Here’s what we know:
- AldiMobile will be using Telstra’s Wholesale 850 MHz network, as predicted by Ausdroid yesterday.
- This will give customers unparalleled coverage over Optus and Vodafone offerings, but without the full speed of the Next G network, or access to Telstra’s 4G network.
- Prepaid: $15 or $30 recharges, including 12 cent per minute calls, voice mail and text.
- Plan: $35 monthly plan with unlimited calls, voice mail and text and 4GB of data. Unclear whether this will be a pre- or post-paid plan.
- Customers can recharge by phone, in store, or online. Given the prevalence of Aldi Stores, this could be a good option for the budget-conscious.
- Customers can bring their own handset, or they can choose from a couple of in-store phone options as we unveiled yesterday.
Check out the detail in the plan matrix below:
Comparisons are being drawn with Kogan Mobile, which offers a $29 plan with unlimited calls and texts, along with 6GB of data. On the face of it, this sounds a better deal, however we’ve seen a number of people complaining of issues getting Kogan Mobile SIM cards, obtaining pre-paid credit and porting numbers, so your mileage may vary.
Will Aldi’s bricks-and-mortar status appeal to the Australian consumer who likes to be able to walk into a store and buy something? Will the $6 a month difference, and slightly less included data, make a major difference to the success of Aldi’s product?
Let us know in the comments. This is sounding like a pretty good deal to us.