The return of Kogan Mobile: What do you get with its new Vodafone deal?
The plans include plenty of data, but they're 3G only.
Bargain retailer Kogan is returning to the mobile phone plans space. Its previous attempt at an Australian mobile service, using Telstra's 3G network, collapsed in 2013. This time around, it has partnered with Vodafone.
Note that Kogan Mobile's service (like the majority of companies reselling Vodafone's network) only uses the slower 3G network, which means you'll have poorer download speeds. If you want 4G from Vodafone, your only options are Vodafone itself or TPG, which recently switched from Optus to Vodafone. If you want to know more about the difference between 3G and 4G, check out our detailed guide.
Kogan Mobile is offering two prepaid plans: 3XL, which offers 3GB of data per 30 days, and 5XL, which includes 5GB per 30 days. You can choose a duration of 30, 90 or 365 days for either plan; the 90 and 365 day options offer a slight discount. Both plans include unlimited calls and texts to Australian numbers, echoing a trend in the market to offer unrestricted calls even on the cheapest plans. Here's what you'll pay:
We're not aware of any other plan that offers 3GB of data for under $30 a month. On amaysim, which uses Optus' network, you'll pay $29.95 for 2GB of data and unlimited calls. $30 for an Vodafone SIM-only plan only offers 500MB of data.
Kogan Mobile offers two "bolt-ons" for international calls and data. For $14.95, you can add an extra 2GB, which is cheaper than the default industry standard of $10 for 1GB. If you don't use the extra data within 30 days, it expires.
You can also pay $14.90 to add credit for international calls and texts. For 18 countries, this is a flat rate of 10 cents per minute; others range between $0.62 and $1.54 per minute. International SMS costs $0.55 per message sent. These are the countries which falls into the 10 cent bracket:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- South Africa