Australia’s Best Mobile Plans in 2024

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When it comes to mobile phone plans, Aussies are spoiled for choice. With so many providers and perks to choose from, comparing mobile deals is as easy as dialling 1-2-3. But how do you choose between all the options and ensure you find the right provider for you?

Luckily, our Mozo Expert research team has already done some of the legwork for you!

If you’re looking for a new mobile phone plan, check out the winners of the 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards and the 2023 Mozo People’s Choice Awards.

Expert Picks: Mozo Experts Choice Award-winning Best Mobile Plans

Mozo Experts Choice Award-winning best Mobile plans

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

To pick the winners of the 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards, our team of Mozo Expert judges analysed and compared 633 different mobile plans from 49 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 19 different award 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^.

2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 4G: Kogan^

In terms of the 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 4G award^, that went to Kogan Mobile for the second year in a row. This time around, Kogan racked up five 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 for the second year in a row.

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): Kogan Mobile Medium

Best 4G Mobile Plans (Large): Amaysim - Unlimited 80GB 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.

2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 5G: Vodafone^

This year, Vodafone was crowned 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 5G^, taking home wins in the following categories:

  • Mobile International Roaming for its International Roaming plan
  • Mobile Plan 5G Large for its Large SIM Only Plan 
  • Mobile Plan 5G Large for its Medium SIM Only Plan
  • Mobile Plan 5G Small for its Small SIM Only Plan
  • Data Plan 4G Small for its Small Tablet Data SIM Only Plan
  • Family Mobile Plan 5G Small for its 150 GB Prepaid Plus Starter (365 Day plan)
  • Family Mobile Plan 5G Large for its Medium SIM Only Plan
  • Mobile Plan Provider of the Year 5G

Vodafone blew the judges away with its value-packed plans and generous data limits. But what really made a splash was the telco’s data-sharing features which can help families budget and better manage their combined data usage.

Best 5G Mobile Plans (Large): Vodafone – Large SIM Only Plan

Other standout Mobile Plan winners:

Let’s look at some of the other awards categories featured in the 2023 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 Aussie Broadband, Lebara Mobile, Vodafone, Spintel, CMobile, Belong and Tangerine Telecom, 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 the winners: Felix Mobile, Optus and Vodafone.
  • Best Family Plans: This category examined telco providers who allowed customers to bundle and save or share their family’s combined data allowance. The winners were More, Vodafone, and Optus.

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

Customer Favourites: Mozo People’s Choice Award-winning Mobile Plans

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Each year at Mozo, we hand over the mic to everyday Aussies to allow them to have their say about their favourite companies and providers across a range of categories. The winners of each category are awarded a Mozo People’s Choice Award.

This year we asked over 3,900 everyday Australians which mobile provider impressed them the most, from value for money to network reliability.

42 providers were considered for awards but only four companies came away with awards across the four categories in the Mobile Plan section. These companies are ALDImobile, amaysim, Kogan and Woolworths. ALDImobile and amaysim stood out as returning champions, winning awards four years in a row. Both providers also won awards in four out of five categories this year.

Great news for customers looking for options outside the three major networks!

Compare plans from the 2023 Mozo People’s Choice Award-winning mobile providers below.

ALDImobile

ALDImobile is clearly a popular choice among Aussies, winning an impressive four awards out of the five categories. This is the fourth year in a row that they have won awards. The categories won by ALDImobile were Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, Value for Money, and Network Reliability and Most Recommended.

amaysim

Tying with ALDImobile, Amaysim also won an eye-browraising four awards and it is worth noting that this is also the fourth year in a row that they have won a Mozo People’s Choice award. Amaysim won in the Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, Value for Money, Clearest Billing and Most Recommended categories.

Woolworths

Supermarket giant Woolworths also came out winning multiple mobile plan awards this year. They won in three categories, a major improvement from last year where they didn’t win any! Woolworths won awards in the Outstanding Customer Satisfaction, Value for Money and Most Recommended categories.

Kogan Mobile deals

Kogan mobile is a popular choice among Aussies, winning two awards this year. This is an improvement on last year where they only won one award. As well as winning in the Value for Money category for the second year in a row, this year they also picked up an award in the Clearest Billing category.

Editor's pick of the month: Best mobile phone deals on Mozo in February 2024

Collage of a person studying their smartphone.

Maybe you want a plan with The Most. The Most isn't a bad thing to want, especially if it's mobile data. But like any extreme plan, from most cheap to most expensive, it's important to get the most value from it.

So if you're commuting a lot or just want the fallback, which mobile plans in the WhistleOut database have the most data? Compare options in the table below!

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 plenty of Telstra MVNOs, including ALDI Mobile, Belong, Boost Mobile, Lycamobile, Pennytel, Southern Phone, Tangerine Telecom, and Woolworths Mobile. 

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. 

What's the most popular mobile phone in Australia?

Brands like Apple's iPhone and Samsung Galaxy are quite popular in Australia, with newcomers like Google Pixel following close behind. User friendliness, great features like high-quality cameras, and availability of purchase options has helped contribute to their ubiquity down under, though these may not be the cheapest smartphone models around.

These phones also tend to be quite flexible internationally, making them an appealing choice for visitors and outgoing locals alike.

Are smartphones vegan?

Astonishingly, not always. You can find more answers to your quirkiest questions with our new silly mobile FAQs

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Go check out the full winner's list of the 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Mobile Plans Awards. To learn more about the judging process, here’s the methodology report.

Here’s the 2023 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.