Who has the Best Mobile Phone Plan?

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What do mobile phone plans consist of?

A mobile phone plan is a paid agreement between a subscriber and a mobile carrier, allowing your cell phone to use the telco’s network services. Typically, mobile phone plans consist of three service sectors bundled into one.

  • A Voice plan, which covers incoming and outgoing calls,
  • A Messaging plan, which covers all forms of text and multimedia messaging, and
  • A Data plan, which covers all forms of activity carried out over the internet.

What makes up a good mobile phone plan?

All mobile phone plans are not created equal — and this is one of the many factors that account for their widespread diversity. Telcos are burdened with the task of creating phone plans that actively cater to the wide demographic of their consumers. While not all subscribers are looking for the same service, there are key factors that set some phone plans above others, such as:

  • Value — Any good phone plan has to offer value to its consumer. While what is considered as value is totally dependent on the consumer, consumers typically look for a balance between price and quality (which could include plan offers and network quality).
  • Pricing — Phone plans are also rated based on their prices. They must be reasonably affordable per their inclusions to be regarded as great deals.
  • Perks — Good phone plans should come with a variety of perks. These perks may include special features such as data vaults, data free streaming, etc.

What are some of the best data plans in Australia?

The best plans are frequently rated based on their data inclusions. With today’s society growing increasingly attached to their smartphones, data ensures that they stay connected.

As it stands, MVNOs OVO Mobile and Belong boast some of the most impressive mobile data plans the country has at the moment.

  • OVO Mobile data plans
    OVO Mobile is focused on providing premium entertainment inclusions to subscribers, while offering the best value for data and other services.
    OVO subscribers have access to data-free streaming of live sports shows via their entertainment app, OVO-Play. With an OVO SIM card, users have data-free access to the following:

    • On-demand sports channels;
    • Premium channels;
    • Live sports;
    • HD Live streaming;
    • Screencast

    On the OVO network, phone users with plans from $9.95, tablet users with plans from $19.95, and broadband users with plans from $49.95, can enjoy data-free streaming on OVO-Play.

  • Belong Mobile data plans
    Belong Mobile is an MVNO on the Telstra network. The network offers subscribers impressive perks, including unlimited free international calls on select data plans and data banking.Data banking allows subscribers carry unused data from their current data cycle forward to future cycles. Simply put, data acquired during their current billing cycle which remains unused during the period, is carried over to the next billing cycle and added to the next monthly data allotment.With Belong, data can be banked on their plans. Unlike other telcos, there is no cap on how much data can be banked and for how long it can be kept. Additionally, friends and family on the network can gift data to friends and family who subscribe to Belong as well.

Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunication operator, boast impressive call rates to subscribers looking to connect with friends and family abroad.

Telstra boast of impressive international call rates to subscribers. Source

Telstra’s International calls

Australia’s largest telco, Telstra, has some impressive international call rates — arguably the best in the country at the moment. The company offers subscribers interested in international calls three distinct packages cleverly designed to suit a wide array of needs:

  • International Plus,
  • Internationale Saver, and
  • International Ultimate.

The International Plus plan is Telstra’s new standard international call rate. This plan is included in Ultimate Voice and Internet Plans but not available to add-on to any old plans. On this plan, call rates are 1c per minute, plus a 55c connection fee.

For $5 dollars monthly on home service lines, subscribers can gain access to the International Saver Plan, where subscribers receive discounted call rates to fixed lines and mobiles in 72 countries. They can enjoy impressive rates from as low as 1c per min plus 55c call connection fee.

For $15 monthly on a home service line, subscribers can gain access to the International Ultimate plan, which includes unlimited calls to home phones in 35 countries and mobiles in 17 of these countries. Calls to ‘non-unlimited’ numbers cost 55 cents per call.

Final words

Mobile phone plans are a necessity for mobile phone users. There are a myriad of options to choose from when thinking of committing to a phone plan. Be sure to take a close look at the fine print associated with any and all phone plans before you decide to commit.

Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.