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#1 Holidayromp

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

We are currently paying $120 for phone and internet at home and have 2 prepaid mobiles that cost around $5 a month or around $60 every 6 months or so.  We are wanting to get rid of fixed line home phone and internet and only have prepaid internet with our prepaid mobiles.  Doing this would mean changing our prepaid mobile plans, has anyone got any ideas or know of a package deal or special deals that may work out cheaper for us in the long run?

#2 PurpleNess

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Check out iiNet, you can keep your home phone & get a free VOIP phone...if you like

#3 julzely

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

I have exetel for internet and have found them to be really good.  I pay $60/month for 300GB download (they don't charge for uploads like most internet companies).

Our mobile phones are with Live Connect.  They are an optus reseller.  Assuming you don't want a new phone, then they are really good and cheap.  We pay $44/month for 2 mobile phone caps that give us $700 of call each + unlimited SMS.

So all up we are paying $104/month for 2 mobile phone and internet.

#4 threeinnyc

Posted 27 February 2013 - 03:33 PM

We are with TPG, not sure how much, but I think it's about $69, unlimited internet, local/national call.

#5 Floral Arrangement

Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

We are happy with Adam. We have a VoIP phone and Internet costs us 60ish per month.

#6 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

Very happy with iiNet. Were are still on a very old plan that suits us (have been for 3 years). We don't have a landline, we have our internet and VOIP.

#7 Phascogale

Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

You'll probably find that the mobile plan that you need to upgrade to that you will probably pay a similar amount that you will for a cheaper deal with what you currently have.  Also with mobile plans you don't get many downloads and they are often much slower than you would get with a landline type internet.  So for your two mobiles you will probably be looking at least at a $30/month plan each so you're up to $60 already.

There are naked dsl plans that make all your calls using VoiP.  They may cost you a little bit to set up ie you'll either need an ATA box or a modem/router that also incorporates the ATA.

And it will also depend on where you live.  Where I am there is only Telstra that can provide a service.  We currently pay around $90/month for all our internet and phone.  But we do have VoiP that we pay $5/month for and it includes 100 'free' local and national calls.  So we are only paying for the basic telstra landline in order to have ADSL.

It does depend on what you use your internet for.  If it's just a few emails and facebook then going landline free is fine but if you do a lot of downloading ie streaming tv shows and movies then it's not going to work.

#8 Holidayromp

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

Thank you all very much for your information.  Looks like we will definitely have to look into VoiP, and look into many different options.

#9 Bidadari

Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:22 PM


Have a look at vaya mobile (optus reseller). They have a very good BYO mobile plan deals. The most expensive one is only cost $29/mths and that is included unlimited calls and texts (13,1300 and 1800 are included in the plan), 4GB data, $100 international call and tethering is available.
So if you buy 2x of this plan, it will cost you less than $60/mths or one of you can get the cheaper plan


#10 galba

Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:33 PM

QUOTE (Bidadari @ 03/03/2013, 04:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Have a look at vaya mobile (optus reseller). They have a very good BYO mobile plan deals. The most expensive one is only cost $29/mths and that is included unlimited calls and texts (13,1300 and 1800 are included in the plan), 4GB data, $100 international call and tethering is available.
So if you buy 2x of this plan, it will cost you less than $60/mths or one of you can get the cheaper plan


I second Vaya.  I have moved all of us over and for 4 of us we are paying $32 a month!!!

The boys are on a $7 a month plan as is DH and I have the $11 a month plan.  I use my phone for texting, calling and internet and don't come anywhere near the limits.

Try whistleout.com.au - they can show you the cheapest sim only offers.

#11 Fizgig

Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:35 PM

QUOTE (Madame Protart @ 27/02/2013, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not sure if this useful for you but we pay $60/month with iinet for all our internet and home phone, and it includes all local and national calls (you pay extra to phone a mobile or overseas only).

Just to add to this - if you have an iinet internet package you can also get a mobile plan with them. It's a bring your own mobile and no contract so you can opt out whenever you want. I have the $10 a month plan with (from memory) $100 worth of calls included and 150 MB of download. I have never exceeded this and I have an iphone (I do use the wifi at home though).

We have home line, internet and my mobile with iinet and this adds up to $90 a month. I keep meaning to change to Voip but don't think I can in my area yet.

#12 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 03 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

Hmm this has me wondering if we should look to change. We pay $153.50 a month for our home phone, 2 Samsung Galaxy s11's (dh is on a now not avail plan he gets unlimited everything for $50 a month with Vodafone), Net is with Adam - we download a LOT, home line with Telstra(never use it, it's basically just line rental).

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