Coles wants to bring the cost of your mobile phone's connection down, down with its selection of Coles Mobile prepaid plans.
What services does Coles Mobile offer?
After years of offering SIM cards from other providers at its checkouts, Supermarket giant Coles decided to launch its own prepaid service in October 2015. Riding on the back of the Optus 4G network as an Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), Coles Mobile's offering is noteworthy for its simplicity, in that there are only two prepaid plans to choose from, with different inclusions depending on your individual need.
Currently, there are no contract or billed monthly options for customers who want to get their mobile service from Coles.
How much does Coles Mobile cost?
There are two prepaid plans on offer through the supermarket chain, and despite the fact they cost exactly the same amount, offer quite different inclusions.
For $10 per recharge, you can choose between a Pay-As-You-Go recharge, or a plan with a 10-day expiry, with bundled inclusions. As the name suggests, the PAYG option costs $10 per recharge and has a 60-day expiry, but with no calls, texts or data included in the asking price. Instead, you are charged for everything as you use it, with national calls set at $0.12/minute, text messages at $0.12 per message and data charged at $0.12/MB, and the sum coming out of your $10 recharge.
Meanwhile the Coles Mobile $10 for 10 days recharge includes unlimited national calls and text messages and 400MB of data. As it says on the tin, you have to recharge this option every 10 days, which could be inconvenient if you tend to set and forget your prepaid plan.
What extras does Coles Mobile offer?
The Coles Mobile prepaid offerings are pretty no-frills in their inclusions, so there's not a lot in the way of extras. Flybuys customers can use 500 points to cut $2.50 off their $10 recharge, though that wouldn't be a very effective use of rewards points. As with Coles in general, you earn 1 point for every $1 spent.
You can use call credit on the PAYG plan to call international numbers from a Coles number, with the exact rate charged depending on the country called and whether you're dialling a mobile or landline number. Rates for international calls start at $0.04/minute, with no connection fee. If you want to make international calls on the $10 for 10 days recharge, you'll need to buy the $5 extras credit option.