Dodo was founded in 1999 by Larry Kestelman, one of Australia’s richest telco entrepeneurs. It began life as a communications and insurance company but has branched out into gas and electricity services as well. These days it is most well-known for its internet service, but it also has a range of affordable mobile phone plans. Since 2013, Dodo has lived under the umbrella of M2 Telecommunications, one of Australia’s largest telcos and the force behind the innovative charity Telco Together Foundation.
In some ways Dodo was a victim of success. “Our growth was just too quick,” Kestelman told The Age, speaking of major service outages in 2005 and 2006 after their successful early years. Dodo now has a Network Status Information page for customers to check whether there are any issues affecting their area.
Dodo has 4G plan contracts for SIM-only for 0 months; SIM-only for 12 months; or with a handset for 24 months. There is a hefty $24.90 SIM fee for all plans. There are several price points, detailed here below and on their website.
Dodo lists its data quotas in MB but we have converted all units to GB for the purposes of comparison with the other brands we rate. Please note this information is correct at time of writing – check with Dodo directly on current plan information.
SIM-Only for 0 months and SIM-Only for 12 months
All of these plans charge at 99c/minute, SMS texts at 29c, and MMS texts at 50c each. All plans feature unlimited calls to other Dodo users. These plans have a good amount of data compared to other brands’ cheaper SIM-only plans.
- $17.90/month: Lite with $500 credit for calls and texts and 1GB of data.
- $29.90/month: Big with $700 credit for calls and texts and 2.5GB of data.
- $39.90/month: Mega with unlimited credit for calls and texts and 4GB of data.
- $49.90/month: Ultra with unlimited credit for calls and texts and 5GB of data.
Dodo offers extra data on top of your plan quota at a cost of $10 per 1GB added. The maximum amount of extra data you can get is 5GB for $50.
Handset plans for 24 months
Each handset has a Lite, Big, Mega, and Ultra price point available. Interestingly, some of the price points don’t charge a monthly fee for the handset. Costs listed are per month. See their website for more detail regarding each price point. Unless otherwise stated, handsets are on the 4G network.
- iPhone 5 Refurbished (certified by Apple) 16GB: $39.90 – $67.90
- HTC One M9: $57.90 – $84.90
- Samsung Note Edge: $61.90 – $88.90
- Samsung Note 4: $52.90 – $79.90
- Samsung Galaxy A5: $39.90 – $67.90
- Samsung Galaxy A3: $37.90 – $64.90
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: $63.90 – $90.90 for 32GB model; $66.90 – $93.90 for 64GB model
- Samsung Galaxy S6: $57.90 – $84.90 for 32GB model; $61.90 – $88.90 for 64GB model
- Samsung Galaxy S5 G9001: $47.90 – $74.90 for 16GB model
- Samsung Galaxy S4 i9505: $37.90 – $64.90
- Motorola Nexus 6: $52.90 – $79.90
- Motorola Moto X 2nd Gen: $47.90 – $74.90
- Pendo 4G HD Slim 6034R: $26.90 – $49.90
- Alcatel 20.01 Seniors GSM on 2G: $34.90 – $49.90 (No Lite plan available.)
Post-paid mobile plans service providers we surveyed
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have an active post-paid mobile phone account in their name and pay the bills – in this case, 1,823 people.
The post-paid mobile plans service providers in this year’s survey are: