In an evolving world of ever-cheaper mobile plans, where prices have gotten so low they’re almost giving it away in some cases, there’s some pretty tight profit margins at play. But as someone who works to help power the machinery of Australia’s government — or someone who’s served the country in the military — surely there’s some benefits to be had when shopping for a mobile plan.
Unfortunately, it’s those razor-thin margins that put paid to that idea, no matter how much we’d all like to see those that help run the country — and those that serve to protect it — get a better deal on their phone plans. Telco giant Telstra does offer discounts to veterans who hold the DVA card — but that only applies to a home phone line.
Government Employees and Veterans
That might sound incredibly stingy of the various mobile providers — until you see the prices they’re asking these days, that is. Because even without a discount, you’ll be paying so little for your mobile plan you’ll think back to that expensive old home phone and wonder how people ever justified spending so much for the thing.But what plan should you look for? Well, as a government employee you’ll likely be living a very connected life — emails, website research, booking meals, taxis, flights and more. Even if you have a government-issued phone at your disposal, you’ll want to keep the personal stuff to your own device, and so what you’re after is a smartphone with a plan that gives you a decent data allowance without breaking the bank. A “daily driver”, as some call it.
As a military veteran, on the other hand, you’re possibly retired, possibly doing some work from home, and while you use the internet a fair bit, you don’t really need to worry about it too much on your phone — but then, it’s incredibly useful for when you’re catching public transport, doing some quick online banking, or checking maps when you’re travelling around. A smartphone’s probably what you need as well, but perhaps one that’s geared more towards calls than a super-fast internet experience.
Chances are you already have a smartphone of some kind handy — but if not, there’s a huge range of them to pick from, at prices ranging from under $100 to close to $2000. That’s the cost of buying a phone outright, of course — something you don’t need to do if you opt to buy or lease a phone on a 24-month plan.
The option to lease is a fairly new one in Australia, and basically means you get a brand new phone and pay less per month than the “buy” plans cost — but you don’t own the phone at the end of your contract. Instead, you have to buy it at a price the provider sets — or trade it in for a new model for a nominal fee and start a new contract. Leasing is for those who upgrade their phone every year to the latest model.
Buying is the better option by far — whether that’s on contract, or outright.
So with all that in mind, let’s look at five of the best mobile deals around at the moment — both with and without a phone. If you’ve got your own phone at hand you’re in the best position to save big money, but if you don’t have a smartphone handy, you can get a high quality one surprisingly cheap — as long as you don’t chase the latest and greatest model!
#1 – Telstra $60 Mobile Plan
Going with Telstra comes with a few key advantages — not least their stellar network, which operates at full 4GX speed with the right phone. What that means is flawless internet service no matter where you are, and crystal-clear calls with coverage across Australia, unrivalled by any other provider. Telstra’s $60 phone plan gives you 60GB total data — plenty for streaming and daily use with no excess data charges — and unlimited talk and text across Australia. The value comes from pairing this plan with any of the latest devices (or even the old yet highly capable ones) with no lock-in contract. With Telstra’s new postpaid plans, you can add a new phone to any of the telco’s month-to-month plans, which you can pay off over 24 or 36 months.
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#2 – Southern Phone Motorola Moto C
A nicely capable low-end smartphone from Motorola, the Moto C can be had on a two year contract with Southern Phone mobile for $7/month on top of any of their plans, with the Green 11 plan being a great choice — you get the plan with its unlimited calls and texts on the Optus network, along with 1GB of data, for a total of only $18/month. Alternatively, you can buy the phone outright for $149, which is way cheaper than paying for it on the plan. This is an ideal solution for those wanting unlimited calls but with the ability to use basic internet when needed.
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#3 – Belong Medium Plan
While Belong doesn’t offer any phone plans, their SIM-only plans pack great value. So if you’re already happy with your current device, Belong’s plans can satisfy your mobile needs. With all options offering unlimited standard national calls and texts, the middle plan appears to be just enough for employees with its 10GB data allowance at $25/month. You can add another $5 per month if you need unlimited international calls and SMS. Or, upgrade to the Large plan for a bigger 30GB data and included international calls and texts to 33 countries for $40/month.
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#4 – OVO 10GB Plan
OVO is a great contender if you’re looking for affordable plans that are generous with data allowances. For only $19.95/30 days, you’ll get 10GB data plus unlimited calls and text on Optus’ 4G Plus network. Need higher than that? Thanks to the telco’s double your data campaign, you can enjoy 30GB of data allowance for only $29.95 per month. You can also take advantage of their data-free streaming of sports and music with the ever-handy OVOPlay.
#5 – Moose 10GB Plan
Still looking for more data? If you need a plan that gives you more room to enjoy streaming through your mobile phone, then we highly recommend checking out Moose’s $24.80/month plan that already gives you 10GB data plus unlimited calls and texts on Optus’ 4G Plus network. With Moose Mobile’s monthly plans, you’ll also have the flexibility to change it up depending on your needs and budget.
While the lack of mobile discounts for government employees and veterans might seem a little stingy, the reality is that prices are so incredibly low and fiercely competitive in the mobile world right now that you’ll find yourself paying a lot less than you’d think, regardless of whether you’re looking for a new phone or just a SIM for your current one. Use these deals as a jumping-off point and explore these providers’ other offers. We’re pretty sure you’ll find something that fits your needs perfectly.