It might not be the first thing you think about when you make or receive a mobile call, but there’s a lot of technology that goes to work for you every time you do. Setting up a mobile phone network is no small task – hundreds of towers and cells, computers and equipment to connect it all together, it’s all hugely expensive. And on top of that, a company building a mobile network needs to work out the best places to put their stuff to give customers the best possible coverage.
Australia’s a huge country that’s almost impossible to completely cover with a single mobile network – and fortunately for us, there’s three separate networks at work keeping everyone connected. The two biggest of those are owned by Telstra and Optus, and most third-party mobile providers use one of those.
The Southern Phone Mobile Difference
Southern Phone, though, is a little different. A communications company that grew from a need to bring decent mobile and broadband coverage to regional communities, it’s long had the concept of quality access to mobile services as a key objective. To achieve that, Southern Phone offers something almost unique in the Australian mobile phone space. While most companies pick a network to align with and sell connections on that network alone, Southern Phone knows that a single network won’t cut it when wider coverage around the country is needed. So they have mobile plans available in two flavours – Orange and Green. The Orange plans operate on the Telstra 4G network, while the Green plans use Optus’s 4G Plus network.
Picking a Flavour
With access to a pair of completely separate networks on offer, it’s no surprise that pricing and plan inclusions differ wildly between the two network providers, with Telstra generally the more expansive option. There’s a good reason for that, though, and it stems from the fact that Telstra’s 4G network is regarded as the fastest and most reliable in Australia, as well as providing the most extensive coverage in remote locations. There are whole stretches of highway where the only coverage you’ll find is from Telstra, for example.
That’s not to say Optus’s network is a bad deal, though. They’ve spent substantial cash of keeping their network upgraded (they had 4G before Telstra, in fact) and expanding it. And while they do have coverage right across Australia, Optus’s strength is in their extensive coverage in the big population centres – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and elsewhere along the coast.
That can mean that choosing your plan with Southern Phone can give you a new level of control – you’re not just choosing the price point that suits you, but also getting a choice between the best network for your needs. If it’s the widest possible coverage you want, the Orange plans with Telstra are going to be the way to go. But if you’re keen to save some money and are spending most of your time around the inner city and suburbs, the Green plans via Optus might turn out to be perfect.
The best bit? None of Southern Phone’s mobile plans are on a contract, so you can grab a SIM and road test either Orange or Green plans for yourself – then switch to the other if you find that you need to, with no penalty.
Comparing Mobile Plans
So how is the value with these plans? Let’s take a look at both Orange and Green plans and compare what you get for your monthly money. For the sake of comparison, let’s say you’re aiming to spend about $30 per month for your mobile plan, and want to compare the Orange and Green offerings around that price point before you decide on which network you want.
On the Orange plans via Telstra’s network, you can get the Orange 30 plan for (not surprisingly) $30 per month. This gives you unlimited calls and texts within Australia and 5GB of data for your money, and on the Telstra network, that’s incredibly good value. 5GB should be plenty of data for most people, but if you want more (and Telstra’s data network is very fast) then $45 will get you a hefty 15GB.
On the Optus-powered Green plans, meanwhile, you can get 10GB of data for $35 per month with unlimited talk and text – but there’s another option available. While the Orange plans are month-to-month only, if you’re willing to agree to a 12-month contract, you can have a Green plan with 7GB for only $22, or a massive 18GB for $35.
It’s all about the options with Southern Phone, and that’s something we’re really liking about the way their plans are structured. It’s great to be able to pick a price point and see several different choices you can make to suit your personal needs best.
Southern Phone Mobile Plans
- No Lock-in Contract
- Unlimited Calls & Text
- 2.5GB Data
- Sim Only Plan
- Optus 4G network
- BYO Handset
Last audited 11 May 2020
What About Phones?
If you would rather grab a new phone handset with your plan, Southern Phone can handle that as well – whether it’s the latest Samsung Galaxy S9, or the simple Nokia 3310 which acts as a phone and nothing else. You can buy the phones outright or, if you’d prefer, pay for them as a small extra cost on your plan (which of course means going on a contract).
Pick Your Plan
You can check out the full range of Southern Phone’s mobile plans on our easy to use interactive comparison page, where you can narrow down to exactly what you’re after in terms of price, data and network. Across the board, these plans offer superb value, with a company that’s renowned for its customer service (entirely based in regional Australia) and your choice between the two biggest mobile networks in the country. That means that whether you’re a city dweller or living out in the most remote town you could find, Southern Phone’s got you covered with a plan and a network that will work for you – without breaking the bank.