Why No One Is Spending More Than $40 On A Phone Plan

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Mobile data is getting cheaper

The growing competition in the telecommunication industry has led to telcos offering affordable plans that fulfill even more customer needs. You can now find plans under $40 from any telco out there, that accommodate typical data needs.

Consumer data consumption has continued to increase over the years. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reports that download volumes have increased 29% over 2017-18, and that mobile data downloads grew 45% during the same period.

As consumer mobile data demand increases, telcos have responded by offering more data. The ACCC also reported that average Australian postpaid plan now includes over 14GB of data.  And while the data inclusions increase, plans have actually become cheaper.

Telcos now provide great inclusions in plans at $30 per month. The options are limitless, from the three major telcos to smaller MVNOs, you can find cheap plans with lots of data. In fact, this bevy of options makes it difficult to choose, but for under $40, chances are you can meet your mobile data needs.

  • As a result, consumers don’t want to spend more than $40 on a phone plan. For example:
  • Belong Mobile offers a $10 phone plan that includes unlimited standard SMS, unlimited standard calls, and 1 GB data banking.
  • Moose Mobile’s SIM Only $8.80 plans offer 1 GB data with unlimited standard SMS and 20 minutes of standard calls.
  • Vodafone’s $35 SIM Only plan includes 1 GB data with unlimited standard SMS and unlimited standard calls.

With Vodafone Prepaid Combo Plus Starter Pack $40, you will get 40 GB of data along with unlimited standard calls and SMS. Similarly, you have similar choices of phone plans under $40 with attractive inclusions.

Special deals cut down the cost of phone bills

Telcos offer special deals and discounts on a regular basis to keep their customers engaged. Leveraging these deals may cut the cost of your phone bill in half for several months.

For instance, Telstra is currently offering a Pre-Paid Phone SIM Starter Kit only at $10, and it includes 20 GB data. Optus’ $30 SIM Starter Kit offers 30 GB data on the first three Optus Prepaid Epic Data recharges. After 3rd recharge, $30 recharge gives you 10GB standard data.

Data management features

Data rollover is another great feature that telcos are offering. Data rollover means that the data that has not been used during the billing cycle is added to the cycle of the next month. Different telcos offer this feature with various terms and conditions. Such factors, like the limit on the amount of data that can be rolled over, depends on the telco you are subscribed to.

Data rollover

Data rollover

Companies, including Telstra, Belong and Optus give their subscribers options to save their unused data and extend it to their next month’s billing cycle.

Telstra offers data banking that enables customers to roll data from one billing cycle to the next. Users can bank data as long as they recharge their plans before expiry on their existing accounts, for as long as they like.

Self-service apps help manage data usage

Almost all telecommunication companies, including Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone, and a host of MVNOs offer free self-service capabilities. Using their self-service app, customers can easily monitor their data consumption, and therefore, control their data usage habits.

You can even track how much data you use every day. Some apps also allow you to find out the most data-hungry services and apps on your smartphone. With all these benefits, you will always know when you are near the data limit, preventing you from exceeding your data cap and getting the most out of your under $40 plan.

Final words

With all these features, deals, and phone plans, users don’t want to spend more than $40 on their internet usage. An increasing number of telecommunication companies are now striving to offer cheap plans to attract new customers and retain their existing ones.

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.