Hello Mobile sells prepaid mobile services for those looking for mobile plans on a budget.
From its humble origins selling international calling cards back in the '90s, Hello Mobile has since shifted its focus to the prepaid mobile market with a simple selection of plans catering to both regular chatterboxes and those who prefer the a la carte approach of pay-as-you-go plans.
Powered by Vodafone's 4G network, Hello Mobile's prepaid plans all include 30-day expiries.
Hello Mobile prepaid plans
- Unlimited 10GB, which comes with 2GB of data for $19 every 30 days
- Unlimited 10GB, which comes with 5GB of data for $29 every 30 days
- Unlimited 10GB, which comes with 10GB of data for $35 every 30 days
Hello Mobile pay-as-you-go prepaid plans
If you don't like the idea of credit going to waste, Hello Mobile's pay-as-you-go plan gives you recharge options from as low as $10, with 30 days to use your credit before it expires. National landline and mobile calls are charged at 10c/min with no flagfall, and sending an SMS will cost you 10c per message.
How does Hello Mobile compare?
Hello Mobile's prepaid plans pit it against other Aussie telcos on two different tiers: unlimited talk and text plans and pay-as-you-go plans.
How do Hello Mobile's prepaid plans compare?
There's plenty of competition in the unlimited prepaid plan space, especially at the budget price tier. Providers like amaysim, Boost Mobile, OVO and Vodafone all offer plans with generous data caps at affordable prices, and Hello Mobile's offerings sadly suffer in comparison.
Here's how Hello Mobile's Unlimited plan stacks up against competing plans in the same price range:
How does Hello Mobile's pay-as-you-go plan compare?
Pay-as-you-go plans have become less common in recent years, but there are still enough kicking around that Hello Mobile has competition to compare it against. Vodafone, Telstra and amaysim are the biggest contenders, while GoTalk serves as a useful benchmark for what smaller providers can offer.
Call and data rates are the most relevant factors for pay-as-you-go plans, and here's how they compare across the key players in the market:
Hello Mobile's PAYG plan stacks up quite favourably, especially if SMS is your primary means of communication. Its national call rates are solid, too, placing it ahead of Vodafone, Telstra and amaysim for calls longer than two minutes. Vodafone's Prepaid 365 Plus beats it for cheap data, though, and if you only use your phone on occasion, the 365-day expiries on Vodafone, Telstra and amaysim's plans could work out significantly cheaper in the long run.
Why should you consider Hello Mobile?
Where Hello Mobile does succeed is with its pay-as-you-go plan. It offers some of the cheapest rates available, along with cut-price 10c texts throughout Australia. With a $10 buy-in, this makes the PAYG plan a compelling option for those who use their phones infrequently but still want to get decent mileage out of their dollar.
Hello Mobile recharge options
To get started with Hello Mobile's prepaid plans, you'll need to purchase a Hello Mobile SIM pack. These are available at a variety of retail stores like Australia Post and Big W, or you can order one online from Hello Mobile's website.
Once you've purchased a SIM, recharging it can be accomplished in a number of ways:
- Online: Top up your balance using a credit or debit card at the Hello Mobile website
- In-app: The My Hello Mobile app supports recharging via credit or debit card
- Phone: Call 126 999 from the phone you want to recharge and follow the prompts
- In-store: Find an eligible retailer using Hello Mobile's search tool and purchase a top-up voucher