Best Value Pay as You Go (PAYG) Mobile Plans – June 2016

Updated: We’ve updated our analysis with the latest information for February 2016.

Don’t use your phone too often? Pay As You Go plans might be the best way for you to minimise your mobile phone bill. In this post, we’ve looked at Australia’s best value PAYG plans across all mobile networks – see which plan is the best option for you.

 TypeNetworkNational Call rate (per minute)Call connection feeStandard National TextInternational TextData (per megabyte)Data charging incrementsRecharge options
Yomojo PAYGPrepaid or PostpaidOptus 3G/4G$0.11None$0.09$0.35$0.05per KBMinimum $10 (90 day expiry)
Dodo PAYGPrepaidOptus 3G/4G$0.11None$0.11$0.35$0.05per MB$10/60 days
$20-40/90 days
$50/180 days
$100/365 days
Telstra Prepaid SimplicityPrepaidTelstra 3G/4G$0.15None$0.12$0.20$0.10per KB - however officially MB$20/30 days
$30/60 days
$50/90 days
$100/180 days
Amaysim PAYGPrepaid or PostpaidOptus 3G/4G$0.12None$0.12$0.25$0.072per KBMinimum $15 recharge (90 days expiry)
Aldi Mobile PAYGPrepaidTelstra 3G$0.12None$0.12$0.25$0.05per 25KBMinimum $15 recharge (365 day expiry)
Vodafone PAYGPrepaidVodafone 3G/4G$0.10$0.10$0.15$0.15$0.02per 512KB (first 512KB in each session free)Minimum $10 (30 day expiry)
Virgin SimplePrepaidOptus 3G/4G$0.15None$0.15$0.15$2.00 (100MB included)per KBMinimum $19 (90 days expiry)
Optus Long LifePrepaidOptus 3G/4G$0.20None$0.20$0.20$0.05per KBMinimum $30 (186 days expiry)

Analysis: The Option

The best option for you depends on how you use your phone:

  • Need the best network coverage? Telstra Simplicity – for full access to Telstra’s 3G and 4G Network
  • Usually make calls within Australia? Yomojo or Dodo both charge $0.11 per minute with no connection fee.
  • Text within Australia? Yomojo charge just $0.09 per national SMS
  • Text internationally? Vodafone or Virgin both charge $0.15 per international SMS
  • Need Data? Vodafone charges the lowest rate at $0.02 per MB (charged in 512KB increments, with the first 512KB in each session free), while Virgin Simple offers 100MB per recharge, although excess data is charged at the obscene rate of $2/MB
  • Need long expiry? Aldi offers 365 day expiry with just a $15 recharge.

Overall, Yomojo appears to be the best value option if you use your phone to call or text within Australia – charging the lowest rates for both national calls and SMS. However, Yomojo recently went under administration and rebranded – it was previously known as Yatango – so may not be a safe option for new customers.

Apart form this, Aldi, Amaysim and Dodo both have extremely low rates and are well known in the industry. Further, Aldi has the longest expiry by far out of all the options.

We can highly recommend Telstra for their relatively low rates, and their excellent network coverage.

Who offers the best value PAYG Mobile in 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.


2 Responses

  1. mark says:

    Yatango went bust :) YOMOJO took over their customers however YOMOJO website is useless crap..

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