Supermarket giant ALDI is well-known for its popular Special Buys, such as the infamous rocking chair and annual ski gear sale. And the latest hot offer from the discount chain is sure to be a hit if you’re looking for a new prepaid mobile phone plan for the whole family.
In the tradition of Aussie supermarkets launching mobile phone plans, ALDI has had its own range of prepaid deals for quite a while, as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the Telstra 4G and 3G networks.
Now ALDI Mobile is giving customers even more reason to consider switching, with its latest special offer: the $80 prepaid Family Pack. This is available in ALDI stores Australia-wide from 30 January to 28 February 2019, or while stocks last.
How does the ALDI Mobile Family Pack work?
It’s basically a way to bundle four different prepaid SIM-only phone plans under one account. This could be ideal for families (and even housemates and friends looking to grab a bargain) as it combines all four plans under a single account and bill.
For $80 per 30-days, you’ll get 40GB of data to share across all accounts. Not only that, but when you buy this pack in store, your first recharge will include 40GB of bonus data.
One user is selected to be the plan owner, and they’ll have control over the account. The account owner is able to add and remove users, monitor everyone’s usage, and set limits on the data allowance of the other three users. That means you can split data usage evenly over the three users (leaving you with the remaining data), or set stricter data restrictions for the kids. You don’t have to set data limits, but if you have kids or teenagers on this plan, it’s good way of keeping their data usage in check (and ensuring there’s enough gigabytes left for other users).
What if I’m an existing ALDI Mobile customer?
If you’re a current ALDI Mobile customer, you can switch to a Family Pack through your account. If you already have all the services that you want on a single ALDI Mobile account, you simply nominate one user to be the ‘owner’ of the Family Pack, select to recharge with the Family Pack, and then move the other services across. You can also purchase new ALDI Mobile SIM cards and activate your account, then move the service across to the Family Pack.
If you want to combine ALDI Mobile services that are set up on different accounts, once the ‘owner’ account is established, they can invite other services to join the Family Pack. After they accept the invite, those accounts will move across to the owner’s ALDI Mobile account.
What do you get with the ALDI Mobile Family Pack?
Apart from the convenience of having four mobile services bundled together, the biggest drawcard is the value for money and ability to data share. For $80 over 30 days, you get 40GB of data to share, unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS, plus unlimited standard international calls and SMS to select countries (including China, Germany, India, New Zealand, South Korea, the UK and USA).
If you’ve bought the Family Pack in store as part of the ALDI Special Buys promotion, then you’ll get an extra 40GB of data on your first recharge. If you run out of data, you can add on more, with $15 getting you an extra 3GB (with a maximum 40GB top-up at any one time).
For those who have the opposite problem and don’t use up the 40GB of data over 30 days, unused data will roll over continuously (without limit) if you recharge before the pack expires or within 24 hours of expiry.
Is the ALDI Mobile Family Pack worth it?
Finding the right phone plan can be tricky. While the big three telcos (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) can offer perks like data-free entertainment streaming and affordable ways to get your hands on the latest smartphone, a lot of mobile users simply want good value. ALDI Mobile and many other MVNOs are certainly providing straightforward value-for-money phone plans for Aussies.
If you’re looking into prepaid phone plans, especially phone plans for kids, there are a lot of deals out there, so you should think about what your priorities are and compare your options. The Family Pack from ALDI Mobile certainly does offer some good value for money: in a family of four, you’re essentially only paying $20 per person every 30 days, and the data inclusion is fairly generous if you were to split it evenly into 10GB chunks per person.
How does the ALDI Mobile Family Pack compare to other plans?
Compared to ALDI Mobile’s existing plans, the Large plan is $25 over a 30-day billing period and includes 9GB of data, plus unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS. You will also get unlimited standard international calls and SMS to 15 select countries, plus 100 minutes of calls and 50 SMS to an additional 35 countries. Comparing the Family Pack to the Large plan, you’ll get a bit more value for a little less money.
Of course there are plenty of other telcos with prepaid plans to consider. One downside to the ALDI Family Pack is that it’s restricting your family to sticking with the one provider, which might be a problem for some users. Below is a comparison of prepaid plans from other telcos with comparable inclusion, prices and expiry periods.
Is the Family Pack right for my family?
While the ALDI Mobile Family Pack certainly does provide some good value, you’ll need to consider whether this really is the right solution for you. There are some cheap phone plans, specifically for kids, available for $10 or under, which may be a better fit for younger phone users. If your current plan isn’t a prepaid one, it’s also worth considering whether you’d be happy to switch from postpaid to prepaid.
Also, while 40GB sounds like a lot of data, when it’s split across four people it might only suit families that are light to moderate data users — or if the kids really don’t need much, and you’re able to split more data with the adults. While this plan might not be right for everyone, it’s definitely worth considering if you think it will suit your family’s needs. You might even be able to save a bit of money in the process.