Dodo Mobile Phone Plans Review
As one of the more well-known brands under the Vocus Communications umbrella, Dodo has made a name for itself as an internet, phone and energy provider. When it comes to mobile phone plans, it operates as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator on the Optus 4G network.
While the telco is best known for its ADSL and NBN plans, it does offer a small range of SIM-only postpaid mobile phone plans. But how do these plans stack up when it comes to value for money? Read on to find out.
Dodo mobile plans at a glance
Dodo’s mobile phone plans are pretty straightforward. There are three plans to choose from, which are available on a month-to-month basis. Dodo is also one of a handful of telcos offering a plan at under $10. Data allowances on these plans are fairly small (there is even a plan with no data included) so if you’re after a lot of data, you’ll probably want to look elsewhere. Plans start at $5 a month (with no included data), going up to $30, plus there are optional data, international call and MMS packs that can be added on.
What does Dodo offer?
Dodo’s SIM-only postpaid mobile plans are uncomplicated, with unlimited standard national calls included on all plans. All plans also include unlimited standard national SMS, and unlimited international SMS. While there are no flashy entertainment extras, these plans do offer some decent value — including international call inclusions — at a reasonable price point.
|Included on Dodo plans?|
|Data-free video streaming|
|Data-free music streaming|
|Data overage fees|
Dodo mobile network and coverage
Dodo operates on the Optus 3G and 4G networks, which covers 98.5% of the Australian population. This is good news if you have access to Optus in your area, as you’ll also be covered by other MVNOs on the network.
Optus is also expanding its mobile network throughout the country, specifically in rural locations; so if you currently don’t have access to Optus, or very limited service, you might see improved coverage soon. But overall, if you’re living in a major city, town or populated area, you should have no issues with Optus coverage.
Features and bonuses
All of Dodo’s mobile plans come with unlimited standard national calls, including calls to 13/1300 numbers. While there are no entertainment bonuses that you might receive with other providers, Dodo has a solid offering when it comes to the basics of what you need in a mobile phone plan.
- International calls: As a nice bonus on the $20 and $30 plans, you’ll get international call allowance to 35 select countries, including Canada, China, Greece, India, New Zealand, the UK and USA. On the $20 plan, you’ll get 100 minutes call allowance and on the $30 plan you’ll get 200 international minutes.
- International SMS: All of the postpaid plans come with unlimited international SMS — that’s great news if you have friends and family overseas, no matter which country they’re in.
- International roaming: International roaming is available with Dodo’s postpaid plans, however you will have to get in touch with the telco to enable this option. The rates are also determined by which country you’re travelling in, so check the website to see how much calls, texts and data will cost you on your travels.
Perhaps one of the most unique phone plans on the market, Dodo is offering a super-cheap plan with no data. For $5 a month, you’ll get unlimited standard national calls and SMS, along with unlimited standard international SMS and no data inclusions. If you do want data on this plan, you can add on 3GB for an additional $10 per month.
Dodo’s $20 plan includes the same unlimited standard national calls and SMS as its $5 option, plus unlimited international SMS and 100 international minutes to 35 select countries. Plus, you’ll get 12GB of data each month.
Jumping up to $30 a month will get you up to 36GB of data, plus unlimited standard national calls and SMS, unlimited international SMS and 200 international minutes to 35 countries.
Dodo contact details/customer support
Need some help with your Dodo plan or service? The telco offers several contact and support options, including:
- General customer support: 13 36 36
- Online support through the Dodo website
- The Dodo Facebook page
- Twitter: @DodoAustralia
How does Dodo compare?
Dodo isn’t the only telco offering Optus network coverage at lower prices. The following providers also use parts of the Optus 4G and 3G networks.
- Southern Phone
- Moose Mobile
- Catch Connect
- Coles Mobile
Is Dodo a good deal?
Dodo does offer some good, simple value for a reasonable price. Having unlimited national calls on all plans, not to mention unlimited national and international SMS, is a great inclusion. The ‘No Data’ plan is clearly a stand out at $5, especially if you want a super-cheap plans and don’t need or use much data at all, and you don’t plan to make international calls.
The inclusion of international minutes on the top two plans is also a big plus if you’re looking to make calls to any of the 35 select countries. Including unlimited international SMS on all plans could also be quite useful, especially as other smaller telcos don’t often include overseas texting as standard. Plus, the $20 and $30 plans have some decent data inclusions for the price point, so while Dodo offers perhaps one of the simplest and smallest range of plans, there is definitely some good value in what they offer.
While there are no flashy entertainment inclusions, Dodo does offer simple plans at a reasonable price point. If you’re looking for an affordable mobile option on the Optus network, it could be worth considering Dodo when comparing mobile phone plans.
About the author of this page
This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Telco Editor, Tara Donnelly. Having spent over seven years writing for and editing telco comparison websites, she’s an expert in all things phone & internet, including NBN plans, wireless technology, the latest mobile devices and how to find the best deal for your family. She loves to highlight the next best deals, while also flagging the things you need to be aware of.
What do customers think about Dodo mobile plans?
In 2019, Australians gave Dodo 4 out of 5 stars for Overall Customer Satisfaction in postpaid mobile plans.