For $50 a month, you can maximise the value you get if you carefully compare your options.
$50 sits at the bottom end of what’s seen as an "average" mobile spend for Australians, which means that telcos are especially keen to hook customers in at this price point. This makes it imperative that you carefully compare offers, because they’re not all equal in value.
$50 is far from the most you could spend on a plan, but it's enough that you should expect solid inclusions on any plan costing that much.
$50 per month means that over a year you’d be giving $600 to your telco and that’s not an amount that should be handed over without carefully considering your needs and your telco’s offerings. Here’s what you should consider:
- Do I want a handset with my plan? $50 or thereabouts is where telcos start bundling phones with your plan, although if you do want the latest and greatest handsets you’re going to have to make an additional monthly handset repayment on top of your monthly contract cost. If you can’t stump up the cash for a handset on an outright basis, this is a very convenient way to acquire a new phone.
- How much data do I get? Any $50 plan worth considering should include unlimited standard national calls and texts, so data is the key comparison point in terms of straight up value. However, you should balance this against your likely coverage because there’s no point paying for a bulk amount of data if you’re going to be in areas where getting access is likely to be slow or near impossible.
- What extras can I get? Telcos recognise that customers spending $50 a month are in the majority, so they’re more keen to start opening up other special offers, whether it’s bonus data, rollover value or international calling inclusions. Obviously the value here will vary depending on whether you’ll use the included extras, but you should at least expect some kind of additional deal sweetener at this price point.