Vodafone Plan Review
And Comparison

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Vodafone

Vodafone $30 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB(2GB plus 4GB Bonus Data)

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $360
Vodafone

Vodafone $30 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Vodafone

Vodafone $40 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB (6GB plus 24GB)

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$40.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $480
Vodafone

Vodafone $40 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

3GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$40.00

Vodafone

Vodafone $50 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Vodafone

Vodafone $60 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

40GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$60.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $720
Vodafone

Vodafone $60 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

9GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$60.00

Vodafone

Vodafone $80 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

60GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$80.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $960
Vodafone

Vodafone $80 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$80.00

Vodafone

Vodafone $100 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

100GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$100.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $1200
Vodafone

Vodafone $100 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

25GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$100.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Recharge Talk Combo $10

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

7 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$10.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Recharge 365 Plus $10

3 stars
Value

20c per min and 20c per text

Data

2c per MB

EXPIRY

365 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$10.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Recharge Talk Combo $20

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

14 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$20.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Recharge 365 Plus $20

3 stars
Value

20c per min and 20c per text

Data

2c per MB

EXPIRY

365 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$20.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Recharge Data Combo $60

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

15GB

EXPIRY

35 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$60.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Recharge Talk Combo $60

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz plus 120 min to 58 selected countries and 1000 min to 25 selected countries.

Data

12GB

EXPIRY

35 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$60.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid Data Combo $40

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

18GB

EXPIRY

35 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Usual price is $40.00
Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid Talk Combo $40

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz plus 90 min to 58 selected countries and 1000 min to 15 selected countries.

Data

12GB

EXPIRY

35 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Usual price is $40.00
Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid Data Combo $30

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

9GB

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid Talk Combo $30

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

9GB

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid 365 Plus $30

3 stars
Value

20c per min and 20c per text

Data

2c per MB

EXPIRY

365 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid 365 Plus $40

3 stars
Value

20c per min and 20c per text

Data

2c per MB

EXPIRY

365 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid Data Combo $50

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

24GB

EXPIRY

35 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
StARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid Talk Combo $50

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz plus 90 min to 58 selected countries and 1000 min to 15 selected countries.

Data

18GB

EXPIRY

35 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Vodafone

Vodafone Prepaid 365 Plus $50

3 stars
Value

20c per min and 20c per text

Data

2c per MB

EXPIRY

365 days

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Vodafone

Vodafone $50 SIM Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

40GB( 16GB plus 24GB bonus)

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$45.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $600
Vodafone

Vodafone $60 Unlimited Sim Only Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

40GB (30GB plus 10GB bonus) Once you __ _e used your 30GB, you _ _ _l then use the unlimited data at 1.5Mbps.

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$60.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $720
Vodafone

Vodafone $80 SIM Only Unlimited Plan

3 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

70GB (60GB plus 10GB bonus) Once you __ _e used your 60GB, you _ _ _l then use the unlimited data at 1.5Mbps.

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$80.00

Min. cost over 12 month is $960
Vodafone

Vodafone $100 Unlimited SIM Only Plan

stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

120GB 100GB plus 20GB bonus) Once you __ _e used your 30GB, you _ _ _l then use the unlimited data at 1.5Mbps.

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$100.00

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Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $50

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

20GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Vaya

Vaya SIM Only $36

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$36.00

Minimum spend is $36.00
Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $40

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text. Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations. Full terms at optus.com.au/prepaidint

Data

25GB (standard 7GB + 8GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $40 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $40

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

15GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $10

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$10.00

Optus

Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus

5 stars
Value

$2 a day gets you: unlimited standard national talk and text when you recharge from $10.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

$2 Daily Level expires at 11.59pm local time. Minimum recharge is $10.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$2.00

Minimum spend is $10.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $10 M2M

5 stars
Value

$200 call and SMS credit.

Data

200MB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $10.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $12 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$12.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $20 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$20.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $20.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $22 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

3GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$22.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $22.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $35 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

18GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $420.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $35 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $420.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $50 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

23GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $600.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $50 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

15GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $50.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $50 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

7GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Min. cost over 12 months $600.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $60 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$60.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $60.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $65 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$65.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $780.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $25

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

5GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.00

Moose Mobile

Moose $34 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$34.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan LARGE $36.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

16GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$36.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $39 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

18GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$39.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $46.90 - 90 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB every 30 days

EXPIRY

90 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$46.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $49 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$49.00

Moose Mobile

Moose $78 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

90GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$78.00

OVO

OVO $9.95

5 stars
Value

$200 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$4.98

Usual price $9.95
Moose Mobile

Moose $9 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS and MMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price is $9.00
Kogan Mobile

Kogan MEDIUM $29.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$29.90

Boost

Boost $50 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

20GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$50.00

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $50

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text. Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations + 5 bonus destinations until 3 June 2018. Full terms at optus.com.au/prepaidint

Data

35GB (standard 10GB + 15GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $50 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$59.90

Boost

Boost $10 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

1GB data

CONTRACT

7 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$5.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

4 stars
Value

200 minutes of standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.90

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $12 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.90

Min. cost over 12 month is $118.80
Spintel

Spintel BYO $9.95

5 stars
Value

200 minutes standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.95

OVO

OVO $19.95

5 stars
Value

$500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz.

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.98

Usual price $19.95
Optus

Optus $10 SIM Starter Kit

5 stars
Value

Up to 100 minutes of standard national calls (charged per minute). Unlimited standard national SMS/MMS

Data

15GB (standard 500MB + bonus data) when you activate on Prepaid Ultimate Plus by 03/06/18. Data will rollover up to 10GB when you recharge before expiry.

EXPIRY

7 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Starter sim cost

$10.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $10 12M

5 stars
Value

$500 call and SMS credit.

Data

500MB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $120.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $10

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Extra Small Plan $14.90 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$14.90

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

4GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$14.95

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $15

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS plus unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.00

Boost

Boost $30 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

28 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $15.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

3GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.95

Vaya

Vaya SIM Only $16

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

1.5GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$16.00

Minimum spend is $16.00
Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $16.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$16.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $19 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$19.00

Boost

Boost $20 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$20.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

2.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Boost

Boost $40 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $22 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

7GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$22.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $264.00
Spintel

Spintel BYO $23.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$23.95

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Small Plan $24.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz, Unlimited Standard Calls to 10 selected countries

Data

3.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$24.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $25.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.95

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Medium Plan $29.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz, Unlimited Standard Calls to 12 Selected Countries including India

Data

15GB first month = (5GB+10GB Bonus) data

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$29.90

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text

Data

18.88GB (standard 3GB + 5.88GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $30 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS plus unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

Data

5GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $35 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $35.00

Common questions about Vodafone

Hmm. Vodafone. Really ? Can I trust the network ?

If you live in one of Australia’s main cities, then yes, you should be considering Vodafone Australia. In rural areas, you probably shouldn’t.

Historic concerns about the network are understandable. Back in 2011, they did have some real problems with their coverage quality. Things have improved a lot since then. Regular reports from OpenSignal (an independent research company which compares the quality of the 3 main networks) and others have shown consistently that Vodafone’s network quality and speed was the best of the big three in metro (city) areas of Australia.

How does the ‘add more data automatically’ work ?

Vodafone have matched Optus by allowing you to set your plan to automatically add another GB of data if you use your entitlement. Say you bought 1.0 GB of data within your plan and then used it all. Vodafone would charge you $10 extra for another GB of data and automatically apply it to your account.

Previously, you’d get to the end of your data allowance and then you would be charged out of bundle rates. Often a MB of data would have cost in the region of 10 cents. Which doesn’t sound like a lot until you realise that’s $100 per GB!

The benefit to users of this sort of pricing scheme is that they get a more predictable costs and a transparently fairer scheme.

Are there any smaller phone companies who use the Vodafone network ?

Yes there are. Smaller phone companies or MVNOs as they’re known in the industry rent network access directly from Vodafone and resell it to you.

Here are the two top selling Vodafone resellers on WhatPhone.

  • Kogan Mobile :
    Vodafone actually do everything for Kogan, from providing the network coverage to answering their customer support queries. Read our Kogan Mobile review.
  • Lebara :
    Lebara are a well established brand in Australia. They also have very close links to Vodafone. Lebara’s small staff team sits in the Vodafone building in North Sydney. Read our Lebara review.

What is the Vodafone $5 roaming deal ?

Vodafone have the strongest roaming offering of all 3 major networks. With the right Vodafone plan, you can use your Australian entitlements in partner countries.

For example:
An Australian who buys a Vodafone plan with Unlimited calls to Australian numbers from your mobile in Australia. The plan also includes 10GB of 4G data.

If that same person goes to New Zealand for a holiday. While they’re there, for $5 a day, they can call back to Australia and using the unlimited minute allocation to do it. They can also use their data allowance in NZ ( up to the 10GB limit they had in their plan ) while they’re in NZ.

Every day you have your phone on in the partner country, and it connects to the network overseas, the $5 extra has to be paid.

When they introduced this, it was a revolutionary concept and a way for Vodafone to use the huge number of partner networks it has around the world to offer something a bit different from Optus and Telstra. Now, the other two telcos offer similar schemes. (They are more expensive.)

Vodafone is adding new countries to their partner list all the time. You can see who is currently involved, on their roaming page.

What is Vodafone’s 4G coverage like ?

Vodafone are a bit cagey about the ‘numbers’ concerning the coverage capability of their 4G network. For example, Optus say they cover 98% of Australia. It’s hard to find an equivalent statistic for Vodafone’s network.

In metro / city areas, the research shows Vodafone’s network is just as good as Telstra’s and Optus’. Outside that, Telstra’s 3G coverage footprint is twice that of Vodafone’s. You can find out more on our

What's good

  • Research shows the network is great in Australia's cities
  • The best customer support in the industry
  • Strong roaming offering : $5 a day scheme
  • Great deals on Vodafone from resellers : Kogan & Lebara

What's bad

  • Coverage still not great outside the main cities
  • Calling overseas from Oz? use Lebara not Vodafone
  • Optus resellers offer same value inclusions & a better network

Vodafone Review - Should you go with them?

Vodafone’s network has improved a great deal.  We recommend you consider Lebara and Kogan Mobile, both of which use the full Vodafone network and charge lower prices for higher data allowances. We have a separate page for Vodafone’s prepaid plans.

 

Vodafone’s 2018 phone plans

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  • Vodafone have split out the phone and the plan to give you more flexibility in how you pay for your service.
  • They also simplified their entire postpaid plan range in 2017 (still their current range.)
  • The company will more clearly break out what you’re paying for the SIM plan plan.
  • It’s also easier to track what you’re paying for the phone you take – and to split that cost over 12 / 24 or 36 months.
  • It’s an important strategic step for a lot of reasons – which we explain below.
  • But you’ll still need to work out the maths to make sure you’re picking the best plan for you.
  • Vodafone’s plans can still be expensive. We show alternatives which use the same network, below.
  • We have a separate page for Vodafone’s prepaid plans.

 

 

Key points about Vodafone’s 2018 plan range

Vodafone have made some ‘sizable’ changes to their entire range of postpaid phones and plans.

Historically, telcos have a number of ‘dirty tricks’ which they use to make it hard to compare what they offer, directly. In the past, one of their favorites has been tying together 2 things:

  1. The monthly plan payment : This is what you pay for your voice calls, SMS and data each month.
  2. The handset repayment : This is the proportion of your plan which is used to pay off the ‘free’ phone they give you.

To muddy the waters further, some phone companies vary the price of the plan, depending on the device you take. So, for example, if you take an iPhone plan, you might pay $40 for a plan with 10 GB in it. If you take a Samsung Galaxy S8, you’ll pay $45 for the same plan with 10GB in it. It’s very hard to compare phone plans in this circumstance – which could be the intent. This approach is is one of the key ways telcos have deliberately made the market hard to understand for a long time. Vodafone are trying to change that and have made their plans more transparent.

With their new schemes, Vodafone is on the front foot trying to change the way you think about your phone and plan

Vodafone is trying to make their pricing clearer. To do that, they are splitting out the costs for :

  • The phone you’re getting:
    If you choose to take a new phone.
  • The monthly plan access fee:
    Payment for the network services you get – like the ability to make calls, send SMS and download / upload data.

They had to do something. Vodafone’s customer numbers are down, their market share is slipping. Recent estimates by Kantar put Vodafone’s overall market share at 14.4%, down from 15.2%, only a year earlier  Most of their customer losses came from the sale of plans like this (SIM Only Plans). To this bleak picture, we add the facts that Vodafone’s rivals are making progress with significant network upgrades and coherent content strategies. Additionally, there is competition coming both in the form of the NBN and TPG.

 

Overviewing Vodafone’s SIM Only Plans

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans have a couple of key characteristics.

First, Vodafone’s network troubles. We have covered this aspect to Vodafone’s service elsewhere and thoroughly.  As you’ll see from our articles on the subject, Vodafone’s network is largely turned around and usable in city areas of Australia. Unfortunately for Vodafone, a lot of customers left them between 2010 and now.

Second is Vodafone’s enormous global scale. It’s hard to conceptualize Vodafone’s reach from Australia. The company has controlling stakes in the better part of 40 worldwide phone companies. They have a whole set of employees in England who represent the ‘Global’ organization. These people negotiate centralized deals with third parties involving huge sums of money and pass the benefits on to Vodafone Australia. This is especially evident in their roaming proposition which we explain below.

 

Is Vodafone’s new SIM Only scheme any cheaper ?

What Vodafone are proposing in their new phone plan structure is essentially the ‘buy the phone yourself and add a SIM’ methodology that we have been proponents of for some time. Let’s have a look and see if users of Vodafone’s new scheme will save you any money.

As you can see from our comparison infographic, you’re still going to want to get into the calculations before you commit to a plan. We put Vodafone’s current homepage pricing of the Galaxy S8 and a SIM Only plan side by side. Both have 6GB of data included.

Comparing a Vodafone contract with the alternative.

Neil

Went with a Vodafone contract


  • Galaxy S8 64GB
    24 months contract on Vodafone x $41.62

    $991.68

  • $50.00 Vodafone Red Data plan
    (month to month version)

     

    $1,200.00

  • ( = Unlimited Oz Talk & Text + 16GB )

Minimum Total Cost $2,191.68

On Vodafone network

Sally

Found a deal on WhatPhone


  • Bought the Samsung Galaxy S8 from mobileciti

    $968.00

  • $36.90 per month on Kogan
    (12 month version)

    $885.60

  • ( = Unlimited Oz Talk & Text + 16GB of 4G Data )

Minimum Total Cost $1,853.60

On Vodafone network

By finding a reseller deal on WhatPhone and buying her phone outright from mobileciti, Sally makes a

16%

saving

As you can see, there are smarter ways to tie together your phone and plan. We explain how, below.

Changes to Vodafone’s 2017 plan range (still their current plan range in 2018)

Voice – Vodafone have overhauled their ‘Red’ range

  • FEATURE : Unlimited voice and SMS in Australia to Australian phones :
    All of Vodafone’s SIM Only plans now have unlimited voice and SMS in them. But then they were previously.
  • What’s included in Vodafone’s SIM Only plans:
    Voicemail retrieval is free. 13 and 18 numbers are free to call.
  • What’s not included:
    Obviously, you will still pay extra for premium text and roaming.

 

Best SIM Only Plans May 2018

Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

Kogan Logo

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

International Calls 2018

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

If you’re after an unlimited plan with incredible data inclusions, or you make calls overseas, in our view, you need look no further than Lebara. Lebara use the much improved Vodafone 3G + 4G network which covers more than 96% of Australians. With Lebara, you’ll get :

  • Big Data on the Vodafone 3G + 4G network:
    Lebara’s plans include enough data for even the most ravenous data eaters.
  • Broad Range Including Plans With International Calls:
    Lebara have Unlimited International Call plans at $29.90 and $49.90 price points. Lebara’s cheaper international call rates cover all the major destinations including : UK, USA, Greece, China, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, South Korea and Switzerland. (Inclusions vary, see our review.)
  • Multi-Month-Options:
    Lebara have 30 day plans, 180 day plans and 360 day plans. Buy up-front and save.

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our full Lebara Review.

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

Best Data Plans 2018

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans:
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

CHECK  BOOST MOBILE PLANS

 

Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

Moose Mobile logoBest plans overall 2018 - Moose

 

 

 

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 10GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 19GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

 

 

 

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Data allocations in Vodafone’s new postpaid range

  • FEATURE : Vodafone’s plans start at $30 :
    That’s $30 per calendar month since we’re talking about postpaid plans. Vodafone will give you varying amounts of data for that amount, depending on whether you take a Red plan, a month to month plan or a 12 month contract plan. We think those data allowances are low compared to the competition.
  • They really want you to take a ‘Red plan’ :
    Vodafone offer preferential pricing for their ‘Red’ range. Remember, however, that committing to a plan for some time, can lock you in to its features while the rest of the world gets an increasing data allocation.
  • FEATURE : Extra data is still $10 per GB :
    The new plans maintain the useful ‘add data when you need it’ plan feature. We offer the usual proviso: watch your usage using their self-service app.

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans are not as good value as alternatives on the same network.

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans do not include the same data as the plans their competitors offer.

 

Changes to how Vodafone charges for phones

One of the most appealing things about buying a phone under contract is that you don’t have to pay for it upfront. Vodafone has maintained that feature in their new plans by offering to split the cost of the handset over a period which suits you. Now, you can buy the phone under they Mobile Payment Scheme and split the cost over 12, 24 or 36 months, whatever is convenient to you. To a large degree, this is making the postpaid range look a lot like the way they manage their prepaid customers.

  • You still buy the phone from Vodafone :
    You can bring a phone from elsewhere or buy a new one yourself (see options below.) However, if you want Vodafone to supply the phone, they will and now offer the chance for you to split the cost up however you like.
  • You can split the cost over multiple timelines :
    The cost for your new device can be broken down over 12, 24 or 36 months. The financial and technical scheme they use to do this is called Vodafone’s MPP – Mobile Payment Plan and they’ve had it for years – this is just a different way of explaining it.
  • You can throw in extras :
    You can still get all of your accessories from Vodafone, too, if you like. They will bundle the cost of the accessories up in to your handset cost and include it in your monthly repayments (broken down over the 12, 24 or 36 month period you decide.)
  • Leave when you want to :
    You don’t have to stay with Vodafone for the entire time you have the phone. You can leave whenever you want to, you just have to pay whatever is left on the cost of the phone.
  • You get to keep the phone :
    Remember, you own the phone at the end of it. That’s not true of every phone leasing scheme out there, notably, Telstra’s new phone feeling. (But then, with Telstra’s new phone feeling, you get a new phone every 12 months.)

Important note : Make sure, if you are comparing devices, when you look at their site, that you are clear on the term they have used to break down handset costs. The default for splitting the cost is 36 months. It’s true that people are keeping their phones longer these days. However, if you are comparing with, say, the same phone under a contracted plan with one of Vodafone’s rivals then they are likely to have broken down the cost over only 24 months. This could make Vodafone look cheaper, even when it’s not.

Where Vodafone’s scheme really will help people, is at the end of their contracted agreement period. At the moment, the monthly payments people make for their phone and plan in one can continue at the end of the contract. That means you’re still paying for the handset even when you own it ! Vodafone themselves say the average person over spends $500 when their contract ends – an eye-watering amount. This accidental spend will not be possible in the new scheme.

 

International calls

Roaming and international is one area in which Vodafone shines.

  • FEATURE: International from $40 :
    International call inclusions start on their $40 per month on Vodafone’s red plans.
  • FEATURE: $5 global roaming a day is market leading :
    Vodafone’s $5 a day to use your phone plan’s netitlements overseas in most international destinations is the industry benchmark.

 

What are your alternatives to Voda’s new scheme ?

In our view, Vodaofne’s new scheme is mostly window dressing. You certainly have options from other places to create the same opportunities. You could :

  • Buy the handset yourself :
    Buying a phone yourself and adding a SIM Only plan is usually the most sensible way to go. From a handset point of view, we would advise you evaluating Mobileciti’s hardware. There are, of course, high street alternatives like JBHiFi and grey market imports which
  • Avoid the upfront cost of the device :
    If you want to split the cost of a phone there are other ways to do it, too. Moose Mobile have started leasing phones, so have Vaya, another Australian telco. Note, you also end up owning the device when you buy it from these companies.
  • Telstra’s ‘New Phone Feeling’ :
    Telstra’s scheme lets people upgrade their phone after 12 months if it’s in good nick. They sometimes charge $99 for the privilege although at the time of writing, that fee is being waived. Other major Vodafone rivals have similar schemes.
  • Phone companies which use the Vodafone network :
    There are alternatives on the Vodafone network including Lebara and Kogan Mobile which both use the full Vodafone 4G network.

Vodafone’s network

For some of us,the most important factor when choosing a phone plan is the quality of the network. You don’t want to find yourself consistently without coverage. You might miss an important business call or find yourself stranded in the middle of no-where without an on screen map. Vodafone have spent $billions trying to improve the performance of their network and how it’s talked about in the media.

Vodafone Australia is not a tiny company. It has a 14.8% market share, behind Optus at 22.3% and Telstra at 39.9% . The problem is, those market shares aren’t changing quickly. It’s a difficult spot for Vodafone. You can get the same network coverage as you do from Vodafone but, with this 4G example, you’ll get 4G coverage across 96.6% of the Australian population instead of Vodafone’s 96% of metro area .

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to their 4G network – which is about the same in city areas as Optus’ and Telstra’s

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to their 4G network – which is about the same in city areas as Optus’ and Telstra’s

 

This is where the difference starts to show up in Vodafone’s coverage. That small population coverage difference actually makes a lot of difference in terms of the square kilometers covered.

Vodafone covers a very high proportion of the population – almost the same as Telstra and Optus. But there’s a big difference in the number of square Kilometers that each network reaches.

 

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to this many square kilometers. As you can see, there’s a big difference in the square kilometers their networks reach.

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans will give you access to this many square kilometers.

 

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans come with Vodafone coverage – as you can see, Choice indicate that Vodafone’s customers are pretty much as satisfied with their network coverage as Telstra’s.The net result is – Vodafone customers are nearly as happy with their network coverage as Telstra’s.

 

 

Who are some of the companies that use the Vodafone network ?

Did you know that Vodafone, Optus and Telstra are the only three mobile providers in Australia that actually own and run their own mobile network? All other mobile phone plan providers just rent access to one of these three networks!

These companies also use the Vodafone network.

How does buying through a reseller work ?

Vodafone Network or MVNO - Infographic

 

Quick summary of Vodafone’s SIM Only plans vs Telstra and Optus

  • Adding more data when you’ve used yours up:
    Vodafone has a facility on their SIM Only plans whereby, when you reach your data limit, you will automatically have more data added at a cost of $10 per GB. Optus and Telstra now have the same thing. Data speeds are increasing. 4G is faster than 3G was. They’re already working on 5G. Newer phones have faster processors and they pull information down from the network faster. The result is that people are using more data this month than they did last month. By most people’s reckoning, each phone user will get through twice as much data next year as you are now. The safety belt feature that Vodafone and Optus have put in place with their auto add data is a lifesaver. It reduces the risk of using data in the first place. It also avoids huge bills for those who accidentally use too much.
  • Sharing Data over multiple devices:
    Vodafone have a data sharing scheme and it’s very similar to Optus’. With it you can add another SIM to what is effectively a family account. Here’s how they work. Imagine a father is paying $50 per month for a SIM Only plan with ‘infinite’ SMS and voice from Vodafone. For $30 per month, he can add another family member, let’s say his wife to that plan. She also gets ‘infinite’ SMS and voice and now splits the data with him. Vodafone’s SIM Only sharing option is an important first step along the multi SIM management path but at this time, the practical benefits are, in our view not worth having. Far better, instead to manage your data needs yourself and buy a bundle you’ll use.
  • Overseas roaming at daily prices:
    Vodafone have the best proposition in market for overseas roaming on their SIM Only plans. For $5 per day, you can safely (and that is probably the key word) use your phone overseas. Vodafone’s huge global coverage works in their favor here. The range of countries you can go Red Roaming in is already large and is growing every day. Optus and Telstra’s equivalents are more expensive and offers less international coverage. If you travel overseas regularly then Vodafone should be a strong contender for your money.
  • Simple ‘Yes’ Insurance:
    Vodafone have effectively emulated Optus’ insurance scheme. And it’s really good. It’s less than $15 per month, it has some very reasonable terms and it’s far more useful than what was the industry standard until recently. Remember, you’ll only be able to use it if you got your phone from Vodafone in the first place. So, if you’re after a SIM Only plan then this might not be relevant to you. Also, Optus’ scheme is just as good (which is why it was copied!) However, both Vodafone and Optus beat Telstra hands down on insurance.
  • Good Self Service App:
    Typically, a cost of approximately $5 is assigned by a phone company like Optus or Vodafone to a customer calling in to the customer care organization. If they’re dialing in to do something they could have done online, it makes sense to create an app which allows them to do it. Banks blazed a trail of Self Service which it took the telcos a while to catch up with. These days, the apps from all 3 phone companies is exceptionally good. That includes Vodafone. And you’ll be able to manage your SIM Only plan just fine using their ‘MyAccount’ app.
  • Free content:
    Vodafone’s global negotiating power has been used here to negotiate a deal with Spotify which applies to some of their SIM Only plans. In Australia, you’ll also get free access to Stan on some plans although you will be required to pay for the data you use watching it on your phone. Dropbox is another globally negotiated deal that Vodafone have secured. If you do these things on your phone, this is a big deal. If you watch TV or listen to music – and a large and growing number of people are doing them, this alone could be reason enough to choose Vodafone.
  • Network Guarantee:
    We have covered Vodafone’s Network Guarantee in some detail before.  It’s an important feature if you’re buying a contract. Not so much for a SIM only plan. After all, Vodafone’s agreements are month to month. If it doesn’t work, you just port and go to Boost.
  • New phone feeling :
    Vodafone do not offer a ‘New Phone Feeling’ equivalent to Telstra’s scheme. Telstra’s plans are so expensive, there is likely more margin in them to cover the provision of this sort of feeling to customers. With Telstra, the New Phone Feeling capability enables customers who pay an additional fee each month and return their device after 12 months, to a new phone each year.
  • Free WiFi:
    Vodafone SIM Only customers can use the free Telstra WiFi Hot Spots that are currently in market as part of Telstra’s trial just as easily as Telstra customers can. That said, in time, Vodafone customers will be charged for the facility. Telstra’s will be able to use their own plan allowance over the Telstra wifi network. Vodafone are considering an equivalent scheme with JC Decaux, an equally global provider of advertising spaces at places like bus stops.
  • Loyalty rewards scheme:
    Vodafone also now offer a Frequent Flyer program. For every dollar you spend on your phone plan, they will give you some Frequent Flyer points. Our view is that these schemes are something to be careful of. They sound great but then, when you’re in them, you make all sorts of decisions that you wouldn’t have made before. For example, signing up to Vodafone when it doesn’t have the best deals just to get air miles.

 

Customer satisfaction with Vodafone’s SIM Only Plans

We ran our own research in late 2017 and found a surprising result. Vodafone’s customer satisfaciton level are the best in the business.. They are notably better than both Telstra and Optus’.

 

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans might make you happer than any other type of plan you can buy.

In our own research from December 2017, you can see Vodafone customers were more satisfied than any other

 

Summing up Vodafone’s new ‘no contract’ range

No wonder Vodafone’s customer numbers are stuck in the doldrums. Unless you are seduced by the ‘nice to have’ features Vodafone offers, it often makes more sense to go with a network reseller. Kogan and Lebara offer better deals under almost any circumstance.

Vodafone’s postpaid plan range is, at the very least, ‘inspired’ by similar ‘Uncarrier’ activities overseas. T-Mobile (who coined that ‘uncarrier‘ phrase did an almost identical thing back in 2013. It was only a matter of time before splitting handset and plan came to Australia.

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans are ahead of the pack. The market is moving in exactly the way Vodafone’s plans are heading.

Vodafone’s SIM Only plans reflect what people are demanding from their phone company. The flexibility to tailor their plans and phones exactly as they want to.

 

There are only so many ways you can cut and dice a phone plan, I guess. I remember my first meeting with my new manager at Vodafone Australia in 2005. We talked then about the Vodafone ‘no contracts’ scheme which was in place at the time. So, in a way this idea is new but it’s also very old.

Industry observers say that the number of phone contracts are going to halve in the years ahead from about 18% of the market to about 8%. Vodafone’s new plan range is just one of the factors pushing that along. ( Other factors driving that change are covered here.)

Vodafone’s scheme does serve a useful purpose. It’s important strategically, with the eSIM arriving soon. In our view, it won’t be long until Telstra and Optus have to release their own version of what Vodafone have one here..

Unfortunately, Vodafone’s pricing does not appear competitive in the example we checked. The ‘freedom’ they now offer was always there through deals offered by other SIM only providers – mostly the small telcos. The people who will benefit from this are the ones who were going to buy a contract and then leave.

In summary, Vodafone’s proposition difference here is a small change but a worthwhile one. It adds to the options and addresses an important point about what happens at the end of your contract. It’s worth doing with the changes the eSIM is likely to instil into the market starting very soon. However, with the handset options we’ve seen become available this year – multiple forms of leasing, grey market imports, Australian resellers with discounted prices, there are other ways to achieve the same thing, more cheaply.

 

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