I LOVE australian phone plans. :)

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  1. Globug macrumors 6502

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    most of them are sim only and sooo sooo soo cheap.

    My phone plan is on the expensive side, and i could change it if i want but it suits me.

    i'm paying 27$ for $850 worth of calls, unlimited text and 3 gigs. I never even come close.

    I could swap down to $600 worth of calls, unlimited text and 1.5 gig for 18$ but i don't think thats enough data for me.

    Compare that with what i was paying for AT&T back in NYC of over 90$ for 700 minutes, 1500 texts and unlimited data.

    SO happy. :cool::D
     
  2. jer04 macrumors regular

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    which carrier/MVNO is this?

    i'm looking for something with 4g...currently with woolies mobile only for the 5gb data. :)

    P.S plans are cheaper only for BYO and the outright iphone price is way higher than in the states.
     
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    Conversely, I hate Australian phone plans because of the whole "$x worth of calls" nonsense. Essentially you're paying AU$37, and getting 850 "Vodafone [or whichever operator] dollars". Why can't they just list the call/data costs in AUD in the first place?
     
  4. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely. I'd rather get $40 worth of calls for 10c/minute than $400 for $1/minute.

    What bugs me with these 'cap' plans, is I can have $100s of credit left, yet have to shell out an extra 50c per international SMS and whatever absurd amount for international calls.
     
  5. jer04 macrumors regular

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    lol, i would prefer being told how many minutes i can get out of whatever amount of money i'm paying.
     
  6. Saileshbreaker macrumors regular

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    I prefer my country plans, free sim, all payg, no contracts, $10 gives you 1GB data with tethering, $20 unlimited texts, calls and 3GB data with tethering
     
  7. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm with Vaya. Its not a cap, its a no contract postpay, so you can cancel anytime without penalties. You're getting more data with woolies as this is 3gig and not 5.
    Its an Optus MVNO. I love em, but it just depends how Optus runs in your area.
     
  8. Jbenn425 macrumors regular

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    I don't get it. Can you explain the "$ worth of calls" to this American?
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Somewhere in tiny print on the website they will show the cost per second of the call. $850 worth of calls means $850/cost per second = total number of seconds per month.

    Calls here are usually charged per second with a flag fall charge when the call connects.

    I'd rather pay the same amount, give me much more data and far less calls. I'd spend a grand total of maybe half an hour tops per month talking on the phone but using it for data and texts all the time.
     
  10. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's roughly $1per minute, roughly. So $850 is kinda like 850 minutes. The thing you have to remember is that they don't get charged for incoming calls or texts here so that's more then enough for a monthly amount (at least for me) and I use the phone as my main line, don't limit myself in any aspect of its use.
     
  11. marf1million macrumors regular

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    Where do people get charged for incoming calls and texts? The only time I've heard of that is when you're roaming in a different country.
     
  12. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    How many 'minutes' is that and I'll show you cheap ;)
     
  13. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I hate Australian Telco call centres... Last time I "spoke" with Vodafone I was transferred to Pizza Hut by the useless operator....
     
  14. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    Singapore has it for some plans, especially prepaid. Ignoring that anomaly, I much preferred the plans there. I used to pay $22 / month for 80 minutes and 100 SMSs. Extra minutes were 15c/minute, extra SMSs were 5c each. Overseas calls to many countries was the same rate as a local call. Incoming calls were free. So essentially, anything not included in the plan was an expected price, rather than extortion, like in Australia.
     
  15. Globug thread starter macrumors 6502

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    maybe i'm not understanding but this looks like super expensive to me. 80 minutes and 100sms for 22$? Right now i'm paying 27$ for unlimited sms 3 gig of data and 850 minutes. incoming sms and calls free. So how is that expensive?

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    in the states all calls incoming and outgoing are charged. Same with texts. :(
     
  16. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    The incoming calls and text thing seems totally unfair, I'm glad here in the U.K people are only responsible for anything outgoing. Here in the U.K I pay £12.90 for 200 minutes, 5000 sms, 500mms and unlimited data on a rolling monthly plan.
     
  17. jer04 macrumors regular

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    aha, i thought i had seen that plan somewhere.

    why didn't you go with liveconnected? data is charged per kb on liveconnected as to per mb on vaya for only a bit extra, but it's worth the money as you get more usage out of your data allowance...and the funny thing is...vaya and liveconnected are actually owned by the same person.

    i have been using optus for ages and it works fine in my area. i will stick with woolies till they kick everyone off in oct next year i suppose.

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    unlimited data!!!!! that's all i ever wanted!!!

    UK sounds awesome, but i don't think i can move over there easily. lol
     
  18. toille4 macrumors member

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    Optus now tell you how many minutes you have :) way more simple..
    I just wish data plans were a bit bigger!
     
  19. jer04 macrumors regular

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    Yea I know, but it's the only carrier that does this. Regardless, their postpaid phone plans are really pricy now..it's close to telstra these days. I would rather pay few dollars extra to be on a much better network if I would ever sign up a postpaid service for a shiny new toy again.
     
  20. toille4 macrumors member

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    Yeah the 5s is close to $80 for a half decent plan. Lucky for me Optus stuffed my account up, which basically says I own my iPhone 5 after only 9 months on the 24month plan! Hahaha! So now I'm on their new BYO plan:) $35 for 500min,unlimited txt and 1gb. Luckily I'm in wifi most of the time at uni:)
     
  21. jer04 macrumors regular

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    I thought that was something in the past. Cannot believe in the US, those greedy carriers are still charging people for incoming. I guess people get really pissed off by spam in the states? Not only you get harassed but also need to pay for It.
     
  22. jer04 macrumors regular

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    Lucky you! I usually just buy my phone outright and go on a cheap plan with tons of data and little call/txt. I had been with vodafone for 2 years before I switched back to optus again. it was really bad. I would think twice before I sign a two-year contract again.

    I don't turn on wifi at UNI as it's not unlimited during business hours and I only get a couple of hundred mb per semester...which I can use up within 10min if I really don't concern about my quota. Consider yourself lucky if you get unlimited at UNI! I don't know about other cities, but in Adelaide, as far as I know, universities are not that generous about data. (Adelaide UNI does get unlimited after 5pm and all day weekends tho)
     
  23. toille4 macrumors member

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    Yeah my parents are with Vodafone and it's rubbish, especially if they go more than 50km outside Perth.
    That's crazy about your uni! It's unlimited at mine:) just uploaded a 3gb file tonight! And it's FAST! Think it might be on NBN.
     
  24. jer04 macrumors regular

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    Which UNI is that? I'm gonna transfer. Lol

    UNI Internet is always fast. Around 6-10mb/s down usually on my laptop. I think all UNI around Australia use the same ISP...and it uses fibre.
     
  25. toille4 macrumors member

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    I'm at WAAPA...which is part of Edith Cowan University:) I did a speedtest the other day and got 200+Mbps down and like 70mbps up! Amazing
     

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