Review of SpinTel mobile phone plans

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SpinTel is one of a handful of purely Aussie telcos that offers down-to-earth, straightforward mobile phone plans. SpinTel has been around in telco land in some form or another since 1996. Today, SpinTel acts as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and has four different postpaid mobile phone plans on the Optus 3G and 4G networks. Optus wholesales the network to SpinTel, and the savings are then passed onto you. See what SpinTel has to offer in this review from Canstar Blue.

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SpinTel mobile phone plans

SpinTel has four plans from $9.95 a month up to $79.95 a month, all on a month-to-month, no contract postpaid basis. Excess data is charged at $10 a GB, and you’ll also incur a $10 set-up fee across all plans. You could be forgiven for being put off by the upfront cost, especially with SpinTel’s cheaper plans, but they do recover from this shaky start to offer competitive value. Let’s get a quick overview of what the Aussie telco with a Koala as its mascot has to offer:

Plan Name Plan Cost Per Month Inclusions
Small $9.95 200 minutes calls, unlimited texts, 500MB data (plus 1GB bonus)
Medium $29.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 3GB data
30GB 3G $39.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 30GB of 3G data
90GB 3G $79.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 90GB of 3G data

Source: SpinTel website

SpinTel Small Plan

Coming in at a hot price, the small plan costs under $10 a month and you’ll get a whopping 1.5GB of 4G data to go with it. This is the 500MB data as standard, plus 1GB extra for the first six months. You’ll also get unlimited texts and MMS, along with 200 minutes of calls. This bonus data means that SpinTel now has one of the cheapest plans to offer at least 1GB of data. Plus, on a no-contract plan, you’re under no obligation to stick it out once the extra data offer ends. Most plans at this price come on a prepaid basis and with short expiry periods, but SpinTel offers its plans over 30 days and it’s hard to knock this one.

SpinTel Medium Plan

The Medium plan from SpinTel is also solid value, being the first plan to offer unlimited calls and texts. You’ll also get a healthy 3GB of 4G data, which should be enough for plenty of social media on the train commute for a month. At under $30, it’s a decent plan at a straightforward price, and there’s no ‘extra data for six months’ deal. It’s the kind of plan you could stick with for some time.

SpinTel 30GB 3G Plan

This is the first of two plans to offer massive data – but on a 3G connection. So while you’ll get a huge boost in data, your maximum speed will pale compared to those offered on a 4G connection. However, this could still be ‘fast enough’ for most people. Social media and general web browsing should still be a breeze with 3G, but video streaming quality will suffer. However, 4G speed is of course relegated to 4G zones, and given that 3G has much more expansive coverage, you might find a 4G plan to be overrated anyway. For those living rurally, this may be especially true. Whatever the case, 30GB of data for under $50 a month is serious value.

SpinTel 90GB 3G Plan

As a crazy addition to the 30GB plan comes the 90GB plan. While this plan rivals data included with some broadband plans, you will still be relegated to 3G speeds. With these massive amounts of data, could you even get through it all in one month? And more importantly, is it fast enough for you? While 3G is likely sufficient for browsing and social media, Netflix may struggle as it recommends a minimum download speed of 3 megabits per second (Mbps) just for standard definition, while 3G achieves about 6Mbps at best, which is likely insufficient for HD. While Netflix could easily chew through this huge data allowance – up to 7GB an hour in some cases – the real issue is if 3G speeds are even fast enough to get through a Netflix episode without wanting to chuck your phone through a wall. But 90GB of data for less than $80? That’s awesome – as long as you can use it!

How does SpinTel compare to other providers?

SpinTel offers four easy-to-understand plans to choose from. Despite its modest plan offerings, SpinTel stacks up surprisingly well in a sea full of postpaid MVNOs. It has all areas of the market covered, from light to heavy users. Let’s see how each SpinTel plan compare to the competition.

Small Plan Compared

This seems to be SpinTel’s best-value plan, coming in as one of the cheapest out there to offer at least 1GB of data. Frequently at this price point, you are lucky to even get 500MB, let alone 1.5GB. With this amount of data, SpinTel competes with Dodo, Vaya and Jeenee Mobile. All are more expensive, however Dodo and Vaya both offer unlimited calls and texts, and both are in fact some of the cheapest unlimited postpaid providers around. Jeenee Mobile also comes into the picture with more data, but no unlimited calling. Furthermore, if you’re committed to the long term, SpinTel’s Small plan will eventually reduce to 500MB, which significantly diminishes its value. This plan is a good starting point, but you’ll need to keep checking your options because superior value will likely be just around the corner.

Medium Plan Compared

This plan is at the stage where SpinTel starts to face some serious competition roadblocks. 3GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts for about $30 seems to be the industry standard these days and SpinTel is in the thick of it. In the postpaid sphere, SpinTel competes with TeleChoice, which offers more data, but you’ll be tied into a 12 month contract while not receiving unlimited calls and texts. Amaysim also makes an appearance, but one can’t deny the value of Yomojo with a whopping 6GB data for the same price.

30GB and 90GB 3G Plans Compared

SpinTel throws a bit of a curveball here, with monumental data inclusions at 3G speeds. However, the telco is not alone when it comes to this proposition. Jeenee Mobile and Exetel also sit with SpinTel by offering lots of data but at 3G-only speeds. There’s hardly a hair separating the three of them, and all operate on the Optus 3G network. Expect 30GB for around $50 and 90GB for about $80, which is a lot cheaper than other providers offering the same data, but they utilise 4G networks. Could these plans be enough to replace your home internet? Only you can decide that, but you will have to keep in mind the likely slower speeds on 3G. Overall you’ll have to determine if one of these plans is worth it.

Is SpinTel right for me?

Overall, SpinTel offers a nice range of postpaid mobile plans. There’s sure to be one to suit any kind of user, but the main question is whether you can get more for less. The answer is that SpinTel sometimes struggles to compete against other low-cost carriers in a very saturated market, who are forever offering more data for less money. However, SpinTel competes pretty well overall, and its Small plan is supreme value for money, if only for six months before it reverts to 500MB of data. SpinTel’s 3G plans are also an interesting proposition for those happy to sacrifice speed for data.

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