If you’re looking for a basic, straightforward SIM plan for your mobile, you might want to check out one of the many Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) in Australia. These smaller telcos resell the major telcos’ networks, stripping the extra features to create basic phone plans that cost much less than the major telcos.
Dodo is a great place to start if you’re interested in MVNOs. They operate under the Vocus Group umbrella, selling Internet, mobile, and energy services to Australians through Dodo since 2010.
Dodo’s mobile plans are SIM-only postpaid plans, which means you can bring your own mobile device, plug in a Dodo SIM card, and start using your Dodo plan. The MVNO resells the Optus 4G network, so you can expect coverage spanning 98.5 percent of the Australian population.
For cheap phone plans in Australia, Dodo might be for you. In this post, we’ll tell you about Dodo’s mobile SIM plans, including where to buy a Dodo SIM card and how to activate it.
To get your Dodo SIM card, visit their website to get one mailed to you in the post for free. You can also walk into a Dodo Connect store if you prefer to have your SIM card immediately.
You can find the nearest Dodo Connect outlet here. Their stores are usually found in well-known shopping malls across Australia so that you can find one quickly.
Dodo also has live customer care agents, so if you’re having issues finding a SIM card (or any other matters), call them to resolve it.
Dodo will automatically activate your SIM card within ten days of your order if you haven’t taken any steps to activate your SIM card yourself.
However, keep in mind that you can manually activate your SIM card by:
- Dialing 1300 308 532 to reach a Dodo representative, and follow the instructions;
- Visiting dodo.com/activate to activate your plan online.
Note that activation may take 24 hours or more on weekends or if you’re porting your mobile number from another telco.
Dodo resells plans using the Optus 3G and 4G network. As a result, expect the same quality as an actual Optus plan and a network covering 98.5 percent of Australia’s population.
Dodo’s mobile phone plans are easy to understand. But best of all, they are pretty cheap. There are three plans to pick from, all of which are month-to-month, ranging from $10 to $30 per month. For that price, you can expect unlimited national calls and text along with unlimited International text on all plans and 2GB to 40GB of data.
Because all Dodo plans are month-to-month with no lock-in contract, switching from one phone plan to another doesn’t incur any termination fees.
Dodo’s most affordable plan might be for you if you’re not a heavy Internet user. That plan gives you unlimited national calls and texts within Australia and unlimited international texts, which is quite rare in such a cheap plan. And if you’re looking for more data, their most expensive plan includes 40GB at an affordable price.
However, we’ve written about other MVNOs that offer cheap phone plans, so be sure to check those out before making your decision. In the meantime, here’s a brief look at three competitive MVNOs for you to compare:
- Belong Mobile is Telstra’s budget telco. They resell Telstra’s Wholesale 3G and 4G Network, which covers more than 98.8 percent of the population. Belong offers month-to-month plans ranging from $25 to $45 per month, including 20GB to 100GB of data and unlimited standard national calls and texts.
- Gomo is Optus’ new budget telco. They resell the Optus 3G and 4G network for 98.5 percent coverage. A Gomo SIM plan is fully digital, which means everything is handled on the self-service app, including activation, which can be done with an eSIM phone. Gomo offers no lock-in plans ranging from $15 to $35, including 8GB to 60GB of data with unlimited standard national talk and text.
- Felix Mobile is TPG Telecom’s (Vodafone’s) budget telco. They resell the Vodafone 3G and 4G network, which covers 96 percent of the Australian population. Felix offers a digital SIM plan which is eSIM-capable with no lock-in contract. Their only plan costs $35 and includes unlimited data at up to 20Mbps download speed, along with unlimited standard national talk and text within Australia.
Dodo is one of the many MVNOs in Australia. They resell the Optus 3G/4G network as cheap mobile plans to customers who aren’t interested in all the extras that large telcos offer. A Dodo plan comes with the basics, including unlimited national calls and texts and a decent amount of data at each of their three price points.
And if you’re interested in a plan with International inclusions, Dodo includes unlimited International texts in all of their phone plans, which is a standout feature compared to other MVNOs.
Before choosing Dodo, don’t forget to read our article about cheap phone plans from other MVNOs to compare and make the best decision for your needs.