You can get great value mobile services for just $40 a month if you choose carefully and compare the various plans on offer before signing up to a contract.
$40 isn’t a lot to spend on mobile services, but equally, it’s not a pittance and as such it’s fertile ground for great deals that can deliver a solid quantity of data along with unlimited standard national calls and texts. As your budget grows to incorporate plans worth $40 a month, the included value sees a significant boost.
At this price point it makes more sense to look at contract plans rather than prepaid plans unless you’re particularly price-phobic. You will typically get quite a bit more even on a month-to-month contract plan than you would on prepaid, although it does have benefits if you're tied to that $40 price point as an absolute maximum that you can afford to spend.
- More data, or fast data? $40 should absolutely buy you unlimited calls and texts within Australia, 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’s signal is much better than Optus's or Vodafone's, it may be worth trading higher data numbers for more assured 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 especially 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 certain types of media, or bonus access through services such as Telstra’s Air Wi-Fi network, if extras are important to you.