In the cut-throat world of SIM only plans Vodafone is normally a hot contender, however, today they have just blown the competition out of the water. Until the end of the month, Vodafone is offering tonnes of data plus unlimited calls and texts for crazy prices.
How crazy? 10GB for $40, 18GB for only $45 and a whopping 22GB for only $55, all of those are on 12 month SIM only plans. Those last two include an additional $5 off per month because well who cares, it’s a lot of data for a little bit of cash.
Traditionally I’d say speak to your carrier for a price match, but in my experience today Telstra first offered me the same data I have now for $10 a month extra, then tried to offer me a similar plan to the $45 Vodafone plan for $85. If you want to be frustrated and deal with your own carrier then give it a go, however, I suggest a sedative first.
The golden age of competitive plans between carriers seems to be dead, while Vodafone and Optus seem to go toe to toe to some degree, Telstra has just completely abandoned the idea of being competitive on pricing or data inclusions. Considering the significant network issues they seem to have from time to time, it almost feels like they are trying to force customers off their network whilst maintaining higher profits.
How do you do that? Keep prices high, inclusions low and wait for customers to flock to the other networks until your own struggling infrastructure is back within its limits but your profits stay nice and sky high. To be honest, if you’re not forced to use Telstra for some reason, I think the time has come to jump ship, and Vodafone is definitely making their ship look really attractive right now.