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Special offers are becoming more and more popular. I usually cover special offers via our fortnightly newsletter however I thought you might prefer to see them on our home page. You can now keep track of them and tell others about them. There are a few special offers around at the moment.
Amaysim 50% OFF First Month
Amaysim is offering 50% your first month’s access to the Amaysim Unlimited plan. Normally $39.90 with a 30 day recharge, now just $20 for your first month.
Yatango Free Trial
The Yatango Free trial is back (limited time). Try Yatango free for 30 days and enjoy 600 TXT, 600 minutes and 1GB of data worth $40+/mth. At the end of the 30 day trial decide to stay or go.
Vaya Mobile 1st Month Free
Vaya Mobile is offering your to waive your first month’s access fees if you sign up before 31 March 2014. $20 sim starter kit fee still applies.
Vodafone Double your Data – Sim Only Month to Month Plans
Connect on any of our SIM Only plans before 11 March 2014 to enjoy double the included monthly data for up to 6 months. To get the full 6 months of double data, just stay on the same month to month plan without moving after this date. Ends 29/4/14.
Virgin Bonus Data on its Sim Only BYO Plans
Virgin Mobile is offering a bonus 1GB of data on its Postpaid BYO Mobile plans. All BYO plans starting with the BYO $40 (selling for $30 a month) come with a bonus 1GB of data each month for as long as you stay on the plan. Offer expires 6/4/14.
Over the past week Vodafone announced their 4G Mobile Broadband devices and plans. Devices can be purchased outright however data plans are either month to month (postpaid) or via a 12 month contract. An announcement regarding prepaid has yet to be made.
4G through Vodafone has been available for less than a 12 months however Vodafone has already reached over 1 million 4G customers. This figure coves their contract mobile, prepaid mobile and now mobile broadband customers.
The current plans launched by Vodafone supporting these devices are as follows:
- Wifi 4G – $169
- USB Modem – $119
Month to month plans:
- $20 – 2.5GB
- $30 – 4GB
- $45 – 8GB
Data increments are per MB and excess data is charged at 10c/MB.
The Pocket Wifi Modem is about the size of a credit card and about 10mm thick. The display shows you the strength of the signal, which network you are accessing eg 4G, 3G+, how many connections you currently have and the strength of the battery (maximum is 10). Also displayed is the usage for the month in MB and the length (time) of the data session.
The device itself is Category 4 making it more capable than your average 4G modem able to reach higher speeds and better coverage (where potentially other spectrum was made available).
The wifi device itself takes the full sized Vodafone sim card, but inside it also has room for a micro sim. Dimensions are 99.0 × 62.2 × 14.4 mm.
Battery: The packet states 6 hours of stand alone usage with a 100m range. In standby mode (no connections), the device lasted for 12+ hours, connected to atleast 1 device, it lasted for atleast 6 hours.
In terms of range, I was able to maintain a connection of 20 – 30 meters with the device left inside my home and me walking outside (several brick walls separating us). When tested with the wifi device also outside, the connection was more like 50 meters than 100 (specified on the packaging). Included parts are a micro USB cable and wall charger.
Outside of having to charge the battery, and insert the sim card, the device simply worked. What is also handy (which others don’t offer) is have the SSID and Wifi Key details were printed within the device and on a separate card. My connection to the device was instant. I was able to test 4 devices connected simultaneously and it worked fine.
The is where it starts to get a bit scary and applies to all 4G providers including Telstra and Optus. Within a 30 minute period, whilst having 4 devices connected (each was gradually added over the 30 minute period), I was able to consume 500MB. This was mainly by running several speed tests on each device.
The per MB increments charged by Vodafone is a little disappointing given they have made a big deal about charging per KB increments on their mobile phone plans (contract and prepaid), However, the real impact of this feature as at the time of disconnection where the rounding occurs.
During my trial (and I would have run over 30 sessions over a few days), I never lost connection. The connection did at times drop to 3G and 3G+, but this was during my train trip from home to Melbourne CBD.
Hello Mobile are targeting the high mobile and high data use customer with a new plan the Unlimited 40 Plan. Over the past 12 months, Hello Mobile have been growing their prepaid plan range with mid level plans like the Combo 10, Eazy Plan and the Combo 30, but in all cases the most data you could have hoped for was 1GB.
The new Unlimited 40 Plan now offers you 4GB of data plus unlimited calls and TXT within Australia plus Hello Mobile’s super competitive international call and TXT rates. The price for this plan is $40 with a 30 day expiry (not 28 days like some). Hello Mobile uses the new Vodafone network and data increments are per MB. What is excluded from these plan? 13/18 calls are unlimited but MMS is 75c each.
One Seniors have re-entered the mobile plan market with a new range of plans using the Telstra 3G network. One Seniors caters for the 55+ market exclusively and once upon a time (prior to the One Mobile collapse) offered a range of pretty good prepaid options. However with One Mobile shutting, the prepaid plans were also shut and customers told they had to leave.
These new plans are not super competitive but for plans using what is “part of the Telstra 3G network” they are OK. There are a few other mobile plan providers out there also offering plans using the Telstra 3G network and these include CMobile and the likes of OzLinked and Telechoice. In all cases unless you want a 24 month contract, the pricing is at a premium compared to other plans with similar value. However, if Telstra is the only network that you trust in your location, then you will need to pay more for it.
As a starter for $15/mth you receive $15 in call credit with a 12c/min call rate and no flagfall. TXT is also 12c and your data allowance is 150MB. Step up to $25 and your allowance for calls moves to $25 with the same call rates but data is now 500MB. The final plan charges $40 with unlimited standard calls (not 13/18) and comes with 1.5GB.