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« Reply #100 on: February 06, 2017, 02:20:36 AM »
There's heaps of interesting decent phones in the prepaid market. Maybe it's not worth going for the $1000 superphone if a $200 smartphone (or even a <$100 prepaid burner) will do the trick.

Fancy sharing links / model details for decent smartphones sub $500?

You may not like the phone I have... it's a white Samsung J1. They say it's a good smartphone for kids. I think that's crap. Kids would love a souped up phone with all the bells and whistles. It's the luddites like me that need the starter phones.

This one was $179 at Officeworks online store last year. I was umming and ahhing whether to get it for $139 from Kogan, but I didn't really trust the big fella who runs that site :)

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« Reply #101 on: February 06, 2017, 04:04:24 AM »
There's heaps of interesting decent phones in the prepaid market. Maybe it's not worth going for the $1000 superphone if a $200 smartphone (or even a <$100 prepaid burner) will do the trick.

Fancy sharing links / model details for decent smartphones sub $500?

The Moto G4 Plus seems like really good value for about $350. It's available at many of the major B&M retailers too.

Sometimes previous-generation Android flagships are heavily discounted as well.

Devices like the Motorola G4 Play, Sony Xperia XA, and some of the Huawei and Oppo handsets seem pretty good value too.

If you're happy to go with locked handsets (with major carriers), the abovementioned Sony is available on Vodafone prepaid (locked to Vodafone obvs) for $199, which is a hell of a deal. Optus sell a phone under their own brand called the Optus X Sleek (a rebranded Alcatel Shine Lite) for $179 (although it used to be $149). They also sell an Oppo F1S for $259.

Telstra sell a few devices at that price point (such as a Samsung Galaxy J3 or the HTC Desire 530. I don't think those devices are quite as good value for money as the Optus/Vodafone offerings, but might work OK for someone on the big T.

It's probably worth googling the model name and reviews (or problems) to see what others think of the devices first :)
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« Reply #102 on: February 06, 2017, 04:19:42 AM »
There's heaps of interesting decent phones in the prepaid market. Maybe it's not worth going for the $1000 superphone if a $200 smartphone (or even a <$100 prepaid burner) will do the trick.

Fancy sharing links / model details for decent smartphones sub $500?

You may not like the phone I have... it's a white Samsung J1. They say it's a good smartphone for kids. I think that's crap. Kids would love a souped up phone with all the bells and whistles. It's the luddites like me that need the starter phones.

This one was $179 at Officeworks online store last year. I was umming and ahhing whether to get it for $139 from Kogan, but I didn't really trust the big fella who runs that site :)

I bought a Huawei Y6 Elite from Coles for $99 a few months back. It's not a bad phone (in fact I'm surprised what you get for the money), but in hindsight, I probably would have been better suited by going up to the $150-200 pricepoint at least (8GB of internal storage is a bit limiting, but manageable, and the camera is passable rather than good). It's still incredible value (with very good battery life), and there's heaps of $100 or less prepaid phones at the supermarket which would be fine for basic uses. If the Optus X Sleek had been available then, I'd have bought one of those instead.

I can't comment on Kogan, have never bought anything from them :)

Still, it's amazing the value available in cheap smartphones. A top end Samsung or iPhone is $1000+, the Moto G4 Plus is $350. Sure, the S7 or iPhone 7/7+ would be a better phone, but three times as good? Honestly a 1440p display is a waste on a smartphone, my cheap Huawei has a 5" 720p screen and that's perfectly ample (I find that to be a comfortable phone size, but I have large hands).

I don't know if it makes a difference, but the Allphones retailer has gone into administration.

(On topic, I am on the amaysim $24.90 plan... auto recharge on credit card every 28 days. 1.5GB data).

I didn't hear about that one actually.

I found Amaysim to be really good. Credit card auto-recharge is fantastic. Vodafone no longer offer it on prepaid (obviously they want to nudge people onto the post-paid plans).

Prepaid is freedom! :)
« Last Edit: February 06, 2017, 04:25:38 AM by alsoknownasDean »

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« Reply #103 on: February 06, 2017, 07:49:40 PM »
FWIW, we've had a bad experience with a refurbed iphone bought from Kogan, and I know a few others who've had similar crap experiences. I wouldn't buy from them again, let me put it like that.

Marty, I too am on the $24.90 amaysim plan and I love them! I can't believe how easy it is to log on and change details when I need to, and I get more than I need for that price.

You may not like the phone I have... it's a white Samsung J1. They say it's a good smartphone for kids. I think that's crap. Kids would love a souped up phone with all the bells and whistles. It's the luddites like me that need the starter phones.

This one was $179 at Officeworks online store last year. I was umming and ahhing whether to get it for $139 from Kogan, but I didn't really trust the big fella who runs that site :)

I was looking at the J3 online last night, presumably that's similar to the J1 but upgraded. What do you use your phone for - do you browse the forum? Check FB? That kind of thing? I use my phone a LOT, but only for fairly basic functions - internet, basic apps, happy snaps, calls and texts.

I'm tempted to stick with a Samsung as I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (I think I've got that right...) now and it's easy to just stick with the same kind of phone.

The Moto G4 Plus seems like really good value for about $350. It's available at many of the major B&M retailers too.

Sometimes previous-generation Android flagships are heavily discounted as well.

Devices like the Motorola G4 Play, Sony Xperia XA, and some of the Huawei and Oppo handsets seem pretty good value too.

If you're happy to go with locked handsets (with major carriers), the abovementioned Sony is available on Vodafone prepaid (locked to Vodafone obvs) for $199, which is a hell of a deal. Optus sell a phone under their own brand called the Optus X Sleek (a rebranded Alcatel Shine Lite) for $179 (although it used to be $149). They also sell an Oppo F1S for $259.

Telstra sell a few devices at that price point (such as a Samsung Galaxy J3 or the HTC Desire 530. I don't think those devices are quite as good value for money as the Optus/Vodafone offerings, but might work OK for someone on the big T.

It's probably worth googling the model name and reviews (or problems) to see what others think of the devices first :)

Thanks! I'll look into the Moto G4 Plus, and into Telstra's price (and prepaid offers) for the Samsung Galaxy J3.

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« Reply #104 on: February 06, 2017, 10:11:11 PM »
I will have to look into aldi coverage to see if it would cover me at work or if they don't get the full telstra coverage. I have been told in the past that only telstra works, and when I look on their map it appears we are not covered. But if they use the telstra network then logically we should be.

I dont currently have a contract on my phone and pay about $50 a month for 5GB of data and unlimited calls/sms within Australia, and no international calls so I would love to be able to move over to aldi to save some money

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« Reply #105 on: February 06, 2017, 11:33:19 PM »
FWIW, we've had a bad experience with a refurbed iphone bought from Kogan, and I know a few others who've had similar crap experiences. I wouldn't buy from them again, let me put it like that.

Marty, I too am on the $24.90 amaysim plan and I love them! I can't believe how easy it is to log on and change details when I need to, and I get more than I need for that price.

You may not like the phone I have... it's a white Samsung J1. They say it's a good smartphone for kids. I think that's crap. Kids would love a souped up phone with all the bells and whistles. It's the luddites like me that need the starter phones.

This one was $179 at Officeworks online store last year. I was umming and ahhing whether to get it for $139 from Kogan, but I didn't really trust the big fella who runs that site :)

I was looking at the J3 online last night, presumably that's similar to the J1 but upgraded. What do you use your phone for - do you browse the forum? Check FB? That kind of thing? I use my phone a LOT, but only for fairly basic functions - internet, basic apps, happy snaps, calls and texts.

I'm tempted to stick with a Samsung as I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (I think I've got that right...) now and it's easy to just stick with the same kind of phone.

Forum I use a laptop for, except for uploading pics which the phone is easier - I am useless at transferring things between devices, phone laptop, gmail whatever. Forum looks really weird on my phone, some lines really big, some text really small. Quite difficult to read and use.

Not a big consumer of music or videos. Otherwise I use it for the same reasons as you - lots of calls, text, messenger, FB, basic internet (mostly OKC, POF and tinder, not that any of it has worked!)

Actually if you take out the dating nonsense apps I'd probably be at about 400MB for the month or less.

The J1 only has 4GB of memory, and half of that is taken up by the Operating System. I am grateful (as always) to mustachepungoeshere who gave me a gigantic in space yet tiny in size SD card (and then explained to me patiently what it does).

It boggles the mind that if 64GB of memory can fit on something as tiny as an SD card, that it can't be built into the phone to begin with.

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« Reply #106 on: February 07, 2017, 04:13:12 AM »
I will have to look into aldi coverage to see if it would cover me at work or if they don't get the full telstra coverage. I have been told in the past that only telstra works, and when I look on their map it appears we are not covered. But if they use the telstra network then logically we should be.

I dont currently have a contract on my phone and pay about $50 a month for 5GB of data and unlimited calls/sms within Australia, and no international calls so I would love to be able to move over to aldi to save some money

If Aldi doesn't cover your workplace, maybe have a look at Boost. Even Telstra's own prepaid isn't bad (but a bit light on data compared to the others). Telstra offer an Mx plan from time to time for $40 with online-only support.

FWIW, we've had a bad experience with a refurbed iphone bought from Kogan, and I know a few others who've had similar crap experiences. I wouldn't buy from them again, let me put it like that.

Marty, I too am on the $24.90 amaysim plan and I love them! I can't believe how easy it is to log on and change details when I need to, and I get more than I need for that price.

You may not like the phone I have... it's a white Samsung J1. They say it's a good smartphone for kids. I think that's crap. Kids would love a souped up phone with all the bells and whistles. It's the luddites like me that need the starter phones.

This one was $179 at Officeworks online store last year. I was umming and ahhing whether to get it for $139 from Kogan, but I didn't really trust the big fella who runs that site :)

I was looking at the J3 online last night, presumably that's similar to the J1 but upgraded. What do you use your phone for - do you browse the forum? Check FB? That kind of thing? I use my phone a LOT, but only for fairly basic functions - internet, basic apps, happy snaps, calls and texts.

I'm tempted to stick with a Samsung as I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (I think I've got that right...) now and it's easy to just stick with the same kind of phone.

Forum I use a laptop for, except for uploading pics which the phone is easier - I am useless at transferring things between devices, phone laptop, gmail whatever. Forum looks really weird on my phone, some lines really big, some text really small. Quite difficult to read and use.

Not a big consumer of music or videos. Otherwise I use it for the same reasons as you - lots of calls, text, messenger, FB, basic internet (mostly OKC, POF and tinder, not that any of it has worked!)

Actually if you take out the dating nonsense apps I'd probably be at about 400MB for the month or less.

The J1 only has 4GB of memory, and half of that is taken up by the Operating System. I am grateful (as always) to mustachepungoeshere who gave me a gigantic in space yet tiny in size SD card (and then explained to me patiently what it does).

It boggles the mind that if 64GB of memory can fit on something as tiny as an SD card, that it can't be built into the phone to begin with.

Yeah the forum formats weirdly on a phone (unless you go full minimalist and use the WAP forum). Easiest way around that is to install Tapatalk and use that to access the forum :)

How do you go running those apps with so little storage? Are you able to put most apps onto the SD card?

Facebook was using so much space on the phone I recently deleted it and use an app called Friendly to access it (although really I should look into giving Facebook the flick).

With the SD card storage space, I suspect that SD card chips are smaller and slower than those built into the phones, but I could be wrong there. Of course the carriers want to give you a reason to go for a higher end device as well. :)

Yeah the Samsung J3 is a little light on RAM for the money (only 1.5GB), but if that doesn't bother you, it might be OK. Hedonic adaptation works both ways, after all.
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« Reply #107 on: February 07, 2017, 04:33:18 AM »
https://www.crn.com.au/news/telstra-named-the-most-complained-about-telco-449801

Back (sort of) on topic. Amaysim has consistently rated well in this regard, although I wonder how much of that is due to simply not offering services that the big telcos offer (landlines, fixed internet, contract devices, etc).

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« Reply #108 on: February 09, 2017, 07:00:49 AM »
Looking at alternatives. Does anyone use Aldi? How is your experience? - signal reliability, customer service (if relevant), anything else.

[I use phone, text, data. I live in a metro area, country coverage is nice but not essential.]

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« Reply #109 on: February 20, 2017, 04:16:48 AM »
With prepaid, you can simply buy a cheap SIM and give it a go, or just port in and try it out for a month. If it doesn't work for you, port to another carrier.

No contracts, just freedom :)

I've not tried it, but Aldi metro coverage should be similar to Telstra proper (except limited to 100mbps). Obviously you're not going to get in-store support with an MVNO.
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« Reply #110 on: April 13, 2017, 08:21:21 PM »
This might set the cat amongst the pigeons a little.

https://www.crn.com.au/news/tpg-takes-on-telstra-optus-vodafone-as-australias-fourth-mobile-network-operator-with-126b-spectrum-acquisition-458101

TPG itself is currently a Vodafone MVNO, and they own iiNet and Internode and a number of other ISPs with their own MVNO offerings. They'll all likely get switched to the new TPG network once completed.

Although if they're planning on only 80% pop coverage, they'll need some roaming arrangements (likely with VHA) to have a competitive level of coverage. Otherwise, why go with TPG?

I guess the other thing is, is there room in the Aussie market for a fourth MNO? We used to have Three and it didn't survive long-term (merging with Vodafone).
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« Reply #111 on: April 25, 2017, 01:33:10 AM »
Looking at alternatives. Does anyone use Aldi? How is your experience? - signal reliability, customer service (if relevant), anything else.

[I use phone, text, data. I live in a metro area, country coverage is nice but not essential.]

I've been with Aldi for a couple of years now, I'm a light phone user so I only need the $15/month plan. I've found them to be excellent, no dropouts, coverage everywhere I've been so far. As for customer service I'm not sure - never had to use it. I have found sometimes that trying to do stuff on the website, like set up auto recharge, was difficult to figure out, but otherwise no complaints, just awesome cheap coverage.

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« Reply #112 on: April 25, 2017, 01:52:16 AM »
With prepaid, you can simply buy a cheap SIM and give it a go, or just port in and try it out for a month. If it doesn't work for you, port to another carrier.

No contracts, just freedom :)

I've not tried it, but Aldi metro coverage should be similar to Telstra proper (except limited to 100mbps). Obviously you're not going to get in-store support with an MVNO.

I will try an Aldi sim once my contract with telstra runs out at the end of the year, if it works in regional areas I will make the switch. I have a feeling it wont work though

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« Reply #113 on: April 25, 2017, 06:00:27 AM »
With prepaid, you can simply buy a cheap SIM and give it a go, or just port in and try it out for a month. If it doesn't work for you, port to another carrier.

No contracts, just freedom :)

I've not tried it, but Aldi metro coverage should be similar to Telstra proper (except limited to 100mbps). Obviously you're not going to get in-store support with an MVNO.

I will try an Aldi sim once my contract with telstra runs out at the end of the year, if it works in regional areas I will make the switch. I have a feeling it wont work though

The coverage map for Telstra's wholesale service (ie: Aldi) is here:

http://mobilemaps.net.au/maps/mcm/4G.html

Have a look to see if it works for you :)

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« Reply #114 on: April 25, 2017, 04:01:58 PM »
With prepaid, you can simply buy a cheap SIM and give it a go, or just port in and try it out for a month. If it doesn't work for you, port to another carrier.

No contracts, just freedom :)

I've not tried it, but Aldi metro coverage should be similar to Telstra proper (except limited to 100mbps). Obviously you're not going to get in-store support with an MVNO.

I will try an Aldi sim once my contract with telstra runs out at the end of the year, if it works in regional areas I will make the switch. I have a feeling it wont work though

The coverage map for Telstra's wholesale service (ie: Aldi) is here:

http://mobilemaps.net.au/maps/mcm/4G.html

Have a look to see if it works for you :)

thanks for that map, I am still kinda unsure though as I work across a few mine sites that arent  marked on the map but it kinda looks like there is coverage. So will have to give it a try

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« Reply #115 on: May 20, 2017, 11:43:12 PM »
Hi Dean and everyone -

I know this is not a mobile plan question, but I'm too scared to start a new thread in case some of the heavyweights come in and facepunch me for even mentioning an iPhone... ;)

I'd like to purchase a new phone due to problems with battery and processor speeds on both my personal and business phones. I'm using an iPhone 4S for personal use and a very old Samsung GT-I9100 (Galaxy S II? Don't know how old) for business. The processor speed is the big thing.

They are both struggling but at the moment I will just upgrade the business phone. Things I will use it for - texting, calling, Google Maps and photos, and I'll put the work email on it once I upgrade. It would be great if the phone could open maps quickly and if the camera was a great deal better than the my iPhone (8MP, terrible in low light). At the moment I use my personal iPhone to take and send pics, for maps and email because... er... I don't really know my way around an Android phone and never learnt.

I very much like the iPhone (was looking at an SE) but I'm not loyal, I just never learnt 'Android'. I don't really care about size of screen and pixels anything is better than the 4S. Likewise storage is not an issue as I take maybe 10-20 pictures a day and can download them almost daily. I can go as low as 16GB. My budget is $500 max but the lower the better, because.. mustache. Both previous phones were free hand-me-downs :)
 

Some questions:

- What should I be looking for when comparing processor speed?   
I'm looking at specs but I don't know what they mean in real life. My iPhone 4s apparently has 800mHz and 0.5GB RAM. What kind of speed would I want to open the current versions of Google maps without waiting waiting waiting? Is it better to just get the fastest processor I can afford for longevity?

- Has anyone ever compared camera function between the iPhone SE, Motorola (G5?), Huawei and some reasonably priced Samsung?
Megapixels are not the only factor but I don't know what to look for (if there is anything) within the specs to help me compare. I did find something online saying the Google Pixel is a great camera phone but the ones I found online were $900+.  Don't want a fancy camera function THAT much.

- Might be a dumb question but  - is it as easy to set up email and stuff on an Android as it is an iPhone?
Once I've learnt, I'm no longer stuck with upgrading to exxy iPhones for eternity.

Cheers people.

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« Reply #116 on: May 31, 2017, 07:05:30 AM »
Hi Dean and everyone -

I know this is not a mobile plan question, but I'm too scared to start a new thread in case some of the heavyweights come in and facepunch me for even mentioning an iPhone... ;)

I'd like to purchase a new phone due to problems with battery and processor speeds on both my personal and business phones. I'm using an iPhone 4S for personal use and a very old Samsung GT-I9100 (Galaxy S II? Don't know how old) for business. The processor speed is the big thing.

They are both struggling but at the moment I will just upgrade the business phone. Things I will use it for - texting, calling, Google Maps and photos, and I'll put the work email on it once I upgrade. It would be great if the phone could open maps quickly and if the camera was a great deal better than the my iPhone (8MP, terrible in low light). At the moment I use my personal iPhone to take and send pics, for maps and email because... er... I don't really know my way around an Android phone and never learnt.

I very much like the iPhone (was looking at an SE) but I'm not loyal, I just never learnt 'Android'. I don't really care about size of screen and pixels anything is better than the 4S. Likewise storage is not an issue as I take maybe 10-20 pictures a day and can download them almost daily. I can go as low as 16GB. My budget is $500 max but the lower the better, because.. mustache. Both previous phones were free hand-me-downs :)
 

Some questions:

- What should I be looking for when comparing processor speed?   
I'm looking at specs but I don't know what they mean in real life. My iPhone 4s apparently has 800mHz and 0.5GB RAM. What kind of speed would I want to open the current versions of Google maps without waiting waiting waiting? Is it better to just get the fastest processor I can afford for longevity?

- Has anyone ever compared camera function between the iPhone SE, Motorola (G5?), Huawei and some reasonably priced Samsung?
Megapixels are not the only factor but I don't know what to look for (if there is anything) within the specs to help me compare. I did find something online saying the Google Pixel is a great camera phone but the ones I found online were $900+.  Don't want a fancy camera function THAT much.

- Might be a dumb question but  - is it as easy to set up email and stuff on an Android as it is an iPhone?
Once I've learnt, I'm no longer stuck with upgrading to exxy iPhones for eternity.

Cheers people.

Sorry about the late reply.

Firstly, if you want to stick with iPhones and are happy with Telstra, Telstra are selling a prepaid iPhone SE (presumably locked) for $449 on their website. I believe they often do a 10% off sale on Tuesdays?

In many cases it depends on what screen size you are after. I'm lusting after a Moto G5 Plus, but they're about $400 ($450 for the 32GB version from Motorola directly), which uses a 5.2" screen.

As far as horsepower goes, RAM probably matters than processor speed (don't bother with less than 2GB of RAM unless you're after a sub-$100 device). I'm also going to suggest that the super high resolution screens (1440p and the like) aren't worth it for most of us. Better to get 1080p or even 720p, battery life will be better and it should be a bit more responsive if the GPU doesn't have to work as hard.

With the cameras, maybe google the model you're after and review (like 'Moto G5 Plus review') and see what others say. It's one of those subjective things I guess. The list I put in February is probably a good start (although it'll be the G5 instead of the G4), and some of the outright handsets at JB Hifi/TGG/HN/OW/etc are worth a second look. Ultimately, the cameras are one of the things that the manufacturers try and save a bit of coin on with their lower-end handsets, but most should be OK. Maybe have a look at some reviews.

Of course, I'm guilty of a bit of TDES just like everyone else :)

But yeah, if it's just texting, calling, Google Maps and photos, almost any smartphone should do OK, but the higher end ones will have a nicer camera and display.

The Gmail app seems easy enough (and you can add multiple email accounts). Maybe not quite as straightforward as mail on iOS, but I'm used to it now :)

EDIT: Found this link that might be worth a peek:

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2017/02/the-best-smartphones-under-500/

:)
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« Reply #117 on: May 31, 2017, 08:44:33 AM »
Back on topic, data quotas on plans (especially with Optus and Vodafone) are getting cranked up. Currently Vodafone are offering unlimited calls/SMS and 18GB for $45 a month (and 22GB for $55) on a SIM-only 12 month contract, and Optus are offering 12GB for $40, again on a SIM-only 12 month contract.

It's almost at the point where I'd bump my phone plan up and ditch my ADSL. Almost.

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« Reply #118 on: August 05, 2017, 05:47:36 AM »
I've been wondering a bit lately. With the price war going on, who else thinks we might see some MVNO consolidation down the track, or is this even a deliberate move by the bigger carriers to eliminate competition long-term?

After all, Jeenee now offers a plan with unlimited calls and text messages, along with 500MB of data (and more if signing up for a long period of time) for $9.90 a month. I wonder how they'd make any money on it? Several carriers have SIM-only plans with 10GB or more of data for $35-40 a month. The big carriers too are offering plans with big data quotas.

https://www.jeenee.org.au/products/sim-packs/
https://moosemobile.com.au

I guess I'm wondering if this is sustainable. If the big three carriers are offering SIM-only plans with 10GB+ of data for $40-50 a month (and 3GB or so for $30 in the case or Optus/VF), then even if wholesale prices to MVNOs are reasonable, the MVNOs invariably have to match or beat this to get any business. They can (and do) offer compelling plans for lower prices, but obviously ARPU is lower and scale matters much more to be competitive. Chances are we'll see some consolidation to build that scale (Amaysim bought Vaya about 18 months ago, for example).

We can see the consolidation with fixed line how iiNet bought a lot of carriers, TPG then bought iiNet and the vast majority of fixed-line internet connections effectively go through providers owned by one of four big companies.

Another factor is the purchase of mobile spectrum by TPG and their plans to build a fourth network. How will that impact on margins when TPG try aggressively to poach customers (and as they're currently owning a few MVNO outfits themselves, whether they're transitioned over)?

I'm wondering about my own usage as well. I use about 2-3GB per month on average, and I feel that $30 or so per month is a fair price for that service. For that, I can get Vodafone with their international roaming offer (although that's mostly for postpaid), Optus and Virgin with their unmetered music streaming (net neutrality concerns aside), Amaysim for unlimited calls to a number of countries (and Lebara/Lyca for cheap international calls in general), or Boost for the coverage of the full Telstra network (or another ten bucks for Telstra itself). It's a pretty good choice really. FWIW, I'm on Vodafone prepaid still because I bought a phone that was locked to Voda (since unlocked), and their $40/35 day deal is pretty good (as is the 90 day MyMix), although I wish Vodafone had automatic recharge.

I could even go lower if I went with Vaya or Aldi, or purchased an annual pack with Kogan or Lebara, but at ~$30 a month (or even 28 days), going to $20-25 per month is starting to get in the realm of diminishing returns.

The big wins are by not signing up to $100+ a month contracts every year/two for the latest iPhone/Galaxy/etc (or worse, leasing a phone). The midrange handsets are pretty good nowadays and iPhones in particular should last for much longer than a two year contract.
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Re: Australian mobile plan guide!
« Reply #119 on: August 06, 2017, 06:53:55 AM »
I just noticed how many views this thread has got.

Come on, who's linking to it? :p

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« Reply #120 on: August 06, 2017, 07:16:13 PM »
I can't believe they're now leasing phones, ridiculous!


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« Reply #121 on: August 07, 2017, 06:24:54 AM »
I can't believe they're now leasing phones, ridiculous!


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It's pretty ridiculous isn't it? For the $10 a month extra to buy vs leave, I'd rather just buy the phone (or buy outright and have the freedom to chop and change carriers as suits). It's not like an iPhone dies after two years, provided it's not abused.

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« Reply #122 on: August 12, 2017, 08:32:27 PM »
I can't believe they're now leasing phones, ridiculous!


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It's pretty ridiculous isn't it? For the $10 a month extra to buy vs leave, I'd rather just buy the phone (or buy outright and have the freedom to chop and change carriers as suits). It's not like an iPhone dies after two years, provided it's not abused.
Yes, I've had my current iphone for 4 years and same for the one before. I prefer to buy them outright.

My current one is on its last legs I'm thinking of getting a cheaper mustachian phone next time around.


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Re: Australian mobile plan guide!
« Reply #123 on: August 12, 2017, 08:45:28 PM »
I just switched from Jeenee to Bendigo Bank Telco (2GB for $15 pm).  I suspect Bendigo's new plans are what made Jeenee slash it prices. All I know is Australian consumers have it good at the moment.

https://www.bendigobanktelco.com.au/sim-only-plans

And those looking for a cheap but decent phone- Try grabbing an iPhone SE from Harvey Norman or Officeworks for $399.  They're locked to Telstra but can be easily unlocked with a simple webchat on Telstra's website.
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