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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 and 4G 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.

SpinTel mobile plans at a glance

Operating as month-to-month SIM-only postpaid plans, SpinTel has five different plans available, starting at $9.95 per month and going up to $29.95. The basic plan gives you a cap on calls and only 2GB of included data, while the top-level plan includes unlimited standard national talk and text, plus 15GB of data (and you’ll even get some international call value included).

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$9.95 S Plan

  • 100 minutes standard national calls
  • Unlimited standard national SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $19.95 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$15.95 M Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $25.95 over one month plan period 

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$19.95 L Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $29.95 over one month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$22.95 XL Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $100 international call credit
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $32.95 over one month plan period

9GBMax Data**/billing period $22.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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$26.95 XXL Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $400 international call credit
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $36.95 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $26.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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.

The two top-level plans also include international call value, and global roaming can be switched on for any plan if you’re heading overseas. 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.

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

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SpinTel mobile network and coverage

As SpinTel operates on the Optus 3G and 4G 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 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 calls: SpinTel’s two top-level plans include a monthly international call allowance. On the XL plan, you’ll get $100 worth of international call value, while the XXL plan includes $400 of call value. You can check international call rates on the SpinTel website.
  • 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.

Individual products

SpinTel S plan

The cheapest plan available through SpinTel includes 100 minutes of standard national calls, unlimited standard national SMS, and 2GB of data, all for $9.95 per month.

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$9.95 S Plan

  • 100 minutes standard national calls
  • Unlimited standard national SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $19.95 over one month plan period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

SpinTel M plan

On the M plan, you’ll get unlimited standard national talk and text, plus 3GB of data, all for $15.95 per month.

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$15.95 M Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $25.95 over one month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $15.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

SpinTel L plan

SpinTel’s L plan includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, plus 5GB of data, for $19.95 per month.

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$19.95 L Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $29.95 over one month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $19.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

SpinTel XL plan

Going up to the XL plan will get you $100 of international calls to any country (although call rates will vary between countries). You’ll also get unlimited standard national talk and text, plus 9GB of data, for $22.95 per month.

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$22.95 XL Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $100 international call credit
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $32.95 over one month plan period

9GBMax Data**/billing period $22.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

SpinTel XXL plan

On the top-level plan, you’ll be paying $26.95 per month for unlimited standard national calls and SMS, 15GB of data, plus $400 worth of international call allowance that can be used to call any country.

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$26.95 XXL Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • $400 international call credit
  • Special offer: $10 SIM fee waived

min. cost $36.95 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $26.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

 

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
  • Email support via your account

How does SpinTel compare?

SpinTel 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.

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.

The international call inclusions on the top two plans are quite generous, and not restricting the call value to specific countries is a definite plus. 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, so it’s worth keeping the company in mind when comparing mobile phone plans.  

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