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Comparing PAYG Mobile Plans to Empower You to save Money, plus Get a Handset for under $20

Posted by on September 27, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Comparing PAYG Mobile Plans to Empower You to save Money, plus Get a Handset for under $20The telecoms market is a minefield, with so many offers and so much marketing to pull your mind in all directions, so we thought it would be helpful to break things down. This blog post will help you more easily compare some of the more affordable mobile plans out there. I am going to do a quick analysis of some attractive offers that I have found, to try and help you decide whether you have the right plan that suits your monthly usage, and of course your pocket.

The network coverage of each company will vary depending on your location, so this is an important factor to consider before changing from one plan to another. Whilst the cost saving might be beneficial, there is no point having a provider that can not delivery signal to your location. So continue reading to get a clearer insight into some of the plans available to choose from on the market, and hopefully these will give you more information to either benchmark against, or assist your decision process. Specifically, I’ll delve into how much data, calling minutes and text messages you can get for your money and how you can get your hands on a handset for under $20. Ultimately, we would like to help you find out whether the grass is actually greener on the other side of that fence.

 

As we are all aware, the larger telecoms providers have a leading advantage over the rest of the industry due to their international status, size and resources. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that they have the best prices available. So while I do go through particular plans available from Vodafone, Optus and Tesltra, I’ll also throw into the mix some of the smaller providers such as Amaysim to broaden the comparison.

Comparing PAYG Mobile Plans to Empower You to save Money, plus Get a Handset for under $20A number of these mobile plans have been reviewed on the forum Whirlpool as well, so if you would like to see some more information or comments from people who have used these phone plans previously, feel free to pop over there and check them out.
Below you will see a table making a comparison between a selection of different providers, their plans, how many minutes, texts and data allowances they offer. If you have any questions or believe that your experience has been different, please let us know in the comments section below. 


Company

Minutes

Data

SMS

Network

Type

Price ($)

Exetel

Unlimited National

3GB

Unlimited SMS + MMS

Optus 4G

Pre-paid

$50

Vodafone

Unlimited National

3GB

Unlimited SMS

Vodafone 4G

Pre-paid

Sim only $50

Vodafone

250 mins

2.5GB

50 SMS

4G spintel Optus

Monthly

$50 initially then $25 MTM

Amaysim

Unlimited National

5GB

Unlimited

Optus 3G

Pre-paid

$44

Boost

Unlimited National

2GB

Unlimited

Telstra 3G

Pre-paid

$40

Aldi

12c p/min

3GB

12c p/SMS

Telstra 3G

Pre-paid

$30

Lycamobile

Unlimited National

2GB

Telstra 3G

Pre-paid

$30

Lebara

Unlimited National

2GB

Unlimited

Vodafone 3G

Pre-paid

$29.90

Optus $26 Plan

$250 National + $250 Optus to Optus

5GB

 $250 National + $250 Op2op

Optus 3G

Monthly

$26


A word of warning for anyone interested in Amaysim, there has been a recent change in their offering. As some of you may well know, Amaysim used to let you browse your social media accounts for free without out deducting any data from your data plan. However, they have now eradicated this policy, so if you browse your social media accounts now it will consume data within your allowance. If this change has affected you, please let us know how.

To explain the network column within the table above, you need to understand that most of the smaller providers will purchase network minutes from the larger companies. For example, if you buy a pre-paid SIM from Aldi, your calls will be billed by their tariff, however the Telstra network will carry your calls. So you can use the Network column to help understand what sort of coverage you will have in your area.

Comparing PAYG Mobile Plans to Empower You to save Money, plus Get a Handset for under $20So this brief overview of some of the mobile plans available on the market today, will hopefully allow you see how your current plan stacks up against what else is available out there. In my opinion, the best value for money plan currently available is the Lebara pre-paid $29.90 SIM. This plan is $3.90 more per month compared to Optus’ $26 plan, however Lebara provide unlimited national minutes, taking the stress out of counting your monthly minutes compared to the $250 worth of national minutes that Optus give you. Yes, the data that Optus provide is far greater, but unless you are within one of their densely populated locations which receives a strong 3G connection, the speed you will have to play with may become tediously slow in some areas. But, if data is your primary priority with calls secondary and you don’t mind a 3G connection, then Optus will be that better suited choice.

Maybe you’re comfortable spending slightly more per month because you want faster internet speeds provided with the 4G network. Well in this case, the better value for money option in my opinion would be Vodafone’s sim-only $50 plan. It carries the same unlimited minutes, 3GB of data and unlimited SMS allowance as Exetel, but there are two differences. Exetel offer unlimited MMS, (picture messages) Vodafone don’t, and Exetel use the Optus network and Vodafone use their own. In light of these two difference, I believe the Vodafone plan is better value for money and I will tell you why. If you didn’t read our previous post about providers and their network speeds, you may not know that there have been numerous complaints across the internet, specifically about how slow the Optus 4G network is. This alone makes the value of this deal un-justifiable when comparing to Vodafone’s faster 4G connectivity at the same price. So hopefully this article has shed some light on whether or not you have the correct plan, or which plan might be better suited to your needs. If you have any suggestions or questions, scroll down to the comment box below.

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