up a good deal could save you, by Erica Thomspon
- 17th July 2007
(Credit: The Courier-Mail)
extra cash this Christmas? Try changing your mobile
A study by consumer website PhoneChoice earlier
this year, found Australians are wasting around
$1 billion every year as a result of being on
the wrong phone plan.
To get the best deal, you need to understand your
call history or calling pattern, says spokesman
A recent survey commissioned by Vodafone found
few people kept tabs on their spending habits.
Half of all Brisbane residents aged 16 to 64 say
they never check their mobile bill and one third
say they spend less than an hour researching and
choosing a new plan.
Almost 60 per cent say they do not understand
all the benefits of their current plan.
With mobile sales set to increase by more than
40 per cent this Christmas, Mr Robertson says
consumers should do their homework before dialing
up a deal.
However, he says increased competition in the
mobile cap market should provide consumers with
some welcome Christmas cheer.
He says the industry standard for a $49 cap used
to be $230 worth of included credit, but the festive
season has resulted in an increase.
Vodafone recently bumped up its $49 capped plan
to include $280 worth of calls, while 3 is offering
$300 credit per month for the same price and 200
minutes extra between 3 users.
Dodo and Slimtel have $49.90 and $49 deals respectively
with $250 credit.
Mobile service providers are offering some very
good deals for Christmas and consumers should
try to take advantage of them, Mr Robertson says.
Indooroopilly university student Chloe Williamson
says switching to Vodafone's $49 cap has saved
her about $200. She says it gives her the "freedom
to keep in contact without the burden of huge
Bust some caps
* 3: $300 credit per month with 200 minutes extra
between 3 users for $49
* AAPT: $240 worth of credit on its $49 cap
* Dodo: $250 plus $50 intra-network credit for
* Slimtel: $250 credit on its $49 cap with insurance
* Gotalk: $45 cap offering $200 value at call
rate of 30/30sec.
* Optus: $40 pack providing $200 value on its
turbocharge prepaid offer.
* Vodafone: $280 per month for $49.