MeU uses Telstra’s 3G-network and a social network approach to differentiate itself amongst the MVNO crowd. Here’s a look at how its data plans stack up.
MeU’s hook is that you can sign up via social media, authenticating via Facebook, although more regular logins are also available.
In plan terms, MeU is offering four basic plans at $29, $39, $49 and $59 respectively. Only the $59 plan comes with unlimited SMS and calling provisions, and in data terms you score 2GB, 3GB, 4GB or 5GB of data with each plan tier. MeU’s adopting Telstra’s pricing strategy for those who go over quota with an automatic $10/GB topup applied if you do exceed your usage.
So how does that compare to the other 3G-Telstra-only-MVNOs? In data terms, it’s relatively competitive; AldiMobile’s $30 pack only comes with 1.5GB of data, although its $45 pack does match the 4GB offering of MeU at a slightly cheaper price point. Both outpace Woolworths Connect, which offers only 3.5GB of data at a $45 price point.
It’s a different story, however, if your interests are in calling and texts. MeU’s $49 plan, for example, includes $500 “worth” of calls with a 2 minute call costing $1.36. That equates out to 367.6 calling minutes per month. Comparatively, AldiMobile offers 43,200 minutes (or in other words, a 30 day month) and Woolworths just outright states that it’s unlimited.
On the texts side, AldiMobile would give you 50,000 SMS and 20,000 MMS messages on a $45 recharge, Woolworths goes with unlimited, but MeU only gives you 500 free SMS messages, after which they’ll take 25c off your $500 “value” cap each time.
Your other option in that space would be Telstra itself. As recently noted, if you’re canny with the Beyond Talk package you can get 3.4GB of data on a full 4G network with a prepaid mobile.