Thursday , May 24 2018

[Updated] Vodafone announces its own unlimited mobile data plans from $60 per month

Following on from Telstra’s announcement earlier today of its first unlimited smartphone data plan, Vodafone has also released new unlimited plans which are available on 12 month SIM only contracts.

Unlike Telstra though, which includes 40 gigabytes of data and then unlimited data restricted to 1.5 megabits per second, Vodafone offers three different plans including unlimited data. The difference between the plans is that they include a different amount of high-speed data before the unlimited slower speed data kicks in. Here’s what they look like:

  • $60 per month includes 40GB of high-speed data
  • $80 includes 70GB of high-speed data
  • $100 includes a whopping 120GB of high-speed data before speed limits

Each of these plans includes a number of international call minutes and bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points. The plans are also available as SIM-only plans, and customers can opt to incorporate phone repayments into the plans for an extra cost depending on the handset selected.

Vodafone has confirmed that Red Roaming is indeed available on these new unlimited plans – however, only within the actual data inclusion. The unlimited 1.5 Mbps data is not available on Red Roaming, meaning that once you’ve exhausted your included data, you’ll be paying for extra – not using unlimited data at 1.5 Mbps as you would be in Australia.

We are waiting to hear more from Vodafone and we will share more with you once we have their official announcement. For the time being it looks like all the carriers are getting onto these unlimited plans.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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3 Comments on "[Updated] Vodafone announces its own unlimited mobile data plans from $60 per month"

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Ausdroid Reader

Huge improvement, now just need this on cheaper plans.

Hopefully in a few years time we can get 40GB with unlimited thereafter at $40 a month and 2.5-5Mbps instead of the current 1.5.

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Ex-Telstra Customer

Roaming is definitely available on the new plans! I just came from one of the stores to confirm this! How cool!

Ausdroid Reader

It is indeed, however it is a bit weird.

https://www.vodafone.com.au/doc/cis/mobileplans/au11879/may2018.pdf

“this will allow you to use your Talk, Text and Your Max Speed data inclusions for an extra $5 per day, per device. Once Your Max Speed data allowance is exhausted, additional data will be automatically added at a charge of $10/GB (“Additional Data”).”

So you get 30GB/m to use overseas in $5 roaming countries, but only the data from the main data allowance (on the $60/month plan). Every extra gigabyte is $10 while roaming.

Still great value though.

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