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CMobile Phone Plans Review

CMobile might not be the biggest name in the Aussie telco game, but as a company with an emphasis on providing easy-to-understand mobile plans, you might find this little telco has the right deal for you.

Unlike many of the other mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) which use only one network for cover, CMobile operates through two networks, with plans on both the Telstra 3G and 4G networks and Vodafone 4G/LTE network. This gives customers more choice over which network you would prefer to get your coverage through.

The telco provides a range of SIM-only postpaid plans, a selection of mobile data plans and even a few affordable mobile phone handsets. CMobile is Australian owned and operated and aims to provide great customer service for its simple and straightforward plans. But just how does CMobile’s postpaid plans stack up when it comes to value for money?

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CMobile plans at a glance

CMobile offers SIM-only postpaid plans on no lock-in contracts over monthly cycles, with all but one plan running as month-to-month plans. You can choose between the Red plans which operate on the Vodafone 4G/LTE network, or the Blue plans which run on the Telstra 3G and 4G networks. With the exception of the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) plan, CMobile includes unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS, with data inclusions starting at 500MB and going up to 60GB.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $9.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $9.90 over one month plan period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $9.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $10.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $10.90 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $22.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $22.90 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $22.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $32.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $32.90 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $32.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $36.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $36.90 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $42.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $42.90 over one month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $42.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $54.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $54.90 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $54.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $64.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $64.90 over one month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $64.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

What does CMobile offer?

If you’re after simple, straightforward value for use in Australia, CMobile could be a good option for you. You won’t find any entertainment extras included on the plans and there is a small setup fee you’ll pay upfront. Both the Red and Blue plans include charges for excess data but how much you’ll pay and the data units you’re charged for, vary between the plans. If you opt for the more top-level Blue plans, you’ll get unlimited international call inclusions to 10 countries, including China, Singapore, New Zealand, the UK and USA.

Feature Postpaid plans
Entertainment bonuses
Data-free video streaming
Data-free music streaming
International calls/texts
International roaming
Set-up fees
Data overage fees

CMobile network and coverage

CMobile is one of the few Aussie telcos (including Southern Phone and Think Mobile) to operate as a MVNO on more than one network. The advantage to this is that it puts more choice in the hands of consumers, especially as the coverage varies from provider to provider.

The Blue plans operate on the Telstra 3G and 4G networks, which currently covers over 99% of the Australian population. Red plans operate on the Vodafone 4G/LTE network, with cover reaching over 22 million Australians. Both Telstra and Vodafone are further expanding and improving coverage throughout Australia, so you you might soon have access or improved cover in your area.

Features and bonuses

The included value and charges varies between the Blue and Red plans, however for the standard month-to-month options, unlimited standard national calls and SMS are included.

  • Unlimited MMS: Not only is unlimited standard national talk and text included, but national MMS is also unlimited on the standard month-to-month plans.
  • International calls: There are unlimited international calls to 10 countries available on select Blue plans, but you’ll need to be on one of the higher-level plans for this inclusion.
  • International roaming: International roaming can be switched on for your CMobile SIM, however the rates while travelling will be higher than when you’re in Australia, so you’ll need to look into whether this is the best option for you when you’re overseas.
  • Mobile Handsets: CMobile has a small selection of mobile phones that you can purchase outright at reasonable prices, including devices designed as easy-to-use phones for seniors.

Individual products

CMobile Red Annual plan

Designed for casual phone users, the Red PAYG Annual Plan requires you to pay $50 upfront as credit for calls, text and data, which is valid for 12 months. If you use up the $50 credit, you’ll be charged each month for what you use, with reasonably cheap rates for calls and SMS. This plan is especially suitable for seniors and light phone users.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
C Mobile

Red Annual

  • $50 included credit
  • 10c min call/10c SMS/2c MB

min. cost $50 over 12 month plan period

PAYGMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

CMobile Red plans

If you’re after Vodafone cover, you’ll have a selection of four one-month Red plans to choose from. All of these postpaid plans include unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS with the increasing price points reflected in the data allowance. The lowest-level plan starts at $11.90 per month and includes 1GB of data. For $16.90 per month, you’ll get 2GB of data, while $24.90 per month will get you 4GB of data. The top-level plan gives you 6GB of data for $34.90 per month.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
C Mobile

Red $11.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls, SMS & MMS

min. cost $11.90 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $11.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Red $16.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls, SMS & MMS

min. cost $16.90 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $16.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Red $24.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls, SMS & MMS

min. cost $24.90 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $24.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Red $34.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls, SMS & MMS

min. cost $34.90 over one month plan period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $34.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

CMobile Blue plans

Prefer the Telstra network? There is much more selection on CMobile’s Blue plans with 12 different plans to choose from, which include unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS. The lowest plan is $9.90 per month with 500MB of data included. Going up to $10.90 per month will get you 1GB of included data, $16.90 per month gets you 2GB of data and $19.90 will get you 3GB of data. For mid-level plans, $22.90 per month gets you 4GB of data, $29.90 gets you 7GB, up to $32.90 per month includes 10GB of data and for $4 extra, you’ll get 15GB of data for $36.90 per month. The four top-level plans include much more data, with $42.90 per month getting you 20GB of data, $49.90 gets you 30GB of data, $54.90 per month will get you 40GB of data and the top-level plan at $64.90 will give you a generous 60GB. The $32.90 plan and upwards all include unlimited international calls to 10 select countries.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $9.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $9.90 over one month plan period

500MBMax Data**/billing period $9.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $10.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $10.90 over one month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $16.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $16.90 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $16.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $19.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19.90 over one month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $19.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $22.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $22.90 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $22.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $29.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $29.90 over one month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $29.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $32.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $32.90 over one month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $32.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $36.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $36.90 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $42.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $42.90 over one month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $42.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $49.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $49.90 over one month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $49.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $54.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $54.90 over one month plan period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $54.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $64.90

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $64.90 over one month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $64.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

CMobile contact details/customer support

Need some help with your CMobile plan or service? The telco offers a few contact and support options, including:

How does CMobile compare?

CMobile isn’t the only telco offering Telstra network coverage at lower prices. The following providers also use parts of Telstra’s 4G and 3G networks.

If you’re after the Vodafone network, these providers use parts of the Vodafone 4G/LTE network.

Is CMobile a good deal?

CMobile does have a lot of choice if you’re looking at postpaid phone plans with no lock-in contracts, with a total of 17 plans to choose from. The telco also provides a good option for seniors and light phone users with the Red Annual pay-as-you-go plan. If you don’t use or need much call, SMS or data inclusions, paying $50 upfront for credit to use over 12 months might be one of the most affordable options for you.

Having unlimited calls, SMS and MMS across all one-month plans is a big plus and the data inclusions are reasonably generous for the price. If you have friends and family in the 10 select countries, it’s also handy to have access to unlimited international calls.

Having a selection of plans across two networks is a big tick when it comes to giving consumers more choice. CMobile does also emphasise its dedication to customer service with Australian-based customer support. If you’re not big on huge data inclusions and flashy extras, you might want to keep CMobile’s postpaid plans as an option when comparing the right mobile phone plans for your needs.

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