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CMobile mobile broadband plans compared

CMobile is a 100% Australian-owned company offering simple mobile services, a choice of two carrier networks and good old-fashioned customer service.

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Is CMobile right for me?

  • Product highlights: Some of the highest-value mobile broadband plans on the Telstra 3G and 4G networks, support for pay-as-you-go calls should you need it.
  • Watch out for: Pay-as-you-go calls with mobile broadband plans is convenient, but it also opens up the possibility for bill shock if you're using the provided SIM in your primary smartphone.
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CMobile's mobile broadband plans explained

Unlike most smaller telcos, CMobile has taken the unusual step of partnering with two network carriers, offering mobile broadband plans on both the Vodafone and Telstra 3G and 4G networks. CMobile calls these plans Red (Vodafone) and Blue (Telstra) for reasons which may be apparent.

Both the Red and Blue plans operate on no-lock-in, month-to-month contracts with no set-up or cancellation fees. Though these plans are intended as data-only services, you can make calls and sends texts on a pay-as-you-go basis. Just bear in mind that the rates are higher than you'll pay on most regular mobile plans.

How does CMobile compare?

  • One of the few telcos offering mobile broadband plans on Telstra's network
  • Also one of the cheapest providers of data on Telstra's network
  • Its Vodafone-powered plans, however, offer less value than the competition

When comparing mobile broadband providers, cost isn’t the only consideration; customers also need to consider mobile network coverage in the places where they’re likely to use the service. The beauty of CMobile’s offerings is that customers can choose from two underlying carrier networks with slightly different value plans to meet their needs. Few other mobile providers offer this.

Why should you consider CMobile?

Most mobile broadband providers only include data, with no ability to make calls or send messages, whereas CMobile does include calls and text, albeit at a modest PAYG rate. If you’re intending to use a CMobile SIM in a device which can actually make and receive calls as well as SMS, this may be a good option – though if you plan on making more than the occasional call, you might find better value with plans marketed as phone plans rather than mobile broadband.

Better yet, CMobile offers connectivity on two carrier networks (Telstra and Vodafone), though you can’t just switch between carriers at will – you will need a different SIM and plan, though with no cancellation or change fees, if your circumstances change, you can switch between Blue and Red plans as you need.

There are cheaper options available, though they typically use Optus's and Vodafone’s networks; CMobile is among the cheapest providers giving access to Telstra’s wholesale network.

The downside to this is excess data costs. Though 5 cents per megabyte on CMobile Red plans might not sound expensive, it can add up very quickly. Just 1GB of excess data could cost you over $50, and on a 4G network, that could happen in just a few minutes if you’re not careful. If this concerns you, there are options from other carriers with significantly higher data inclusions and excess costs of $10 per gigabyte are pretty common (even from Vodafone directly in some instances).

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