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||Expiry||Data Allowance||Increment||Extras||Speed||Network||Buy Now|
|Social Max $39.90||30 days||4GB||p/MB||5c/MB||Vodafone 3G||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy Hello|
|Virgin Prepaid Caps||28 days||Prepaid Caps|
$29 - $99 = 1GB
|Optus 3G/4G||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Virgin Mobile|
|Dodo Prepaid Magic Sim||30 days||PAYG - 5c/MB||p/1MB||5c/MB||Optus 3G||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Dodo
|My Prepaid Daily $1||186 days||40MB per day||p/1KB||Unlimited TXT/MMS|
|Optus 3G/4G||Check Coverage||Buy Optus|
|$30 Prepaid Cap||28 days||1GB + 250MB bonus||p/KB||$2/MB|
|Vodafone 3G/4G||Check Coverage||Buy Vodafone|
|Telstra Browse Pack||30 days||BROWSE PLUS PACKS|
$5 – 30MB, $10 – 200MB, $20 – 700MB, $39 – 1GB, $49 -3GB, $59 – 4GB (all 30 days)
|Telstra 3G/4G||Check Coverage||Buy Telstra|
|Simplicity||30 - 180 days||PAYG - 10c/MB||p/1MB||10c/MB|
|Telstra 3G/4G||Buy Telstra|
|Freedom $30||28 days||Rech: $30 = $250 credit + 800MB, $40 = $550 credit + 1.2GB, $50 = $1000 credit + 1.6GB.||p/1KB||$2/MB|
|Telstra 3G/4G||Buy Telstra|
|UNLTD $40||30 days||Recharge $10 - 500MB. $20 - 1GB, $40 - 2.5GB||p/1MB||$2/MB|
|Telstra 3G||Telstra Next G Coverage||Buy Boost|
|Prepaid - $39||30 days||5GB||p/KB||5c/MB||Optus 3G/4G||Optus 4G Coverage||Buy Yatango|
As You Go
|90 days||PAYG - 5c/MB|
1GB pack - $9.90
|Optus 3G||Optus Check Coverage||Buy Amaysim|
|Amaysim Unlimited $44.90||30 days||5GB||p/1MB||5c/MB|
|Optus 3G||Buy Amaysim|
|Lebara Mega Plan $39.90||30 days||4GB||p/1MB||15c/MB|
|Vodafone 3G||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy Lebara|
|gotalk $30 Recharge||90 days||1GB||p/1MB||5c/MB|
|Vodafone 3G||Vodafone Check Coverage||Buy gotalk Mobile|
|$35 Plan||30 days||2GB||p/1MB||Tethering; Yes||Telstra 3G||Part of Telstra 3G Network||Buy Aldi|
|Flexi 50 Data Prepaid $50||No expiry||p/1MB||2c/MB||Vodafone 3G||Vodafone||Buy e-tel|
|Shark $50||30 days||1.25GB||p/MB||2c/MB||Vodafone 3G||Vodafone||Buy Global Gossip|
|Super Saver $29.90||30 days||4GB||p/MB||15c/MB||Telstra 3G||Telstra||Buy Lycamobile|
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.