What you need to know
- Spending $40 on a mobile plan can get you plenty of data plus unlimited standard talk and text
- Postpaid plans tend to offer greater value than prepaid plans
- You can get even more data for your dollar if you commit to a 12-month contract
Learn more about mobile plans under $40
- More data, or fast data? You'll have no trouble scoring unlimited calls and texts within Australia when spending $40 on your mobile plan, so the key differentiator will be the quantity of data on offer. However, it’s not just a number. You’ve got to weigh the access against the quantity. If you’re in an area where Telstra reception is much better than Optus or Vodafone, it may be worth trading a larger data cap for more reliable and possibly faster access.
- Prepaid or postpaid? Prepaid is great for controlling your spend, but you typically pay higher rates for access if you don’t commit to a contract. The $40 price point is usually where the switch to a postpaid contract starts to make real sense, with data inclusions ramping up for postpaid customers. If you can control your usage, you can maximise your value with a postpaid plan.
- What extras are on offer? $40 is where telcos really start to differentiate themselves with extra offers, although you can’t expect them to go all out at this price point. Still, it’s worth checking for deals on streaming music or video, or bonus access through services such as the Telstra Air Wi-Fi network, if extras are important to you.
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