It’s safe to say that the mobile plan market is dominated by the Big 3 – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. They are all premium telcos, offering all kinds of different mobile plans, broadband plans and entertainment packages. However, after enjoying much success, the Big 3 have experienced a threat – a threat from the underdogs of the telco world. These threats are called Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). They piggyback off the networks of the big boys and quite often offer better value.
Seeing as these MVNOs don’t have to provide infrastructure – or in many cases physical stores – their plans can be much better ‘bang for buck’ than those from the Big 3. Two such mobile carriers to offer superb value are Jeenee Mobile and Telechoice. While they are both great value, they’re both a little bit different in terms of what they offer, and how they offer it. Read below to find out who offers what, and whether Jeenee Mobile or TeleChoice is king of the MVNOs.
What do Jeenee and TeleChoice offer?
As low-cost MVNOs, their plans cost anywhere from around $15 to $60 a month. Both providers offer no contract, month to month SIM-only postpaid plans, but TeleChoice also gives you the opportunity to go on a 12-month contract for some extra benefits. In total there are 19 plans between the two providers.
- TeleChoice started out as a ‘bricks and mortar’ phone shop, and then started offering its own plans – there are stores still operating today
- Jeenee has ties with Community Connections Australia – a charity helping the disabled get access to mobile phones – and donates some of its profits to it.
Let’s dive in and see what’s on offer from the two.
Plans $20 and under
At this low price range, there are five plans that can be had between both TeleChoice and Jeenee Mobile. Jeenee tends to offer the cheapest plans, but what you get included might be proportionally less than what TeleChoice offers. The pick of the Jeenee bunch is the $18 Pennywise plan with unlimited texts, 200 minutes of calling and 2GB of data. The main limitation with this plan is that you are capped at 200 minutes, but 2GB data and unlimited texts at this price point is good value. However, the $10 upfront fee is a bit of a slap in the face.
TeleChoice offers two plans both exactly the same, so you’re probably wondering what the difference is. One is on a 12 month contract, while the other one has no contract. TeleChoice seems to reward customers for signing up for the long-term.
- You’ll get $1 off your plan per month if you commit to 12-months
- You’ll get 2GB of data, unlimited texts and $500 call value
- Calls cost 99c a minute plus 40c flagfall
- You could potentially make over 200 two-minute long phone calls, bringing the total to 400 minutes or more.
Is the extra $1-$2 over Jeenee’s plan worth it? We suspect it may be if you need more calling allowances. But decide for yourself.
Plans $30 and under
In this price bracket, expect data allowances over 2GB and drastically-improved call values. TeleChoice in particular offers a much greater range and choice. Again, you are rewarded for committing to 12 months rather than taking the no contract option.
- Committing to 12 months will get you an extra 500MB data on the $28 plan
- $29 on a 12 month contract will get you 3.5GB data and unlimited calls and texts, saving $1 over the no-contract plan
TeleChoice is really ramping up enticements to try and get customers to stick it out for a year. Jeenee, however – while offering only two plans in this segment – comes in strongly. For $25, you’ll get 2.5GB and unlimited calls and texts. There’s also no $10 set-up fee from here on out. The $30 plan will get you 4GB of data with unlimited calls and texts. We suspect this one is the pick of the bunch as it offers the most data, and no confusing bonuses without a contract.
Plans $40 and under
As we reach the midrange of the market, both Jeenee and TeleChoice have seriously ramped up inclusions like data and international calling. Unlimited national calls and texts are pretty much a given at this point.
Jeenee’s plan comes in as the cheapest at $35 a month for 6GB data (2GB bonus), with $300 of international calls. A call to Canada costs 51c a minute for reference. TeleChoice’s plans are much the same, but a little dearer. By opting for the 12 month contract you’ll get 7GB data, plus 100 international minutes (+ 100 minute bonus). By staying with no contract, you’ll get 1GB less and no international bonus minutes. It’s hard to beat Jeenee here, because its plan is $3 cheaper and comes with increased data with its bonus, and more international call value (depending on where you call of course!)
Plans $60 and under
As we mosey into the high-end of telco plan town, it’s apparent that Jeenee has the strongest showing. However, Jeenee’s plans are not as they seem. You might see the data allowances and exclaim “Jiminy Cricket!” You must keep in mind that its Mammoth plans use the Optus 3G Network. While you get lots of data to use, you likely won’t get the tip-top speeds that 4G connectivity offers. However, we suspect people in an area with spotty 4G connection will benefit most from these Mammoth plans.
Back to the 4G plans, and TeleChoice only has one plan here, with 11GB of data, and 200 minutes of international calling (+100 minute bonus). This one comes with a 12 month contract, and the other comes with no contract, albeit with less value. This is in direct competition with Jeenee’s $45 plan that offers 10GB of data and $300 value for international calls. Irrespective of networks, is that extra $3 for an extra gigabyte worth it? We suspect yes, but you’ll be locked into a contract.
At the upper end of the scale, Jeenee offers 15GB of data and $500 value for international calls for $60 a month. If Telechoice ever offers a plan in this price bracket, it will be interesting to see how they can compare to Jeenee. In this price bracket, we’re giving the slight edge to Jeenee, however we suspect you’ll be just as happy with Telechoice whose Telstra network may offer superior coverage in some areas.
Who offers better value: Jeenee or TeleChoice?
It’s safe to say that Jeenee and Telechoice both offer supreme value across many price points in the postpaid mobile world. They are both pretty neck and neck in terms of prices and inclusions – in many cases only their respective networks set them apart. Jeenee is on Optus, and TeleChoice is on Telstra, so you may prefer one over the other. The good news is that you are not compromising much by siding with the MVNO that operates on your preferred network.
However, apart from the budget-end, Jeenee Mobile appears to pull away from its rival in terms of both price and inclusions. There’s also a lot more to choose from than with TeleChoice.
What’s more is that to compete directly with Jeenee, TeleChoice stunts itself by offering plans on a 12 month contract. Given the way the MVNO world is moving, we suspect contracts are becoming a thing of the past as more people desire a no contract plan. In order for TeleChoice to continue competing, it will have to place more emphasis on maximum flexibility.