Where to find the best new ‘unlimited’ phone deals

The battle between the big telco brands is heating up again, with Telstra and Vodafone revealing brand new deals this week! Plus, the top data deals out there right now.

Australians are using more mobile data than ever before, research from the Australian Bureau of statistics shows.

And with our collective appetite for streaming music and videos, chat with our friends, and check our social media on the go, it seems our usage won’t be slowing down any time soon. But luckily there are some new deals out there from big telco brands that are offering something close to unlimited data.

TODAY spoke with tech expert Trevor Long who talked through some of the best new phone deals offering big data.  

TODAY: So Telstra is pushing the end of bill shock — how does this work?

LONG: We’re all kind of used to our $59, $79 or whatever it is style of monthly plan, but most of us are paying more than that because we use a bit too much data over our limit.

Telstra now offer a “Peace of Mind” add-on, this means you choose to pay $10 a month more as part of your deal. And then you don’t have to worry, any extra data over your plan limit will be free, but it will be slower to use – you probably won’t notice too much, but heavy streaming won’t be too easy after you’ve hit your limit.

TODAY: They’ve also brought back their unlimited offer — but at a price?

LONG: Telstra got in a bit of trouble from the ACCC for calling their plans Unlimited last month, so these new plans have that “peace of mind” instead. Except for one — they have a plan at a staggering $199 per month! That plan, is unlimited, all the data you can eat, all at the normal high speeds!

TODAY: Vodafone today launches new ‘passes’ to give people unlimited access to certain things — what sort of things? 

LONG: This one is interesting, on Vodafone’s basic $35, $45 and $60 plans*, you can now buy an add on which gives you unmetered access to a bunch of things — but at a slower speed than your phone is normally capable of.

So if you’re someone who uses Facebook and Instagram each month, you don’t need to buy a pricey unlimited plan, you can be on Vodafone’s $35 plan which only offers a couple of GB per month, add on the $10 for social, and there’s no restriction on the amount of time you spend on those apps!

There’s a different “pass” cost for chat, social, music and video.

· Chat (Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp) ($5)
· Social (Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest) ($10)
· Music (Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Sound Cloud)($10)
· Video (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Stan) ($15)
· These “passes” are additional to your $35, $45, or $60 “Vodafone RED Plan”*

TODAY: It’s not just the big guys these days though. For the data hungry — what do you recommend?  

LONG: The Boost Mobile $50 per month 30GB deal with unlimited calls and texts*. This one is easy, a simple, no contract, pay as you go deal. $50 per month gets you a whopping 30GB of data – and that’s on the Telstra Network too. It’s also easy to do, grab a SIM card at a shop, and switch your number over to Boost!

TODAY: What’s something affordable for those that don’t need too much data but don’t want to worry about the call costs? 

LONG: One you might not have heard of, but perfect for many — CMobile have what they call a RED plan*, and at $9.90 – you get 1GB of data, so some emails and Facebook time, but importantly, unlimited calls and texts. Think about people with landline phones, paying line rental, call costs, it’s crazy — $9.90 gets you all the calls you want!

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