How to: pick an ‘‘un­lim­ited’’ plan

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AN AUS­TRALIAN Gov­ern­ment re­port on telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions re­cently dis­cov­ered many users ‘‘fre­quently ex­pe­ri­ence bill shock, which oc­curs when a con­sumer re­ceives a higher-than-ex­pected bill". Be it from plac­ing too many calls, down­load­ing too much data or us­ing ser­vices not cov­ered by your phone plan ‘‘cap’’, it’s easy to use more than your con­tract al­lows. While no un­lim­ited plans are ac­tu­ally with­out lim­i­ta­tions, some are gen­er­ous. Be­low is a run-down of three of the top of­fer­ings.

AMAYSIM

This new Aus­tralian ven­ture, ex­ported from Europe, re­cently launched its first pre­paid phone plan and it prom­ises to let cus­tomers avoid be­ing ‘‘cap-slapped’’. The Amaysim Un­lim­ited plan is a month-by­month of­fer­ing cost­ing $39.90 that in­cludes phone calls, text mes­sages, so­cial net­work­ing ac­cess, voice­mail re­trieval and 4GB data per month over the Op­tus net­work. There are ex­clu­sions, how­ever, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional calls, calls to 1300 and 1800 num­bers, pre­mium SMS and video calls. Ex­tra data is charged at 5c per megabyte.

VODA­FONE

Voda­fone’s un­lim­ited plan, dubbed In­fi­nite, costs $45 monthly and is also of­fered on a month-to-month ba­sis. The plan in­cludes voice and video calls, text and pic­ture mes­sag­ing and so­cial net­work­ing as well as 500MB data. Cus­tomers who down­load more than half a gig of data are charged 25c per megabyte for the ex­tra, how­ever, which works out at $256 per gi­ga­byte. Things such as in­ter­na­tional calls and text mes­sages and pre­mium SMS are ex­cluded from the cap.

OP­TUS

Called a Time­less plan, Op­tus’ plan of­fers a bonus to those who bring their own phone to the deal — a $30 dis­count on this plan’s $99 monthly fee for the first 12 months. The cap in­cludes un­lim­ited voice and video calls, text and pic­ture mes­sages, so­cial net­work­ing ac­cess and 3GB data. Like Voda­fone, ex­tra data is charged at 25c per megabyte and in­ter­na­tional calls and SMS as well as voice­mail re­trieval cost ex­tra.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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