ALDI Mobile ups data limits and drops data charging

Alex Kidman 10 December 2015 NEWS


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

From 16 December, ALDImobile’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:

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