Affordable 4G: plans with speed and savings

Summary: You might be surprised to learn that fast 4G mobile speeds don't come with a premium price-tag. Here are some of the best and cheapest 4G SIM-only plans in Australia.

By at WhistleOut |

4G mobile broadband speeds are the latest and greatest in internet connectivity for mobile phones, but you might be surprised to learn that it won’t cost you extra to take advantage of the huge speed boost. In fact, you might even save some money switching to one of these plans.

Jeenee Mobile

Network: Optus 4G


$15 $25 $35
Calls $200 credit $500 credit $650 credit
Text Part of credit Unlimited Unlimited
Data 250MB 1.5GB 3GB
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Jeenee is a network with a difference. Not only does it offer fast 4G service at affordable prices, but it is actually a not-for-profit organisation tasked with providing important mobile phone services to people living with a disability.

Every new customer who signs up with Jeenee Mobile automatically contributes towards providing a free phone and service for someone with a disability who needs it. Just 10 people signing up to Jeenee’s $35 Plan in a month is enough to donate a free service.

Optus

Network: Optus 4G


$30 $45 $60
Calls 300 minutes Unlimited minutes Unlimited minutes
Text Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Data 1.5GB (up from 500MB) 3GB (up from 2GB) 6GB (up from 5GB)
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It used to be that you had to look to the smaller network brands to find high-value 4G offerings, but not so anymore. Following price changes last year, Optus now has one of the most competitive SIM-only plans in the country, with unlimited calls and messages plus 2GB of data at 4G speeds for $45.

Even better, Optus currently has a 1GB bonus data deal going. If you sign up to a SIM-Only plan before April 6 2015, you'll get an extra 1GB per month for as long as you stay up to date with your payments.

You can also choose to share your data with multiple devices, like a tablet or USB modem along with your phone. It costs just $5 to connect each new device to your phone plan.

Vaya

Network: Optus 4G


$16 $18 $24 $27 $44
Calls $300 $650 $650 $650 Unlimited
Text Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Data 300MB 1.5GB 2GB 2.5GB 3GB
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With some of the lowest prices in Australia, Vaya is a name you are likely to be hearing more often. The telco’s $18 Power Plan is a favourite among WhistleOut plan searches, but its $27 is also a winner.

For less than $30 per month, Vaya gives you $650 worth of calls (roughly 270 2-minute calls), unlimited SMS and 2.5GB data. That’s a pretty difficult offer to beat.

However, it's important to keep in mind that any new Vaya plan has a $40 up-front fee, which admittedly sours the deal somewhat.

Vodafone

Network: Vodafone 4G

Red Plan $50 $60 $80
Calls Infinite Infinite Infinite
Text Infinite Infinite Infinite
Data 3GB 4GB 6GB
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Vodafone offer some of the cheapest options for phones on plans, but if you already have a phone, it also offers great SIM-only deals as well.

For $50 per month, Vodafone will give you unlimited calls, unlimited messages and 3GB data, plus you get access to its $5 Red Roaming overseas rates, too. This is a great option for travellers on a budget as they plan for a big trip abroad.

All Red Plans give you Red Roaming, as well as 300 minutes of calls when in Australia. Finally, there's currently a special Student Offer on at the moment. If you have a valid Student ID, you can get a bonus 1GB of data each month for 12 months. This offer ends 31/03/15.

If you're after something cheaper, there are also the Classic Plans. They have smaller inclusions, and you won't get the international call minutes, but they're great if you're on a budget.


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