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Old Jun 4th 2010, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Burbage View Post
A pay as you go sim card.

Hi everyone, I've never had one before, but it looks like it might be the best option for a while. Do you just buy one off the shelf? Which deals are the best in Australia? I see that most are time limited, are there some with longer limits? Anything else I should watch out for? Or is it cheaper in the longterm to get a proper subscription set up?
We had Virgin PAYG sims, and did the V2V $29 top up which gives you free Virgin to Virgin calls and texts. Very handy if other people you know are with Virgin too.
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Old Jun 4th 2010, 2:42 pm
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Not relevant to the op as he wants a yearly job but voda payg allow international calls within the bonus minutes/credit
Can be useful for some
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Default Re: Pay as you go mobile

Originally Posted by Burbage View Post
Thanks, but that's not the issue. What I want is a phone with no monthly fee and no lock in. $30 a year for the mobile is perfect. If I find I need to use the phone more I won't have any trouble signing up for a plan.

You may also want to have a look at the Planet Mobile product from Planet ISP:

Planet Mobile

They have the simplest pricing of any mobile provider in Australia:

All calls = 33c per minute (Billed per second)
SMS = 16.5c per message
Data = 33c per MB

And that's it.

They bill monthly, to a nominated credit card, and only for what you use. There is no line rental - if you don't use it during a month, then there is nothing to pay.

No complex caps or plans or indecipherable charging systems. No expiry of credit either.

I use this, and have found it to be first rate. They piggyback on the Vodafone network.


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Originally Posted by Swerv-o View Post
You may also want to have a look at the Planet Mobile product from Planet ISP:
Thank you, this looks attactive. Anyone else had experience with this provider?
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Old Jun 6th 2010, 2:18 am
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Originally Posted by polyama View Post
Anyone had experiene with Just Mobile? (15c per 30s, no connection fee, 180 day credit expiry)
I've got one and I'd say they offer better value than most (this is used mostly just for receiving calls). The 6 month credit expiry is the best feature!

Our second mobile is from TPG (bundled with my internet) - $15 gives you $300 worth of calls and texts - hardly use $300, so more than enough.

I use skype-skype for all international calls
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Default Re: Pay as you go mobile

Originally Posted by polyama View Post
Anyone had experiene with Just Mobile? (15c per 30s, no connection fee, 180 day credit expiry)
I have just bought one of these, as I had my son and wife using iSim which is closing down next month.

Bought a SIM for $5 at Box Hill (can order online as well) which gives $5 credit (which lasts just 30 days, so you have to recharge) and I can port the number over. So nothing to lose in trying them out. You have to recharge every 6 months for $15 minimum. Right now they are giving 50% extra free on the recharge. Also there is/was a referal where each of you get $15 credited, so I will get my son to refer my wife when she gets a Sim as well.

Most of their calls are quick or text, so no flagfall and billing by the second is important. Vodaphone is quite expensive for short calls, but I guess good for just receiving them. Just mobile use the Vodaphone network.
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Old Jun 7th 2010, 3:28 am
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We are all Virgin Bean Counters... except me

the bean counter is only available online... which can be a pain ... but at least I know what is going out when and where..

I brought one of the long lasting credits coz I dont use mine much at all...
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Originally Posted by carlap View Post
I have just bought one of these, as I had my son and wife using iSim which is closing down next month.
I'm exploring replacement for iSim...
Trying to decide between Just Mobile, Lebara and Planet Mobile
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Old Jun 10th 2010, 2:49 am
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Vodafone appear to have a new capped Mobile Phone plan on its non-contract options.

Cost $20 per month, on a month by month basis.
Gives you $150 each month to spend on calls, texts etc.
plus:
$200 worth of Vodafone to Vodafone standard national voice calls within Australia all day, every day
plus:
50MB of data for mobile Internet.
Costs are calculated as follows:
  • Standard SMS 28c each
  • Standard MMS (Video) 75c each
  • Standard Voice calls 90c per minute +35c flagfall
  • Standard Video calls $1.35 per minute +35c flagfall
 
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Default Re: Pay as you go mobile

Originally Posted by ABCDiamond View Post
Vodafone appear to have a new capped Mobile Phone plan on its non-contract options.

Cost $20 per month, on a month by month basis.
Gives you $150 each month to spend on calls, texts etc.
plus:
$200 worth of Vodafone to Vodafone standard national voice calls within Australia all day, every day
plus:
50MB of data for mobile Internet.
Costs are calculated as follows:
  • Standard SMS 28c each
  • Standard MMS (Video) 75c each
  • Standard Voice calls 90c per minute +35c flagfall
  • Standard Video calls $1.35 per minute +35c flagfall

Though there appears to be quite a bit of alleged value in there, all of those call costs seem rather high - It probably won't take long to chew through that credit...


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Old Jun 10th 2010, 3:17 am
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Default Re: Pay as you go mobile

Originally Posted by Swerv-o View Post
Though there appears to be quite a bit of alleged value in there, all of those call costs seem rather high - It probably won't take long to chew through that credit...


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It comes down to how much the user uses the phone.

For example: Comparing Planet Mobile to Vodafone $20 Sim Only plan:

Say 60 x 2 minute calls + 100 texts per month - Vodafone is $30pm cheaper
Vodafone
60 x 2.15 = $129.00 ($2.15 is the cost for 2 minutes inc flagfall)
100 x .28 = $ 28.00
Total $27 cost after cap benefit

Planet Mobile
120m x .33 = $39.60
100 x .165 = $16.50
Total $56.10
Say 120 x 2 minute calls + 200 texts per month - Vodafone is $72pm more expensive.
Vodafone
120 x 2.15 = $258.00
200 x .28 = $ 56.00
Total $184 cost after cap benefit

Planet Mobile
240m x .33 = $79.20
200 x .165 = $33.00
Total $112.20
Personally though I like my daughters plan:

$10 per month
gets:
$130 worth of calls and texts
Call Costs
20c per 15 seconds
25c per text
60 x 2 minute calls + 100 texts per month = $10 total cost
120 x 2 minute calls + 200 texts per month = $122 total cost


Planet Mobile does look good for the high user.

But at the other extreme, I can spend as little as $20 per year for my mobile usage
 
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I've got the Vodafone 365 because it suits my current circumstances but the fees are not so good. Will probably change it later in the year to another provider. I don't like the fee scheduling that most providers use in Aus: Such as call connection fees and costs quoted by the half minute
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I've got the Vodafone 365 because it suits my current circumstances but the fees are not so good. Will probably change it later in the year to another provider. I don't like the fee scheduling that most providers use in Aus: Such as call connection fees and costs quoted by the half minute

Me neither - that's why I use Planet Mobile. Plus there is no minimum monthly spend - I pay for exactly what I use, so I always know where I am.


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Old Jun 10th 2010, 5:33 am
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I have a telstra PAYG mobile and PAYG wireless broadband widget.

The wireless works out at $0.016 per MB if you recharge $100 a month, but you can then transfer part of that $100 onto the mobile phone which works out very well for me. I'm online about 16-18 hours a day with a lot of up/downloads, costs me about $1.50 a day I reckon, the rest of the credit i just transfer to the phone.
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Originally Posted by ABCDiamond View Post
Personally though I like my daughters plan:

$10 per month
gets:
$130 worth of calls and texts
Call Costs
20c per 15 seconds
25c per text
ABCD - who is this with dear?
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