Spintel mobile phone plans

SpinTel’s simple unlimited plans offer a month to month service with unlimited calls and texts.

WhFCC-SPINTEL-LOGOat services does SpinTel Mobile offer?

SpinTel offers SIM-only month to month postpaid plans on Optus’ Australian 4G network. There’s no provision for selling prepaid phones, so you’ll need to have an unlocked handset of some type to pair with a SpinTel mobile SIM.

How much does SpinTel Mobile cost?

SpinTel offers its simple plans on a month to month basis at three different price tiers, labelled as S, M, and L. Plan call inclusions range from 200 minutes on the S plan up to unlimited calls on the L plan. All plans include unlimited standard national texts. Data inclusions range from 1.5GB for the first six months (then 500MB) for the S plan up to 4GB for the L plan.

Spintel also offers two 3G-only high data usage plans at $49.95 and $79.95 per month with unlimited standard national calls and texts as well as 30GB and 90GB of usage per month respectively.

SpinTel does charge for its SIMs, with a one time $10 postage fee. You can opt for express postage of your SIM, in which case the cost is $20.

What extras does SpinTel Mobile offer?

SpinTel’s appeal is that it’s a quite simple SIM-only proposition on a postpaid basis. As such, additional extras are extremely thin on the ground. International roaming is supported at an additional cost but must be activated before you travel. In similar fashion international calling is supported at specific costs for each location, but that will incur additional costs on top of your monthly charge.

Data capping

SpinTel mobile plans give you the option to cap your data when you reach your monthly data limit or opt for the flexibility to purchase additional data for $10 per GB. The option to cap your data could save you a considerable amount of money and help manage your data usage.

What excess charges could I face on these plans?

  • Excess call costs
  • Excess data costs
  • International call costs
  • Early contract cancellation fees

For Spintel mobile plans with a set quota of calling minutes, any additional calls made above that quota will incur a flat charge of 10c per minute with no flagfall.

Even for plans with unlimited standard national call inclusions, certain call and text types will fall outside that "standard" designation, attracting additional charges. Premium SMS, operator assisted calls and 19xx calls, for example, will incur additional costs as set by each provider.

For data usage, if you go over your quota you'll pay the industry standard for additional data, $10 per GB. This is levied as soon as you go over quota, so in essence you're buying an additional gigabyte of usage for your $10.

Spintel customers can make calls to international numbers, but this will attract additional charges and is not covered by your standard call quota. Call rates vary depending on your destination, and can be found at Spintel's web site.

International roaming can be activated on Spintel's mobile services, but is deactivated by default and will incur additional charges, again depending on the country you roam in. To activate international roaming on your Spintel mobile service, call them on 1300 303 375.

If you're on a month-to-month plan there's no specific early termination fee, but you must provide 30 days notice of your intent to cancel and settle any outstanding charges. If you're on a contracted or bundled mobile plan, however, you'll be charged an early termination charge of 3 x monthly service fee if the service is cancelled/transferred to another service provider within 12 months of activation.

Pros

  • Simple plans Unlimited calls and texts, plus a little data and nothing else to muddy the waters, which means it’s easy to evaluate SpinTel’s value proposition.

Cons

  • SIM activation charge It’s not the only MVNO that charges for SIMs, but this is something that is becoming less common. $10 per SIM is a little on the pricey side.

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