Dodo Mobile Phone Plans Review

One of several well-known brands owned by Vocus Communications, Dodo is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Founded in 2001, it’s now a serious challenger to bigger telcos when it comes to both phone plan and home broadband services, particularly in terms of its NBN plans. In this report we assess the value of Dodo’s mobile phone plans and see how they compare to similar providers. Read on for details of what Dodo offers, or jump straight into our plan comparison tool to find a great deal.

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Dodo Mobile Phone Plans

Dodo’s mobile phone plans utilise the Optus 4G network, which covers over 98 per cent of Australia and ensures you’ll be getting a fast, reliable mobile service. Dodo offers three postpaid phone plans, all of which are available on either a month-to-month or 12 month term and all have unlimited calls & texts.

  • $20: 4GB or 6GB data
  • $30: 12GB or 20GB data, plus 100 international minutes to 34 countries
  • $40: 18GB or 30GB data, plus 500 international minutes to 34 countries

The differences in data denote the contract length, as those on a month-to-month plan may have to sacrifice some data in the name of flexibility. All SIM cards mailed out also incur a $10 postage and handling fee.

  • Excess data is charged at $10 per gigabyte, and is auto-added

In total you’ll find six plans to choose from in the postpaid sphere.

Dodo 12-month SIM-only plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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6GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • $10/mth for your first six months

min. cost $180 over 12 months

6GBMax Data**/billing period $20.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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20GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 100 minutes to 34 countries
  • $15/mth for your first six months

min. cost $270 over 12 months

20GBMax Data**/billing period $30.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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30GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 500 minutes to 34 countries
  • $20/mth for your first six months

min. cost $360 over 12 months

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Dodo SIM-only month-to-month plans

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4GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • $10/mth for your first 3 months

min. cost $10 over 1 month

4GBMax Data**/billing period $20.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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12GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 100 minutes to 34 countries
  • $15/mth for your first 3 months

min. cost $15 over 1 month

12GBMax Data**/billing period $30.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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18GB Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS
  • 500 minutes to 34 countries
  • $20/mth for your first 3 months

min. cost $20 over month

18GBMax Data**/billing period $40.00Advertised Data^^/billing period
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How does Dodo compare to other providers?

Dodo has a suite of plans that are very competitive among the competition. As it stands Dodo has one of the cheapest unlimited plans in Australia, but its set-up fees for monthly plans are prohibitive especially when other providers set-up and ship out your SIM card for free. To see how Dodo really stacks up, let’s dive in with further detail.

12 Month Plans Compared

There is strong incentive to sign up for 12 months with Dodo, as the provider proves to be one of the most competitive in the market at most price points. A total of 20GB for just $30 is immensely competitive, and few others can match it.

Month to Month Plans Compared

If you’re not willing to commit, Dodo’s plans are still pretty competitive, but decidedly less so. If you shed the contract you’ll have to be willing to shed at least a few gigabytes of data. At the sub-$40 price point, at least, other providers can and do offer a couple extra gigabytes. This gulf is generally even more pronounced at more expensive price points, so it pays to shop around.

Is Dodo Mobile right for me?

Dodo’s range of products from broadband to insurance has ensured the brand is far more than just another cheap service provider. Its comprehensive suite of plans and add-ons reinforces its reputation as a serious player in this market. Offering good value phone plans, 4G connectivity and several contract length options to pick from (including a phone handset option), Dodo is certainly shaping up well.

Though, there are a few drawbacks. In an ever evolving telco industry, Dodo falls slightly behind some of its biggest low-cost rivals. In the mid-to-high end of plans on a month-to-month contract – where Dodo faces the most competition – it’s pipped primarily in the data stakes. Further, the fact that many of Dodo’s most competitive deals are on-contract means that users who like flexibility to swap and change around may be turned off. And if you want to go month-to-month you’ll  sacrifice some data. Overall, before deciding where to spend your money, you’ll have to compare Dodo to the competition and see what the best offer is for your needs.

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