Jeenee Mobile offers a variety of plans with a unique focus on charitable giving.
Paying your phone bill isn't normally a pleasant experience, but the community-minded telco Jeenee Mobile tries to make it slightly more bearable by adding a layer of social good to your monthly payments. A portion of the profits it makes from selling SIM-only prepaid mobile plans goes towards a variety of charitable initiatives targeted at helping those with disabilities, providing them with free phones and other technology as well as working with the community to develop more accessible products and services.
To fund these initiatives, Jeenee Mobile sells an extensive range of SIM-only prepaid plans powered by Optus' 3G and 4G networks. These plans are available on no lock-in, month-to-month contracts as well as 6- and 12-month contracts, with the latter packing in bonus data to offset the longer-term commitment.
Jeenee Mobile SIM-only prepaid plans
Jeenee Mobile splits its 4G prepaid plans into two buckets: Small plans and Large plans. All plans in both buckets include unlimited standard national calls and text, with data caps starting at 1GB and going all the way up to 23GB.
Because Jeenee Mobile's prepaid plans differ based on contract length as well as their base plan type, the sheer number of options available can feel a little daunting. To make things easier to digest, here are all the core plans and the data boosts they receive on longer contracts:
- $9.90 Pennywise plan includes 1GB of data on a month-to-month contract, 1.1GB on a 6-month contract and 1.2GB on a 12-month contract
- $14.90 Pennywise plan includes 1.5GB of data on a month-to-month contract, 2GB on a 6-month contract and 2.5GB on a 12-month contract
- $22 Pennywise plan includes 5GB on a month-to-month contract, 6GB on a 6-month contract and 8GB on a 12-month contract
- $25 Pennywise plan includes $50 of international credit and 6GB of data on a month-to-month contract, 8GB of data on a 6-month contract and 10GB of data on a 12-month contract
- $30 Pennywise plan includes $50 of international credit and 8GB of data on a month-to-month contract, 12GB of data on a 6-month contract and 15GB of data on a 12-month contract
- $32 Pennywise plan includes $300 of international credit and 10GB of data on a month-to-month contract, 15GB on a 6-month contract and 18GB on a 12-month contract. On both 6- and 12-month contracts, the monthly cost drops to $32 as well
- $50 Pennywise plan includes $500 of international credit and 15GB of data on a month-to-month contract, 20GB of data on a 6-month contract and 23GB of data on a 12-month contract
Interestingly, you don't have to make a long-term commitment right off the bat to enjoy Jeenee Mobile's higher data tiers. Customers who sign up to any of the Pennywise month-to-month plans and stick it out for six or 12 months will automatically receive a "Data Bump-up" bringing their cap up to the next tier. So, if you chalk up six months on the month-to-month $30 Pennywise plan, your 10GB cap will be upgraded to 12GB at no extra cost. Stick around for another six months beyond that and it'll be bumped up to 15GB.
To get started with any of Jeenee Mobile's Pennywise plans, you'll need to pay a one-off setup fee of $10 to cover the cost of a Jeenee Mobile SIM card and its delivery.
If you blow through your entire allotment of data before the month is out, you'll be automatically credited with extra data at a rate dependent on your chosen plan. On all but the $9.90 Pennywise plan, you'll receive an additional 1GB at a price of $13 on a month-to-month contract, $11 on a six-month contract or $10 on a 12-month contract. For the $9.90 Pennywise plan, you'll instead receive 500MB of extra data at a price of $6.50 on a month-to-month contract, $5.50 on a six-month contract or $5 on a 12-month contract.
Jeenee Mobile 3G plans
Though 4G is the focus of most mobile services these days, the 3G network is still very much alive and kicking. Rather than using it solely as a backup for when there's no 4G reception, Jeenee Mobile offers dedicated 3G-only plans for those who prefer large data caps to blazingly-fast speeds.
Like its 4G plans, Jeenee Mobile's 3G Mammoth plans come with unlimited standard national calls and texts. Unlike the 4G plans, though, they are only available on month-to-month contracts, with no Data Bump-ups for signing on for the long term.
- $45 Mammoth plan includes 30GB of 3G data
- $74 Mammoth plan includes 90GB of 3G data
It's important to note that Jeenee Mobile's Mammoth plans have a strict 12-month time limit on them – after you've been connected for a full year, you'll have to switch to one of Jeenee Mobile's other plans.
As with Jeenee Mobile's 4G plans, you'll have to pay a one-off setup fee of $10 to get a Jeenee Mobile SIM card before you can start using your service.
If you manage to exhaust the plentiful data caps on either of the Mammoth plans, you'll be up for excess data charges of 4c/MB.
How does Jeenee Mobile compare?
The popularity of prepaid mobile plans puts Jeenee Mobile in direct competition with a hefty number of other Aussie providers. Even with the costs involved in maintaining its charitable focus, Jeenee Mobile manages to stand side-by-side with the best deals on the market.
How do Jeenee Mobile's Small plans compare?
At the cheapest end of the prepaid spectrum, Jeenee Mobile's $9.90 plan proves to be one of the most compelling budget offerings available. Where plans from amaysim and Lycamobile offer the same 1GB of data at the $10 price point, both are held back by their 28-day expiries – however, Jeenee Mobile's plan operates on a 30-day expiry. Coupled with the Data Bump-up offer increasing the data cap to 1.1GB after six months and 1.2GB after 12 months, Jeenee Mobile carves out a strong position in the budget prepaid space:
Moving up to the $20 price range, Jeenee Mobile faces some tougher competition. amaysim's 2.5GB plan clocks in at $2 cheaper than Jeenee's plan, though that advantage is offset by amaysim's shorter 28-day expiries and the impressive Data Bump-up to a 6GB cap after spending six months on Jeenee Mobile's plan.
If you don't intend to stick with your service long enough to take advantage of Jeenee Mobile's Data Bump-ups, Coles Mobile's $20 plan presents a more attractive short-term option, with a higher data cap plus an extended 35-day expiry. TPG's offerings are also better value in the short term, with both the provider's 4GB and 9GB plans currently reduced to less than $20 for their first six months:
How do Jeenee Mobile's Large plans compare?
Jeenee Mobile continues to offer excellent value for money at higher data tiers. Its $25 Large plan beats out both amaysim and OVO's comparable offerings in the data-for-dollars department, an impressive feat given the latter two were already compelling deals in their own right. Once you start factoring in the Data Bump-ups you'll get for staying with the plan over the long term, it's hard to find a better deal than Jeenee Mobile.
It's only at the high-end of the prepaid market that Jeenee Mobile loses its edge. While its 15GB plan is still a solid deal, amaysim's similarly-priced 20GB offering and ALDImobile's cheaper XXL plan offer attractive alternatives, especially as ALDImobile has the advantage of using Telstra's faster 4G network. Again, if you're in it for the long haul, Jeenee Mobile's Data Bump-up offer makes its plans tough to pass up.
How do Jeenee Mobile's 3G plans compare?
There aren't a whole lot of 3G-only plans on the market these days, but compared to what is available, Jeenee Mobile holds its own. At the 30GB tier, it edges out the slightly more expensive offering from Spintel as well as the steeper plans from Moose Mobile and Exetel.
There is a catch, though: both Jeenee Mobile and Spintel limit you to a maximum term of 12 months on their 3G plans, whereas Moose Mobile and Exetel don't. Bear this in mind if you're after more than a year of service.
The situation is much the same at the 90GB tier. Jeenee once again clocks in cheaper than Exetel and Moose Mobile, but with the caveat of a 12-month time maximum term:
Why should you consider Jeenee Mobile?
For pure value alone, Jeenee Mobile's SIM-only Pennywise plans are right at the forefront of the market, combining unlimited calls and high data caps with some of the cheapest prices available. Not only that, opting for a fixed-term contract off the bat or simply sticking with a month-to-month contract for at least six months gets you even more value thanks to the Data Bump-up offer. Factoring in those bumped-up caps, Jeenee Mobile streaks ahead of nearly every other provider in the business.
At higher price tiers, Jeenee Mobile also steps up its game by packing in international credit with its plans. For Aussies with friends and families across the pond, this only nudges Jeenee Mobile further ahead of the competition.
However, where Jeenee Mobile truly distinguishes itself from other mobile providers is in its goals of social betterment. Because it puts a portion of its profits into helping those with disabilities live a happier and healthier life through technology, you can feel comforted in the fact that your phone bill is actively making the world a better place – rather than just putting a dent in your bank account.