Mobile Phone Plans
Using our module below you can find the mobile phone plan that best suits your lifestyle and budget. Alternatively you can simply click one of the providers below to compare the mobile phone plans that these companies offer.
Postpaid is a type of mobile phone service where the user is billed after use of mobile services at the end of a specific period, usually a month—thus the term “postpaid”. There’s usually a limit to the mobile services provided. For instance, a user is allotted a specific number or amount of SMS messages, call minutes or data. If the user exceeds the allotted amount, he or she is charged additional costs.
What are the advantages of postpaid plans?
- You get to use the mobile service first, then pay for the corresponding services afterwards.
- You don’t have to worry about the credit balance. You don’t even need to worry about having to buy additional credits. Provided that you paid your phone bill the previous month and did not exceed the credit limit, you can keep using your mobile phone without any concerns of your call being disconnected. Theoretically, you have no limit on the use of mobile services.
- The monthly fees for postpaid plans are said to be billed at a lower rate than prepaid plans.
- In the event that you lose your mobile phone, you can still retain your phone number and use it again in your replacement phone.
- There’s a wide variety of phone plans you can choose from. In fact, you can customise your plans according to your needs. Do you consume more SMS messages than call minutes? Do you need to spend more time connected to the internet? Just choose the plan that best suits your usage.
- Postpaid plans have more call management services, like voice mail, call forwarding and call conferencing.
- There are various payment methods. You have the option of paying your bills through ATM cards or cash cards, your bank account or even your credit card.
- Better and cheaper roaming services
How much do postpaid plans cost?
The Sydney Morning Herald has divided postpaid plans into four brackets:
- The cheapest plans, which cost AUD30 and below.
- Phone plans that cost AUD30 to AUD50. This bracket combines price and value.
- The AUD50 to AUD70 plan bracket, which provide large minute allowances.
- And the high data plans bracket, which offer up to a whopping 10GB of data. This bracket is ideal for users who spend a great deal of time surfing the internet and downloading.
Who are the major phone carriers in Australia?
The following are the top network operators in the country:
- Telstra, which is said to be the leading carrier in Australia, with over 10 million subscribers as of December 2009.
- Optus is said to be the second leading network operation in the country with over 8 million subscribers as of late 2009.
- Vodafone/Hutchison Australia, created through a merger between Vodafone and Hutchison 3G Australia, is the third leading carrier in Australia. The company is reported to have more than 6 million subscribers as of late 2009.
According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, there are 29.28 million mobile phone subscribers in the country as of June 2011.
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