The Best Mobile Plans Under $30

The Best Mobile Plans Under $30
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If you feel like you’re paying for more than you need with your current mobile plan, or you want a cheaper option that has the same amount of data, then it might be time for a change.

Swapping to a smaller provider with a SIM-only plan is the best way to save money on a mobile plan. These smaller providers – also known as MVNOs – are powered by the Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone networks, but tend to offer much cheaper phone plans. This is because they have lower overheads, smaller advertising budgets, don’t always stock handsets, and tend to be a more barebones affair. You’re getting data, talk, and text with these plans, and not much more.

Here are some of the cheapest mobile phone plans available in Australia right now, broken down by price.

The cheapest mobile phone plans in Australia under $10 per month

While there are a few mobile plans that won’t cost you more than $10 per month, most of these prices are due to introductory discounts. So while you’ll be paying $10 or less now, that price will increase after your first six months elapse. Your monthly data allowance is pretty limited for most mobile plans in this price bracket.

As far as the best value plan goes, Moose Mobile is offering a whopping 25GB of data for only $9.80 per month.

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TPG is running a half-price discount for new customers that lasts for the first six months of your plan. That means you can get a 12GB plan for $10 per month, and then pay $20 per month thereafter. As far as data caps go, this is the best you’ll get within this price range.

TPG’s sibling network, iiNet, has a similar half-off deal across all of its mobile plans too, although you’ll get less data for the same price. With iiNet, you’ll get a data allowance of 8GB and pay $10 per month for the first six months.

Both TPG and iiNet are powered by the Vodafone network.

If you don’t want to mess around with a plan that’ll increase in price after a discount period ends, Dodo is offering a 2GB plan with a flat rate of $10 per 30-day renewal. That’s not a huge amount of data, but for a plan that’ll always be under $10 per month, it’s the only offer available. Dodo is powered by Optus’ 4G Plus mobile network.

The cheapest mobile phone plans in Australia under $20 per month

As far as the cheapest plan in this price range goes, Moose Mobile is offering a plan with some solid data-to-dollar value. You’ll get 25GB of data and pay $11.80 per month for the first eight months, and then $24.80 per month thereafter.

If you want to keep the cost of your phone bill under $20, even at full price, Moose also has a plan that comes with a 15GB data cap where you’ll pay $14.80 per month for the first eight months of your connection. After that discount period passes you’ll be paying $19.80 per month. Moose is powered by the Optus 5G Plus mobile network.

TPG is a great pick for those who want a little extra data each month. Its 25GB phone plan will set you back $12.50 per month for your first six months, and $25 per month thereafter. If you’re an existing TPG internet customer, the full rate drops to $20 per month, which is great news if you have a hard cap of $20.

TPG’s 45GB plan also has some great dollar-to-data value in this price bracket, although its full price exceeds the $20 cap. You’ll pay $15 per month for the first six months of this plan, and then $30 per month thereafter. However, all of TPG’s mobile plans are contract-free, so you can swap to a cheaper plan or jump to a different provider once the discount period is over.

SpinTel is also worth considering. A 25GB plan will set you back $14 per month for your first six months, and $22 per month thereafter. SpinTel is powered by the Optus 4G Plus mobile network.

As far as the most data you can get for $20 or less goes, Circles.Life is offering a plan discount combined with a lot of bonus data. With this provider, you can currently score 150GB of data for only $20 per month. However, this will only last for the first six months of your plan. Once that period is over your data allowance will roll back to 50GB per month and your phone bill will see a pretty steep increase to $50 per month.

The cheapest mobile phone plans in Australia under $30 per month

As we move up the price scale, you start to get access to Telstra-powered providers, like Tangerine. You’ll get 12GB of data while paying $22 per month, which makes it one of the cheaper plans in this price range. However, as far as data allowances go, there are plans with better value, from other providers and Tangerine itself. Spending $27 per month with Tangerine will get you a data allowance of 25GB.

Dodo is currently running a pretty solid introductory offer where it’ll double the data allowance of its $25 per month plan. You’ll get a monthly data cap of 50GB for the first three months of your connection, before dropping back to the standard 25GB.

Once again, TPG is one of the best value options available. You can currently sign up for its 45GB plan and only pay $15 per month for the first six months of your connection. Once that introductory period ends, you’ll be paying $30 per month.

If you want a lot of data that’ll always be under $30, then take a look at Kogan Mobile, which has a 40GB plan for $25 per month. Although your first month will only be $20. Kogan is powered by the Vodafone network.

If you want a bit more data, Felix Mobile has a 50GB plan that’s currently $15 per month for the first three months of your connection. Once this introductory period ends, the plan’s price will increase to $30 per month, which will still keep you nicely within this price range. You’ll need to use the promo code FELIX50.

Everyday Mobile has a prepaid plan that includes 32GB at $30 per month. While that’s a fairly average data allowance in this price tier, what makes this plan stand out is that it includes a bonus offer where you can save 10 per cent on your grocery shop once per month at eligible Woolworths shops.

If you want a 5G plan, your best bet is Telstra’s budget brand, Belong. The provider is currently offering a 25GB plan for a flat rate of $29 per month.

There’s also Amaysim, which is powered by Optus’ 5G network and is currently offering a 32GB plan for $30 per renewal. As a bonus, you’ll only pay $15 and get an extra 18GB of data (to a total of 50GB).

If you want a lot of data, Circles.Life will give you an extra 40GB of data while knocking $20 off your phone bill for the first six months of your plan. That means you’ll be paying $30 per month for 140GB. While this deal isn’t as good as the one covered in the previous price tier, it does offer a larger standard data allowance of 100GB once that six-month period ends. This plan’s full price is $50 per month.

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