Best low cost Mobile Phone Access

Submitted: Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:46
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Wife's mobile phone carrier has upper the cost of her plan significantly. At most she may make 2 calls a month, most months none. Its mainly carried for emergency. eg I call her in shopping centres when I am going to be late at the meet up point.

What is the best low cost rate around for Capital city/major town access. I have a Next G Telstra phone so have the coverage when we are on trips.

Thanks

Peter.
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Reply By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:52

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:52
Have a look at Isim
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Reply By: glids - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:53

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:53
Check out Savvytel - far cheaper than Telstra, and no time limit to use $$.

Operates on Vodaphone network.

cheers,
glids
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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 21:36

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 21:36
glids,
Looks good but they are as busy as bees........ Did you have to pay for your sim card or just for the calls ie $20 for $20 worth of calls or $50 for $60 worth of low cost calls?

If you do not have to pay for the Sim card. How can they offer such a service when a major player (wifes old network) chargess significantly more for calls, plus the monthly plan charge now $15.

This comment will probably make them busier with more ExplorOZ viewers signing up and delaying our sign up.

thanks

Peter
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Follow Up By: glids - Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:41

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:41
Hi Peter,

I am not currently with Savvytel, still with Telstra, so I'm not sure how they manage the cheap rates - maybe lower profits?? I like the coverage of T's NextG, but the service and costs are horrendous - I guess they need to make a lot of profit to pay the likes of Sol.

I came across Savvytel some time back when doing research, and will consider going over to them when I am MORE/COMPLETELY fed-up with the big T - and when I don't have to pay an unlock fee.

Savvytel had the cheapest rates when I did the research, and Vodaphone's network is not too bad - obviously not NextG coverage, but fine for most areas.

cheers,
glids
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Reply By: Zebra400 - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:58

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:58
Peter

The best solution is to put her on a prepaid Telstra plan and select the Telstra Long Life option. By crediting your account with $60 on this option, you will get a whole 12 months before you have to renew your prepaid plan. I have both my mother & mother in law on this plan and they love it.

If $60 is too much, you can opt for a $30 credit which will only give you 6 months.

Laurie
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 14:00

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 14:00
Hi Peter,
I use Exetel. It uses the Vodafone network and costs me $5.00 a month.
Exetel Mobile

Just a thought, If her phone is with Telstra, they will want an Unlock Fee. Usually about $60.00.
I see atm Woolies is selling Unlocked Nokia's for about $80.00, You maybe able to get them checker elsewhere.

Hope this helps.



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Reply By: Moose - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:02

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 15:02
Peter
Pre-paid is the answer. Like your wife I too rarely use my mobile phone. So a prepaid suits. Why pay a monthly fee when you aren't using the service? BTW - mine's with Virgin. At the time they had the lowest 12 month cost I could find.
Cheers from the Moose
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Reply By: brushmarx - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:45
I would suggest prepaid, but I have just changed from Telstra after a number of years.
Telstra seem to take up to a week to send SMS messages at times with no excuse when asked for an explanation.
They sent me a message on Feb 25th to say my credit was $1.65. This avaiable credit seemed too low, so I called them to query it, and was told that my account was closed on the 21st Feb as my 12 month time limit was up.
They could send me a message 5 days late that my credit was only $1.65, but couldn't send a message that my time was running out. As I did not recharge on time, they also cancelled the $36 credit I had on the 21st, and they have no idea where the $1.60 message cvame from.
Telstra have good coverage, but have faults in thier service.
Good luck with your choice.
Ian
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:45

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 16:45
Hi Peter

My Cook uses Optus (Every Now & Then) it is Pre Paid, $30-00 covers 186 days she also gets an extra $30-00 my credit on top of that, it's good for emergencies, she purchased a Optus Phone for $59-00, it has all the good bits.

Cheers
Daza

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:41

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:41
We have a Globalstar sat 'phone.
They offer a 'second sim' on the Telstra GSM network.
20c flagfall, 12c/30sec, zero monthly fee, zero minimum calls.
Zero calls = Zero cost.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 21:29

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2009 at 21:29
We fire up our GStar Sat phone when we go prospecting for 3 months every year. Don't think they will give us a second Sim

Peter-n-Margaret SA
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Reply By: stevesub - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:46

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 17:46
We use Southern Cross Telecom. http://www.sctelco.com.au/your-mobile/casual-mobile-plans.php. Uses Telstra GSM network. The bill has to be sent you via email and payment is automatic from my credit card. I have 2 phones on the same account.

Slimtel is another one but it uses the Vodafone network that is not so good as the Telstra GSM where we live.

Stevesub
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Reply By: 3F62 - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 18:08

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 18:08
I also with Southern Cross Telco......$5 per month access using either Telstra or Optus GSM.....setup cost is $29.95 once off for the sim card........


cheers
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Reply By: Northside 4 Wheel Drive Club - Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:07

Monday, Mar 09, 2009 at 20:07
I have my kids on Vodafone. $20- top up will last for 12 months (as long as you don't spend it on calls of course).
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