Whenever a big new phone launches, telcos will try and woo you into a 24-month contract with glossy deals and big bonuses. However, if you're happy to buy the device outright, signing up for a SIM-only plan can save you a bunch of money in the long run. It can also score you way more data.
If you're considering a new phone - say, a Galaxy S9 - or even just want a new plan for your current handset, 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 our top 10 SIM-only plans with at least 10GB of data.
If you're just after the cheapest 10GB plan, Optus-powered provider Exetel is your best bet. $24.99 per month gets you 10GB of data, unlimited talk and text, and $50 of international talk. You will however need to sign a 12-month contract.
#2 Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile has cut the price of all its 12-month SIM-only plans by 20% until June 28, resulting in some top notch deals. Our pick is the discounted $40 per month plan. Now $32 per month, the plan gets you 15GB, unlimited talk and text, and $200 of international talk and text.
Other Virgin Mobile perks include data rollover, data gifting, and data-free streaming for Spotify and Google Play Music
If you want a phone plan on the Telstra network without paying Telstra prices, Belong is a good place to start. $45 per month gets you 15GB of data, and unlimited talk and text. If you sign-up before the end of March, you'll also get a bonus 30GB "welcome gift" to use during your first month.
If you do run out of data, Belong has one of the better excess data rates around: $10 gets you an extra 2GB, which is a welcome improvement over the industry standard of $10 per GB. All of Belong's mobile plans are contract-free.
#4 Boost Mobile
If you'd prefer a prepaid plan on the Telstra network, Boost Mobile is another comparatively affordable option. As with Belong, $45 gets you 15GB of data, and unlimited talk and text. The plan is offered on a 28-day expiry though, so you will need to recharge 13 times per year, making it a little more expensive. You do however get data-free access to Apple Music and 100 minutes of international calls.
Amaysim's $45 prepaid recharge is almost identical to the above plan from Boost - 15GB of data, and unlimited talk and text - but on Optus' network. While you don't get data-free music, you get a more comprehensive international calling inclusion: unlimited standard calls to ten countries, and 300 minutes for an additional 22.
Once again, the plan is offered with a 28-day expiry, so you will end up recharging 13 times per year.
#6 Think Mobile
If you don't want to sign a 12-month contract but still want a postpaid plan, consider Think Mobile. The Vodafone-powered telco is running a double data promo on its $37 per month plan, giving you 20GB of data for your first 12 months, as well as the standard unlimited talk and text. This offer runs until the end of April.
#7 & #8 Optus
Optus has gone a little crazy and is running a double data promo on its already generous 12-month SIM-only plans. $40 per month gets you 30GB, or $60 per month gets you 100GB. Yep, one hundred gigabytes.
The plans also include unlimited talk and text, at least $300 international minutes, and an Optus Sport subscription. Other perks include data-free music streaming through Spotify and Google Play, and data-free video streaming through Netflix and Stan. Not that you need anything data-free when you've got 100GB. These promos run until March 25.
#9 Woolworths Mobile
If you're looking for more than 20GB, Woolworths Mobile is currently running one of the best deals on the Telstra network. Sign up before April 15, and you'll get 25GB for $50 per month, along with unlimited talk and text, and unlimited international text.
Even though this is a postpaid plan with a 12-month contract, there's no automatic top-ups if you burn through your data ahead of schedule. If you want extra, you'll need to explicitly purchase a top-up, which can be helpful if you need to control your spend.
#10 Jeenee Mobile
Prefer a phone plan with a side of warm fuzzies? Jeenee Mobile uses part of its profits to provide free phone service to Australians living with a disability. And its plans are pretty good too.
If you sign up before May 31, you can get Jeenee's $45 plan for $36 per month. It includes 23GB of data, unlimited talk and text, and $500 of international calls. You will however need to sign a 12-month contract and pay a $10 setup fee. Jeenee's mobile plans are powered by the Optus network.
Alex Choros is Associate Editor at WhistleOut, Australia’s phone and internet comparison website. All his useful knowledge has been replaced with fun facts about mobile and broadband plans.