How to: pick an ‘‘unlimited’’ plan
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.
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’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.
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.