Month-to-Month Plans – Telstra v Optus v Vodafone (May 2017)

In this post, we’ve compared the month-to-month plans of Australia’s three largest carriers – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. Also known as SIM Only, No Contract or Casual plans, these options have both month to month and contract options but you will need to bring your own phone before jumping on board.

Telstra

  • Data Share: $5 per month to share data on an extra SIM (up to 5 extra SIMs)
  • Extra Data: $10 per GB, charged in 1GB blocks
  • Unlimited AFL, NRL & Netball Live Passes – Data Free
  • Apple Music Data Free plus 6 month free subscription
  • Free Wi-Fi Data with Telstra Air
  • 200GB Cloud Storage with OneDrive
PlanCreditCost per minute callTextsDataOtherPrice
Telstra Casual S$300 (300 mins)$1Unlimited500MB$35/month
Telstra Casual M$1000 (1000 mins)$1Unlimited5GB$50/month
Telstra Casual LUnlimited-Unlimited10GBUnlimited international calls to 10 countries$70/month
Telstra Sim Only S - 12 month contract $300 (300 mins)$1Unlimited500MB$35/month
Telstra Sim Only Mx - 12 month contract $1000 (1000 mins)$1Unlimited5GB$40/month
Telstra Sim Only M - 12 month contract $1000 (1000 mins)$1Unlimited8GB$50/month
Telstra Sim Only L - 12 month contract Unlimited-Unlimited15GBUnlimited international calls to 10 countries$70/month

Optus

  • Family Sharing: Data across multiple services shared across one bill at no extra charge
  • Extra Data: $10 per GB, charged in 1GB blocks
  • Free Music Streaming: Google Play music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify
PlanNational minutesTextsInternational minutesDataOtherPrice
Optus Sim Only $30 - 12 month contract UnlimitedUnlimited national + internationalNone1.5GB+500MB purchased onlineFree Music Streaming$30/month
Optus Sim Only $40 - 12 month contract UnlimitedUnlimited national + international300 minutes12GB data (ends 14/05/2017)Free Music Streaming$40/month
Optus Sim Only $55 - 12 month contract UnlimitedUnlimited national + international400 minutes15GB dataFree Music Streaming$55/month
Optus Sim Only $70 - 12 month contract UnlimitedUnlimited national + international500 minutes25GB dataFree Music Streaming$70/month
Optus Sim Only $35 - Month to MonthUnlimitedUnlimited national + internationalNone1.5GB dataFree Music Streaming$35/month
Optus Sim Only $50 - Month to MonthUnlimitedUnlimited national + international300 minutes6GB dataFree Music Streaming$50/month
Optus Sim Only $60 - Month to MonthUnlimitedUnlimited national + international500 minutes9GB dataFree Music Streaming$60/month

Vodafone

  • $5 Roaming: Use data, call and text inclusions in over 50 other countries for $5/day
  • Choice between Red Data and Red Global plans: Choose extra data or international calls
  • Shared Plans: Share any Red Plan and combine the data allowance and receive 500MB bonus per plan shared
  • Extra Data: $10 per GB, charged in 1GB blocks
PlanIncluded valueCalls per minuteTextsInternational MinutesDataOtherPrice
$35 Sim Only RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalNone1.5GB$35/month
$50 Sim Only RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalRed Data: None
Red Global: 300 mins to selected countries, 1000 to Super 1000 countries
Red Data: 8GB
Red Global: 6GB
$50/month
$60 Sim Only RedUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalRed Data: None
Red Global: 300 mins to selected countries, 1000 to Super 1000 countries
Red Data: 11GB
Red Global: 9GB
$60/month
$30 Sim Only Red - 12 months contractUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalNone2GB$30/month
$40 Sim Only Red - 12 months contractUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalRed Data: None
Red Global: 300 mins to selected countries
Red Data: 8GB
Red Global: 6GB
$40/month
$50 Sim Only Red - 12 months contractUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalRed Data: None
Red Global: 300 mins to selected countries, 1000 to Super 1000 countries
Red Data: 12GB
Red Global: 10GB
$50/month
$60 Sim Only Red - 12 months contractUnlimited-Unlimited national + internationalRed Data: None
Red Global: 300 mins to selected countries, 1000 to Super 1000 countries
Red Data: 17GB
Red Global: 15GB
$60/month

Analysis

Which option should you choose? This depends on how you use your phone – but in general:

  • Choose Telstra if you’re after strong network coverage
  • Choose Optus if you’re after the best value for money – Optus offers unlimited calls and texts on all options, and significantly better data allowances compared to the other providers.
  • Choose Vodafone if you need international calls or plan to travel internationally to take advantage of their $5 Roaming Offer

Without taking individual needs into account, we’d say Optus appears to offer the best on-contract phone offer in Australia, with the most competitive pricing.

Who offers the best value month-to-month mobile service Australia? We’d love to hear your thoughts, as well as any feedback or discussion related to the article – comment using the text box below.

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1 Response

  1. Joy says:

    Are there any monthly plans in the $30 range that carry over to the next month any unused portion of previous month. Sim only and retaining same number as now.

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