Spending $80 per month on your mobile plan opens up all kinds of extra features and specials, but weighing up their value can be tricky.
$80 per month on your mobile spend alone is a touch above the average and that means that you should absolutely expect features like unlimited standard national calls and texts as part and parcel of your plan, along with a substantial data inclusion to keep you connected. This is also the point where the major telcos start throwing in bonuses, like frequent flyer points or free access to streaming services, to get you to sign a 24-month contract.
Where $80 plans can differentiate themselves is in other areas of value inclusion. Here’s what to look out for and consider:
- Can I get a handset discount? $80 per month is a decent spend amount, so if you’re opting for a contract plan and want a bundled handset, you should have a good number of choices with minimal or no handset repayment costs built in. Even for more expensive handsets such as Apple’s very popular iPhone range, expect your handset repayment fees to be a little lower.
- How much data do I get? Once you go unlimited with calls and texts, the next most evident point of comparison is the data inclusion. Bear in mind that some plans will offer higher data inclusions on networks that may be slower in themselves, or not available in all locations, especially regionally.
- Do I get bonuses? $80 as a price point is where telcos really start laying on the extras, often including access to streaming services for both music and video, as well as international calling inclusions. Weigh these up carefully, though, because there’s no value for you in a service you won’t actually use.