Some of the cheapest phone plans are pre-paid plans - they have restrictions, but the good news is there are more options than ever.
The latest is from Aldi, the supermarket chain, which is expected to start offering pre-paid mobile phone plans this week on March 6, according to the ALDImobile web site. The list of prices is below.
So what do you need to know?
There are all sorts of pre-paid mobile providers, such as Amaysim. They don't all own mobile phone networks - your phone still connects to one of the big networks (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone).
It's only relatively recently that Telstra allowed these pre-paid providers to sell access to the Telstra network. Aldi is one provider offering cheaper Telstra access, Kogan Mobile is another.
These pre-paid rates can be much cheaper than the network provider charges - for example, you might get a much bigger data quota for your money.
But there can be certain limitations - a significant one with Aldi and Kogan is that you don't get to use Telstra's 4G network, so Internet downloads won't be nearly as fast as a 4G Telstra plan.
Another limitation - Aldi and Kogan provide slightly less 3G coverage than Telstra, with 97% of the Australian population covered, in comparison to the 99% 3G coverage you would get using a Telstra pre-paid or Post-paid service.
So who offers the better value between Kogan mobile and Aldi? Below are the prices for both providers.
Aldi is offering 5GB at $35 per month, compared with Kogan’s $29 per month for 6GB plus unlimited calls deal.
While most of these plans expire after a short period (30 days in the case of Aldi), Aldi has a plan that doesn't expire for 365 days.