If you don’t need much data with your mobile plan, there’s no point in paying more than you have to.
The way we use mobile data is ever expanding, with many Australians regularly hitting the multi-gigabyte level each and every month. However, if your mobile telephony is more focused on calls and texts with just a tiny amount of data usage each month, you can save serious money by opting for a low-data plan.
A 1GB plan does put a damper on your data usage, but that doesn’t mean you have no other important decisions to make. Here’s what to consider when choosing your perfect 1GB mobile data plan:
- Is 1GB enough? Typically if you're opting for a 1GB plan, it's a cost-saving measure, but that doesn't mean you need to be stuck with an under-1GB limit on your data usage. Some plans will offer less, but an equal number may offer more at comparable prices.
- Postpaid or prepaid? Plenty of prepaid plans offer 1GB of data, and if you’re keen to control your mobile spend it’s a sensible plan choice. However, the inclusions on postpaid plans can offer better value and they do make it easier to add extra data, with most plans charging a flat $10/GB for excess usage.
- What are my call and text levels? While it’s becoming more common for even entry-level prepaid plans to offer unlimited standard national calls and texts, it’s not universal. If you mainly want a plan for folks to call you that might be fine, but if you call a lot, make sure you’ve got enough allowance to do so.
- How long do I want this plan? If you know your data usage is going to be low, you could tie down your current rate for a 24-month period on a postpaid contract, or 12 months at either postpaid or prepaid levels. Alternately, if you’re unsure about your usage, a 28- or 30-day prepaid or month-to-month plan might be a better fit.
- What happens when I go over quota? The vast majority of postpaid plans will simply hit you with an excess data usage charge, with most opting for a flat $10/GB, but again this can’t be assumed. Check the details to find out how much you might pay. For prepaid plans you’ll typically have to buy an excess data pack if you want to keep using data services, but some plans don’t allow for excess data usage at all. The rates you’ll pay for prepaid extra data packs can vary widely.