Aldi Prepaid Mobile Plans – Quick Summary
||MMS||Data||Call Cap/Credit||Voice mail1||Extras||2 Min Call3||More|
|$5 Starter Kit||12c||12c||365||35c||5c||$5 Credit||12c||Incl 13, 1300 1800 numbers||24c/20 Calls||Buy ALDI Mobile|
|PAYG $15||12c||12c||365||35c||5c||$15 Credit||12c||Incl 13, 1300 1800 numbers||24c/62 Calls|
|PAYG $30||12c||12c||365||35c||5c||$30 Credit||12c||Incl 13, 1300 1800 numbers||24c/124 Calls|
|Data Pack $16.50||30||1.5GB||Add to your PAYG plans|
|Data Pack $30||30||3GB||Add to your PAYG plans|
|Value $10||10c||10c||30||30c||$10 + unlimited talk/TXT to Aldi||10c||Excess data at 5c/MB and other call charges come from PAYG Balance. Value packs offer unlimited talk/TXT to Aldi Mobile||20c/50 Calls|
|Value $20||10c||10c||30||30c||300MB||$30 + unlimited talk/TXT to Aldi||10c||20c/150 Calls|
|Value $30||10c||10c||30||30c||1.25GB||$65 + 2200 TXT + unlimited talk/TXT to Aldi||10c||20c/325 Calls|
|Value $35||10c||10c||30||30c||2GB||$125 + 2200 TXT + unlimited talk/TXT to Aldi||10c||20c/650 Calls|
Prepaid Mobile Review – ALDI Mobile Prepaid Mobile Plans (January 2015)
I first trialled the Aldi Mobile prepaid mobile service over 12 months ago (within 6 months of its Australian launch). Thankfully the service has improved much since then from a customer and sim card setup point of view even if the plans aren’t what they used to be in terms of value.
Aldi Mobile is administered by Medion Mobile, the same group which operates Aldi’s other prepaid mobile services around the world (eg Germany). The network supporting the Aldi Mobile prepaid mobile range is Telstra through its 3G Wholesale network.
Medion Australia Pty Ltd. trading as ALDImobile uses part of Telstra’s 3G mobile network. The mobile product of ALDImobile provides a 3G coverage footprint of 98.5% of the Australian Population covering 1.3 million square kilometres. Outside the 3G coverage footprint, customers will revert to 2G coverage and speeds. The combined 2G and 3G footprint covers 98.8% of the Australian population.
This is the same network accessed by Boost Mobile although the Boost service footprint is NextG which is slightly larger at 99.3% of the Australian population.
Network speed on the Telstra 3G Wholesale network includes a range of:
Medion Australia Pty Ltd. trading as ALDImobile uses part of Telstra’s 3G mobile network. Medion Australia Pty ltd’s Pay as You Go plans and Value and Data Packs have typical download speeds of 1.1 – 20Mbps across more than 85% of the population, 550kbps to 8Mbps across more than 95% of the population, and 550kbps to 3Mbps in remaining coverage areas (reaching 98.5% of the population). Typical 3G upload speeds are 300kbps-3Mbps across more than 93% of the population and in remaining coverage areas 300kbps-1Mbps. End-user speeds will also vary due to factors such as device capabilities, location, distance from the base station, local terrain, user numbers, hardware and software configuration, download source/upload destination and network management measures.
My testing at the time of writing this review (24/12/14) was within the ranges mentioned above (see speed tests and comparisons below).
Aldi Mobile Prepaid Range
What makes Aldi Mobile a great option are the Pay As You Go plans. The two PAYG options come with a recharge option of $15 or $30. Call, TXT and data rates are 12c/min (no flagfall), 12c per TXT and 5c/MB data. Credit expiry is 365 days. You can get started with a prepaid sim pack (ordered online or in-store) for $5 which also includes $5 of credit.
The PAYG range is supported by two Data Packs. The packs come with a $16.50 recharge offering 1.5GB of data and $30 for 3GB data. Credit expiry is 30 days and data increments are per MB. The data packs can only be used with the PAYG plans.
I actually purchased this test sim for my mother-in-law who I had recently setup on a Lycamobile prepaid plan but given she hardly uses the phone, her credit had run out before she had a chance to use it. With no Savvytel to recommend, I advised AldiMobile as a great alternative.
Beyond the PAYG options we have 5 Value Packs, this range comes in the following flavours:
- $10 Value Pack - $10 of call credit with call rates of 10c/min and 10c/TXT you can access up to 100 minutes of calls or 100 TXT with your $10 recharge which lasts 30 days. All Value Packs come with unlimited calls and TXT to other Aldi Mobile customers. Data is not included and can be purchased with a $5 addon which provides you with 100MB. Data increments are per MB
- $20 Value Pack - $30 of credit provides you with up to 300 minutes of call time or 300 TXT. Unlimited Aldi calls and TXT is also included with this Value Pack as well as 400MB of data. Additional data can be purchased for $7 – 300MB.
- $30 Value Pack - $65 of credit provides you with up to 650 minutes of call time and 2200 of TXT. Unlimited Aldi calls and TXT is also included with this Value Pack as well as 1.25GB of data. Additional data can be purchased for $10 – 1GB.
- $35 Value Pack - $125 of credit provides you with up to 1250 minutes of call time and 2200 of TXT. Unlimited Aldi calls and TXT is also included with this Value Pack as well as 2GB of data. Additional data can be purchased for $10 – 1GB.
Services such as MMS are 30c each and video MMS are 60c each. All credit expiry is 30 days.
Whether you are a very light or even a heavy user of your mobile phone, the plan range is very good value, particularly given the network on offer is Telstra 3G. At $35, Telstra themselves offer the $30 Freedom plan which includes $250 in call value, unlimited Calls/TXT to Telstra and 800MB. Network includes access to the Telstra 4G. Another alternative is Boost Mobile which offer unlimited calls and TXT/MMS plus 2GB of data for $40 with a 30 day credit expiry.
Prepaid Sim Setup
Last time I did this it was a really horrible experience. Aldi Mobile had me emailing them copies of my licence and other ID, I had to call them to get everything verified. Just ugly. This time round however, Aldi Mobile have ticked all boxes for simplicity. I purchased the sim pack from a store, opened it up, found my Activation Code within the pack and then went online to complete the setup.
Once I had entered the Activation Code, I was required to enter my personal details as well as a reference number from Drivers License, Medicare Card or other acceptable ID. I was able to transfer an existing number across at this stage or choose to receive a new one (I chose the later). Within a minute I had an email from Aldi advising me of my mobile number and my account login details. The email mentioned an average wait of 4 hours, my wait was about 30 minutes. Having popped the sim card into a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, I had my welcome TXT before I new it.
Given the model of phone, there was no data setup to be done, it picked up the APN codes straight away so I had instant data access. I tested making a call, TXT and access the internet as well as running a speed test.
Aldi Mobile gives you access to an online portal through which you can see your existing balance, see your transactions, update your contact details and recharge online. Also available is the Aldi Mobile iPhone and Android application. The app provides the exact same service as the online portal.
I undertook the speed test within minutes of activating my sim card. The speeds achieved included a ping of 63ms, download speed of 6.73Mbps and upload speed of 0.81Mbps. These results sit within the specifications listed above. The time of the test was 6.30pm. Immediately following this test, I undertook a test using my own phone which is a Samsung Galaxy S4 using the Vaya Mobile Optus 4G network. My speeds were a 33ms ping, 9.95 Mbps for downloads and 3.34Mbps for uploads. Speeds can vary wildly within minutes of each other so they are only an indication. IN this case you can see the potential difference between Telstra’s 3G and potential 4G data speeds (my 4G was using the Optus network).
- The setup was an ease compared to what I experienced last year. Very quick and easy for anyone. They even offer a phone service to assist you if your internet skills are not that great.
- Accessing the Telstra network is for some people the only option they have. This is a great value plan range covering those who have a limited need for the phone to others who have medium to high needs. Telstra’s initiative in mid 2014 to open the full 3G network to its resellers like Medion Mobile has made a significant difference for both coverage and speed.
- For PAYG customers access to a 365 day credit expiry option is a great way to limit lost credit due to minimal use.
- The data options on the lower cost Value Packs should be more affordable. I don’t understand why someone on the $10 Value Pack should have to buy a data addon at a higher rate than someone on a $35 plan. An addon is an addon.
- International roaming is not available.
- Data packs are not compatible with the Value Pack offers.
Would I move?
Well yes and I have recommended the PAYG option to two other family members in the past fortnight who wanted a good value prepaid option with limited risk of credit expiry. As I mentioned this sim is for my mother-in-law.
|Summary||PAYG Plans and Unlimited|
|Calls within network||12c/min|
|1300 & 1800 numbers||12c/min|
|Credit Rollover||Not Available|
|International Roaming||Not Available|
|Phone||1300 989 000|
1 – rate per 30 seconds. ^Charged in 1 min blocks
2 – expiry period in days
3 – cost of a 2 minute call. Number of 2 minute calls made using credit provided to any network (excludes calls within network). Where no minimum credit is indicated, $20 is used.