Data costs remain a key part of the price of mobile plans, but it’s still possible to get a great deal with a moderate quantity of data.
4GB sits just above the average usage right now, but that’s a figure that’s always growing, especially with our addiction to streaming media.
4GB as a starting point gives you a solid quantity of data to play with for general use, although it’s really only scratching the surface if you’re a fan of mobile video streaming. Still, here’s what you need to consider when picking your perfect plan:
- Postpaid or prepaid? If you’re certain that your data usage won’t gobble up any more than 4GB of data then prepaid could be a sensible choice, as you clearly limit your monthly spend. On the other hand, with most postpaid plans selling excess data at $10/GB, a postpaid plan could be a more flexible option and therefore more attractive.
- What are my call and text levels? Pretty much any plan with 4GB of data should come with unlimited standard national calls and texts, but not all do. And if you call internationally it may be wise to check for calling inclusions, especially to popular destinations.
- Lengthy contract or short-term commitment? A long-term contract can come with a bundled phone handset, but consider not only your current usage but likely future usage. Are you currently using as much data as you did two years ago? If the answer is no, then a plan that only meets your needs now could be less than ideal 12 or 24 months down the track. Conversely, short-term plans, whether month-by-month or 12-month, often include less data or other tasty inclusions.
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