With literally dozens of mobile providers now competing for attention and your dollar, you might sigh a little at the arrival of yet another. Or, more likely, you might decide to check them out to see what deals they’re pushing your way! Thankfully, you no longer have to commit to a hefty monthly fee on a long-term contract to get your mobile onto a fast, reliable network for your talking, texting and mobile data. So checking out a fresh provider like Jeenee may be up your alley. But how do they compare to veteran telco Telstra?
Jeenee Mobile is unique – it was set up originally as a “social enterprise” to help people with disabilities get access to mobile phone services. While they now sell their service to anyone, the profits they make go directly towards helping people living with a disability.
Jeenee operates on a SIM-only, no contract basis, and runs on the Optus 4G network – ensuring huge coverage and fast data speeds. Their pricing is pretty ground-breaking, too. If you’re looking for a quality mobile service at affordable prices, they’re definitely worth checking out.
But how does a small fish like Jeenee compare to Telstra, the biggest provider in the country? Are you really saving a lot? And can their call and data inclusions compare? Let’s take a look at what each has to offer. With Telstra being restricted to SIM-only, no-contract plans so we’re playing fair.First up, all Jeenee plans are month-to-month, prepaid. But the range of choices they give you across their plans is quite remarkable.
If it’s unlimited calls you’re after, they have plans ranging from $14.90 to $60 per month, with the biggest differentiator being the data allowance. A modest international calls allowance comes into play at the higher tiers as well. With 1.5GB data at $14.90 and 15GB at $60, the real sweet spot is the $35/month 10GB plan, which gives you unlimited everything alongside $300 worth of international calls.
If you just want massive amounts of data with your unlimited calls, you can opt for a 3G-only service which ramps up the data allowance, getting you 30GB for $50 per month or a eye-popping 90GB for $79 per month. They call them “Mammoth” plans for a reason!
There are also call-limited “Pennywise” plans available. These restrict you to 200 minutes of calls per month, but in return you can have 2.5GB of data for only $20 per month. With prices like that, you’d think it’s going to be hard for Telstra to compete when it comes to month-to-month plans. After all, their business model is all about getting customers to agree to stay with the company for the long haul. So you’re looking at three month-to-month SIM-only plans at $35, $50 and $70 per month, with 500MB, 8GB and 15GB of data respectively.
The only one of those plans with unlimited calls is the $70 offering – and it compares pretty favourably with Jeenee’s 15GB plan which runs to $60. The $50 plan with 8GB is a reasonable compromise, with $1000 worth of calls (about 16 hours’ worth) and data that nearly matches Jeenee’s second-from-top unlimited-calls plan. But Jeenee has discounted their plan to only $35, at least for now.
But that’s not the full story with Telstra. You also have the option of their Prepaid Plus plans, which all offer unlimited calls and texts, with a $30 recharge getting you 3GB and a $40 recharge offering 6GB (though half of those allowances is “night data”).
To really eke out the real value from Telstra, opting for a 12-month plan is arguably the better move, with their current Mx plan giving you unlimited calls (including to 10 international countries) and a hefty 12GB of data for only $50 per month. However, this one is a contract plan, so not directly comparable with Jeenee’s offerings, which favour those who don’t want to commit to a year-long lock-in mobile spend.