TeleChoice is offering a $5 a month SIM plan with a basic mobile phone included. Is that a worthwhile deal?
For your $5 a month on a 12 month contract, you can choose from the Samsung E3210 or E2230 model. Apart from the phone itself (both are are base-level dumbphones), you get $5 of credit for use on Optus.
On a 12-month contract for $60, this seems like a cheap deal for a basic kids' phone or spare model. But there's a big catch: you won't get a lot of calls out of it. With a 35 cent flag fall and a 90 cent per minute rate, it seems much more suited for emergency use. Even texts cost 50 cents each, so you'll only be able to send one every three days on the included credit.
You can make five minutes of free calls a day to other Optus services connected to the account, which could make it an emergency option for a young child. But given how many other sub-$100 phones are out there, I suspect there are better value deals for anyone who actually wants to use their phone and not just use it in dire emergencies.