If you’re after 8GB of data or more, there are some important things you need to consider when choosing your ideal plan.
It’s not, or shouldn’t be, just a matter of picking a plan with the most data. Pricing, even in the upper tiers of data availability, is only your first consideration.
8GB or more of usage suggests that you’re a heavy data user, whether your particular poison is heavy web browsing, video streaming or chatting, or lots of social media. Here’s what you should consider when choosing a high data volume plan:
- Will my data quota last?
You’re already using a healthy quantity of data, but generally speaking, usage figures only creep one way, and that’s upwards. Picking a plan that only just meets your needs now could mean that in 12 months you’re copping loads of excess usage charges, whereas picking a plan that’s above your current usage could give you room to expand.
- Which extras are useful? High volume plans are typically not the lowest cost options, which usually means that telcos throw in a few extras. Assess these carefully because unlimited calls to, say, the USA aren’t much good if you never call there. Conversely, discounted movie tickets or free entertainment subscriptions could offset some of the asking price.
- Should I go postpaid, prepaid or month-to-month? If you want the largest quotas available on 4G plans, you’ll generally have to tilt towards 24-month contract plans, but this isn’t an absolute truth. Opting for a prepaid or month-to-month plan gives you the flexibility to move if a better deal comes along, as long as you’ve got the time to fuss with switching carriers.