If you’re happy with your existing handset, then a SIM-only BYO phone plan could be the ideal fit.
With no phone handset repayments to worry about, your attention should turn to other factors when it comes to SIM-only plans:
Here’s what you need to know to be able to properly compare BYO phone plans.
- Prepaid or short contract? The attraction of prepaid plans is the fixed price that you can’t go over in a given month, but it’s also worth considering either month-to-month or 12-month contracts. These typically give you cheaper excess data, usually at $10/GB, and often come with better inclusions than their prepaid counterparts.
- How much data do I get? With the advent of more and more unlimited talk and text packages, data inclusions are a key comparison area. You can adjust the above table to more closely meet your data requirements to find your ideal plan.
- Do I have to pay for a SIM? It’s becoming less common, but some telcos will charge you a one-off fee to send you a SIM.
- 3G or 4G? If you're keen on a lot of data, some carriers offer heavy data plans that are limited to 3G speeds only. However, if speed is also important to you, you'd be better suited to a 4G-based plan.