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What to consider
What to consider
The most important thing you need to do is work out what you can realistically get for $30 per month. It’s not uncommon to see special deals at this kind of price point for a very limited time, which is fine if you don’t mind the process of changing providers on a regular basis.
However, if you’re after a more long-term solution, here are the key factors to consider.
- How much data do I need? At the $30 price point, you will start seeing providers offering unlimited standard national calls and texts, which means that the key differentiator between plans will be the data inclusion. If you're not sure how much data you need, you can use our mobile data usage calculator to find out.
- How long does my credit need to last? You could opt for long-expiry pay-as-you-go options, such as amaysim’s As You Go plan or ALDImobile’s PAYG plan, both of which offer 365-day expiry, although they don’t have exceptional call, text or data rates. Most prepaid plans still come with 30-day expiry, although many major carriers now offer 28-day expiry plans instead. That’s not always bad value depending on the inclusions, as long as you’re going to use them.
- Can I get extras? At $30 you’re not going to be awash with extra plan features, but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to be entirely absent. Some plans may offer quota-free streaming, or data or credit rollover if you recharge within the expiry period. Others may include a quantity of international calling minutes or credit.
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