Australian retail giant Catch has thrown its hat into the telecommunications ring. See how its prepaid plans stack up right here.
After finding success in the online retail world with its Catch.com.au initiative, Australian ecommerce organisation Catch Group has set its sights on a variety of other industries, the latest of which is mobile phone services.
Operating as Catch Connect, the young telco offers prepaid mobile services on 30-, 90- and 365-day plans. Delivered over Optus' 4G network, these plans all come with unlimited standard national talk and text along with data caps ranging from 3GB all the way up to 240GB.
Catch Connect offers four 30-day prepaid plans. They are:
- $15 plan, which includes 3GB of data
- $25 plan, which includes 11GB of data
- $35 plan, which includes 20GB of data
- $49.90 plan, which includes 40GB of data
You should also be aware that Catch Connect's 30-day prepaid plans are set to automatically recharge every 30 days by default. If you'd rather handle recharging manually, you'll need to deactivate automatic recharging through the Catch Connect Dashboard on the provider's website.
Catch Connect 90-day prepaid plans
- $39 plan, which includes 8GB of data
- $69 plan, which includes 35GB of data
- $89 plan, which includes 54GB of data
- $119 plan, which includes 102GB of data and 400 minutes to 32 countries
Unlimited standard national calls and texts are included with each plan, but if you want to make calls overseas or activate international roaming, you'll need to purchase additional call packs for your service. You can read more about those by clicking here.
By default, Catch Connect's 90-day plans will automatically recharge with the same value every 90 days. You can deactivate this via the Catch Connect Dashboard on Catch's website.
Catch Connect 365-day plans
For those looking to get the most out of their every dollar, Catch Connect offers long-term pre-paid plans that work out cheaper on a month-by-month basis than either its 30-day or 90-day plans. The caveat, of course, is that you need to pay a larger upfront cost to take advantage of the lower overall cost, and you lose the freedom to switch or cancel your plan whenever you want – unless you're happy with forfeiting the money you've already spent, that is.
Like its shorter pre-paid plans, Catch Connect's 365-day plans all come with unlimited standard national talk and text. Three data options are available, with pricing as follows:
- 42GB: for $199 upfront ($16.58/month)
- 80GB: for $270 upfront ($22.50/month)
- 205GB for $340 upfront ($28.33/month)
- 375GB for $410 upfront ($34.17/month)
Unlike many competing long-term plans, Catch Connect's 365-day plans don't limit how much data you have access to on a month-to-month basis. Instead, the entire allotment of data is available to use from day one, giving you the freedom to portion it out over the 12 months in whatever way you choose. This is especially handy for those with irregular data usage patterns, as it means you don't have to worry about monthly data going to waste if you don't use it.
On top of the standard inclusions, Catch Connect's 365-day plans support a number of call pack and data add-ons, which you can read more about here.
Alongside its standard prepaid plans, Catch Connect sells add-on packs with extra call and data inclusions.
For additional call credit to use on standard international calls and texts, international roaming and select premium phone services, Catch Connect offers $5, $10, $20 and $50 recharge options. International call and roaming rates vary from country to country, though standard international texts are fixed at 12c per message.
Any extra credit you add to your service will expire after 30 days, but if you top up with more credit before the 30 days are up, any unused credit from your previous recharge will roll over to the next 30 days, up to a maximum of $500.
If you only call a select few countries, Catch Connect also offers two international call packs you'll want to check out:
- $5 International Extras, which includes unlimited SMS/MMS and up to 100 minutes to 32 select countries
- $10 International Extras, which includes unlimited SMS/MMS and up to 300 minutes to 32 select countries
The 32 countries included in both packs are: Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, mainland China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam.
Both international call packs expire after 30 days, but by purchasing another international call pack before those 30 days are up, any leftover minutes from the first pack up to a maximum of 500 minutes will rollover to the next 30 days.
Catch Connect has add-on packs for data-lovers, too. Adding an extra 1GB to your balance will set you back $10, while $15 will get you an additional 2GB. Like Catch Connect's call packs, the extra data expires after 30 days but can be rolled over to the next 30 days by purchasing a new data pack before the first one expires. Data rollover is limited to a maximum of 20GB.
Despite lacking the experience of many of its competitors, Catch Connect distinguishes itself as one of the most attractive prepaid mobile providers currently on the market.
Catch Connect has hit the ground running with its prepaid mobile plans. Whether you're looking for a quick 30-day fix or the added freedom of a 90-day expiry, few other mobile providers can match the raw value of Catch Connect. If cheap prepaid plans are what you're after, you won't do much better anywhere else.
It's also worth highlighting how useful Catch Connect's 90-day expiry plans can be. Since you can portion out your data use however you like over the three months, it's especially handy if your data needs aren't so predictable. For instance, you might barely touch your mobile data on a typical day but then burn through a couple of GB on a work trip or weekend away every couple of months. Rather than continuously switching between low-data and high-data 30-day caps, a more flexible 90-day cap could save you both time and money.
Unlike most other prepaid mobile providers, Catch Connect does not sell prepaid top-up cards at retail. Instead, the only way to recharge your Catch Connect plan is via your account dashboard on the Catch Connect website. There you can either choose to have your plan recharge automatically when it expires by debiting your preferred payment method or recharge manually at your leisure.
How to contact Catch Connect
Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm (AEST)
Weekends & NSW Public Holidays 10am - 6pm