Last month, ALDI Mobile surprised us by introducing a new plan with a vaguely decent data allowance. Now it is increasing the data allowances on most of its cheaper plans as well.
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From May 13, the $20 M plan will see its data allowance increased from 400MB to 700MB, and its SMS allowance raised from 300 messages to 50,000 messages. The $30 L plan sees data lifted from 1.25GB to 1.5GB and its SMS count raise from 2200 to 50,000, while the $35 XL plan sees data rise from 2GB to 2.5GB and the same SMS change (2200 up to 50,000). Existing ALDI Mobile customers will see the new allowance the next time their plan renews. There are no changes to the recently-introduced XXL pack or the bargain-basement $10 S pack (which has no data at all).
How does that compare with its rivals? ALDI’s most direct competitor is Boost, which also uses Telstra’s non-4G network. It charges $40 for a 3GB plan, which falls right in between ALDI’s XL and XXL plans.
It’s a welcome change from ALDI’s prior history, which has been marked by repeated reductions in data offerings and stoushes with the ACCC over the meaning of the word “unlimited”. That history — and the fact it doesn’t offer any 4G services — means it’s still not at the top of our list, but an increase in data allowances definitely beats a cut. Thanks Mandy for the heads-up!