Review of Jeenee Mobile phone plans
Jeenee Mobile is a unique Australian telco, as both a mobile service provider – and a social enterprise. It was founded as a non-profit business by disability services organisation Community Connections Australia, as a way to help disabled people better connect with their friends, family and support networks. In late 2015, its management converted Jeenee Mobile from a non-profit into a for-profit social enterprise to better facilitate its main objectives – providing great mobile service to Aussie customers, free service to disabled citizens and the development of better communications solutions. Now that you know what Jeenee Mobile is about, take a look at its plans and see how they stack up in this review from Canstar Blue.
How does Jeenee Mobile work?
Jeenee Mobile offers both mobile phone and mobile broadband plans.
- They are all on a SIM-only, no contract basis
- All plans are hosted on theOptus 3G or 4G network, which ensures you’ll never be short of coverage
- Data is billed on a per-kilobyte (KB) basis to give you better value for money
- The Australian helpline lets you speak to a real person, in a similar timezone
Most importantly of all, a percentage of Jeenee Mobile’s profits goes towards the provision of mobile phone services to disabled Australians through its ‘Make A Difference’ program – something which provides a degree of independence, safety and social confidence that many people wouldn’t experience otherwise.
Now you know the background, let’s take a look at Jeenee Mobile’s phone plans and assess how they compare to deals from other service providers on inclusions and value.
What phone plans does Jeenee Mobile offer?
Jeenee Mobile has three categories of postpaid phone plans named Essentials Pennywise, Unlimited Pennywise and Mammoth Unlimited. Overall there are 10 different plans to choose from, each with a 30 day billing period, which we’ll break down for you here:
Plan Category and Price Per Month
|Essentials Pennywise Plans|
|$18||Unlimited texts, 200 call minutes, 1.8GB of data|
|$20||Unlimited texts, 200 call minutes, 2.5GB data|
|Unlimited Pennywise Plans|
|$25||Unlimited calls and texts, 2.5GB data|
|$30||Unlimited calls and texts, 4GB data, $50 international calls|
|$35||Unlimited calls and texts, 8GB data, $300 international calls|
|$40||Unlimited calls and texts, 10GB data, $300 international calls|
|$60||Unlimited calls and texts, 15GB data, $500 international calls|
|Mammoth Unlimited Plans|
|$45||Unlimited calls and texts, 20GB data|
|$50||Unlimited calls and texts, 30GB data|
|$79||Unlimited calls and texts, 90GB data|
Source: Jeenee Mobile website
Essentials Pennywise Plans
These plans are the bargain basement plans that Jeenee Mobile has to offer, although you’ll incur a $10 set-up fee when you first purchase the SIM.
Jeenee’s cheapest plan comes in at $18 a month and packs quite a lot in. With this plan you’ll receive unlimited texts, 200 minutes of calls and 1.8GB of data. Plus, as a bonus, you can choose between an extra 200MB of data, 200 call minutes – or a mixture of both. However, for a mere $2 extra, you’ll get a fair chunk of extra data to tide you over – 700MB more in fact. This is a great value proposition, and it’s further bolstered by Jeenee’s bundling deals. Expect these plans to plummet in price per month if you bundle it with another plan. It provides an incentive to put the whole family onto Jeenee.
Unlimited Pennywise Plans
These five plans all include free setup, saving you $10 from the off. This adds to the value packed into these promising plans. As the name suggests, all come with unlimited calls and texts. You’ll get healthy smatterings of data with all of these plans, but you’ll have to consider if paying an extra $5 a month is worth the unlimited calls, as opposed to the $20 plan mentioned earlier.
As the price increases, value increases exponentially. Jeenee has sent a warning out to competition – don’t mess with us. For $40 a month, you’ll get a massive 10GB of data, which is supreme value. $60 also sees 15GB of data included. With these plans you’ll also get generous international value included. This makes it easy for a check in with your exotic Italian boyfriend who you met on exchange. These solid plans are sure to put Jeenee on the map.
Mammoth Unlimited Plans
Released recently, Jeenee’s Mammoth Unlimited Plans offer value in spades with unprecedented levels of data for the money. They operate on the Optus 3G Network, as opposed to the other plans which get the 4G treatment.
Out of the three Mammoth plans, this one is the ‘worst value’, if such a term can even be applied here. For $45 a month, you get unlimited talk and text as well as a whopping 20GB of data! Depending on if you’re a stickler for 4G data or not, this plan could be better value for you than Jeenee’s $45 Unlimited Pennywise plan mentioned previously.
$50 sees a 10GB increase for only $5 more per month. Imagine the potential for watching movies on the commute! Or think of the gaming and sports streaming potential. Either way you look at it, 30GB is a lot for $50 a month. The fun doesn’t stop there, however. For $79 a month you’ll get an unprecedented 90GB of data. This is potentially enough for all your internet needs – home and away! Granted, these plans are on the 3G network, which is slower than 4G, but if it’s data you demand then look no further.
How does Jeenee Mobile compare to other providers?
You like the look of one or several of Jeenee Mobile’s plans, but you’re wondering how they compare to other telcos out there? Well, the good news is that they are very competitive across the board. Let’s see how they compare in a saturated postpaid mobile market here:
Essentials Pennywise Plans Compared
At this price range, it’s a bit like getting a $5 feed from a takeaway shop – you get a little bit of everything, but unless you’re a light eater then you won’t be very full. These plans compete with the likes of Dodo, TeleChoice, and Yomojo in the postpaid ranks. Yomojo is one of the cheapest providers to provide 2GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts. TeleChoice’s and Dodo’s plans are also solid, but you’ll have to commit to 12 months, while Jeenee has the benefit of going month to month. At this price point, the $10 setup fee looks substantial and if you’re on a tight budget then it could pay to go with a provider without the pesky fee.
Unlimited Pennywise Plans
As we move into the mid-range of mobile plans, Jeenee sits well amongst the competition. At this price tier, it is pretty ‘tit for tat’ but Jeenee stands out among the crowd for frequently offering more data for the price. Take for example Jeenee’s $35 plan – it offers more data than a lot of providers and competes primarily with TeleChoice, Yomojo and Vaya in the quality value stakes. Just $40 for 10GB is also insane value, and international inclusions with these unlimited plans place Jeenee high on the Richter scale for value. Keep an eye out for bonuses with these unlimited plans as they could make or break the overall value. It’s also worth noting that Jeenee doesn’t have a $10 setup fee here.
Mammoth Unlimited Plans
A new offering from Jeenee reveals that the telco is serious about including the maximum amount of value and data into its plans. They’re called Mammoth for good reason. At this point in the data game, Jeenee is competing with a few other providers that have combined massive data with 3G connections. SpinTel and Exetel also offer similar deals for 30GB of data, but the $79 plan with a stunning 90GB is monumental and unprecedented in the Australian telco landscape. It’s worth noting though that Jeenee Mammoth Plans are on the 3G network. If you want 4G connectivity with this much data, you’ll have to be willing to pay well over $100 a month with Telstra.
Is Jeenee Mobile right for me?
Jeenee Mobile has quickly climbed the top of the mobile plan value pile. In a sea full of competition, the low-cost carrier with a conscience has crammed more into its plans than most other carriers. Altogether, Jeenee’s plans cover a broad spectrum of the market at very competitive, class leading prices. Jeenee’s best value is seen in the mid and high-end plans, which frequently beat the competition on price and included data. Jeenee Mobile is a great choice, and if you like telcos that give back to the community, then Jeenee could be for you.
As for Jeenee’s Mammoth plans, they simply offer an unprecedented amount of data for the price. They stand up to the likes of big boy Telstra for value included, but for about half the price. This is sure to excite a lot of consumers who rely heavily on mobile data. Though, there’s one caveat – at this level, many telcos are on a 4G network, whereas Jeenee offers these plans with only 3G coverage. If you’re picky about getting the best speeds, then Jeenee’s Mammoth Plans may not offer the ‘go’ you desire. Overall Jeenee’s array of plans is sure to excite many a consumer looking to save a buck on their costly mobile phone plans.