Pricing - 96%
Voice Value - 100%
Text Value - 100%
Data Value - 95%
With a great range of value options for both voice and heavy data users, as well as budget plans for those who need them, Jeenee Mobile is being disruptive in the best possible way whilst helping out people in need.
There are so many smaller third-party mobile providers operating now you could be forgiven for struggling to find a difference between them. And with all providers effectively re-selling access to one of the “big three” mobile networks – it’s the differences that the smarter providers offer that sets them apart from the pack. Today, we take a look at Jeenee Mobile.
Jeenee Mobile, freshly out of the bottle and running on the Optus network
, has something of a unique history. They started out as a mobile service provided for people with disabilities by the not-for-profit organisation Community Connections Australia. Though they’re now a stand-along for-profit company, their programs of developing mobile communications solutions for people living with disabilities continues. It includes the donation of free mobile service to people in need, diverting a percentage of their profits in order to do so. In other words, every paying customer is helping provide a much-needed communications lifeline to someone in need.
Jeenee is also unique in another way. They provide an unusually flexible range of options for both their voice and data-only SIMs. You can pick what matters to you the most – speed, download limit or price. Let’s take a look at your options when it comes to Jeenee phone plans.
If you’re looking to get connected to the level of mobile service that suits your snazzy new smartphone
, you’ll want 4G data to power it. And if your smartphone is the centre of your life as it is for so many, you’ll likely be after unlimited calls and text as well. Jeenee’s “Unlimited Pennywise” plans deliver exactly that at a keen price, with $25 per month buying you all the usual unlimited inclusions along with 2.5GB of 4G data.
You can move up to suit your needs, with the $30 plan giving you 4GB data and adding $50 worth of international calls. The $35 plan offers 8GB data and $300 international, and the $40 plan hits a spectacular 15GB of Optus 4G data alongside $500 international calls.
Unlimited calls, 3G data (and lots of it!)
If you’re more interested in data quantity rather than raw speed, you can do very nicely with Jeenee’s 3G-only plans. These restrict you to 3G
even if your phone supports 4G, but pay off with huge data limits (which is probably why they name these plans “mammoth”). Anecdotal reviews by users have praised the service’s speed despite the 3G-only restriction. That’s not entirely surprising, since the 3G network is a lot less crowded these days, yet still capable of decent speeds to rival many people’s ADSL connections
There are three tiers of Jeenee mobile plans here, costing $45, $50 and $79 respectively. All come with unlimited calls, text and MMS. Data for these is set at 20GB, 30GB and 90GB (yes, you read that right!). You’d be hard pressed to find better mobile data value in Australia at the moment at any of those price points.
Jeenee also offers lower-cost 4G plans, great for those on a tight budget as well as for use as a second phone for family members. Providing 1.8GB of 4G data and 200 minutes of calls (but unlimited text and MMS) the baseline price for the lowest-cost plan is $18 per month. However, you can get onto this plan for as little as $12 per month when bundled with one of the unlimited 4G plans above, or for $15 a month for the first six months if you’re a new customer. If a little more data sounds appealing there’s also a $20/month plan which gives you 2.5GB, again on 4G.
For your tablet or laptop, Jeenee has a wide range of data plans available
. These start from $10 per month for 1.5GB up to $79 per month for a hefty 70GB – and this is 4G data, too. The sweet-spot plan for those needing heaps of data would have to be the 50GB plan at $54 a month (which is $54 for the first three months). If you’re less data-hungry
you can pay only $25 a month for 10GB.
Yes, that’s right – text only, no calls at all! This plan was designed in partnership with Deaf Australia to help people with hearing loss. For $15 a month you get 150MB of data, unlimited text and special voice-to-text voicemail so you can have voice messages texted to you.
Via an app for iOS and Android, Jeenee provides a 24 hour help line accessed quite literally by a big red button on your mobile labelled HELP. Originally designed to provide a lifeline to people living with disability, but now available to everyone with no limit on its use for $19.95 a month, the help line is a brilliant idea. It provides security for those who feel unsafe when walking home alone at night, for example, or those with special needs.
The 24/7 HELP service can locate you using GPS and let your family or friends know where you are or send out emergency services if needed. A legacy of Jeenee’s beginnings as a non-profit organisation, it’s great to see them expand the service to its retail customers. It’s not cheap, but could potentially offer real peace of mind to a lot of people.
Jeenee’s social conscience and genuine commitment to helping disadvantaged people is both unique and admirable. But as an everyday user their plans also offer incredible value, especially if you’re the sort of person who relies heavily on their mobile data
. All their plans are contract-free and paid for in advance each month via direct debit until cancelled. In other words, there’s no harm in giving them a try. And with user feedback being unusually positive, chances are that once you make the leap, you’ll be happy to stay for a long time to come.