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SpinTel Mobile Phone Plans Review

SpinTel is one of a handful of purely Aussie telcos that offers down-to-earth, straightforward mobile phone plans. SpinTel has been around in telco land in some form or another since 1996. Today, SpinTel acts as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and has four different postpaid mobile phone plans on the Optus 3G and 4G networks. Optus wholesales the network to SpinTel and the savings are then passed onto you. See what SpinTel has to offer in this review from Canstar Blue.

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SpinTel mobile phone plans

SpinTel has four mobile phone plans to choose from, priced at $9.95 a month up to $73.95 a month.

Plan Name Plan Cost Per Month Inclusions
Small $9.95 200 call minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB (plus 500mb bonus)
Medium $15.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 3GB data
Large $19.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 5GB data
X Large $25.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 10GB data

Source: SpinTel website

All of these plans are on a month to month, no contract postpaid basis. Excess data is charged at $10 a GB, and you’ll also incur a $10 set-up fee across all plans. You could be forgiven for being put off by the upfront cost, especially with SpinTel’s cheaper plans, but they do recover from this shaky start to offer competitive value. Let’s get a quick overview of what the Aussie telco with a Koala as its mascot has to offer:

SpinTel Small Plan

Coming in at a hot price, the small plan costs under $10 a month and you’ll get a whopping 1.5GB of 4G data to go with it. This is the 1GB data as standard, plus 500mb extra for the first six months. You’ll also get unlimited texts and MMS, along with 200 minutes of calls. This bonus data means that SpinTel now has one of the cheapest plans to offer at least 1GB of data. Plus, on a no contract plan, you’re under no obligation to stick it out once the extra data offer ends. Most plans at this price come on a prepaid basis and with short expiry periods, but SpinTel offers its plans over a month and it’s hard to knock this one.

SpinTel Medium Plan

SpinTel’s Medium plan is sure to rock a few worlds as you can get a decent 3GB of data for less than $20 a month. With it, you also get SpinTel’s first plan to offer unlimited calls and texts. The $10 set-up fee is a little bit annoying, but with 3GB on tap for a low price there’s still value there.

SpinTel Large Plan

SpinTel calls this one its ‘best value’ plan, and with 5GB on board for about $20, we’re inclined to believe them. It wasn’t so long ago you’d be struggling to get 1GB for $20, now SpinTel is a real leader in this price bracket. SpinTel has trimmed the fluff and now offers lots of data at a relatively cheap price. This plan is quite versatile, allowing you to scroll through social media, watch a video or two, as well as a few podcasts on your commute. With $20, you can spend it on an espresso martini at a overpriced bar or 5GB data… your choice.

SpinTel X Large Plan

If you’re looking at SpinTel’s plans so far, and thought ‘Can’t I just have, like, more?’ then you’ve landed on the right plan. With 10GB on board, this is a plan of pretty massive proportions, and for under $30 it’s tough to beat. 10GB should see you blast through a quite a few videos, all the social media you could want, various apps and even a bit of Netflix. The world is your oyster.

 

How does SpinTel compare to other providers?

SpinTel offers four easy-to-understand plans to choose from. Despite its modest plan offerings, SpinTel stacks up surprisingly well in a sea full of postpaid MVNOs. It has all areas of the market covered, from light to heavy users. Let’s see how each SpinTel plan compare to the competition.

Small Plan Compared

This seems to be SpinTel’s most interesting plan, coming in as one of the cheapest out there to offer at least 1GB of data. Frequently at this price point you’re lucky to even get 500MB, let alone 1.5GB. With this amount of data, SpinTel competes with the likes of  OVO Mobile, Kogan Mobile and Moose Mobile. Keep in mind OVO and Kogan are on a prepaid basis, which may not even be a concern, but it is something to consider if you’re a stickler for postpaid.

Medium Plan Compared

At this stage, SpinTel looks to be one of the cheapest providers to offer 3GB of data plus unlimited calls and texts in the postpaid sphere. 3GB for under $20 is simply outstanding, and SpinTel knocks it out of the park. Other providers such as Exetel and Moose Mobile are also pretty competitive, as is Yomojo. Plans around $20 tend to be where the most competition can be found, and Spintel is a leader in this regard.

Large Plan Compared

5GB for under $20 is pretty outrageous, and SpinTel offers perhaps one of the most competitive plans out there. Compared to other providers, SpinTel tends to undercut others by a few others. Other providers worth keeping an eye out for include ALDI Mobile and Amaysim and Southern Phone.

X Large Plan Compared

If you want all that and a packet of chips, SpinTel’s 10GB plan stacks up very well against the competition. Again, Moose Mobile and Exetel are providers worth keeping an eye out for, as is Kogan Mobile. Keep in mind that with Moose Mobile and Exetel, there are incentives to sign up for 12 months, such as extra data or a cheaper price.

Is SpinTel right for me?

Overall, SpinTel offers a concise range of mobile phone plans. SpinTel often undercuts other providers by a few dollars, meaning less is more. Perhaps its most standout plan is the $19.95 one with which you get 5GB – this is tough to beat. SpinTel’s other plans are also an interesting proposition and immensely competitive, if a bit letdown by their $10 setup fees. While SpinTel doesn’t necessarily cater towards every consumer with its modest range of four plans, what it does offer is very strong, and as the saying goes ‘less is more’.

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