Review of ALDI Mobile phone plans
ALDI is best known for its cheap grocery stores that are chipping away at Coles and Woolies in the battle for your supermarket loyalty. Though, aside from the aisle where you can buy a chainsaw next to cans of tuna, ALDI has created some great-value prepaid mobile phone plans which operate off of the Telstra 4G Network. ALDI is a bit of a mover and shaker in the grocery world, but how do its mobile plans shape up in terms of value? Read on for Canstar Blue’s review and comparison.
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What does ALDI Mobile offer?
ALDI Mobile offers a total of seven prepaid plans, all on the Telstra 4G Network. They cater towards the budget-end of the mobile market, but they pack in a lot of bite for the money. These plans are split into five ‘Value’ plans and two pay-as-you-go (PAYG) alternatives. All SIM only, the Value plans are simply named as Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL – indicating how much value is packed into them respectively. Meanwhile, the PAYG options include a modest amount of credit value. Let’s get a rundown of ALDI Mobile’s plans below:
|ALDI Mobile Plans||Cost Per Recharge||Features|
|PAYG Plans||$15||$15 value included, 365-day recharge|
|$30||$30 value included, 365-day recharge|
|Small – $15||$25 value included, 500MB data|
|Medium – $20||$75 value included, 1.5GB data|
|Large – $25||Unlimited calls and texts, 2.25GB data|
|XL – $35||Unlimited calls and texts, 6GB data|
|XXL – $45||Unlimited calls and texts, 8GB data|
Source: ALDI Mobile website
ALDI Mobile PAYG Plans
ALDI Mobile’s PAYG prepaid phone plans are cheap with no-frills. The main kicker with these plans is the fact they’re on a 365-day recharge, which makes it great for people who want to ‘set and forget’, or for those who rarely use their phone. Really, we applaud you. Both plans get their respective nominal value included, but beyond that you’re on your own.
ALDI charges calls at 12c per minute with no flagfall, texts 12c each, and international calls from 10c. An MMS is also 35c and data is 5c a megabyte. Realistically, your $15 plan could end up looking something like this:
- Calls: 100 minutes ($1.20)
- Texts: 200 ($2.40)
- MMS: 5 ($1.75)
- Data: 130MB ($6.50)
- 31 minute, 30 sec phone call to your friend on a gap year in Canada: $3.15 (Canada call rate 10c a minute)
That looks like a pretty good combo, and for $30 you can effectively double down on all your inclusions. While the PAYG plans don’t seem like much, when you break it down they actually offer surprising value all on a 365 day recharge, so there’s little pressure to recharge every month.
ALDI Mobile Value Plans
Kicking it up a notch, ALDI Mobile’s prepaid Value plans enter more familiar territory when it comes to SIM-only phone plans. They offer some of the cheapest data-versus-price offerings you’re likely to find, and also provide free ALDI-to-ALDI calls. However, you will first need to pay $5 for a new SIM card. Let’s see how these plans look in further detail.
Small Value Plan
If PAYG isn’t really your cup of tea, then this $15 monthly plan could be for you. It comes with 500MB of data (which would cost $25 on the PAYG plan) and then you have an extra $25 value included, so you’re already winning. The main difference though, between this plan and the PAYG options, is that the Value plan’s credit expires in 30 days, which makes it a poorer long-term, low-use option. However, if you’re a light user looking for a monthly plan anyway, then this one could be up your alley.
Medium Value Plan
Forking out another $5 per month will land you in this plan. It seriously ramps up the value stakes with 1.5GB of data and $75 value. If 500MB seemed a bit paltry for you, then this plan could get you further. With 1.5GB, you’ll be opening up your world to increased mobile browsing, social media and app use.
Large Value Plan
Large in inclusions, but not on cost, ALDI’s large Value plan in its $25 glory has packed yet more value in. This is the first unlimited plan from ALDI, and it’s a beauty. Unlimited calls, texts and 2.25GB of data make it a well-rounded, mid-range plan for a decent price.
XL Value Plan
This ALDI plan just might be the pick of the bunch. 6GB for under $40 – yep, that’s right. With this plan, you also get unlimited calls and texts as expected. Really, we say that if you’re paying more than $40 for 5GB then you’re missing out. ALDI nails it perfectly with this plan. For $35, this plan is a great mid-range offering that packs a lot in. 6GB will have you on social media til your heart’s content.
XXL Value Plan
If 6GB isn’t enough data to settle your cravings, then this XXL plan could be for you. For $45 a recharge, you’ll get a meaty chunk of 8GB data along with unlimited calls and texts. An extra 2GB for $10 sounds like a good proposition in our eyes when you consider that most mobile phone carriers charge $10 for every excess GB of data you use. A huge 8GB is likely sufficient for all your social media needs, gaming and some streaming. Really, who could be bored on their train to work ever again?
ALDI Data Packs
If it’s just data you’re after, you can purchase 1.5GB for $15, 4GB for $30 – both with 30 day expiry – or 6GB for $50, with a 90 day expiry. The former two are great if you exceed your pack’s data limit, whilst the latter is ideal for a tablet or laptop that you need to use on the move.
ALDI 1 Year Super Pack
The 1 Year Super Pack is the latest product in ALDI’s efforts to deliver even more value with its prepaid plans. While you’re lining up instore to get your milk, snow jacket and chainsaw, you can also add a 365 day long phone plan recharge to your basket.
- This Super Pack costs $249 and lasts you the entire year!
- You’ll get unlimited calls and SMS/MMS
- A 42GB data pool is included, which equates to 3.5GB per month
This is supreme value, and while there is no direct equivalent Value Pack plan, the Super Pack works out to be just $20.75 a month, which is a fair price to pay for 3.5GB of data. ALDI offers extra value to those willing to commit, and buying your phone plan in bulk through the Super Pack is one way to save money through the course of the year. However, be aware that there is no monthly data cap, meaning you could blow your year’s supply of data pretty quickly if you’re not careful. This offer is only available in store.
How does ALDI Mobile compare to other providers?
ALDI Mobile is well positioned to take on a variety of competitors and still come out as a value-packed proposition. It more often than not out-punches Coles Mobile and Woolworths in the supermarket plan space, but also some stiff competition from other more established prepaid providers.
The PAYG recharges are tricky to compare because different providers charge for calls, data and texts differently, but we know one thing for sure – ALDI Mobile’s charges are very reasonable. Nevertheless, let’s see how the Value plans stack up below:
ALDI Mobile Small Plan Compared
The cheapest of ALDI’s Value plans sees it competing at the bargain basement end of the prepaid world. It competes well here against the likes of OVO Mobile, Woolworths Mobile and Kogan Mobile. All plans offer something for everyone. While ALDI’s call inclusions seem low, keep in mind that call rates are often cheaper than the competition, so it could work out to be better value. OVO Mobile does offer more data for less though, and Kogan is a good choice for its unlimited calls and texts.
ALDI Mobile Medium Plan Compared
A solid $20 will see your plan value increased markedly. You’ll get triple the amount of data and call inclusions. ALDI competes very well in the prepaid sphere but is slightly edged out by other providers such as Coles Mobile that offers unlimited calls and texts plus 500MB more data for the same price. However, keep it mind that Coles’ offering is over 28 days, not 30. For a little more per month, OVO Mobile also offers much the same proposition but for $5 cheaper – $14.95 for 1.5GB. Woolies also rounds out the list of competitive plans.
ALDI Mobile Large Plan Compared
Step up $5 and you’ll find that value is increased markedly. No longer are you bound by dollar values placed on calls and texts. Here, you’ll get unlimited calls and texts, as well as 2.25GB of data. This calls, text and data combo seems to be about the benchmark these days, and ALDI competes well. Many service providers are still offering dollar amounts for calls and texts, but ALDI’S plan is among the cheapest to offer unlimited calls and texts, as well as 2GB of data in the prepaid field. ALDI competes with Coles Mobile, OVO Mobile and Yomojo – the latter blowing everyone out of the water with a massive 6GB of data for not much extra per month.
ALDI Mobile XL Plan Compared
Stepping it up a notch, for $35 ALDI has included an impressive amount of data – 6GB. Overall, ALDI is placed as one of the cheapest providers to offer at least 5GB in prepaid land. Though, in this particular price segment, competition is fierce and ALDI is slightly outdone by OVO Mobile, TPG and Kogan who all offer increased data for a comparable price. ALDI also slugs you with a $5 upfront fee, even at this price point, which still isn’t as dear as TPG’s $10, but TPG also offers the first month free. Overall the leader of the pack here seems to be OVO Mobile, where what you see is what you get – no fees and no bonuses.
ALDI Mobile XXL Plan Compared
If your shirt is feeling tight from all the extra notes you’re stuffing into your pocket from the money saved on your mobile plans, then you’ll be pleased to know that ALDI is also a frontrunner in the $45 range of recharges. ALDI is among the top 10 best-value plans out there for a plan around $40-$50. It offers a huge 8GB of data here and competes primarily with familiar faces OVO, Kogan and Yomojo. It’s a very tough segment though and ALDI is arguably outclassed by these three who all offer more data for ever-so-slightly lower prices. One bonus is that ALDI offers 300 minutes of international calls, which may well be a good compromise for the data and $5 SIM price.
ALDI 1 Year Super Pack Compared
- Pro rata of 3.5GB per month, unlimited calls and texts for $20.75
So you might have been reading and realised that ALDI, although great, falls behind some other key players in the prepaid segment as far as inclusions go. Never fear! Super Pack is here! If you’re willing to pay $249 upfront you will be rewarded, as not many other plans can touch this value. Commonly with other providers, you would have to be willing to spend about $30 to get 3GB. Kogan Mobile does offer other bulk discounts though, which are well worth a look into. Postpaid provider Vaya is another to offer discounts for paying for the whole year upfront, but the value is fairly questionable.
Is ALDI Mobile right for me?
ALDI Mobile offers some great value prepaid plans. If you want something on the Telstra network then you can’t go far wrong with ALDI. You can choose between a simple range of options at different price points, so there’s likely going to be something for everyone.
However, if you don’t care what network you’re on and simply want the best ‘bang for buck’ then other providers – especially as you get into the more expensive plans – offer increased value for similar prices. With ALDI’s XXL Value plan especially, other providers offer up to 50 per cent more data for pretty much the same price. We suspect you’ll be happy with ALDI Mobile overall, but it doesn’t hurt to look around for the best deals going. Things can change quickly, so keep ALDI on your shopping list the next time you’re in the market for a new phone plan.