How to: Pick a cheap phone carrier
MOBILE phone companies are suddenly growing in number, with many offering cheap deals on established networks. The new companies are dubbed MVNOs, or mobile virtual network operators, and they work by reselling access to existing mobile phone networks from Telstra and Optus. Aldi Mobile became the latest company of this kind today, launching monthly packages from $15, but it’s not the only firm offering deals. Here is a guide to two of the most recent additions.
The German supermarket chain launched its mobile phone service in Australia this morning, reselling access to Telstra’s network under the brand Aldi Mobile. Its supermarkets will also sell mobile phones outright that can be used on its new network. Call rates on Aldi Mobile start at $15 for a payas-you-go deal that includes national calls and voicemail access at 12c per minute, standard text messages at 12c each, and data at 5c per megabyte. A monthly plan, covering these services and 5GB of downloads, is available for $35. Downloads are not available at Telstra’s NextG or 4G speeds on this plan, however, with typical speeds estimated between 550Kbps and 3Mbps.
Online seller Kogan began its phone service late last year and offers a selection of four unlimited plans using Telstra’s network. The cheapest offers 30 days of unlimited calls, text and picture messages and 6GB data for $29, while $79 and $299 delivers 90 and 365-day access. A pure data plan offering 2GB downloads for $9.99 per month is also available.