CMobile promises affordable data on its mobile broadband plans, with options for Telstra or Vodafone 3G network connectivity.
What services does CMobile offer?
CMobile is a low-cost MVNO mobile network which promises a range of affordable CMobile Red and CMobile Blue SIM-only mobile plans, as well as its collection of data-only mobile broadband plans.
In order to connect, CMobile offers access to two different carrier networks. CMobile Red data plans use Vodafone's 3G network, which covers 96% of the Australian population, while CMobile Blue data plans connect to Telstra's 3G network, which boasts coverage of 98.5% of the population. Importantly, none of the CMobile data plans currently offer a 4G connection, making it an alternative network for those looking for greater coverage in their networks but not the fastest speeds on offer.
How much does CMobile broadband cost?
CMobile has four mobile broadband data plans on offer. Of these, two are labelled CMobile Red and two are CMobile Blue, so there's an even split between the Vodafone and Telstra 3G networks.
As is the case with its mobile plans, you get more data for less when you choose the CMobile Red plans using the Vodafone 3G network. With CMobile Red data plans, you can opt for either 2GB of data each month for $18/month, or 4GB of data for $26/month.
With CMobile Blue plans, you can choose 1.5GB of data for $19/month, or 3GB of data for $30/month.
What additional services are included?
What voice options are provided?
Unlike many data-only SIM plans, CMobile actually does include some provisions for voice calling and text messaging with its big data plans. All standard national calls are charged at a flat rate of 15 cents per minute, with no connection fee. Standard national text messages cost 15 cents each.
These prices are consistent across both Red and Blue plans, with the only discernible difference between the two being the cost of an international text message, which costs 20 cents on a Blue plan and 25 cents on a Red plan.
What TV and movie options are provided?
Being a low-cost mobile provider, it's unsurprising that CMobile doesn't include any additional options for TV or movie streaming. The fact that CMobile only connects to 3G networks isn't really the best option for streaming video anyway.
What happens if I exceed my monthly download limit?
CMobile charges a flat 5c/MB excess data rate across all its data plans, with data calculated in 10KB increments.
Pros and cons
- Choice of networks. You can decide whether you want a plan using Telstra or Vodafone's 3G networks.
- Data plan with call allowance. Unlike most mobile broadband services, you can still use your CMobile data plan to make calls and send texts.
- 3G only. There's no 4G option, which means slower speeds.
- Excess data could get expensive. If you exceed your monthly data allowance, you could end up being charged a huge amount thanks to per megabyte excess charging.
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