ALDI Mobile ups data limits and drops data charging
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 Plans||Cost||Data||Calls||Texts||Expiry|
|M Plan (pre 16.12.2015)||$20||700MB||300 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|M Plan (post 16.12.2015)||$20||1GB+500MB weekends||400 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|L Plan (pre 16.12.2015)||$25||1.5GB||500 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|L Plan (post 16.12.2015)||$25||1.5GB+500MB weekends||700 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|XL Plan (pre 16.12.2015)||$35||2.5GB+500MB weekends||43,200 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|XL Plan (post 16.12.2015)||$35||4GB+1GB weekends||43,200 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|XXL Plan (pre 16.12.2015)||$45||4.5GB+500MB weekends||43,200 minutes||50,000||30 Days|
|XXL Plan (post 16.12.2015)||$45||6GB+1GB weekends||43,200 minutes||50,000||30 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: