When we rounded up postpaid cap plans in Planhacker last week, Virgin Mobile's Big Cap 29 plan was one of the more unusual inclusions. Virgin (itself an Optus subsidiary) is now offering the same plan to prepaid customers, and it's potentially tempting if your main use for a phone plan is in making calls.
The $29 cap includes a claimed $450 in call credits, as well as free calls to other Virgin Mobile customers and no charges for voicemail retrieval. The call rates are fairly similar to other providers, though the 28 cent local text charge is somewhat higher than the 25 cents most other carriers charge. The main caveat? There's a relatively ungenerous 200MB of data, and the excess data charges of $2 a megabyte are some of the highest around.