How Many 2-Minute Calls Can You Make On Australian Phone Plans?

One of the key requirements under the new Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code is for mobile phone providers to specify how many 2-minute calls you could make on each plan they offer. That won't be a requirement until March 1 next year, but we can easily perform that calculation ourselves right now.

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Just last week, our Planhacker column rounded up BYO contract deals. That full post is worth checking for all the details of each plan. Below is a more basic listing: what each plan costs and how many 2-minute calls you could make to an Australian standard number using that plan. That's one of the key details required in the Critical Information Summary all providers will have to offer from March 1, 2013. But why wait?

Provider Charge Number of 2-min calls
Amaysim Flexi $19.90 110
Amaysim Unlimited $39.90 Unlimited
Boost Unltd $40.00 Unlimited
Crazy John's SIM-Only $10.00 42
Crazy John's SIM-Only $15.00 84
Crazy John's SIM-Only $25.00 168
Crazy John's SIM-Only $45.00 Unlimited
Dodo Flexi $9.90 46
Dodo Flexi $19.90 93
Dodo Flexi $29.90 232
Dodo Flexi $49.90 Unlimited
Dodo Flexi $59.90 Unlimited
Live Connected S $7.99 76
Live Connected M $11.99 232
Live Connected L $17.99 325
Live Connected XL $29.99 372
Live Connected XXL $34.99 1395
Optus BYO $14.00 6
Optus BYO $19.00 83
Optus BYO $34.00 255
Optus BYO $69.00 Unlimited
Red Bull Access 30 $39.00 Unlimited
Red Bull Access 180 $199.00 Unlimited
Red Bull Access 365 $365.00 Unlimited
Telstra Every Day $50.00 252
Telstra Every Day $60.00 336
Telstra Every Day $80.00 378
Telstra Every Day $100.00 Unlimited
TPG Starter $9.99 83
TPG Medium $17.99 255
TPG Heavy $34.99 465
TPG Infinity $45.00 1395
Virgin Mobile Big Plan $19.00 189
Virgin Mobile Big Plan $29.00 273
Virgin Mobile Fair Go $39.00 168
Virgin Mobile Fair Go $49.00 294
Virgin Mobile Topless $79.00 Unlimited
Vodafone SIM Only $20.00 76
Vodafone SIM Only $30.00 127
Vodafone SIM Only $35.00 233
Vodafone SIM Only $45.00 317
Vodafone SIM Only $65.00 Unlimited
Vodafone SIM Only $85.00 Unlimited

Obviously there's no restriction on unlimited plans, but if you don't make a lot of calls, then a cheaper plan can make more sense -- why pay extra if you really don't make more than a handful of calls in a day? (Going forward, we'll include the 2-minute calculation in all relevant Planhacker tables.)

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Comments

    Can you stick this in a sortable table?

      Copy > Paste into Excel. Done.

        Not everyone has excel.

    Can you add a column for "number of 2-minute calls per dollar"? (e.g. Amaysim Flexi is $19.90 for 110 calls = 5.5 calls per dollar)

    Forgive me if I've overlooked something, but couldn't companies get around this by simply offering "Unlimited calls equal to or less than 2 minutes" and then overcharging for everything else? Seems like a pretty arbitrary measurement of 'good value'.

    want to cross reference this data with number of texts- possible?

    > Live Connected M $11.99 232

    I'm astounded by how cheap this is. Has anyone been using them? Feedback?

      I'm on Live Connected M. They are good. Real easy to check your usage on their website. Plus they send you an email once you have reached a certain amount. There's also an option to have your service blocked if you reach a level they feel is excess usage so you don't end up with a massive Telstra like bill. they are a lot cheaper as they don't offer phone support. Support is done through a support ticket system on their website.

      Ive been using Live Connected on a slightly cheaper grandfathered plan for 3 months - $16 prepaid. If there is a better deal it completely beats me. It uses the Optus network so it is solid - the prices are, frankly, amazing. My $16 deal equates (roughly) with $49 deals with the big three - lots of calls, heaps of SMS, generous 2gb data and free social network.
      I think they have only 10,000 or so subscribers so jump in early.
      I had my sim with my old number in 24hrs!
      (I am a user and have no other connection with LiveConnected.

        I've been having a hard time finding additional costs on their site. For instance if there's a min term contract or any expenses for leaving (because if I ever do, I want to take my number)

          I currently use the live connected L plan, i only ever use half of my credit but I dont mind since its so cheap. they answer all my queries pretty well on the online help section . btw im pretty sure there is no fixed term contract with live connected I think its pay for each month you use but if you want to terminate the contract, you have to pay for the last month. Ive been with them for ~2 years and havent had major issues. i had problems with setting up data on my samsung but they responded quickly to my emails. i would recommend this plan to others but make sure to check out new plans from other providers first as the last time i checked was last yr and at that time this plan provided most value to me

          1 month "contract" that is, you give thirty days notice. Other costs depend on the plan. The M plan you pay for texts and mms but the L plan they are unlimited. They are shown in each plan if you click in to them. Been with them a few months and they are excellent. Came across form an unlimited vodafone contract and I now save hundreds of dollars between our houses two phones.

      Been with Liveconnected for 8 months, put nearly a dozen friends/family on to them. No complaints from any of us!

      I've moved my whole family & half a dozen friends to LiveConnected in the last 6 months. all very happy.

    You should divide the two columns to show how much each 2-minute call costs.

      Ask and you shall receive! I've excluded anything over $39 due to the Red Bull Access 30 plan setting a price floor at that point.

      http://i48.tinypic.com/312h3rt.jpg

      Full disclosure: I am a happy customer of Live Connected on the M plan.

    Maybe rather than being rude to a reasonable question and then proving that you can't read carefully, you should either make sure you are polite or perfect. You are neither. Look at the details on the plan: it's byo and month to month with 30 days notice. Now go apologize to Halario and take you own advice.

    yeh it is good, I have been with Live Connected almost 2 years now, no problems, really good value, fast problem resolution (although some people might not like that it is all online), only downside over the last 2 years is the changing of plans every 3 months or so. You don't have to change, but if you do a better value plan: $16 plan change fee, doesn't matter if it is up or down in value.
    But they seem to have stopped all the changing for about 6 months now, so it is all good either way!

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