Editor's picks: best phone plans November 2017


WhistleOut
06 November 2017

With years of experience in this area, the WhistleOut team knows there is no such thing as the one, best mobile phone plan. Everyone has different needs.

But we do know how to spot a great deal. Read on for our picks for the best phone plans available right now.

Best mobile phone plan for big data


Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Instagram: the list of data hogging apps is growing all the time. If you're like us and spend a chunk of each day on your phone using any of these services, then you need a plan with a fair bit of data.

The telcos clearly know this and now it’s not uncommon to see plans with 10GB or more. But, make sure you take a look at a few recent bills to see how much data you need so you can be sure you're choosing the right plan.

WhistleOut's Pick

Carrier Inclusions  
Optus
Optus
  • $40 My Plan Plus 12M SIM Only - Online Offer
  • 15GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $30/mth
  • Min. cost $360

With 10GB data, unlimited calls and text, the Jeenee Mobile $30 Pennywise SIM plan offers excellent value. The plan also includes $50 credit to spend on calls to international phone numbers.

However, you will need to commit to the 12-month contract in order to get these benefits.

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Best & cheapest mobile phone plan


It’s one thing to hunt for the cheapest mobile phone plan, but you need to make sure that it has the inclusions you need to make it through the month.This plan will meet modest phone use, and is at a price that is hard to beat.

WhistleOut's Pick

Carrier Inclusions  
Bendigo Bank Telco
Bendigo Bank Telco
  • Smart 1GB Mobile Plan
  • 1GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $9.50/mth
  • Min. cost $114

Check out this Smart 1GB SIM Plan from Bendigo Bank Telco which provides 200 mins standard national calls, unlimited standard national SMS & MMS, and 1GB data for $9.50 per month.

If you don't want to be locked into a long term contract, you can opt for the Bendigo Bank Telco Freedom 1GB SIM Plan with same inclusion for $14.50/month.

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Best mobile phone plan for kids & teens


Choosing a plan for your kids will depend greatly on how much they use their phones (and how much you’d like them to). For older teens, one of the plans listed above might be a better fit. For younger kids, we recommend a plan with unlimited calls and SMS. It may seem like overkill, but we think the peace of mind you’ll have from knowing your kids can always call home is worth a few extra bucks.

We also recommend choosing a prepaid plan. That way, if your kids chew through all of their allocated data in the first week, you won’t be stung by a nasty bill at the end of the month.

WhistleOut's Pick

Carrier Inclusions  
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 1GB Prepaid
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $10

It's hard to find a better deal than amaysim's Unlimited 1GB Plan, with unlimited calls & text and 1GB data for only $10. amaysim let you switch between Pre-paid and Post-paid. You will have peace of mind knowing that your child won't be able to run up a huge bill with a prepaid plan.

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Best mobile phone plan for international calls


It used to be that you’d avoid mobile phone plans for calling overseas, but today there is a number of plans with some level of international calling credit built-in as a standard inclusion.

WhistleOut's Pick

Carrier Inclusions  
amaysim
amaysim
  • UNLIMITED 5GB
  • 5GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $25
  • Min. cost $25

All amaysim Unlimited plans now include unlimited calls to at least 10 countries, and unlimited SMS to 32 countries. The new Unlimited 5GB plan offers unlimited talk and text, unlimited standard calls to 10 countries, and 5GB data for $25 per 28 days. This includes $5 discount which applies to your first 6 renewals, if you use the code '5OFF6' at the checkout before 19 November. 

This is by far the cheapest way to talk non-stop friends and family overseas, but of course, it's only really great value if you are calling one of the 10 included countries: China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UK and USA.

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Best iPhone 8 deal

The iPhone is a perennial favourite among WhistleOut bargain hunters, but then you don't need us to tell you that. With the number of Aussie iPhone owners, you've probably seen several already today.

WhistleOut's Pick

iPhone 8 64GB Plans

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iPhone 8 64GB
Carrier Inclusions  
Optus
Optus
  • $130 My Plan Flex
  • 40GB Data
  • Lease (24 mths) + Upgrade
  • $100/mth
  • Min. cost $2,400
Optus
Optus
  • $130 My Plan Plus
  • 30GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $107/mth
  • Min. cost $2,568

You can lease the iPhone 8 64GB 128GB for $100/mth on Optus' $130 My Plan Flex. You get unlimited standard national calls & text, 40GB data (includes 10GB bonus), and up to 750 minutes to standard international numbers in selected countries. You also get other Optus bonuses too, such as data-free Mobile TV Streaming on selected services, data-free Music Streaming on selected music apps, Optus Sport subscription and National Geographic app.

However, this is a lease plan where the device is not owned by you. You need to return the phone in good working order at the end of the contract, or pay extra to keep the phone.

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Best Galaxy S8 deal


Samsung Galaxy S8 is currently one of the most popular phones on WhistleOut. As rightly so, the S8 is a powerhouse smartphone with all the bells and whistles.

WhistleOut's Pick

Carrier Inclusions  
Woolworths
Woolworths
  • $40 Medium Flexi Mobile Plan
  • 10GB Data
  • Interest Free (24 mths)
  • $89.58/mth
  • Min. cost $1,229.92

You can get the Samsung Galaxy S8 for $49.58/mth over 24 months repayments from Woolworths Mobile on the $40 Medium Flexi Mobile Plan. That's $89.58/mth in total for unlimited standard national calls & text plus 10GB data.

For a limited time, you can also get 2 Woolworths Rewards points per $1 dollar spent on Woolworths Mobile plans. These points can be converted into savings off your grocery shopping!

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