All for use in Australia. Fair Go Policy applies. Bonus Offer: Bonus data may take up to 72 hours to be applied and will expire at the same time as the standard inclusion, unless data roll over applies. Subsequent $10 recharges will give 500MB data. Excludes SIM swaps. Not to be used with any other offer. Limit once per customer. Compatibility: If you bring your own device, make sure it's not locked to other networks and is compatible with the Optus network. To learn more, visit optus.com.au/compatibility.
Prepaid 4G Plus from Optus
Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90
• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.
• Free delivery!
Unlimited Standard SMS
• Family Options: Bundle more than one SIM into your account & get up to 15% discount on your total bill. All year round. T&Cs apply.
There are 2 main methods of getting underway with Vodafone prepaid.
1. You can start by purchasing a prepaid SIM card on it’s own. They generally come in a starter pack. You can either get a SIM on it’s own, they’re usually a couple of dollars. Alternatively, you can order a SIM online through the Vodafone online store. You tend to buy the plan value when you’re following this route. So, for example, you might buy a $30 prepaid plan – and they will ship you a SIM with $30 installed.
2. Or you can pick up a prepaid Phone from Vodafone which will usually come with a prepaid SIM.
In either case, when you have the SIM and the phone, insert the SIM. Then go online to pick a plan and activate your service. You can then use it for 28 days. At the end of 28 days you need to recharge to keep using it.
This process is very similar with all phone companies.
Can I keep my phone number if I want to move to Vodafone prepaid ?
Of course. Vodafone allows its users to keep their old phone numbers when they switch to a new SIM card.
Do you need a prepaid phone to use Vodafone prepaid ?
In truth, there are no prepaid phones really. Just cheaper phones that people using prepaid plans are inclined to use. So, while you will need a phone to use the Vodafone prepaid service, a specifically prepaid phone is not required.
Is data charged in 1 KB or 1 MB Chunks on Vodafone prepaid ?
All Vodafone prepaid plans charge in 1 kB increments. This is an important part to their data service. A few years ago, the opposite was true. Data was charged in 1MB increments. Some say that you get through your data allocation much quicker when data is charged in 1MB increments.
Per kB charging is now common among all of the tier 1 phone companies, following the customer outcry ( through social media ) that the change to MB charging brought about.
Does my data rollover with Vodafone ?
No. Data does not rollover from one month to the next with Vodafone. Both Optus and Telstra now offer this feature on their plans. We don’t see this as a big deal. It’s far preferable to find yourself a plan which suits your requirements in terms of the voice and data allocation you need, rather than buy yourself a plan that includes more data than you need and roll it over.
What’s the Vodafone network like these days ?
For 4G, Vodafone’s early 2016 network expanstion provided impressive statistics. Vodafone now cover 95.3%
of the population. Remember, Optus covers 96.6% of the Australian population
with their 4G network. Vodafone’s network now covers as much of Australia and offers equivalent speed’s to Telstra’s.
Whether you take a prepaid plan or a postpaid plan, you’ll get the same coverage from Vodafone. And remember, if you choose a smaller phone company, a network reseller such as Lebara or CMobile Red you’ll get the same priority, coverage and speeds as Vodafone’s own customers.
More about Vodafone’s network : Vodafone’s network has improved greatly. In this article, we provide independent analysis which compares Vodafone alongside Telstra and Optus with surprising results : Vodafone’s 4G network is now as big and as fast as Telstra’s. Don’t beieve us ? See the article.
General coverage information : The most critical information when you’re buying a SIM relates to the coverage on the network you’re considering. This article provides national statistics and the latest insights in to who has what coverage where.
Vodafone Prepaid Plans - Everything you need to know
Vodafone’s prepaid plan market share is around 20%. Vodafone’s market share is low – because there are better value plans out there. Their network, on the other hand has improved a great deal.
Much improved Vodafone network - now 4G too
Wide range + 'build your own plan
Easy to pick & get the data you need
Get more data by buying and recharging online
No data rollover from Vodafone
Better prepaid deals from Kogan, Lebara and CMobile
Amaysim & Bendigo cheaper on Optus 4G network
Boost Mobile cheaper on Telstra Mobile Network
Vodafone Prepaid Update
Vodafone have introduced a new aspect to their prepaid service recently. The biggest change is that they are changing the recharge validity period of their prepaid plans. The new plan feature applies to both their Talk Combi and Data Combo plans: $40 and above.
As before, the Talk Combo cap comes with included international minutes to selected destinations. For those who prefer data to talking, the Combo plans exchange those international minutes for extra data heft.
How will Vodafone’s new 35 day prepaid plans help you ?
In short, with a 35 day validity, the main benefit is that you will have to recharge less often. Optus and Telstra have a recharge validity of 28 days. Most smaller phone companies have a recharge validity of 30 days. Here’s the difference the new maths makes to the number of recharges you will have to perform every year and the effect on your wallet or purse.
Vodafone’s prepaid plan expiry is now variable.
Vodafone prepaid plans – inclusions at $40 versus competitors.
Comparing Vodafone’s Prepaid vs Telstra and Optus’ Prepaid
At first flush, Vodafone’s new prepaid plans appear to be best for value when compared to Telstra and Optus. That’s not entirely surprising. In fact, it’s most commonly the case. Vodafone have made a song and dance about providing more data than any other major telco ( i.e. Optus and Telstra) for some time.
Scratch the surface, however, and Vodafone’s move feels slightly desperate. Both Optus Prepaid and Telstra’s prepaid plans have 28 day recharge validity periods. That’s true. But it’s not all they contain. Both Telstra and Optus have gone down the path of adding entertainment options like data free music streaming (both Telstra prepaid and Optus prepaid offer this particular entertainment option) and data free AFL / NRL / Netball for Telstra. Optus also offer data rollover, a key inclusion they stole from Virgin Mobile. Remember, these inclusions are data free that means you will not be charged for the data you use when you access these facilities with Telstra and Optus.
Vodafone simply can’t match their competitors for this sort entertainment value add. But, to the average shopper, these services are worth more than the price saving they’ll get from Vodafone with the move to 35 days. If you have a Spotify, Pandora, I Heart Radio or Google Play Music account, for example, our calculations show you could save between 1GB and 3GB of data per month.
And …. There are other competitors to consider.
Vodafone’s 35 Day Plans – The Real Competition
Remember, there are dozens of phone companies in Australia. Only one of them offer equivalent entertainment facilities in their plans that Telstra and Optus have.
Since Vodafone’s new plans don’t include entertainment, in many ways, it is these numerous, smaller networks to which we should be comparing. The smaller phone companies don’t offer entertainment either. And when you do that, the Vodafone plans do not come out at all well.
For spends less than Vodafone’s $40 plan, you can get more data at the moment with these carriers.
Concluding on Vodafone’s new 35 day prepaid plans
Credit where it’s due, Vodafone’s move to a 35 day recharge period is a first. I’ve never seen it before. If you were going to go Vodafone anyway, you now get another 15% or so extra, compared to their previous plans.
In our view, as you will see from the original review, below, Vodafone’s prepaid range is already too large. Adding two additional layers of complexity (by having a different recharge validity period for $30 plans to higher value denominations) accentuate an already Enigmaesque level of complexity.
Pulling the plans apart, Vodafone have flexed the one muscle they haven’t yet flexed – tenure. And in so doing, they’ve exposed their weak underbelly. Putting them alongside Telstra’s prepaid plans, Vodafone’s lack the free overnight calling that Big T provide. For those motivated by sport, Telstra’s AFL, NRL and Netball inclusions in their prepaid plans dwarves the value Voda provides. Similarly, Optus offer both data rollover and data free music streaming. In fact, Optus won our award for Data free music streaming this year.
So, Vodafone cascades to level 2 – comparison with smaller phone companies. Again, we find them lacking. You save 15% with Vodafone as a result of the 35 day recharge window. But Yomojo, OVO, Kogan and Lebara all offer much better value, more data at lower price points.
I am sorry to say, in my view, you can do better than Vodafone even with this attention grabbing new 35 day prepaid recharge period.
MyMix from Vodafone Australia – What’s new in the range ?
The key questions people are going to have about the new Vodaofne ‘MyMix’ Prepaid plan range are:
What is the MyMix (prepaid plan suite) from Vodafone ?
Are the plans good value ?
How do ‘MyMix’ plans compare to other prepaid plans ?
What is Vodafone’s coverage like these days ?
We answer all of those questions below. Here’s a quick summary.
Vodafone’s prepaid plan range is called ‘My Mix’.
MyMix from Vodafone lets you design your own Prepaid Plan. The key benefit Vodafone claim you’ll get is that, by honing a plan to your specific needs, you save money. Essentially, you’re not spending more than you need to buying stuff you don’t need.
Using their website, users pick the number of domestic minutes, quantity of Australian data and allowance of international calls that makes sense for them. There are dozens of permutations. Unfortunately, the new plan range does away with some of the better overseas roaming features we had become used to.
Our view is that you can do better if you pick a plan from a smaller phone company.
For now, Vodafone have ‘grandfathered’ their 2015 plan range. That means if you have one of them and you want to keep recharging on it, you’ll be able to.
Vodafone’s coverage has improved markedly. It ranks alongside Optus for 4G reach and quality coverage these days.
Yomojo, a smaller phone company offer very similar ‘create your own plan’ technology at typically better rates and they’re on the optus network.
What has MyMix changed ?
In some ways, the MyMix concept (‘design your own prepaid plan’) is a substantial departure from the prepaid plan structure Vodafone had in market earlier in 2016 and throughout 2015. The primary changes are :
MyMix allows you to ‘design your own’ Prepaid Plan Plan. Everyone gets Unlimited SMS. Then. :
You decide your own data inclusions : The Data allocation in a prepaid plan is the first consideration people have these days. In our view, the best feature of the data inclusion is that it meets your prepaid expectations. I.e. When your data runs out, the data service stops. On some SIM Only Plans and even some prepaid plans that’s not the case. Even on prepaid plans, if you have a positive dollar balance, you can have a $10 charge for an additional GB of data added or worse yet suffer bill shock from out of bundle data charging at 10 cents a MB.
You decide the number of domestic call minutes you get: Previously, all Vodafone’s prepaid plans came with unlimited Australia talk time included. That’s no longer the case. Most people spend longer looking at their phone than talking on it these days. However, the number of domestic minutes you’re given is a material consideration in a new prepaid plan. Mostly, Vodafone follows the market trend : The majority of their MyMix offers include Unlimited Talk in Australia to Australian numbers. If you don’t talk much, there are plans which have one or two hundred minutes of Australian talk time and you’ll save yourself a few bucks.
Vodafone still make sure you have some “Combo Caps’ to click : Can’t be bothered deciding which combination of features you want ? Choose one of their headline Combo caps.
You decide the number of minutes you get to use to make calls when you’re overseas : There are none of the $5 a day unlimited roaming offers with these Vodafone prepaid deals. You choose the number of minutes you want while you’re outside Australia, too. It’s hundreds of minutes for a dollar spend.
There is a PAYG plan: Unusual for tier 1 telcos, PAYG plans are well worth a look, unless you use a lot of data. You can find out more about PAYG plans in our article.
Other Vodafone prepaid plan features – a quick summary:
Recharge Options: You will get any number of recharge options: You can recharge with a daily amount, weekly allowance, 28 day allowance and longer if you want a glove box SIM or have very low usage behaviour.
Standard Add Ons: You can add more data mid month
Other stuff: The Vodafone Network Guarantee has changed it’s name but is still relevant although obviously, you risk less with prepaid than a postpaid plan which is where this is focused. Their app is fantastic and everyone should download it. You still have to activate roaming before you leave Australia. You can roam for free in NZ which is now a common feature on Vodafone plans.
Does anyone else do anything like Vodafone’ Prepaid Plan Range ?
Remember though, this is not an entirely new concept. This feature has been available for some time through Yomojo ( previously Yatango ) In fact, if this sort of flexibility appeals to you and you want some options on the Optus 4G network, you should probably check them out.
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.
Postpaid | 12 month contracts | On the Telstra 3G and 4G network
Woolies are one of Australia’s most trusted brands. Now, they offer a range of 12 month SIM Only (postpaid) on the Telstra Mobile network. Many Australians visit Woolworths every week making the company’s telco offering familiar and accessible. With Woolies you’ll get
Data bank feature: Woolies are one of three companies which offer a data bank feature. Whatever data you’re given, you keep – forever. (Up to a maximum of 30GB.) In our view, data banking is the fairest way a phone company can treat data.
Nothing you don’t need: Woolies are now an established telco. Their 12 month plans offer decent value and, for most people, who won’t change their phone plans more regularly than once a year anyway, Woolworths make a great ‘set and forget’ option.
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.
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.
Vaya Mobile | Winner of The Best Value Plans 2018 Award
Postpaid | Month to month agreement | On the Optus 3G + 4G Network
Vaya offer a range of affordable postpaid plans on the Optus Network. They were recently bought by Amaysim and have cleaned up their image since they were acquired. Customer service complaints are down and they now offer a price match guarantee ñ a unique feature in the Australian market.
With Vaya, you will get:
Access to the full Optus 3G and 4G network: Optus’ 4G network now rivals Telstra for speed and coverage. With Vaya, you can get access to the same thing.
Unique ‘Price match Guarantee’: Uniquely, Vaya will match any other price plan you can
The WhatPhone 2018 Best Value Plans Award: How could we not give Vaya the best value plans award when they will offer to match any other plan on the market?
Nothing you don’t need: Vaya plans don’t have entertainment options, data rollover, data
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.
Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner
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
Moose $9 SIM Only = 200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS/MMS in Oz + 1GB. Now $5 for the first month – save $4. Offer ends 31.08.18.
Moose $14 Sim Only = Unlimited calls and SMS/MMS in Oz + 1.5GB. Now $5 for the first month – save $9. Offer ends 31.08.18.
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.
The MyMix prepaid plan range from Vodafone is an understandable step from Vodafone. They’ve turned their network performance around and they’ve done it at a time when Telstra is suffering from an ever growing list of problems. Vodafone have also taken a visible marketing lead in their international roaming options over the last 2 years. Now they want to do something different that’s seen as innovative, fair and which stands out in market.
That’s where the problem is. First, it’s not that innovative. Yomojo do exactly the same thing and have done for years. Their plans can be bought either prepaid or postpaid and their rate are both universally preferable to Vodafone’s Prepaid range. Yomojo are also on the Optus network which will appeal to many, perhaps more than the Vodafone network will appeal to.
Second, Vodafone are looking at this from their internal point of view. The prepaid range is reasonably simple viewed in isolation. From a customer’s perspective, however, it’s not. There are already hundreds of plans to compare out there. The prepaid market is more fragmented and has more providers than any other. A cynic might say that confusing people is the intention of this move : That they’re deliberately making it harder to compare.
Third, there are aspects of the new scheme which are fair and aspects which aren’t. This plan has per kB charging which will extend your data further. It has a hard stop on data inclusions which we think is a good thing, as we have covered above. But, while they are distracting you with their left hand, they have joined the rest of the market in moving to a 28 day renewal period. In the course of a year, that’s going to cost you around another 10% ! A phone company being fair. Yep, I’d love to see it.
At a time when Vodafone’s Australian MVNO partners (the smaller phone companies who resell their network) are being granted access to the 4G network: That’s companies like Lebara Mobile, TPG and Think Mobile – all of whom have plans and sims on the Vodafone network, it seems like an odd time to make your plan range harder to understand. Vodafone have also de-emphasised the value of the overseas roaming advantage they have in this plan range which seems like an incredible move. Whether or not people use the roaming facility, it’s a memorable advantage that works for Vodafone.
Reviewing these vodafone prepaid plans holistically, they’re a let down which we think will under perform for Vodafone. It’s a shame, Vodafone have nailed their network improvements at a time when Telstra are really struggling and, with a strong prepaid suite focused on addressing the additional value smaller phone companies are offering, they could have done well.
Vodafone's Prepaid Plans 2015
We think you can get better value than going with Vodafone. We have SIMs on the Telstra Mobile Network or the Optus Network which cost less and offer more. We explain how, below.
Vodafone have a bad reputation for network coverage which they no longer deserve.
Today, if you live and work in a major Australian city, you should be considering the Vodafone Network for your Prepaid Service.
All Vodafone’s prepaid plans now have unlimited calls and SMS.
Vodafone’s $30 prepaid service has more data than their postpaid equivalent at the same price point.
It is now far more common for the phone companies to provide bigger data inclusions in their ( low end ) prepaid plans than their postpaid plans at the same price.
Generally, Vodafone differentiate themselves from Optus and Telstra with higher data inclusions at each price point.
Vodafone also run extra data / double data offers more frequently than their rivals.
However, despite the improvements in their networks, you have better options available to you.
It’s possible to get better pricing and better coverage from rival prepaid providers.
You can get better prepaid value on the Telstra Mobile Network (now with 4G) from Boost Mobile.
And Lebara or CMobile’s Red Range resell the Vodafone network for those who live in cities and have a 3G phone but want massively more data for the dollars they’re spending.
What is Vodafone Prepaid ?
Like every Vodafone plan, their current prepaid range includes Unlimited national SMS and Unlimited national calls to other mobiles and landlines.
Vodafone have been synonymous with prepaid in Australia for years. They have a substantial number of prepaid plan options ( explained below ) and recharge denominations available. To some, this broad range might mean that deciding on a specific plan would be difficult. The goal of this article is to help you decide which Vodafone prepaid plan is right for you ( if any. )
Vodafone recently made one change which has simplified comparison. Like every Vodafone plan, their current prepaid range includes Unlimited national SMS and Unlimited national calls to other mobiles and landlines. The only difference between Vodafone’s prepaid plans is their data inclusion.
Prepaid SIMs make up almost exactly one third of the Australian market. Of that one third of All Australian SIMs, Vodafone’s market share is around 20%. This is a critical statistic. Vodafone’s market share is low. It’s probably lower than you thought. It’s low because there are better value plans out there. Smaller phone companies make up nearly 25% of the market. More than Vodafone. And the reason’s simple. They offer better value.
First, we’ll consider Vodafone’s prepaid plan range. Then we’ll show you the alternatives that we think are better value.
Vodafone’s Prepaid Plan Info
This is the Vodafone prepaid plan which is most likely to be most right for most people most of the time.
Each of the major phone companies has a headline ‘marketing’ prepaid lead plan. This is the one they talk most often about. In the case of Vodafone, their most commonly sold ‘all rounder’ plan is the Prepaid Combo Cap.
Vodafone also has a Pay As You go plan (a plan which charges you by the minute / SMS from an existing allocation of credit) and a long life plan ( an expensive plan which lasts for a long time. )
Vodafone have slimmed their range down. Both Telstra and Optus have an even broader range of prepaid plans. This is a double edged sword. Prepaid plans work so effectively for their customer base purely because there is such a broad range of plans to pick from. Unlike postpaid plans where there is only a single rate structure to pick, prepaid gives you options. For those who make calls rarely, Long Life caps like the 365 Cap are extremely useful. Achieving the same aim with a postpaid plan would be incredibly expensive. It does, however, introduce some complexity in to the decision making process.
Vodafone Prepaid Combo Cap
Vodafone refreshed their prepaid offer in 2015. The result is a simplified range. The Vodafone Prepaid Combo Cap is their most common prepaid cap. It’s very similar in nature to the Flexi Cap which preceded it.
Combo credit ( what you get when you recharge ) can be used for international calls and SMS, purchasing things from the Vodafone portal – basically, it’s free credit on your account for the little extras you need with prepaid. This is the Vodafone prepaid plan which is most likely to be most right for most people most of the time.
Data appropriate to the plan: Starting at 1.5GB on the $30.
Included value: $30, $40 or $50 combo caps recharge values. Combo credit can be used for international calls and SMS, purchasing things from the Vodafone portal – basically, it’s free credit on your account for the little extras you need with prepaid.
Infinite calls and SMS: That’s an infinite number of calls and SMS within Australia.
Extra data for recharging online: To incentivize the ‘right’ behavior, Vodafone will give you bonus data for recharging online.
International calls: You’ll get 90 minutes of calls form Australia to an overseas location in the $40 / $50 recharge.
Comparing Vodafone’s Prepaid Combo Cap
Boost offer better value than the plan you’ve chosen
These plans are also known ‘glove box’ plans in the industry. It’s a useful name because it explains their primary purpose.
Vodafone’s 365 plans might be right for you if you only make calls in an emergency using the phone you put your SIM in. Of course, if you’re relying on this SIM, for example, in emergencies then it could make sense to pause. In an emergency, network coverage might be important to you – and that would make you lean towards something on the Telstra network.
These plans are also known ‘glove box’ plans in the industry. It’s a useful name because it explains their primary purpose.
They’re expensive but they last a year: $30, $40 and $50 with between 150 minutes and 350 minutes of calls to any Australian number. Note, this is an expensive call. A standard call, using Vodafone’s $30 365 plan will cost you around $1 per minute. So, in a $30 plan, you’ll get around 30 minutes of calls!
Vodafone to Vodafone: You’ll also get a number of minutes that you can call Vodafone to Vodafone in each plan. Handy if you have a lot of friends on the Vodafone network already. Vodafone even have an app you can install which will tell you who’s on their network ! Clever, and useful if you’re on a budget.
Watch out for data on 365 plans: Data is prohibitively expensive on this plan. It’s $2 per MB and comes out of your flexible credit. To give you some context, a single 10 minute video clip on You Tube would use $100 worth of flexible credit! Avoid.
Vodafone Pay As You go Prepaid Cap
If you used your entire $30 to call a mobile the UK in standard 2 minute calls ( this is pretty representative of the rates and number of calls you’d be entitled to ), you’d get 52 calls.
The key to understanding the weird set up Vodafone have around this plan is knowing that this plan used to be called Vodafone International. If you’re a normal person, get the combo Cap. If you make a lot of international calls (remember, your combo cap will include 90 minutes of international calls at a spend level of $40 or above per month), this is probably your best bet.
International Rates : Are a quagmire, as you will know. Typical rates to call a mobile internationally from your own Vodafone when you’re using a Pay As You go SIM are between 5 and 10 cents per minute. So that’s really cheap. If you used your entire $30 to call a mobile the UK in standard 2 minute calls ( this is pretty representative of the rates and number of calls you’d be entitled to ), you’d get 52 calls. Check out Vodafonbe’s full list of international prepaid calling charges on this Vodafone page.
Better value data: Data will cost you about $20 per GB on this plan. If you used your entire entitlement on data, you’d get 1.5GB of data. They have some funky pricing for the data which we’ve never seen before. It’s charged in 512kB chunks with the first 512 kB being zero rated. That means the minute you connect to data, you’ll be charged 0.5GB. If you did that three times, you’d have used your entire credit it.
Better value voice : If you spent the entire $30 allocation you recharged with Vodafone’s prepaid Pay As You Go Cap on voice, you’d get about 100 standard 2 minute calls in a month. That works out to about 3.3 per day.
Your Vodafone Prepaid Network Coverage
Vodafone have a bad reputation for network coverage and quality. Perhaps surprisingly, they shouldn’t be thought of in those terms these days. Vodafone coverage is almost certainly better than you think. Vodafone have been slammed in the press for bad coverage for the last 5 years. You might find it hard to believe but their network is up there with the best in each of the main Australian cities. Don’t believe us ? Check out this infographic. It was derived from one of several independent tests.
Vodafone Prepaid Network Coverage compared
Realising the enormous network perception problems they had, Vodafone have invested heavily in the towers and masts which transmit your calls since 2010. Their 3G network now covers 0.5
of Australia. That’s a total of 23 million
people. Their 4G netowrk coverage statistics are even more impressive. Vodafone’s network covers 95.3%
. Remember, Optus’ 4G network covers 96.6% of the Australian population
You can find more about Vodafone coverage here. Or you can find out more on our coverage page !
My Prepaid Ultimate
Data Rollover ?
Yes - Up to 10 GB
Voice Credit Rollover ?
Not required - all plans are Unlimited National Calls and Text in Australia.
Not required - all plans are Unlimited National Calls and Text in Australia.
Standard calls in $30 recharge.
$700 ( Capped Multiplier ) plus unlimited Telstra to Telstra.
Data inclusion in $30 recharge.
2.6 GB ( 1.3GB 8AM - 8PM. An additional 1.3GB 8PM to 8 AM )
Per kB charging ?
Unlimited Voice & SMS ?
Yes - In Australia.
Yes - In Australia.
Not all plans
Recharge period ?
International calls included ?
Yes. In Extras Credit.
Charge to pick up Voicemail ?
No. Included in Unlimited minutes.
No. Included in Unlimited minutes.
From Cap on $30 plan.
Separate overnight data allowance ?
Number of Plans
4 : $30, $40, $50, $60
4 : $30, $40, $50, $60
3 : $30, $40, $50
Introductory data offer ?
No. Half priced starter pack + monthly 2GB additional bonus if you recharge before the end of the period. ( On $40 and above. )
Yes. Reduced price starter pack if bought on line. Activation data bonus.
Yes. First month 5GB with rollover.
Getting the best Vodafone Prepaid deal
There is, however, a simple way to get an even better deal on what is already the best secret in Australian telco. We often recommend MVNO ricing to people in order to get the best price plan deal.
It’s almost always the case that, buying your phone outright and adding a SIM from a SIM only provider will save you money on your phone bill. Typically, savings are in the region of 30% over the course of the alternative – a 2 year contract with one of the major 3 phone companies. Here’s an example.
How can MVNOs save you money
MVNOs save their customers money by leasing network access ‘in bulk’ from the three, major Australian phone companies. Then they sell it, to customers like you, at a significant discount.
With MVNOs, you can take advantage of lower rates, and SIMs that are contract-free. They almost always offer better deals than the major phone companies. They don’t have the same marketing spends to pass on in the costs they charge you. They don’t spend nearly as much on advertising their brand as the others. By keeping their business models simple, they reduce the support costs and pass the savings on to you. They also need to charge less because they’re not as well known as their multinational competitors.
By keeping their business models simple, MVNOs reduce the support costs and pass the savings on to you in their SIM Only plans.
It’s important to realize that the network coverage component of the ‘product’ the MVNOs sell is very often exactly the same thing being sold by Optus or Vodafone. The coverage you’ll get from an Optus MVNO is exactly the same as the coverage you’ll get from Optus itself. There are a few exceptions and ‘gotchas’ to think about. We’ve covered those in detail, below.
Myths about MVNOs: Prioritization
Some shoppers suspect that MVNOs are getting low quality network bandwidth. For example, minutes that aren’t used by carriers during peak activity. That’s just not true. In many ways, network access is like electricity. It’s a utility which is the same whomever or whichever company you buy it from. You will not get a lower priority on the network if you go with an MVNO.
Why are MVNO deals cheaper?
The MVNOs marketplace is highly competitive. The competition is focused where you want it. MVNOs have an agreed charter with the major phone companies. Each MVNO is set up to focus on servicing ( selling to ) a particular segment.
A segment is just a group of users. Here are a couple of our favorite MVNOs and the segments they are designed to address.
Growth in MVNO market share
Smaller phone companies are taking an increasingly large share of the Australian SIM Only and prepaid market. As Optus and Telstra position themselves as higher value Phone Plan + Entertainment providers, smaller phone companies provide the basics. At the moment, it seems like Australians aren’t ready for Entertainment in their phone plans. You can see it in the statistics. The phone companies that provide voice, SMS and data (and only those things) are growing year on year, according to Kantar:
Both Boost Mobile and Amaysim offer the combination of a better 4G network and better data pricing. Add in market leading value from Lebara for those with a 3G phone who are happy with Vodafone coverage, and there’s no reason to pay more for less with Vodafone direct.
It’s a great time to buy a Prepaid Plan. This is a time of innovation and intense competition in the Australian prepaid market. Recent months have seen acquisition deals of huge data allocations on prepaid plans to tie in with the new data rollover facility Optus and Telstra are offering. Additionally, you’re more likely to get more data in any prepaid plan than for the same spend on a postpaid plan.
Vodafone offer better pricing ( mostly as concerns the data ) on their prepaid plans because of the public relations difficulties they’ve had since 2010. Unless you live in more rural areas of Australia, independent research Vodafone on par with any other network which is available to you. Unfortunately for them, however, that’s not the point.
Prepaid plans are just one way of buying a SIM from a phone company. The huge and growing market share of MVNOs / network resellers in the SIM only / prepaid section shows you what you need to know. When Vodafone’s prepaid plans are held up to comparison to these MVNO plans, they’re just not the best prepaid value available.
Comparing Vodafone prepaid with the likes of Amaysim’s range ( all of which can be bought as prepaid SIMs ) or Boost Mobile, the reasons Vodafone come up short are clear. Both Boost Mobile and Amaysim offer the combination of a better 4G network and better data pricing. Add in market leading value from Lebara for those with a 3G phone who are happy with Vodafone coverage, and there’s no reason to pay more for less with Vodafone.
Each of these companies, as well as the others represented on this site are established and reputable. The nature of prepaid services is that the customers’ maximum ‘risk’ is the month’s service they pay for in advance. There are no contracts which oblige people to stay with the alternatives for long. Its not hard to see why Vodafone’s market share in prepaid is constantly falling and these smaller phone companies are filling the gap.
Extra Resources – Articles of use to Prepaid Users
Prepaid plans now have streamed audio included in them : You may not be aware of one of the biggest improvements to prepaid plans since they were originally devised. 2016 saw the release of prepaid plans which have streamed audio included in them. If you already have a Spotify, iTunes Music, Google Music or IHeartRadio account, then you might like to find out more about streamed audio in phone plans.
Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month : We’ve given a short explanation on this page but if you want more detail on the types of phone plans in Australia, this is it. In Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month, we explain and the best value alternatives you have and when it makes sense to use each type.
Prepaid vs Postpaid –the simple trick to getting the best value : The tier 1 telcos ( Optus Telstra and Vodafone ) all have both prepaid and postpaid plans. Sometimes they have both types of plan at the same price point.
Does it make sense to buy a Phone myself and add a SIM ? : It’s often even cheaper to buy your own phone and add a SIM ( including a prepaid SIM ) to it. We explain how to go Buying a phone outright and adding a SIM.
Data Rollovers : Considering a plan with data rollover in it ? We explain why they’re not the real solution to the real problem with prepaid plans.
And, remember, before you buy, read the CIS (that’s the Critical Information Summary–a clearly written definition of what is and is not included in the plans from these phone companies) before you buy. You need to be confident in the plan you choose yourself. You’ll find the CIS on the Vodafone website.
Compare all of our prepaid plans
If you need another network, you might like to check our Best Prepaid Plans Page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. ) A list of best value plans using the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks.
If you need another network, for example you’re after an unlimited plan with Telstra coverage, or you live in a city and you’re happy with Vodafone, you might like to check our SIM Only Comparison page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. )