Low-cost, low-usage SIM and phone plans are engin's bread and butter.
Though it began life as a broadband-only telco focused on providing VoIP solutions to Aussie homes and businesses, engin has since expanded its operations to include a range of mobile phone plans delivered over Optus' 4G network.
Along with standard SIM-only plans available on both no-lock-in and 24-month contracts, engin also offers a small selection of handsets to pair with its 24-month plans, predominantly models from Samsung's Galaxy line.
engin Mobile Saver SIM-only plans
Available on both month-to-month and two-year contracts, engin's SIM-only plans take a barebones approach to call and data inclusions. Of the three plans available, only the top-tier plan includes unlimited calls, while monthly data caps across all plans err on the lower side of typical offerings these days.
Here's what you get with engin's Mobile Saver plans:
- Mobile Saver 20, which includes 1GB of data and $300 of calls for $20 a month
- Mobile Saver 30, which includes 2GB of data and $600 of calls for $30 a month
- Mobile Saver 45, which includes 4GB of data and unlimited standard calls for $45 a month
All three Mobile Saver plans also come with unlimited SMS and MMS to numbers within Australia, as well as free calls to other engin mobile numbers on the same account. You can choose to sign up to any of the three plans on either a no-lock-in, month-to-month contract or a 24-month contract.
Monthly pricing remains the same regardless of contract length, though you'll have to pay a one-off setup fee of $20 if you choose the month-to-month option. If you go for the 24-month option and want to cancel your plan early, meanwhile, you'll be slugged with an early termination fee equal to half your monthly bill multiplied by the number of months remaining on your contract.
Like most mobile providers, engin charges excess data usage at a rate of $10 per 1GB, with that charge added to your bill automatically as soon as you go over your monthly data cap.
engin Mobile Saver phone plans
If you're in need of a new phone along with your mobile plan, engin offers a limited and somewhat eclectic range of handsets on contract with its Mobile Saver plans. Most of the available handsets stem from Samsung's Galaxy line, with both cheaper models like the Samsung Galaxy J5 and A5 up to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on offer.
Depending on which handset and Mobile Saver plan you choose, the total monthly cost of engin's phone plans can vary from as low as $20 a month all the way up to $85 a month. However, regardless of handset, you'll be locked into a 24-month contract, with an early termination fee equal to half your remaining plan payments plus the full cost of your chosen phone should you choose to cancel before the two years is up.
For an example of what to expect with engin's phone plans, here's how the Mobile Saver 45 plan looks when paired with a variety of Samsung handsets:
How does engin compare?
While engin's Mobile Saver plans span both low-budget and premium price points, their no-frills approach to call and data inclusions leave them sorely lacking compared to most other offerings on the market. Similarly-priced plans from providers like amaysim, Vaya and Kogan Mobile pack far more bang for your buck, with higher data caps and unlimited calls even at the lower end of the pricing spectrum:
Even engin's top-tier Mobile Saver 45 plan fails to compete against offerings from the likes of amaysim, Vaya, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone, many of which come loaded with five times as much data as engin's plan does:
How do engin's phone plans compare?
In contrast with its SIM-only plans, engin's phone plans hold their own against the competition. Taking the Samsung Galaxy S8 as an example, engin offers the handset bundled with its Mobile Saver 20 plan for $49 total a month. No other providers currently offer any Samsung Galaxy S8 plans that cheap, making it a compelling option for those more interested in the phone than its inclusions.
Unfortunately, engin's Mobile Saver 45 plan doesn't pair quite so well. Against other unlimited calls plans, its 4GB of data is trounced by the 10GBs or more that similarly-priced plans from Virgin Mobile and Woolworths Mobile include:
Why should you consider engin?
engin's greatest strength lies in its low-price handset deals. If you're after a Samsung Galaxy handset and your call and data needs are relatively modest, engin offers some of the best-priced plans around. Meanwhile, big talkers and heavy data users will be better served looking elsewhere.
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