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SpinTel Mobile Phone Plans Review

SpinTel has been on the Aussie telecommunications scene since 1996, and while it might not be the most recognisable telco, it has built its reputation by providing a small range of simple and straightforward postpaid mobile phone plans.

The telco operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the Optus 3G, 4G and 5G networks. While you can expect the same coverage as you’d get if you were signed up to Optus itself, you certainly won’t have to pay the same higher prices that the bigger telcos often charge. While SpinTel’s plans are simple, they do offer some good value for your money.

How does SpinTel compare to other postpaid providers?

The following table shows a selection of published postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try out our comparison tool for mobile phone plans to see a range of offers from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

The following table shows a selection of SIM-only postpaid plans with a minimum of 60GB data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try out our comparison tool for mobile phone plans to see a range of offers from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

SpinTel mobile plans at a glance

Operating as month-to-month SIM-only postpaid plans, SpinTel has five plans available, starting at $12.95 per month for 5GB and going up to $65 per month for 200GB and 5G access. All plans include unlimited talk and text, with the smallest plan data-capped after 5GB. Other plans cost $10 per GB if you surpass your monthly allowance.

What does SpinTel offer?

Straightforward value is what you’ll get with SpinTel. While there are no entertainment extras, and some users might find the maximum data inclusions to be a bit light on, most of the plans feature unlimited standard national talk and text.

There is also an upfront SIM activation fee, but check the website before you buy – depending on when you sign up, SpinTel may waive this charge. Global roaming is available, however it is switched off by default. For international calls and SMS, you will be charged pay-as-you-go rates as there are no international call or SMS inclusions on any plan.

Beyond these things, Spintel has one trick up its sleeve few other providers have – 5G access. Spintel is one of very few phone plan providers that offer access to a 5G network, although it only does so on two plans.

Included on SpinTel plans?
Entertainment bonuses
Data-free video streaming
Data-free music streaming
International calls/texts
International roaming
Set-up fees
Data overage fees

SpinTel mobile network and coverage

As SpinTel operates on the Optus 3G, 4G and 5G networks, you can expect coverage if you’re part of the 98.5% of the population with access to Optus.

While there are still parts of the country without strong Optus coverage, Australia’s second-largest telco is working on building more towers and improving services across Australia, especially in regional areas. Visit the SpinTel website to check the Optus coverage you have in your area.

Features and bonuses

All of SpinTel’s postpaid plans come with unlimited standard national text and – with the exception of the cheapest plan – all plans include unlimited standard national calls.

  • International roaming: Roaming is switched off by default, but you can opt to switch it on if you’d prefer to have access to your SpinTel number when travelling. International roaming rates are available on the SpinTel website.
  • Data capping: When you sign up for your SpinTel plan, you can elect to turn data capping on. This will prevent any excess data charges if you go over your allowance — which can be a beneficial feature if you have kids on a SpinTel plan. Alternatively, data capping is on by default on the $12.95 plan.
  • 5G access: Select Spintel plans have access to the Optus 5G network.

Individual products

SpinTel $12.95 plan

The cheapest plan available through SpinTel includes unlimited standard national calls, unlimited standard national SMS, and 5GB of data, data capped so you won’t be charged for exceeding your monthly allowance, all for $12.95 per month.

SpinTel $20 plan

For $20 per month, this plan includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, but with 17GB of data.

SpinTel $38 plan

On the $38 plan, you’ll get unlimited standard national talk and text, plus 70GB of data, all for $38 per month.

SpinTel $50 plan

On this plan, you can expect 80GB of data and 5G access for $50 per month.

SpinTel $65 plan

On the top-level plan, you’ll be paying $65 per month for unlimited standard national calls and SMS along with 200GB of data and 5G access.

SpinTel contact details/customer support

Need some help with your SpinTel plan or service? The telco offers a few contact and support options, including:

  • General customer support: 1300 303 375
  • Live chat on the website
  • Email support via your account

How does SpinTel compare?

SpinTel isn’t the only telco offering Optus network coverage at lower prices, but it is one of the few providers that offers 5G access. The following providers also use parts of the Optus 4G and 3G networks.

Is SpinTel a good deal?

Simple and straightforward plans are what you can expect with SpinTel. Most of the telco’s postpaid phone plans offer good value for moderate phone users, so if you consider yourself to be an average user and just need a plan with talk, text and data inclusions, SpinTel might be the right choice for you.

While there are five different plans to choose from, there isn’t a huge amount of difference between them. However, data inclusions don’t jump up as drastically as some of the other telcos do — so if you know you’ll need more than 15GB of data each month, you might be better off looking around at plans from other providers.

That being said, there is some solid value for your money with SpinTel, especially if you want 5G access, so it’s worth keeping the company in mind when comparing mobile phone plans.

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About the author of this page

Tara Donnelly

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.

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