Review of GoTalk mobile phone plans
If you’re like many of us, you may be looking for a new, better-value mobile phone plan, but are simply frazzled by the sheer amount of options currently available. ‘Plan X has such-and-such inclusion, but Plan Y has more data for the same price, whereas Plan Z promises me the world but only when the crows are flying west.’ It can be a tough time researching all the different phone plans out there, and it’s easy to put it into the ‘too hard’ basket. We all want a simple, no-fuss plan that simply delivers good value – and this is where GoTalk steps in. Read up on what GoTalk has to offer in this review by Canstar Blue.
What is GoTalk?
GoTalk is one of Australia’s many low-cost mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). It works exclusively on a prepaid basis, offering several different plan types and specialising in international calls and texts. With no lock-in contracts, and coverage from the Vodafone 3G network, GoTalk is a great no-frills option for those looking to keep up with friends and family.
We’ve checked out what’s on offer to see just what GoTalk’s plans include, as well as how they compare to other carriers. GoTalk offers plans in four different varieties – AnyTime, Aussie, Max and Straight Talk Plus.
- AnyTime: Calls from 0c per minute to international numbers.
- Aussie: A mix of calls, texts and data for around Australia.
- Max: Low international talk and text rates.
- Straight Talk Plus: Cheap international rates.
So it seems there are three buckets dedicated towards international calling, and one for domestic use. Arguably the bucket most compelling for the everyday consumer is the ‘Aussie’ one, whereby users recharge and get a set amount of calls, texts and data. Plans are as follows:
- Aussie 30: Unlimited calls & texts, 2GB data over 30 days.
- Aussie 40: Unlimited calls & texts, 4GB data over 30 days.
That’s it – a fairly concise array. Excess data is 5c/mb and users can add-on additional credit for overseas calls and texts.
How does GoTalk compare to other mobile providers?
GoTalk’s wide variety of prepaid recharges sees it competing with a diverse array of rival telcos. With hugely variable call rates – both internationally and domestically – it’s difficult to compare apples with apples in the PAYG world. If you’re set on a PAYG plan, it pays to read the Critical Information Summary of each plan you’ve lined up to determine who offers the best rates. We can say though that GoTalk offers an exciting prospect of cheap international call and text rates, with often only a flagfall to pay for. If you’re frequently calling abroad then GoTalk may be up your alley.
Thankfully the Aussie plans – as slightly more traditional SIM-only deals around these days – are easier to compare with the competition. How do they fare?
GoTalk $30 plan compared
While it’s great to get unlimited calls and texts with 2GB of data, the fact is that GoTalk loses out here in the data ranks. There are many other providers that for $30 manage to offer 5GB or even more. This is especially true if you look to the postpaid world, where providers can offer incredible amounts of value if you’re willing to sign up for 12 months. However, where GoTalk may win out is their cheap international rates for calls – it’s best to consult the Critical Information Summaries of each of these providers.
GoTalk $40 plan compared
Jumping up $10 will see GoTalk doubling up the data inclusions to 4GB, which is an enticing prospect if you’re the type of person who’s always on the go and needing to stay connected. Unfortunately GoTalk falls behind here again, as they are trumped in the data inclusions by quite a margin. Again, GoTalk falls a fair bit behind the market leaders; these days you can expect around 15GB for 40 big ones, and even more if you dig a little deeper.
Are GoTalk prepaid mobile plans good value?
GoTalk is quite a unique telco in the sense they offer a broad range of internationally-inclined. What does this mean? Well, they simply offer great rates to international numbers. Where other providers charge an arm and leg for making a call to your sister taking a gap year in Europe, GoTalk provides a way to call her without sending you broke in the process. In this instance, GoTalk is a winner here with its cheap international call and text rates. How about their unlimited plans?
The Aussie unlimited plans are cheap, no fuss plans that on the surface include an OK amount of data. However, they lose out frequently to other low-cost carriers who offer more data for less. Overall, GoTalk’s plans are easy and convenient, but with a little more work you can find a telco that offers supremely better value.