Spintel logo

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.

Loading...

SpinTel mobile phone plans

SpinTel has five mobile phone plans to choose from, priced at $9.95 a month up to $39.95 a month.

Plan Name Plan Cost Per Month Inclusions
Small $9.95 200 call minutes, unlimited texts, 1.5GB
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, $400 international calls
XXL $39.95 Unlimited calls and texts, 15GB data, $400 international calls

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, but you can opt-out of automatic top ups to rein in those excess data charges. 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. There are usage warnings at 50%, 85% and 100% of usage points.

  • SpinTel now has one of the cheapest plans to offer at least 1.5GB of data.
  • SpinTel’s other plans are also immensely competitive, with the 5GB plan being a particular standout.

Let’s get a quick overview of what the Aussie telco has to offer and see how the plans compare below.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Small

  • 200 minutes, unlimited texts

min. cost $19.95 over first 30 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $25.95 over first 30 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $29.95 over first 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International Call Credit

min. cost $35.95 over first 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

How does SpinTel compare to other providers?

SpinTel offers five 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.

Plans with up to 5GB 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, Boost Mobileand Moose Mobile. Keep in mind OVO and Boost 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 and never running out of credit.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

$15.95 SIM Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $10 SIM Fee

min. cost $25.95 for First month

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Boost Mobile

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 10 countries, 100 mins to 40 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Moose Mobile Logo

Moose 25 SIM Only – 12M

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $300 over 12 month contract

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25.00Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 50 international minutes

min. cost $29.95 over 30 day billing period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $29.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Plans with over 10GB compared

With 10GB on more on board, you’re well poised to stream, listen to podcasts, download apps, browse and even more. This is arguably where the most competition lies, with many postpaid providers offering immense deals if you sign on for 12 months. Despite tough competition from Southern Phone, Vaya and Exetel, SpinTel manages to hold its own on a no-contract basis. While there’s a couple extra gigs to be had with some 12 month plans, you do have to weigh up whether being locked in for a year is worth it. Plans can and do change all the time; this means that this year’s hot deal is next year’s dud.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Spintel Logo

$25.95 SIM Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • $50 International calls
  • $10 SIM Fee

min. cost $35.95 for First month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $25.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Green 35

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 Months

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vaya Logo

Unlimited $34

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $204 over 6 Months

10GBMax Data**/billing period $34Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel Logo

Extra Value 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited Overseas SMS
  • $300 International Calls

min. cost $419.88 over 12 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $234.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

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 five plans, what it does offer is very strong, and as the saying goes ‘less is more’.

Compare Postpaid Plan Providers

Advertisement