choosing the right mobile plan

In these uncertain times, people are taking the time to check every part of their lives in order to see where some money can be saved. One of the best places where you can save your money is on your mobile phone bill. As more people are being made to stay at home, people are either spending more money than ever on their phones in order to fight the boredom of quarantine, or people are looking to spend less on their mobile phone in order to save some money elsewhere.

If you’re looking to make the most of your mobile, or if you’re looking to save some money, it’s important that you choose the right mobile plan. Although there are many service providers that allow you to change mobile plans at will or change them from month to month, there are many other service providers that aren’t as lenient, which means that you may be locked into a plan that doesn’t suit your lifestyle. With that being said, there are many things to look for in each plan before you can determine which mobile plan is right for you. In this article, we’ll go over what you need to look for in a mobile plan to determine whether it’s the right one for you or not.

postpaid or prepaid plans

One of the first things that you need to determine is whether you want a postpaid or a prepaid plan. Deciding this will determine when you pay for your phone bill, making it an extremely important thing to take into consideration. A postpaid plan is a plan where you will have a predetermined amount of data that you can use, which you’ll be able to pay for when you receive your phone bill. Going over this data limit will usually result in additional charges being placed on your bill. These types of plans are perfect for people who work on the go, who know that they need to use a lot of data, and don’t mind paying for additional charges should they go over their data limit.

Another feature that is synonymous with postpaid plans is contracts. Contracts are able to provide you with a range of benefits that can allow you to get more out of your mobile plan. Oftentimes, contracts will allow you to choose from a number of handsets, from a range of cheaper handsets that allow you to add more data onto your contract to the latest handsets on the market, providing you with access to the latest technology. Aside from choosing the size of the data plan you want, being able to choose a handset allows you to further customise your mobile plan in order to suit your lifestyle.

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Another benefit that comes from a postpaid plan is that it’s often cheaper than a prepaid plan. The reason for this is that all the services that you’d use, such as talking, texting and mobile data are often all bundled into your contract, which means that you’re not paying for individual services. And with many service providers providing unlimited calling and texting within their postpaid plans, you’re able to get more out your mobile phone than you could if you were on a prepaid plan, which is especially useful during these uncertain times.

The other type of plan that you can have is the prepaid plan. prepaid plans are plans that allow you to pay for mobile data before you use it, making it similar to purchasing credit for your phone. As a result, prepaid plans are perfect for those who don’t need to rely on mobile data often, such as those who work from home or those who work in an area with a stable and accessible internet connection.

Although prepaid plans don’t offer the benefits of contracts like postpaid contracts do, it’s this absence of contracts that bring a lot of value to a prepaid plan. For starters, not being locked into a contract can provide you with a lot of flexibility. As you pay for the service before you can utilise it, you can determine how much data that you need in order to suit your lifestyle.

Not having a contract also allows you to opt out of your plan whenever you want, allowing you even more flexibility with your phone plan. Want to change to a postpaid plan? There’s no contract to stop you from changing to one. Or do you want to add some extras onto your current plan? All you need to do is enquire with your service provider. As well as this, not having a contract means that you won’t suffer from any excess charges. All you have to do is recharge your phone when your data runs out.

Before you pick a plan, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of prepaid and postpaid plans and put them up against your lifestyle. At mate, we’ve got a range of postpaid plans to choose from, ranging from $20 per month for 5 GB of data, all the way up to $40 per month for 40 GB of data, so you know that we’ve got a plan to suit everyone. So, if you’re looking for a mobile plan that’ll suit your lifestyle, check out our mobile plan page or give our friendly, all-Aussie customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


location and coverage

Another thing that you need to take into consideration before picking the right mobile plan for you is the coverage that your service provider has. Your provider’s coverage is how far your provider’s technology can reach. If you’re based in a capital city, you shouldn’t have to worry about this too much. However, if you’re in rural Australia, or if you’re based in a regional city, you will need to make sure that your preferred provider has coverage over your area, otherwise you may have issues using mobile data or making calls.

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As well as seeing if your service provider can cover your area, you’ll need to ask yourself questions regarding the quality of that coverage. Some of the questions which you might need to ask are questions relating to your coverage’s performance in a building, how your coverage holds up in bad weather and how can you expect download speed to hold up in areas that you frequent, such as at home or around the office.

Keep in mind that there are some areas where your coverage will be less than what you expect, such as in underground carparks, in certain buildings, or in areas surrounded by lots of mountains or hills. At MATE, all of our mobile plans use part of the Telstra Mobile Network that covers more than 98.8% of the population with 3G and 97% of the population with 4G.

If you’re looking to utilise a great mobile network, check out the range of mobile plans that we have available. If you’d like to learn more about the range of mobile plans that we have on offer, check out our phone plans page or give our customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


mobile phone usage

Another important aspect to take into consideration when choosing the mobile plan that best suits your lifestyle is determining how much data you’ll be using every month. If you often go with prepaid plans, determining how much data you’ll use is easy. All you’ll need to do is pay for the amount of data that you think you’ll use and then add more data to your plan if it runs out.

However, if you’re on a postpaid plan or if you’re planning to go onto a postpaid plan, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider before signing up. Firstly, you’ll need to see how much data you’ll actually use over the course of a month. Some service providers have data plans available that only offer 10 GB of data a month, but will also have plans that exceed well over 100 GB of data a month, so you’ll need to make sure that you select a data plan that suits your lifestyle.

family phone

Are you someone who works from home or someone who’s always near a stable and accessible internet connection? A plan that offers a small amount of data will allow you to get what you need from your mobile phone whilst still letting you save a lot of money. Or are you on the move a lot and need a lot of data in order to keep in the loop whilst at work? Maybe a mobile plan with a lot of data will best suit you.

No matter the type of data plan you need, you can rely on the team at mate to have a data plan that’ll suit you. Not looking for a lot of data on your phone? Go with our $20 a month plan, which provides you with 5 GB of data, as well as unlimited talking and texting within Australia. Or are looking for a plan with a lot of data in order to suit an active lifestyle? The team at MATE have you covered with our $40 plan, which offers you 40 GB of data, as well as unlimited talking and texting to all local numbers. If you’d like to learn more about the phone plans that we’ve got on offer, check out our phone plans page or give our friendly customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


international talk + text

Looking to stay in contact with everyone over the isolation period? What about keeping in touch with friends and family overseas? One of the main issues which plague many people is that their service provider allows for unlimited local calls and texting, but not international calls and texting, which can force people with friends or family overseas to find other ways to keep in contact, such as using messenger apps or staying in touch on social media.

However, there are some service providers that offer unlimited data to certain countries, so you can keep the conversation going with friends and family overseas. At MATE, we understand that you’ll be wanting to keep in contact with everyone in order to make sure how they’re holding up during the isolation period, which is why we offer international talking and texting to fifteen countries as part of most of our plans. The countries which we offer this service to include China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Vietnam. If you’d like to learn more about our international talking and texting, or if you’d like to learn more about our mobile plans, check our mobile plans page or give us a call today on 13 14 13 today.


what handsets are available

When choosing a mobile plan, another thing that you need to take into consideration is the range of handsets that you can receive with your mobile plan, and how much they’ll amp up the price. When setting yourself up with a new mobile plan, there are a few ways that you can go. You can either stick with your current handset and purchase a data only plan, or go with which allows you to go for more expensive data plans. Or you could purchase a more expensive handset and choose a cheaper data plan in order to balance the cost.

phone hand

Before deciding what handset you want, or whether you want a handset at all, you’ll need to determine how a handset purchase will suit your lifestyle. For example, if you stay at home for the majority of the day, whether it be studying or working from home, you may be able to go for a more expensive handset, as you’ll most likely be relying on your home internet connection in order to bring the internet to your phone. If you’re the type of person who makes a lot of calls and is on the go for work, you would get a lot of benefit from bringing your own handset, as it gives you the opportunity to purchase a larger data plan.

These are just some of the things that you need to consider before picking the right mobile plan. Remember that with certain plans, you have to stay with them for a while once you’ve selected them, so it’s important to make sure that you’ve found a mobile plan that will suit your lifestyle. At MATE, we’ve got a range of mobile plans that are designed to suit a number of different lifestyles, so you know that our team has got you covered. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, check out our range of mobile plans on our mobile plans page, or give our friendly, all-Aussie customer service team a call on 13 14 13 today.


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Other Frequently Asked Questions about the nbn™

how does the nbn™ installation into my home or business work?

The installation of the nbn™ network into your home or business is designed to be as efficient and comfortable as possible. If you’re having the nbn™ network installed directly into your home for the first time, you will more than likely need to have someone over the age of 18 to invite the installer into the home and sign off on the installation work that they do.

In most cases, you’ll need to work with the installer based on standard installation requirements in order to find the best spot for your device to be installed (if applicable) – an area that’s easy for you to access as well as an area where the technician can easily connect your device to the premises connection device outside. Depending on the connection type, if no physical device is required (such as for an FTTN/FTTB connection) the nbn™ network will be established via a standard telephone wall socket.

what nbn™ plan is right for me?

At MATE, we have a number of nbn™ plans that are designed to suit a range of different lifestyles. Are you retired, but still looking to keep in touch with friends and family? Try out our good mates nbn™ 12 plan, offering a typical busy period download speed of 10 Mbps and designed for basic internet browsing. Or are you looking for a high-speed plan with unlimited data? Then maybe our soul mates nbn™ 100 plan designed for 6 or more people, with a typical busy period download speed of 83 Mbps. No matter what you need the internet for, you can guarantee that MATE has the nbn™ plan to suit you.

One thing you’ll need to keep in mind is that not only is your internet speed affected by the type of plan that you have, it’ll also be affected by the type of connection that you have to the nbn™ network. For example, if you have a plan that provides you with a typical busy period download speed of 43 megabytes per second (Mbps) but you’re connected to the nbn™ network via FTTN technology, your average internet speed may be slightly slower.

As well as this, there are many other factors that need to be taken into consideration when judging your internet speed. This can include location, distance from Fixed Wireless position (primarily applies to rural/inland internet users), quality of devices and many more factors. Please consider that these factors can have a significant impact on your overall impact speed, even if you’ve just purchased and have a high-speed nbn™ network connection to your home.

who will be getting access to the nbn™ network?

Quite simply, the nbn™ network aims to eventually give high-speed internet connections to every single home and business in Australia. By the end of 2020, nbn™ hopes to achieve this goal of providing quality internet across Australia, so you can utilise the entirety of the internet at high speed, no matter where you are in the country.

Even though everyone will be getting access to the nbn™ network, it is gradually being rolled out across the country. This means that there are some areas, such as capital cities, that will be receiving high-speed internet a lot sooner than those who live in rural areas. As well as this, you’ll need to take into consideration how you’ll be receiving the nbn™ network, as there are a number of ways that you’ll be connected.

Who will be getting access to the nbn™ network?

If you want to know how you’re connected to the nbn™ network, there’s a very easy way to find out. On the MATE website, we have all the locations where the nbn™ network is available, and how it’s been made available. Before you select one of our many nbn™ plans, you’ll be asked to enter your address and see if your home or business is connected to the nbn™ network and how it’s been or will be connected to the nbn™ network. With this information, you’ll be able to determine what type of nbn™ plan will best suit your home or business.

what do I need to do to be prepared for the nbn™ network?

As the nbn™ network is rolled out, it will replace the existing copper telephone infrastructure, which means that services that once existed on this infrastructure will be terminated. As a result, you’ll need to make sure that all aspects of your home that used the ADSL infrastructure are ready to be connected to the new fibre optic infrastructure.

Thankfully, preparing your phones and internet using appliances for the nbn™ network is incredibly easy. Simply call an nbn™ provider like MATE and talk to them about what plan would best suit your lifestyle. At MATE, we’re all about getting your devices back up and running as soon as possible. If you want your devices on the nbn™ network as soon as possible, check out our range of high-quality, high-speed nbn™ plans on our website, or you can live chat with us online or email us at support@letsbemates.com.au.

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