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#1 Dadto2

Posted 30 April 2019 - 04:33 PM

It seems that most of my communication with friends, family is through Whatsapp or Facebook messenger. I rarely call or TXT. I have wifi at home and work and most places seem to have free wifi. I was wondering if it was worth going to a pay as you go sim considering i'm using wifi most of the time and rarely actually using Telstras services? I'm on about $100/month, but that includes a phone I'm paying for, that will be paid for next month, so monthly cost will go down, I guess to $60 - $70? But still seems a lot considering i make such few calls on it?

#2 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 30 April 2019 - 04:48 PM

My kids get by on $152 per year with unlimited calls/text and 3gb of data every 30 days. We get the basic Kogan mobile pre paid plan when on sale.

I am living on a legacy plan for $40 per month 8gb data and unlimited calls/texts but also has three data sims (used in ipads) included in the price.

#3 molinero

Posted 30 April 2019 - 04:49 PM

Sounds like a standard phone plan rate, but to me that is a lot. I use prepaid Amaysim and find it really good value. I also milk my work phone for as much personal stuff as I can (work don't care). I work from home a lot, so convenient wifi access means I don't need much mobile data.

I think improved wireless access is going to kill some of these bloated phone plans we've been told we can't live without for the past 10 years.

#4 Charli73

Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:29 PM

Have an Aldi phone sim and it’s $25 a month for about 12gb.. it automatically recharges every 30 days.. so much better than a plan unless you need a new phone I suppose but I bought one outright.

#5 Bereckii

Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:35 PM

View PostVeritas Vinum Arte, on 30 April 2019 - 04:48 PM, said:

My kids get by on $152 per year with unlimited calls/text and 3gb of data every 30 days. We get the basic Kogan mobile pre paid plan when on sale.


This sounds good!

I get by using Vaya $16 per month unlimited text and calls and 3g/mth data (month by month contract, not locked in to a long contract)

Like you, I use wifi whenever I can.

#6 Etta

Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:35 PM

I have an Aldi PAYG for $15 a month which is unlimited texts and calls (Australia). And 2.5GB data.

#7 bec578

Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:38 PM

Aldi $15 plan here too for DH, DD & myself

#8 nom_de_plume

Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:39 PM

I also use Aldi prepaid. $25 per month gets you unlimited texts/calls to standard numbers, 100 minutes to overseas and 14gig data.

It runs on the Telstra network so I get great reception.

#9 Octopodes

Posted 30 April 2019 - 05:40 PM

I've never had a phone plan, I've just stuck with prepaid plans. DH is the same and DS will be too when he gets a phone next year. I pay $20 per 28 days on Boost and get unlimited calls/texts and 5GB of data. I just buy a new phone outright when I want to upgrade. Works well for me.

The data allegedly rolls over, but I always forget to recharge until the day after my credit expires.

Edited by Octopodes, 30 April 2019 - 05:42 PM.


#10 casime

Posted 30 April 2019 - 06:38 PM

I have had a Telstra Pre-Paid for years.  I don't have a home phone anymore, just use the mobile, and use quite a lot of mobile data.  I've not paid more than a $30 or $40 recharge each month.

#11 Druidmom

Posted 30 April 2019 - 06:46 PM

Aldi prepaid family plan here. 4 devices $80 per month, unlimited calls/txts 100 min overseas, and 53.27GB data that gets rolled over monthly if unused. We are using it for 2 mobiles (DH and I) and 2 tablets (mine and DDs).

#12 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 30 April 2019 - 06:53 PM

Once my phone is paid off I’m going tos witch to a data-heavy pre paid plan. For similar reasons. It will be a lot cheaper, but I do need data for holidays and when our home internet drops out. Lots of people do it that way.

Edited by ~LemonMyrtle~, 30 April 2019 - 06:54 PM.


#13 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 30 April 2019 - 06:55 PM

View PostDruidmom, on 30 April 2019 - 06:46 PM, said:

Aldi prepaid family plan here. 4 devices $80 per month, unlimited calls/txts 100 min overseas, and 53.27GB data that gets rolled over monthly if unused. We are using it for 2 mobiles (DH and I) and 2 tablets (mine and DDs).

Wow, that’s good. Think I’ll do this for our two tablets and my phone! Thanks for this.  I assume you can bring your own mobile number?

Do they use telstra towers?

#14 JustBeige

Posted 30 April 2019 - 07:02 PM

Aldi mobile plans here too (for the kids)

I have a voda plan that is only around $40 a month and some of their Red plans are pretty reasonable.

#15 c.sanders

Posted 30 April 2019 - 07:11 PM

Amaysim here and it's like $20 or $30 and works great for me

#16 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 30 April 2019 - 07:30 PM

Was also going to suggest Aldi or Kogan depending on area.
They both do yearly plans which are even cheaper Im pretty sure.  Im assuming from your OP you don't need good coverage in rural or remote areas!

#17 tayto...

Posted 30 April 2019 - 09:01 PM

Another happy Aldi mobile customer! DH too. He does $15 I do $25 and we pay $70 pm for unltd NBN (no landline)

#18 Dadto2

Posted 01 May 2019 - 10:31 AM

View PostDruidmom, on 30 April 2019 - 06:46 PM, said:

Aldi prepaid family plan here. 4 devices $80 per month, unlimited calls/txts 100 min overseas, and 53.27GB data that gets rolled over monthly if unused. We are using it for 2 mobiles (DH and I) and 2 tablets (mine and DDs).

wow that's so cheap

#19 Dadto2

Posted 01 May 2019 - 10:37 AM

Can you port your old telstra number over to Aldi sim cards?

#20 WaitForMe

Posted 01 May 2019 - 10:53 AM

I'm on $15/m plan with Internode (Optus network). I have no idea what the data limit is, only time I ever go over the data is when on holiday and theres no wifi.

I don't even have it connected to wifi at work, and despite all emails and other comms going through it, still never go over. I don't think I even hit 50%, pretty sure I get a warning for that. I get a tonne of emails but I don't open attachments on it and they are only downloaded when opened.

DH, on the other hand, likes to watch things on his phone going into work. But he is on a business plan, almost entirely covered by work.

#21 froglett

Posted 01 May 2019 - 11:14 AM

Aldi here too, saving a fortune! I paid out my phone on Telstra and then ditched the plan. I think I'm on the $25 plan - and it seems every other week they send me an email saying they're increasing the data allowance.

Yes, you can port your old number.

Edited by froglett, 01 May 2019 - 11:14 AM.


#22 Dadto2

Posted 01 May 2019 - 12:49 PM

View Postfroglett, on 01 May 2019 - 11:14 AM, said:

Aldi here too, saving a fortune! I paid out my phone on Telstra and then ditched the plan. I think I'm on the $25 plan - and it seems every other week they send me an email saying they're increasing the data allowance.

Yes, you can port your old number.

Telstra want to charge me a fee for breaking contract.

#23 magic_marker

Posted 01 May 2019 - 01:00 PM

View PostDadto2, on 01 May 2019 - 12:49 PM, said:

Telstra want to charge me a fee for breaking contract.

How long to the end of contract?
Mentioned in your OP it finishes next month?
Aldi is on the Telstra Network. Their plans start at $15 per month. The price increases for more Data.

#24 Quick hedgehog

Posted 01 May 2019 - 01:06 PM

I use the Aldi prepaid too.  The benefit with Aldi is that your credit doesn't expire for 365 days, so I put my $15 onto my sim and it usually lasts me about 6 months.  The call cost per minute is a bit more expensive, but given that I rarely make a call, it still works out way cheaper.  

When DS got his phone, we use the same prepaid plan, so he has his phone to call in emergencies, but knows that it isn't for just random calls or texting.  

I figure I lived without being able to check facebook or EB when I'm away from my computer for the first 50 years of my life, I can manage without doing it now. There is plenty of wifi around to do things on when necessary and the savings are well worth any perceived inconvenience.

#25 Mumma3

Posted 01 May 2019 - 01:10 PM

When does the contract end? If it’s next month, I’d wait.
Telstra will want to charge for anything they can - Doesn’t mean they should though.
There are some good options mentioned already, depending on your needs you could also look at Moose Mobile which we are very happy with - they have various rates and also offer month to month as well as 12 month plans.




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