For many people these days, deciding what to do about your phone service is a question they’ve never had to ask before. Older people in particular, who for years have been able to count on the reliable home phone to keep in touch, are now thinking about whether a mobile phone might be something they need. A mobile phone can be a handy thing to have around for peace of mind and safety when out and about, but having to sign up for a whole separate phone service seems a bit too inconvenient.
A communications company built to serve the needs of ordinary people – and still run for the benefit of the communities it serves – Southern Phone has noticed that there’s been an increasing demand for a plan that would bring together the home phone and the mobile. While the company has already had great success with its Next Home Phone plan, up until now there haven’t been any Southern Phone seniors mobile plans on offer for those who want to stay in touch when away from the house. As always, though, Southern Phone is listening to what its customers want and need, with a handy solution now ready for those who want both a home phone and a mobile phone in their lives.
Home Plus Review
Called Home Plus, the plans bundle together the familiar home phone line (sometimes referred to as the copper line or “landline”) with a mobile phone plan, letting you get connected to both in the one bundle and save money in the process. It may seem like the simplest idea in the world, but it’s surprising how rare it is to find an easy, affordable bundle that brings these two communication essentials together.
With Home Plus, your home phone line will move over to Southern Phone – recently the winner of Home Phone Provider of the Year for the fifth year in a row, as awarded by Roy Morgan Research – and will continue to work exactly as it always has. You’ll keep the same phone number, too – indeed, nothing will change about your home phone except the cost of calls, which is a winner for those who spend a lot of time making them. All local and national calls are included – with no limit – in the monthly plan cost. That includes calls to any destination in Australia – even if you’re calling across the country. If you also make a lot of calls to mobile phones – for example, if family members have ditched the home phone and only use their mobiles – then those calls can be made unlimited as well by opting for the larger of the two Home Plus plans.
Mobile Data and Call/Text Credits
Also included in the bundle is a mobile phone service (with your choice of phone if you need one, paid off across the 24-month plan) that includes 500MB of mobile data and $500 worth of call and text message credit each month. That equals around six hours of calls each month, more than enough for general day-to-day use. The mobile service is connected to Optus’s acclaimed 4G Plus network, too, so you can be assured of great coverage wherever you go.
As you’ll see if you take a look at the Southern Phone reviews on this site, the company is well-liked for the quality and range of its services, and they’re backed by many years of experience and customer service. Be sure to make a note of the Southern Phone contact number below in case you have any questions.
How Much Does It Cost?
The best thing about Home Plus is the price – especially on the base plan, which connects you to a home phone and a mobile service including phone lines and calls and comes to only $46.95 per month – it’s known as the Home Plus Small bundle. If you also need unlimited calls to mobile phones, you can opt for the Large plan, which comes in a $76.95 per month and also includes unlimited calls to 13 numbers (often used by businesses and utilities).
If you’re not sure whether you make enough mobile and 13 calls to need the Large plan, have a think about how many of those calls you make – on the Small plan calls to mobiles are charged at 37c per minute, capped at $1.49 for 10 minutes, while calls to 13 numbers are 40c per call.
Remember, regardless of which plan you choose, all local and national calls to regular landline phones are unlimited.
And there’s no need to worry about disruption if your home phone is currently with another provider (or if you’ve never been with anyone other than Telstra) – the switch-over is easy and automatic, and your phone number will not change, so your friends and family will still be able to reach you on the same number.
Get the Best Deals from Southern Phone
Choose between the Optus plan with 7GB data for $22/mth or the Telstra plan with a generous 15GB for only $45/mth.
Any Other Services for Seniors?
If you’re looking for a Southern Phone seniors plan that just takes care of the home phone – because not everyone is out and about often enough to want or need a mobile phone – then you should take a look at the Next Home Phone plan, which is specifically aimed at keeping the home phone working as usual through the upcoming transition to the new national network, the NBN.
If you’re looking for broadband internet in addition to both a home and mobile phone service, Southern Phone makes that easy as well – as them about their Triple Bundle, which brings together broadband internet with an included modem, a mobile phone plan and a home phone plan, all together for as little as $82 per month on the NBN.
And uniquely, Southern Phone offers a service especially for seniors and their families that has been developed and tested by professional carers and aims to provide peace of mind for everyone. Based on a central messaging hub that sits in a living area and assisted by sensors placed around the home, SofiHub can help with both everyday tasks and emergencies. Whether it’s helpful reminders to take medications from its inbuilt speaker, or remote alerts for relatives or carers if something goes wrong, it’s a unique, helpful and affordable system that can greatly enhance quality of life. See our detailed SofiHub review for more information.
Getting in Touch with Southern Phone
If you’re curious about Home Plus or have any questions about the details of these bundles and other products that may be worth a look, just dial the Southern Phone contact number on 1300 434 004, and they’ll put you in touch with someone who can help.
A Solution for Everyone
One of the things that sets Southern Phone apart from the rest is their understanding that not everyone’s communications needs are the same – and that seniors and pensioners have needs that aren’t being met well by some other companies. Home Plus is one of a whole range of bundles and plans that Southern Phone has tailored to help meet specific needs – so if there’s a type of bundle you want, be sure to let them know. Chances are that they offer something that fits already!