Vodafone’s new phone plans feature more data, less confusion

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With 5G officially live and new, high-end devices hitting the Aussie market, it’s not surprising that the major telcos are looking to revamp their postpaid phone plans. The first big name to shake things up? Vodafone, who has quietly revised its phone and SIM-only offerings, adding more data and cutting confusing bonus features.

The provider now has six plan options for customers buying a device, and seven plans for 12-month SIM-only subscribers. Like with Vodafone’s previous offerings, Red Plus plans (featuring unlimited slowed-down data) are still available, as well as standard Red plans with capped monthly gigabytes.

Vodafone ‘phone on a plan’ changes

Vodafone’s updated smartphone plans now include more monthly data, with the telco scrapping the limited-time bonus gigabytes available on its former plans. All plans include unlimited standard national calls and texts in Australia, plus unlimited standard texts overseas, and customers have the option of adding extras such as $5 Roaming, and Vodafone Passes.

Plans are still divided into ‘Red’ and ‘Red Plus’, with Red Plus options featuring a monthly allowance of high-speed data, plus unlimited data use with a maximum speed of 1.5 megabits per second. This is fast enough for general browsing, music streaming, and watching video in standard definition: however, it’s not suitable for high-definition Netflix or YouTube, or bandwidth-heavy activities.

All plans currently include two months free from plan fees for new customers, provided you sign up before 21 June. All of Vodafone’s new Red and Red Plus phone plans are listed below, but keep in mind that prices don’t include what you may pay each month for a new smartphone. These are featured products.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over one month (plus handset costs)

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $45 over one month (plus handset costs)

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month (plus handset costs)

90GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 90GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $55 over one month (plus handset costs)

90GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month (plus handset costs)

125GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 125GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $65 over one month (plus handset costs)

125GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Plans of $45 and up also include standard international calling to selected countries; depending on your plan, you’ll receive either 1000, 2000, or unlimited minutes to Zone 1 countries, and up to 300 minutes to Zone 2. Zone 1 countries include most-called destinations such as the UK, USA, New Zealand, Ireland, India, and China.

New Vodafone SIM-only plans

Vodafone’s 12-month bring-your-own-phone plans also match the above prices and data inclusions, and the telco has even launched a presumably limited-time-only $40 SIM-only promo plan featuring 40GB of data. As with the above phone plan options, Vodafone’s SIM-only plans include both Red and Red Plus, and give customers the choice of adding extras such as Vodafone Passes and international roaming.

All of Vodafone’s new 12-month SIM-only plans are listed below. These are featured products.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$35 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$40 Red SIM Only Promo Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 500 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 50 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $480 over 12 months

40GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$45 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 100 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $540 over 12 months

50GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 months

90GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$55 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 90GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 months

90GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 Red SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $780 over 12 months

125GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$65 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 125GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to Zone 1 countries, 300 international minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $780 over 12 months

125GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

If you do sign up for a 12-month SIM plan and bring your own device, be aware that you won’t be eligible for for the ‘two months free’ offer available to customers buying a new smartphone. You’ll also be locked in your plan for a full 12 months, where as phone-and-plan customers can switch plans at any time, or cancel their service completely by paying off their device.

Should I switch to Vodafone?

With Telstra confirming that it will be launching its own plan changes at the end of June, Vodafone’s data and price makeover is well-timed. Although Vodafone’s new plans don’t include the bonus monthly data found in previous offers, a boost in standard included gigabytes – as well as a shift in the monthly pricing – means customers will receive more value overall.

Previously, Vodafone’s priciest plan was its $80 SIM Only Plus option, which featured 80GB of fast data each month, plus unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps. This plan also included 70GB of bonus data each month, bringing your total fast-data allowance up to 150GB.

Under Vodafone’s new plan structure, its biggest offer is the $65 SIM Only Plus plan, which includes 125GB of high-speed data each month (plus unlimited slower data). This plan doesn’t include any bonus gigabytes, but does mean you’re getting more fast data for your dollars overall than on Vodafone’s now-retired $80 deal – and you’ll still have unlimited data leftover if you do use up your max-speed megabytes.

Even lower-end plans now offer more value, as Vodafone’s entry-level $35 plan now includes 5GB of data (up from 3GB). The only major downside to Vodafone’s new plans is that bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points are no longer included at sign-up – while this isn’t an issue for many customers, it may be disappointing for members of Qantas’ rewards program.

Overall, Vodafone’s plan shake-up makes the telco a stand-out contender if you’re looking for a new phone on a plan. And with included international minutes, and the option to add data-free streaming through Vodafone Passes, Vodafone also provides strong SIM-only options for BYO device customers.

However, if you are looking for a no-frills deal, there’s plenty of smaller providers – including Amaysim, Boost Mobile, TeleChoice, Southern Phone, and Moose Mobile – offering seriously cut-throat monthly prices. Whether you’re after a postpaid or prepaid plan, it pays to compare what’s on offer before you make a commitment.

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