Review of C Mobile phone plans
CMobile is an Australian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that provides calls, SMS and data services to Aussie phone users around the country. The telco is unusual in that it has partnered with both Telstra and Vodafone to utilise their respective mobile networks in order to provide customers with quality coverage in their area – be it in metro or regional.
CMobile offers a comprehensive suite of phone and data plans, all of which are SIM Only and available on a postpaid, monthly basis. It also offers a range of outright mobile phones for you to choose from should you decide not to bring your own handset. We’ve covered all of CMobile’s phone plans in this review, so let’s see which offer the best value and how they compare to deals from other providers.
CMobile Phone Plans
|Plans (Network)||What’s Included||Price Per Month|
|Red Plans (Vodafone 3G Network)||PAYG rates, $50 credit upon activation||$0|
|100 call minutes OR 100 texts, 250MB data||$9.90|
|300 minutes OR 300 texts, 750MB data||$16.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 1.5GB data||$24.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 3GB data||$34.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 5GB data||$44.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 8GB data||$59.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 10GB data||$69.90|
|Blue Plans (Telstra 4G Network)||100 call minutes OR 100 texts, 150MB data||$14.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 1GB data||$24.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 3GB||$34.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 5GB||$44.90|
|Unlimited calls and texts, 10GB||$69.90|
|Data Plans||2GB (Vodafone)||$18|
Source: CMobile website.
CMobile phone plans come in two different categories: Red plans utilise Vodafone’s 3G network and are slightly cheaper in general, including a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) option with no upfront payments, whilst Blue plans use the Telstra 4G network which boasts improved coverage and reliability. The Blue plans are considered the best bet for customers who live in remote areas, as in many cases Telstra’s network will be your only option. If you’re confused about the difference between what plan uses what network, think about Vodafone and Telstra’s primary colour schemes – red and blue respectively.
CMobile Red plans
The CMobile Red plans – on the Vodafone network – come in six different varieties. The first is a very simple PAYG SIM card with low rates of:
- 10c/min calls
- 10c texts
- 2c per MB of data
These rates make it ideal for a spare phone or people who rarely use their phones. Let’s jump in to their more substantive plans:
$9.90 Red Plan:
A smidgen above ‘PAYG’, this plan offers $15 of included credit and 150MB of data each month. Calls and texts are billed at 15c for a call and 15c for a text. This comes out to be quite good value, so do the maths and see if this plan can fulfill your needs.
$16.90 Red Plan:
This plan bumps up the value with $45 included and 750MB of data. $45 included gets you up to 300 minutes of calls. For less than a red $20 note, you can jump into a CMobile Red plan that offers decent value.
$24.90 Red Plan:
As we enter the mid-range plans, CMobile has packed quite a lot into this one. With unlimited calls and texts, and 1.5GB of data, this plan represents a good value mid-end offering.
$34.90 Red Plan:
As CMobile trundles along the path of plans, this one finds its breadcrumbs and offers substantial value for the price. With unlimited calls and texts, as well as 3GB of data, CMobile has packed a lot in for less than two red notes.
$44.90 Red Plan:
As CMobile arrives at the mid-to-high end station, this $44.90 plan disembarks and offers you a great proposition – unlimited calls & texts, and 5GB of data. Do you take it? All you need is a pineapple note and they’ll give you $5.10 in change – easy. This plan is a great one that’s sure to see you through your daily commute for the month.
$59.90 Red Plan:
For an extra $15 a month, you’re essentially getting an extra 3GB with this plan. For less than three red notes, you can get a massive plan that offers great value. For the smartphone addict, we think this plan could tickle your fancy.
$69.90 Red Plan:
An extra $10 will see CMobile raise the stakes for you once more. If 8GB of data wasn’t quite scintillating enough, then 10GB surely must be! With this plan you are essentially getting an extra 2GB for only $10 a month more. For less than $70, you can land yourself a nice-value alternative to the giant telcos.
CMobile Blue plans
The other side of the coin is CMobile’s Blue plans on the trusty Telstra network. The base plan at $14.90 per month provides 100 calls or texts – otherwise known as $15 of value as you can mix and match calls & texts – and 150MB of data.
- Texts and calls are billed at 15c each/per minute respectively
The following four plans then have unlimited calls and texts, where you solely pay more for more data. Overall, while Blue users are likely to get more reception out in rural areas, it’s the Red users that are likely getting a little bit more value out of their plans. However, you will have to keep in mind that Red plans are limited to 3G speeds anyway. Beyond that, for relatively low prices it’s good having peace of mind with unlimited calls and texts.
CMobile Data packs
These are fairly simple to follow, and again you get a choice between the two networks. Red plans do appear to offer slightly more ‘bang for buck’, but there is still merit to the Blue plans. These plans make great options for tablets where you generally only need data for web surfing and the like, but there are PAYG call rates of 15c per minute, plus 15c texts, should you wish to make a call. They’re also obviously compatible with smartphones, so if you’re more of a data user than a call or text user, then these plans could be for you.
So, will you take the red pill or the blue pill?
How does CMobile compare to other providers?
CMobile’s plans are unusual in offering two different networks to choose from, meaning comparisons based on value will always be skewed towards the cheaper Red plans on the Vodafone network. Let’s compare them here:
Low End: $9.90 and $16.90 Plans
At the lowest price comes the $9.90 plan. For less than $10, it’s one of the cheapest plans out there before you can go on PAYG rates. This plan competes with similar offers from Think Mobile, SpinTel and Southern Phone. CMobile looks to stack up well in the data department. The other three suppliers have similar data inclusions but in an overall more expensive package.
At the lower-cost end of the spectrum, the $16.90 C Red plan delivers solid value for money compared to competitor SpinTel, but is pipped by the likes of Vaya and Dodo, which offer substantially more data for a comparable price. Overall, at these prices, telcos are limited as to what they can include. CMobile sits nicely, but is beaten by a couple of telcos in the data stakes.
Mid-Range: $24.90, $34.90 and $44.90 Plans
Coming into the mid-range, CMobile’s value starts to be more competitive against the likes of Dodo, Vaya and Amaysim. Though, once again, CMobile is let down by the lack of data inclusions, as both Vaya and Dodo offer more data for a comparable price, while Amaysim also has a similar deal. As telcos look to become more competitive, the bargaining chip they’ll continually use is probably going to be data.
The $34.90 and $44.90 plans are a similar story. CMobile remains competitive on price, but a lot of the time they are slightly edged by the likes of Jeenee Mobile, Think Mobile and TeleChoice that can offer either more data or a cheaper price – sometimes both! In the mid-range offerings, CMobile tends to sit smack bang in the middle of the ‘cheapest’ offerings – it is not ‘bad’ value, but is beaten by a few other players.
High-End: $59.90 and $69.90 Plans:
While these plans generally afford the customer large amounts of data, they do face increasing competition from a stacked field full of different providers. All in all, 8GB of data for about $50 a month seems to be the norm these days. CMobile stacks up nicely, but doesn’t offer anything outstanding here. Giant telcos Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Optus are starting to come into the picture here as they offer comparable data inclusions and prices as CMobile. It’s impressive that a small telco can hold off against the big guys.
At the $70 mark, Amaysim comes back into the picture – this time with a data pack on top of its top plan. Surprisingly, it’s Virgin that wins out in this category, and its plans are worth a look into because if you’re willing to spend some bigger bucks you’ll get big data inclusions – aspire to 15GB or more.
Overall, CMobile remains competitive amongst a suite of different providers throughout all of its price ranges. If nothing spectacular, its plans offer good value and reliability in a sea full of competition.
Is CMobile right for me?
CMobile is a great-value low-cost MVNO. Its huge range of plans offers something for everyone, and its use of two networks is innovative. Its use of the Telstra network for people living rurally is sure to please a large demographic who are wanting more from their plans but don’t want to suffer through blackspots in the country. While CMobile’s Blue plans offer great value out in the sticks, in urban regions, the Red plans offer the best value out of the two, and compare well to a range of competition. If you’re living in a rural region with little reception, then considering CMobile Blue plans is a wise choice, and if you’re in an urban region then Red plans could offer you great value for money.