Mobile Phone Plans in Australia



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Finding the right mobile phone plan to suit you can be a minefield….

Mobile phone plans is not an area that I have that much experience with, being a very low user of mobiles.

One of the current plans in our household costs us $10 per month, and we get $130 worth of calls and texts for that price.

The base costs, to calculate that $130, are:

  • Text/SMS 25 cents each
  • Calls to landline or mobile in Australia 20 cents per 15 seconds + 30c flagfall
  • International landline calls to 21 countries are also 20 cents per 15 seconds + 30c flagfall

How does this compare to yours ?


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Is it good value or could we do better ?

But if you know something better, let me know, as I am always happy to investigate changes.

Looking at the lowest priced Non Contract plans;

Provider Monthly Charge Plan value 30 sec call cost SMS Cost
TPG $9.99 $50.00 $0.40 $0.253
My Plan $10.00 $130.00 $0.40 $0.250
Think $12.00 $24.00 $0.24 $0.120
Southern $12.50 $40.00 $0.50 $0.250

19th June 2010
Some example NON-CONTRACT POST PAID plan prices:

Low user:

$ 9.99 TPG Starter
$10.00 My plan
$12.00 Think Simple 12
$19.00 not named

Medium User:

$ 19.99 TPG Mobil 49 Cap Saver
$ 35.00 3 Mobile $35 Cap
$ 38.10 My Plan
$ 46.07 Not Named

Heavy User:

$ 79.99 TPG Executive
$ 99.00 Virgin Mobile $99 plan
$598.10 Gotalk Big Talk Cap 800
$844.61 My Plan

As you can see, my plan appears very good for a Low User, but really bad for a high user. This is actually pretty common with many plans though.

It really does pay to know what your usage is when you are choosing your plan.

Some example PRE-PAID plan prices:

Low user:

  • $13.33 New Just Mobile $15 Prepaid cap
  • $14.00 Virgin Mobile Bean Counter Starter pack
  • $36.85 not named

Medium User:

  • $ 30.00 Go Talk Prepaid Big Talk 30
  • $ 39.00 New Just Mobile $39 Prepaid cap
  • $ 79.00 Vodafone $79 Flexi Cap Recharge

Heavy User:

  • $164.10 Vodafone $149 Flexi Cap recharge
  • $222.60 Virgin Mobile Bean Counter Starter pack
  • $814.18 3 Mobile – $69 Prepaid Cap


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