Recent changes from rivals have meant that Optus-owned Virgin Mobile hasn't been looking very competitive in the no-contract/prepaid space. Does doubling data on one of its SIM plans put it back into contention?
If you sign up for the month-to-month $35 SIM only plan between now and 4 March will receive 2GB of data per month, double the previous 1GB on offer. That plan also includes $500 in call credit (which amounts to 211 2-minute calls) and unlimited Australian texts.
2GB of data is enough for many people, but it's not a particularly generous offer. Optus' $30 recharge includes 1.5GB of data and 350 minutes of calls, so the added data does make Virgin Mobile more competitive with its parents. But you can still score more data from Amaysim, Vaya and Jeenee (sticking purely to Optus network plans).
The added data lasts as long as you maintain the plan — and that's the sneakiest aspect. One of the key benefits of month-to-month and prepaid plans is that you can switch providers if a better offer comes along (or if performance worsens). Having a "limited" offer means that if you switch, you won't be able to switch back to the same deal.