The best average usage mobile plans compared

If your mobile use is average, there's no point in paying for a plan with features you don't need. Here is what you need to know before choosing between average usage mobile plans.

Some users need huge quantities of data, calls and texts, and some folks barely touch their phones at all. What do you do if your mobile phone usage sits between those two approaches? Our mobile plan comparison tool can help you fine-tune your choices to deliver the best value plan for your needs. We've pre-selected for a SIM-only plan with 2GB or more of data and at least 500 calls and texts each month, but you can change any parameter you wish to add a handset, compare against prepaid and month-by-month postpaid, as well as the relative cost of buying a handset outright and using a prepaid plan versus a full contract offering by clicking on "Modify Results".

What is considered average usage?

If you’re not a chatterbox and have moderate data needs for sending emails and streaming media, then you can be considered an average mobile user. There are many different plans that can offer you just what you need in terms of data, texts and call minutes at affordable prices, ensuring that you don’t pay for more than you need.

The problem with assuming "average" use is that in Australia the usage patterns are trending upwards for data usage, while many plans even at "average" prices offer unlimited text and call provisions. As such, data is the clear indicator of relative plan value at this point in time.

According to the most recent figures from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), the average Australian mobile user got through around 650MB per month, but those figures relate to usage up to mid-2014. With the explosive growth of streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix, the real world figure now is likely to be higher.

We've chosen a baseline of 2GB of data usage along with a mid-range calls and texts package as our starting point, but there's nothing that can compare with having a good understanding of your own usage patterns, especially if you plan to sign up for a contract plan.

Contract or prepaid?

Higher end users will often do better on a contract because the data provisions on high-end contracts are usually better value, but in the more mid-range space there is a lot of room for flexibility when it comes to choosing plans.

If you already own a handset you're happy with, the savings of going on a prepaid plan, or possibly a month by month postpaid plan along with the flexibility to change providers as needed can have appeal. You are slightly more at the whim of providers in terms of plans available to you, which can change quickly, although it's relatively unusual in such a competitive market for plans to offer worse value over time.

A contract plan does give you certainty, and can be beneficial if you can't wear the cost of buying a new handset upfront. In the average plan space you'll typically pay a higher monthly handset cost than on higher use plans, however.

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2 Responses to The best average usage mobile plans compared

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    Stefan | October 7, 2014

    I am with Dodo,looks like my credit finished.
    How I can pay for next months?

    Stefan

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      Shirley | October 7, 2014

      Hi Stefan,

      Thanks for your question.

      For information on how to recharge your Dodo prepaid sim card, please use the link I’ve emailed you.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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