ALDI Mobile ups data limits and drops data charging

Alex Kidman 10 December 2015


ALDI Mobile is set to increase the data quotas on its Value Packs while simultaneously dropping its higher data charging system.

From 16 December, ALDI Mobile’s value packs will add a little more data or a little more calling quota for selected recharge ranges on its Value Pack prepaid SIMs. There’s no change to the entry level $15 S plan, but every other Value Pack adds data and calling inclusions:

ALDI Mobile PlansCostDataCallsTextsExpiry
M Plan (pre 16.12.2015)$20700MB300 minutes50,00030 Days
M Plan (post 16.12.2015)$201GB+500MB weekends400 minutes50,00030 Days
L Plan (pre 16.12.2015)$251.5GB500 minutes50,00030 Days
L Plan (post 16.12.2015)$251.5GB+500MB weekends700 minutes50,00030 Days
XL Plan (pre 16.12.2015)$352.5GB+500MB weekends43,200 minutes50,00030 Days
XL Plan (post 16.12.2015)$354GB+1GB weekends43,200 minutes50,00030 Days
XXL Plan (pre 16.12.2015)$454.5GB+500MB weekends43,200 minutes50,00030 Days
XXL Plan (post 16.12.2015)$456GB+1GB weekends43,200 minutes50,00030 Days

The top level XL and XXL plans also get additional international calling minutes, with 90 minutes of calls for XL customers and 180 minutes for those on the XXL plan.

While data limits are heading north, the way that ALDI Mobile counts data is set to travel south. Currently ALDI Mobile is one of the very few providers that counts data in 25KB blocks, but from 16 December, that will switch to per-KB charging.

Larger data blocks mean that you burn through your allotted mobile quota much more quickly, as we explain here. The data charging change will apply to both Value Pack and PAYG offerings.

ALDI Mobile competes against rival supermarket Woolworths in the pre-paid space. Woolworths has recently made changes to its plan inclusions, as well as adding its first contract mobile, but both providers operate on Telstra’s wholesale network, which uses a slightly smaller 3G coverage footprint than the full Telstra network. ALDI Mobile's shift to per-KB charging leaves Woolworths Pre-paid all by itself in the 25KB-charging space.

Currently, this is how the two supermarket giants compare:

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