Not content with just selling you groceries, Australia’s major supermarkets and retailers are increasingly making their presence felt in the mobile phone market. Woolworths has Woolworths Mobile, Coles has Coles Mobile and ALDI has ALDI Mobile. Then there’s discount online retailer Kogan Mobile – not strictly a grocery store, but they do sell food, so let’s include them anyway. Who offers the best value plans and makes your weekly grocery shop go a little further? Read on as we review their respective offerings and to try to find you a better deal.
You can get going with Woolworths Mobile at Woolworths supermarkets, Big W, or Woolworths Caltex petrol sites, with users able to purchase a $2 Prepaid SIM Pack or $30 Pre-paid Starter Pack, preloaded with credit. Woolworths Mobile uses the Telstra 4G network.
Beyond that, there are a total of six different plans to choose from. There are three postpaid contract plans where you have a choice of bundling a plan with one of seven different handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 from an extra $24 per month. All bundled plans have unlimited calls and texts but varying amounts of data. There are also three prepaid plans, whereby you grab a SIM card in-store, load it up with credit, and away you go. Most of these plans offer data rollover, which is a great feature.
Woolworths Mobile Phone Plans
Price Per Month
|Prepaid Plans||$15||Unlimited texts, $250 calls, 400MB data|
|$30||Unlimited calls and texts, 2GB data, $100 international calls, data rollover up to 15GB|
|$45||Unlimited calls and texts, 6GB data, $200 international calls, data rollover up to 15GB|
|Bundled Plans||$35||Unlimited calls and texts, 1GB data|
|$50||Unlimited calls and texts, 4GB data, 150 minutes to selected countries|
|$70||Unlimited calls and texts, 8GB data, 300 minutes to selected countries|
Source: Woolworths Mobile
Coles come into battle using the Optus 4G network, with its mobile plans available for purchase at all Coles supermarkets and Coles Express sites across Australia. Coles offers three prepaid plans, generally towards the lower-mid end of the market. Keep an eye out for recharge periods with Coles because they are different to most other carriers.
Coles Mobile Phone Plans
|$10 (10 day recharge)||Unlimited calls and texts, 1 GB data|
|$20 (28 day recharge)||Unlimited calls and texts, 2 GB data|
|$40 (28 day recharge)||Unlimited calls and texts, 7 GB data|
Source: Coles Mobile
Of the three supermarket chains, ALDI offers the widest range of options via its ALDI Mobile service, offering seven plans in total, using the Telstra 4G network – just like Woolies. The plans are broken up into two categories – Pay As You Go (PAYG) plans, and Value Packs. It’s important to note that the PAYG plans have a 365 day expiry period, which offers great flexibility for those not needing much use out of their device. The value packs have a 30 day expiry.
- With PAYG, calls are 12c a minute, texts 12c each, data 5c per MB and international calls from 10c per minute.
- With the S and M Value Packs, calls are 10c a minute and you get unlimited texts
ALDI Mobile’s plans range is fairly comprehensive, so you should be able to find a plan that matches your specific needs.
ALDI Mobile Phone Plans
Plan and Price
|PAYG Plans||$15||$15 value|
|Value Packs||S Value Pack – $15/month||$25 value, 500MB data|
|M Value Pack – $20/month||$75 value, 1.5GB data|
|L Value Pack – $25/month||Unlimited calls and texts, 2.25GB data, plus rollover|
|XL Value Pack – $35/month||Unlimited calls and texts, 6GB data, plus rollover, 200 minutes to international numbers|
|XXL Value Pack – $45/month||Unlimited calls and texts, 8GB data, plus rollover, 300 minutes to international numbers|
Source: ALDI Mobile
Online retailer Kogan has had a crack at mobile phone plans again, after a two-year hiatus. Now they operate on the Vodafone 4G network. So, between the four providers in this review, all three mobile networks in Australia are covered. If you have a particular preference to one, this will help make your mind up pretty quickly. If you live in a metro area with comprehensive coverage, let the plan inclusions be the point of difference.
At first glance, Kogan Mobile’s suite of plans can be overwhelming. There are 12 plans in total, but with different billing periods designed to get the consumer to commit to a longer period and ultimately save money in the long run. There are three tiers to the Kogan Mobile plan range – Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large. Each tier has three recharges available over 30 days, 90 days or 365 days. All offer unlimited calls and texts.
Kogan Mobile Phone Plans
Plan and Price (30 days)
|Small – $16.90||1GB|
|Medium – $29.90||3GB|
|Large – $36.90||8GB|
|Extra Large – $49.90||12GB|
Source: Kogan Mobile
If you’re willing to commit to a longer period than 30 days, then you could be up for some savings. See the breakdown below:
90 Day Discounts:
- Small: $46.90. $15.64 over 30 days – saving of $3.78 over 90 days
- Medium: $79.90. $26.64 over 30 days – saving of $9.78 over 90 days
- Large: $99.90. $33.30 over 30 days – saving $10.80 over 90 days
- Extra Large: $129.90. $43.30 over 30 days – saving $19.80 over 90 days.
365 Day Discounts:
- Small: $179.90. $14.79 over 30 days – saving $25.71 over 365 days
- Medium: $299.90. $24.65 over 30 days – saving $63.88 over 365 days
- Large: $399.90. $32.87 over 30 days – saving $49.05 over 365 days
- Extra Large: $539.90. $44.38 over 30 days – saving $67.22 over 365 days
Once you break down Kogan’s tremendous list of offerings, you’ll realise they are in fact pretty simple. To get the best discounts, you’ll need to commit to 12 months, but this way you can effectively get over a month’s worth of phone plan for free in a lot of cases. Can you commit? You could save money if you do.
Which supermarket phone plans offer the best value?
You may have your preferred place to shop for groceries and everyday items, but another brand might have what you’re after in the prepaid mobile stakes. Brand loyalty likely does not matter as much here – it’s what the plans offer that counts. Let’s see what the four retail giants offer below.
Phone Plans Under $20:
For less than a basket of groceries, there are a few contenders in this bracket. All retailers make an appearance here, but overall it’s Kogan that seems to offer the best bang for buck. However, Coles offers the same for cheaper, but only over a 10 day expiry. If it’s a long recharge you want, then ALDI Mobile might be the go here.
Phone Plans $30 and Under:
In this bracket, Woolworths especially ramps up its value, but all stores make an appearance once again. ALDI Mobile dominates with the most offerings, however it’s Kogan again that seems to offer the most bank for buck and for a reasonable price. Woolworths offers a strong offer similar to Kogan, but overall it’s beaten by the online retailer’s package and the potential for even further savings by buying in bulk.
Phone Plans Under $40:
As we move into the midrange of the market, the grocery chains deliver more heat to the kitchen with increased data and more inclusions. Kogan takes the cake again with its massive 8GB, but all providers are in hot contention, though fall behind in the data department. Woolworth’s bundled plans also make an appearance, though for all-out value it’s worth getting a SIM-only plan.
Who should you shop with?
It’s a hotly contested basket of brands, both on the shelves and in the mobile world. Out of the four, it seems Kogan Mobile took the top spot with the most value included for each of their prices. This was only made better by their 90 and 365 day plans. However, as they all operate on different networks, it might be worth picking the one you prefer. Further, is Kogan really a supermarket? You could argue no, and you’d probably be right. However, it’s fun comparing the online retail giant against its supermarket counterparts. The advantage for Coles, Woolworths and ALDI is you can simply pick up a SIM in-store.
The biggest take-home story from this report is that not choosing a plan based on your preference for a particular grocery store could save you some money. Comparing supermarket prepaid mobile plans with the whole range of plans out there could in fact save you even more. Overall it’s worth comparing every different plan you can before switching providers. Happy shopping!