As you may have realised by now, we are not fans of commitment here at Spending Hacker since what may be good in your personal life, can be very detrimental for you as a consumer.
You must always maintain your freedom to choose and being loyal to a product or a brand is a bad idea.
The ubiquitous 12 or 24 month mobile plan goes very much against this core principle you must abide by as a consumer.
Instead, you should go with a plan that doesn’t lock you in and ideally, a prepaid plan.
The objection to contracts doesn’t come from some philosophical viewpoint but rather has everything to do with dollars!
A prepaid mobile plan will ALWAYS offer better value than its post-paid counterparts which lock you in, both in calls and the amount of included data.
No matter how many plans me and the team look at and how much ‘data crunching’ we do, the month-to-month plans (which are mostly prepaid), always (always!!) come on top.
In addition to better value, a prepaid plan offers you total freedom in the sense that you can give it the flick at any time if you’re not happy or a better deal emerges from a competitor.
Many consumer surveys have shown that the thing that worries customers the most about changing their mobile provider is the concern about keeping their existing number. Many people are simply afraid they will lose it if they switch.
However, this concern is unfounded as customers are always able to keep their existing number, if they so choose and this right is protected by federal legislation known as the “mobile number portability rules”.
So let’s bust this myth once and for all: you are always able to keep your existing mobile number no matter what and the process is very easy and completely free.
OK, now that we got this out of the way, I’d like to present to you what our research (and that of others too) has shown to be the best unlimited prepaid mobile plan currently on offer in Australia for those who need lots of mobile data at 4G speeds as well as total flexibility.
This prepaid mobile plan offers you:
- Unlimited calls to all Australian landlines or mobiles (including 13/1300 numbers & voicemail access)
- Unlimited SMS and MMS to any number in Australia.
- 8GB of 4G data + unlimited free streaming of any supercars and Gymnastics Australia events (which don’t eat into your data allowance)
- All that on the relatively reliable Optus network.
The price: $34.95 per 30 days.
Have I got your attention?
Many prepaid providers have started recently to charge per 28 days instead of 30 days which means you effectively end up paying for an extra month every year. Nice little trick for them but not so much for us consumers.
Not this mob!
While value for money is the number one consideration in any research we do and any subsequent recommendation we make as a result, I also like the fact this provider is 100% Australian owned with all operations and staff based in Australia (so no overseas call centres at all!).
I won’t keep ‘teasing’ you any longer.
This plan is offered by the relative newcomer OVO Mobile who have started operating in December 2015 and aim to do to the mobile market what Netflix has done to streaming.
Well, this is at least what their Chairman says.
So far, it seems like they are not just talking but actually really mean it and have just won the Money Magazine ‘Best of the Best’ Award for the best value high usage mobile plan in Australia.
Similar to the three big telcos, OVO have also negotiated some exclusive content deals which are available to stream free of charge to all their customers and without eating into their data allowance.
Here is a short clip describing the content deal that will most likely be the most appealing to many of you.
Another smart move by OVO was to introduce specific plans aimed at teens while giving parents great control over the level of usage as well as the type of content the kids access on their phones.
If 8GB of 4G data is not enough to get you through the month, you can opt to pay $10 extra per 30 days and get 12GB as well as unlimited calls, SMS & MMS in oz for $44.95
As part of my role as ‘Chief Hacker’, I consider myself to be your personal “crash test dummy”.
I consider it to be crucial that either myself personally or someone from the team try a particular product or service before we recommend it to you (whenever practical).
We have tested OVO and I can say that we found the sign-up and setup process to be extremely easy and quick and both coverage and data speeds were on par with what you would get with any other provider running on the Optus 4G Network.
If $34.95 p/m is too much for you to pay or you don’t need that much data (but would still like to be on the Optus 4G Network), your best bet is to go with Yomojo (which emerged from the ‘ashes’ of the now defunct Yatango Mobile).
For just $19.90 p/m (a month is calculated as 30 days, just like with OVO), you get unlimited calls & text and 2GB of data on the Optus 4G network.
Better yet, Yomojo are currently running a promotion which allows you to pay for the first month and get the second and third months (on the same plan) completely free.
Another thing that Yomojo has ‘inherited’ from its predecessor Yatango (other than their customer base) is the option to create a personalised plan based on your specific needs but based on our testing, it seems like you are better off going with one of their unlimited plans if you want a decent data allowance as each ‘tailor-made’ plan with the same amount of included data ends up being more expensive than the equivalent unlimited plan.
If the Optus network doesn’t have good coverage where you are, we got you covered as well with our detailed mobile plans report which outlines the best deals on both the Vodafone and Telstra networks.
If you are in the market for a 4G-capable smartphone but don’t want to pay top dollar for some fancy features you most likely will never use (or be forced to go on a contract god forbid!), we have a few suggestions for you.