundreds of plans from over 30 providers, hitting the top of the charts isn't an easy task.
Here are the current champions:
Telstra $30 Prepaid Max
Prepaid is the cheapest way to get a plan with Telstra, and its $30 recharge is a solid deal. You'll get 20GB for $30 on your first three 28-day recharges if you sign up before February 17. After the first three recharges your monthly allowance goes down to 10GB, but the plan also has a few other nifty features like data rollover and unlimited standard international calls to 20 countries, a perk that costs extra on Telstra postpaid plans.
Circles.Life 20GB Monthly Plan
Circles.Life is one of the newest mobile providers in Australia, but it's already making a splash thanks to some big discounts. Right now, Circles is offering its 20GB plan for just $18 per month, making it one of the best bang-for-buck plans around.
Better yet, the plan includes 3GB of "bill shock protection" which kicks in free of charge if you go over your allowance, so you're essentially getting 23GB per month.
To get this deal, you'll need to use the promo code 10FOR12. The discount will last for 12 months, after which time you'll pay $28 per month. All of Circles' plans are contract-free however, so you can leave whenever you want. If you're keen to get this deal, you'll need to sign up by November 30 and activate your SIM before the end of the year.
Circles is powered by the Optus network.
Belong Small 1GB Plan
Belong's $10 plan is another popular option on the cheaper end of the spectrum. In fact, it's the cheapest SIM-only plan on the Telstra network. While it only gets you 1GB, it's contract-free and has perks like data rollover and gifting that you tend not find on other cheap plans.
Optus $30 Epic Data Prepaid
Optus has its own solid prepaid deal that gets you 35GB for $30 on your first three 28-day recharges. This drops back to 10GB after, but the plan does also include 10GB of streaming data just for Netflix, Stan, and ABC iview. If you're mostly using mobile data to binge Netflix on the go, that's a hell of a perk.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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