Savings with Telstra Prepaid for iPad
Over the past week, I have been reviewing the Aldi Prepaid Mobile offer. You can view it here. One of the exercises I undertook was to insert the Aldi sim card into my Telstra (locked) wifi modem. It worked fine and I was able to achieve some pretty good speeds using the Telstra 3G network. Without the actual speed test showing me the difference, I could hardly tell between using Aldi or the Telstra sim within my iPad.
The credit I had on my Aldi Mobile was $5 which came with the purchase of my Aldi Starter Kit. Whilst I made a few calls and one or two TXTs, I thought that it would be best used as data within my Wifi Modem. After a few days of usage, I noticed that it stopped working and upon checking realised that my $5 had been used up.
It seemed to have been spent rather quickly, so I took a look into my Aldi online account to see where the $5 credit had all gone. I also compared it to what I normally use and are charged with my Telstra prepaid sim card (inserted into my iPad).
On the face of it, the Aldi ($15 for 2GB/mth) and even Kogan ($10 for 2GB) offers look great, but with per MB data increments and a 5c/MB charge rate, your 2GB/month may not last as long as you think.
The first image below is from my Aldi Mobile account. On Monday of this week, I used the sim card in my wifi modem and consumed 52MB – total cost of $2.65, charged at 5c/MB which is as per the pricing schedule. If my average is about 23MB/day then my $15 with Aldi would only last for 15 days.
This second image is from my Telstra account. This is the Telstra iPad sim card I have installed within my iPad. Data increments are per/KB and with a recharge amount of 12GB, the per MB price is $0.0146 or 1.46c. If you look at what I have used below over the past month, this would have cost me over $30 with Aldi Mobile.
The clear advantage and the savings with Telstra prepaid for iPad is that data sessions are calculated on a per KB basis. This means that should the internet session start and be disconnected, only what you have used, calculated in KBs is what is deducted from your credit allowance. If it was per/MB each session would be rounded up to the nearest MB, so you would be using your allowance faster.
The other clear advantage is that my p/MB pricing is 1.46c not 5c. Now Telstra is expensive and I did chose to use them purely because they are supposed to offer the fastest data speeds. For me its worth the premium paid. In this case it is also worth it over discount pricing from the likes of Aldi and Kogan.
By Arthur Koulianos