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29 Responses to Mobile Phone Plans Comparison

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    BrandonD | May 10, 2016

    I want to know what the different carriers charge for data over your initial data allowance. The cost of 1 GB seems to vary from place to place. Have you done a comparison like this before?

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      BrandonD | May 19, 2016

      Thanks Brodie. The reason I ask is that my mobile service provider charges $10 per 500MB which I think is terribly poor, and a bit of a rip off. So I wanted to see what was comparable in the market, and its not something you see being done by anyone currently.

      Thanks for your answer anyway.


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      Brodie | May 23, 2016

      Hey Brandon,

      Yeah, 500MB for $10 is half of what most offer. I’d definitely suggest shopping around.

      All the best,

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      Brodie | May 19, 2016

      Hi BrandonD,

      We don’t currently have a comparison of excess data charges. Mostly because the standard is $10 for every GB used in excess of your included data with a few edge cases charging $15 per GB.


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    Adam | April 28, 2016

    I am in the market for either a Galaxy S5 or s7.

    I like the s5.

    what is your opinion on both and who has the best deals at the moment?


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      Brodie | May 5, 2016

      Hi Adam,

      We’ve reviewed and compared plan prices for both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S7 is obviously the superior handset out of the two, but the Galaxy S5 still holds up and even has a few features that were missing from its successor, the S6.


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    Doro | April 7, 2016

    Can I buy a Doro phone Easy 615 in Perth WA Thanks Lea

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      Brodie | April 18, 2016

      Hi there,

      The only retailer in Australia who currently stocks Doro PhonEasy is Optus. They currently sell the Doro 623 (the latest model) for $99 on Optus prepaid. You should be able to pick it up somewhere that resells Optus prepaid handsets. Alternatively, you could just order it direct from the Optus website.


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    Doro | April 7, 2016

    Do you have this mobile phone ? I live in Perth WA, if so where can I get it?
    Thanks Lea

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      Brodie | April 11, 2016

      Hi Lea,

      Optus sell the Doro PhoneEasy 623 (the later model) for just $99. You should pick it up at any store that resells Optus Prepaid handsets. Alternatively, you can order it from the Optus store. It’s worth noting that prepaid handsets sold through Optus will be locked to the Optus Network.


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    Keshie | April 5, 2016

    Hello, My elderly mother lives with me and does not make many calls. Only about one local call per month. She is on a pre-pay plan with telstra and whenever she tries to make a call she has no credit because it has expired. Is there a plan you can recommend that will not expire monthly and is affordable for a pensioner. We have no landline and I’m concerned when I’m not home knowing she may not???? have credit when she needs it. She does not want internet acces on her mobile. She only wants to make calls. Thank you, Keshie

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    Tim | February 23, 2016

    Hi, what is the cheapest mobile phone plan that I can call overseas?

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      Brodie | February 24, 2016

      Hi Tim,

      That depends on where you’re calling and how many calls you will be making per month. Lebara provides great rates for calling to most countries, but if you are looking for more local usage as well, you might want to check out Vodafone’s top-tier plans.
      Click here for Lebara’s plans.


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    jackie | January 17, 2016

    I’m a small business owner and single mother who needs a personal phone and business phone (which can be a regular cell) both with unlimited talk text data and also need a phone for my daughter with only talk and text, the safer the better for her, whtas the best options for me

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      Brodie | January 18, 2016

      Hi Jackie,

      For your daughter, I would recommend something like Optus Long Expiry or Vodafone Pay As You Go. These plans have no long term commitment and are prepaid, meaning your daughter can only use a limited amount of credit (this saves you from getting a whopping bill unexpectedly). Whether you choose to go with Optus or Vodafone would also be influenced by the carrier you choose for yourself, as it’s much easier keeping all phone numbers under one account and some carriers offer other benefits for calls between mobiles on the same network.

      I’d be happy to make some recommendations on your personal and business phones, but I would need to know what kind of handsets you would be interested in. It sounds like you only need something basic for your business phone, so I would recommend buying a low to mid-range handset and signing up to a SIM only plan. This will save you on your monthly fee as you won’t have any handset repayments.

      Hear from you soon,

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    HKT | December 16, 2015

    We are moving from Kuala Lumpur. We already have our mobile phones but looking for a the best deal in obtaining an Australian number. We would like a deal that we could call Malaysia at a reasonable price.

    Requirements: 1 adult and 2 children

    1. mobile service
    2. phone and internet service for the home.

    Most appreciate your comments on this.
    Thank you

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      Brodie | December 21, 2015

      Hi HKT,

      If you’ll be making most of your calls to Malaysia, I would recommend Lebara. They are one of the best providers in Australia for international calls. If you will also making calls to Australian numbers and using data, I would recommend a plan with Vodafone. Vodafone offers international minutes as a bonus to standard calls, text and data inclusions at a reasonable price.

      Find out more about Lebara here, and more about Vodafone here.


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    John | December 1, 2015

    Hi Alex- the Testra Travel pass is the best option as it offers unlimited calls, texts and a reasonable data allowance but isnt available for Peru under their zone 3 listing. Neither is the Telstra Data pack product available for Peru. As Students they went to Student Travel and received a StudentTravel SIM that offers calls at half Telstra’s rates but data was a whopping $8 per MB.I suspect a local SIM on arrival may be the best option.

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      Alex | December 2, 2015

      Hi John,

      Yes, you’re right — my apologies! Another possible approach (obviously it all depends on budget) would be a cheap calling SIM and a data hotspot to share.


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    John | November 30, 2015

    My daughter is heading to South America for 2 months. Telstra is introducing a new Travel Pass this week covering Chile, Argentina and Brazil that looks great but nothing for Peru where she will be for 2 weeks. Any suggestions as Telstra are $4.50 per minute for calls out and $3.00 per MB for data there?

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      Alex | December 1, 2015

      Hi John,

      Telstra do sell Travel Packs that lower that data cost if it’s imperative that your daughter maintains the same mobile number:

      Those are pricey, however any other option would result in a different number while she’s travelling, although you could make that simpler by using a service such as Whatsapp or Skype and contacting her that way. There are a number of locally available roaming SIM products such as Globalgig or TravelSIM that may meet your needs; another option would be to check for SIM availability at her destination, as local products are typically even cheaper when it comes to access costs (although be careful to check the cost for her calling/texting “home”, as that would be an international call or text from that location.



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