Australia’s best mobile plans in 2022

Australia’s best mobile plans in 2022

When it comes to mobile phone plans, Aussies are spoiled for choice. With so many providers and perks to choose from, comparing mobile deals has become as easy as dialling 1-2-3.

But how do we go about making the right choice? After all, we rely on our smartphones for a lot, from texting to streaming to purchasing.

Getting the best mobile plan is all about searching for one best suited to you. Luckily, our Mozo Expert research team has already done some of the legwork for you!

Here’s a breakdown of some of the best mobile plans around, some of which scored a win in the 2022 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards and 2022 Mozo People’s Choice Awards.

Best mobile plans 2022:

Expert Picks: Mozo Experts Choice Award-winning best Mobile plans

Mozo Experts Choice Award-winning best Mobile plans

This year we introduced an exciting new category to our Mozo Experts Choice Awards line-up: mobile plans!

To pick the winners of the inaugural Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards, our team of Mozo Expert judges analysed and compared 405 different mobile plans from 42 providers against a range of criteria (which you can learn more about here in our methodology report).

After assessing each candidate to determine which offered the best value, our Mozo Experts split the winners into 17 different awards categories to reflect the needs of different Australians.

So whether you’re a heavy data user or are just after a plan that’ll cover the basics, here’s a look at some of Australia’s best Mozo Experts Choice Award-winning Mobile Plans^:

Best 4G Mobile Plans:

Our Mozo Experts assessed a range of mobile plans that use the 4G mobile network to find those offering exceptional value for money for a range of different budgets and data usage appetites. 

The winners were then broken down into categories (small, medium and large) according to their data allowances. Here are some of the winners in the 4G category^:

2022 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 4G: Kogan^

In terms of the 2022 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 4G award^, that went to none other than Kogan Mobile. This year, Kogan racked up six awards in the following categories:  

With its solid mix of both short and long expiry plans and wide range of data allowances, the Mozo Experts were left with no choice but to crown Kogan Mobile with this prestigious title. 

Here are some of the other award-winning 4G plans:

Best 4G Mobile Plans (Small): Kogan Mobile Small - 365 Days

Best 4G Mobile Plans (Medium): Dodo - 20GB Plan

Best 4G Mobile Plans (Large): Belong - 100GB Mobile Plan

Best 5G Mobile Plans:

Our Mozo Expert judging panel assessed mobile plans that offer 5G data speeds to identify those giving the most bang for buck – once again grouping the winners into categories based on their data allowances (small, medium and large). Let’s look at some of the winners in the 5G category:

2022 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 5G: Optus^

In our first ever Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Awards^, Optus received a whopping seven wins across the following awards categories:  

Optus wowed the judges with its value-packed and data-heavy 5G products – but its family and budget-friendly data-sharing features helped seal the deal on this big win.

Here’s a selection of some of the other award-winning plans in the 5G category^:

Best 5G Mobile Plans (Small): Vodafone - Infinite SIM Only Plan - Lite

Best 5G Mobile Plans (Medium): Vodafone - Infinite SIM Only Plan - Lite+

Best 5G Mobile Plans (Large): Optus - Large Optus Choice Plus Plan

Other standout Mobile Plan winners:

Let’s look at some of the other awards categories featured in this year’s Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards^.

  • Best 4G & 5G Data Plans: For a top-notch data plan SIM card for your mobile network-enabled smartwatch, tablet or laptop, check out ALDI mobile, SpinTel, Vodafone, Belong, Optus and Telstra, who won in these categories.
  • Best International Roaming: With many Aussies making up for lost time and heading overseas, if you’re after an award-winning international roaming option, check out this year’s winners: Felix Mobile, Optus and Vodafone.
  • Best Family Plans: This category examined telco providers who gave customers the option to bundle and save or share their family’s combined data allowance. This year’s winners were ALDI Mobile, Vodafone and Optus. 

Click here to check out the other Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards categories.

Customer Faves: Mozo People’s Choice Award-winning Mobile plans

Mozo People's Choice Awards 2022 banner.

Each year at Mozo, we hand over the mic to everyday Aussies who have their say about their favourite financial institutions and brands from other product categories in our Mozo People’s Choice Awards.

This year, we asked over 2,500 everyday Australians which mobile provider impressed them the most, from value for money to network reliability. The highest-rated telcos received a 2022 Mozo People’s Choice Award^. 

This year, five providers came out on top, including ALDImobile, amaysim, Boost, Belong, and Kogan. ALDImobile and amaysim stood out as returning champions, winning three years in a row. Great news for customers looking for options outside the three major networks

Compare plans from this year’s Mozo People’s Choice Award-winning mobile providers below:

ALDImobile deals

An astonishing winner of all five categories, ALDImobile impressed Aussies for the third year in a row. Piggybacking off Telstra’s extensive mobile network, ALDImobile was highly rated for its Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, Value for Money, Clearest Billing, and Network Reliability^.

After all that, it comes as no surprise they also won for Most Recommended^, too!

amaysim deals

As an Optus MVNO, amaysim tied ALDImobile for an amazing five wins in this year’s People’s Choice Awards^, including for its customer satisfaction, value, billing, and reliability. Fun fact: amaysim also broke into the energy industry in 2017!

Belong deals

Belong came in hot for a three-way tie with ALDImobile and amaysim for the most wins at this year’s Mozo People’s Choice Awards^. Australians were well-chuffed with Belong’s customer satisfaction and value, as well as their billing transparency and network reliability.

In the eyes of Aussies, the wait for quality service won’t be long. (We’ll go sit in time out now).

Boost Mobile deals

Wanna up your mobile game? Boost Mobile comes highly recommended from Aussies, who praised it this year in the Customer Satisfaction, Network Reliability, and Most Recommended categories^.

Check out some of their juiciest plans below.

Kogan Mobile deals

Love Vodafone’s network, but keen on Value for Money? According to most Australians, Kogan Mobile is where it’s at, as they won in that exact category for the 2022 People’s Choice Awards^.

Editor's pick of the month: Best mobile phone deals on Mozo in August 2022

Old man jogging with his mobile phone. Mozo's editor pick text.

This month, our theme is ‘the little guys’. Telstra and Optus recently hiked prices to keep pace with runaway inflation, but MVNOs on their networks often have cheaper mobile plans. Circles Life even announced a cost-of-living-busting price freeze, which will run until 31 August (1 PM AEST).

So if you’re shopping on a budget, here are some of the hottest SIM-only deals in WhistleOut’s database, fresh from ‘the little guys’.

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FAQs about mobile phone plans

What is the best mobile plan in Australia?

Ultimately the best mobile plan will depend on the customer, as they come with a wide variety of features, extras, data and call/text allowances, and more. Head over to our mobile comparison hub to see what looks exciting to you!

Which mobile phone plans use the Telstra network?

There are only three networks in Australia – Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone – which means smaller mobile providers piggyback off one of these three. Telstra has the biggest network, reaching 99.5% of populated Australia. Their 5G network is also the most extensive.

But Telstra’s plan prices can be a little daunting, so it’s great to look at smaller providers who use their generous network. In the industry, these providers are known as “Mobile Virtual Network Operators” (MVNOs). Generally same coverage, cheaper cost. Huzzah!

There are ten Telstra MVNOs, including ALDI Mobile, Belong, Boost Mobile, Lycamobile, Pennytel, Southern Phone, Tangerine Telecom, and Woolworths Mobile. The first three each won a Mozo People’s Choice Award in 2022, so you may want to check them out.

Is it cheaper to buy a smartphone on a plan?

These days, you have two main choices when it comes to buying a smartphone. Either you buy it outright or pay it back over a period of time with a mobile provider (usually 24-36 months, interest-free).

While spreading the cost out over time can keep the upfront price down, there’s ultimately very little difference in overall cost between buying your handset outright or via your monthly bill payment. 

However, there are some other factors to consider besides price. For instance, if you buy your phone through a mobile provider, you’ll need to make sure the SIM is unlocked before you can port your number and switch to another provider in future.

Additionally, most phone manufacturers have very specific conditions for repaying your phone if you choose to buy it over a long period of time (like only paying with an eligible credit card–lookin’ at you, Apple), whereas telcos tend to be a little more flexible in their payment terms. 

Ultimately, the decision will depend on your individual circumstances, wants, and budget. If you don’t have a cool $1,400 lying around for a new iPhone, perhaps it’s time to look into mobile phone plans with a phone included.

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Go check out the full winner's list of the 2022 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards. To learn more about the judging process, here’s the methodology report.

Here’s the 2022 Mozo People’s Choice Awards full winner list and methodology report.

^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards and the Mozo People’s Choice Awards.