Prepaid Mobile Data Plans
Looking to compare prepaid mobile data plans? Do you have a prepaid mobile phone plan that gives you 3G access but your prepaid mobile plan does not offer enough data allowance? Prepaid mobile plans now give you as much data as contract mobile plans. If you own an iPhone or any smart phone but want to use a prepaid mobile plan with enough data to go social and use the internet as and when you need to, then you are in the right place. Over the past 12 months the range of prepaid data options has simply exploded. You now have lots of options and lots of data, so whether you use the internet on your mobile a little or a lot, you can easily find the right prepaid mobile data plan.
Best Prepaid Mobile Data Plan: As of August 2014, my feeling is Amaysim and Hello Mobile take the honours. Amaysim uses the Optus 3G network whilst Hello Mobile customers access the new Vodafone 3G and 3G+ networks.
Prepaid Mobile Data – Quick Summary
|Provider||Product||Calls/TXT/MMS||Data Allowance||Increment||Network||Expiry||Coverage||Buy Now|
|Flexi 50 Data Prepaid $50||20c/min + 15c/TXT||PAYG - 2c/MB||p/MB||Vodafone 3G||No expiry||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy e-tel|
|Social Max $39.90||250 minutes inc intern||4GB||5c/MB|
|Vodafone 3G||30 days||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy Hello|
|Dodo Prepaid Magic Sim||11c/min + 11c/TXT||PAYG - 5c/MB||p/MB||Optus 3G||30 days||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Dodo
|Personalised - $39||Add 100 mins for $7 and 100 TXT/MMS for $6||5GB||5c/MB|
|Optus 3G/4G||30 days||Optus 4G Coverage||Buy Yatango|
|gotalk $30 Recharge||Unlimited Calls/TXT||1GB||5c/MB|
|Vodafone 3G||90 days||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy gotalk Mobile|
As You Go
|12c/min + 12c/TXT||PAYG - 7.2c/MB|
1GB pack - $9.90
|Optus 3G/4G||90 days||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Amaysim|
|Amaysim Unlimited $54.90||Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS||6GB||7.2c/MB|
|Optus 3G/4G||30 days||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Amaysim|
|Freedom $50||$1000 in calls unlimited 6pm-6am||2GB||$2/MB|
|Telstra 3G/4G||28 days||Telstra coverage||Buy Telstra|
|Telstra Browse Pack||BROWSE PLUS PACKS|
$5 – 30MB, $10 – 200MB, $20 – 700MB, $39 – 1GB, $49 -3GB, $59 – 4GB (all 30 days)
|Telstra 3G/4G||30 days||Check Coverage||Buy Telstra|
|Super Saver $29.90||Unlimited Calls/TXT||2GB||15c/MB|
|Telstra 3G||30 days||Telstra coverage||Buy Lycamobile|
|Lebara Mega Plan $39.90||Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS||4GB||15c/MB|
|Vodafone 3G||30 days||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy Lebara|
|Virgin Prepaid Caps $29||$450 Calls/TXT plus unlimited to Virgin||1GB||0.2c/KB|
|Optus 3G/4G||28 days||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Virgin Mobile|
|$50 Prepaid Cap||Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS + some intern calls||3GB + 500MB bonus||$2/MB|
|Vodafone 3G/4G||28 days||Check Coverage||Buy Vodafone|
|UNLTD $40||Unlimited Calls/TXT/MMS||Recharge $10 - 500MB. $20 - 1GB, $40 - 2.5GB||$2/MB|
|Telstra 3G||30 days||Telstra Next G Coverage||Buy Boost|
|$35 Plan||1250 mins + 2200 TXT+ unlimited to Aldi||2GB||5c/MB|
|Telstra 3G||30 days||Part of Telstra 3G Network||Buy Aldi|
|My Prepaid Daily $2||Unlimited CallsTXT/MMS||500MB per day||p/KB||Optus 3G/4G||186 days||Check Coverage||Buy Optus|
|$189 Maxi||$3000 Credit + unlimited Comobile calls/TXT + unlimited calls 7pm – 7am||3GB||p/MB||Telstra 3G||180 days||Telstra 3G Check Coverage||Buy Comobile|
What difference do the data increments make to your ability to your data allowance?
Whether your prepaid mobile plan is using per MB or per KB data increments is important, but what is more important is how your phone performs when using the internet to surf, stream and view content. Data increments refer to the data rounding that your telecommunications provider will use to determine how much of your data allowance you have used. Having a lower data increment eg per KB guarantees is best and means you will be able to enjoy as much of your data allowance as possible. Having per MB increments is not the best but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting ripped off.
Data rounding has everything to do with the opening and closing of your data session. When you begin using the internet you open a new data session (smart phones actively updating applications will have longer sessions, ie breaking less frequently), this session should stay active until it is closed or something closes it. This is more likely your phone or it can also be the network you are using, ie you enter a bad coverage spot and your session is terminated. When your session is terminated, your telco provider will round your session based on the increments that it is using. So should you have used 500KB in that session and your increments are 1MB, then your allowance will be deducted a full 1MB.
Just for clarity, clicking the internet icon on the phone, surfing the web and then closing your phone does not necessarily mean that you have just started and ended a session. Your session should in most cases actually stay open even when you aren’t using your phone for the internet. Unfortunately being able to see how many actual session you have used in not possible.
What differentiates a prepaid mobile plan from a contract plan?
The key differences include:
- In order to use your prepaid mobile plan you need to purchase recharge credit. Your recharge credit will include, calls, TXT and data and come with a set expiry period. This period is usually 30 days and can increase to 90 and even 365 days. If you haven’t used your credit up to this point, you will likely lose it.
- If and when your recharge credit runs out either from being used up or being forfeited, you need to purchase additional recharge credit in order to be able to make calls, TXT and surf the web again.
- Prepaid means no contract, so after your prepaid recharge has expired, you can switch to another prepaid or contract provider with no penalties.