How Econnex Works for Compare Mobile Plan
Econnex offers a filtering system in their comparison engine, meaning that you only see the products and offers that match what you want and need. Econnex helps you to select a cheap mobile phone plan that will provide the most value for the price. This could be the price in terms of monthly call inclusions, data allowances, overage prices, and contract length. You’ll be able to directly compare plans and prices that match your preferences, taken from our long list of Australian mobile providers. You can find out more about newer models and alternatives using our comparison service.
Once your result screen loads, you can make further changes to your plan requirements such as network or data inclusions, for example. Instead of showing overall costs, Econnex will show you how much you could save over your current plan in real dollar terms. This may vary whether you are on a post-paid contract or not, as some providers may require you to pay out a contract before moving to a new provider. IF you need more details, you can click through to a provider’s website for further information including product disclosure statements and other terms and conditions.
Compare Mobile Phone & Sim Plans
The Comparison Engine Filters
The Connection Type dropdown gives two options to customers: Personal or Business (1-9 Connections). If you are a business owner or ABN holder, you are eligible to select the Business connection option. If you are simply browsing as a consumer, please select the Personal connection options
The Plan Type dropdown again provides two options for customers to choose from: SIM or Mobile + SIM. If you are looking to upgrade your phone plan but retain your existing device, please select the SIM option from the dropdown. Alternatively if you are looking to add a new device to your contract at the same time, you can choose the Mobile + SIM option.
For more information on which plan type is best for you, visit our Different Plan Types page.
Although there are many telco providers in Australia, many of them run through the same networks. For example, Belong operates through the Telstra network whereas TPG uses the Vodafone network. Most cellular services display their own carrier name on your phone; Virgin Mobile uses the Optus network, but will display “Virgin Mobile” as the carrier (until the carrier is phased out in 2020.) Even so, all functions your mobile needs to work are routed through the Optus network. Companies such as SpinTel will display your carrier as “Optus.”
As of 2019, there are only three national cellular networks: Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone. These three companies run their own base stations or cell towers and connect calls through their own networks. All are 4G (LTE) networks, with Telstra running 5G services in limited metro areas
Data & Price Range Preferences
As an added option for customers to narrow down their search, Econnex’s comparison engine allows you to nominate a maximum plan cost as well as your monthly data usage to deliver the best suited plans for your mobile use. Simply slide the dot along the bar until you reach your desired price and data amounts.
With your filters all set, it’s time to start searching and start saving.
Filter even further
Once you’ve begun your search and the results are displayed on your screen, you have the option to add even more filters including contract terms and your desired telco provider.
You can even adjust your original filter settings, just click, un-tick or slide to customise your results right there – no reloading or waiting for the page to catch up. Instant results, instantly customised to your needs.
Reliable recommendations that fit your mobile wants and needs, that’s what the Econnex comparison engine does for customers. Get started today and see the great deals that you could be getting and money you could be saving.
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Your Guide to Choosing the Best Phone Plan
Econnex makes it simple to compare plans. Using the Econnex engine, just input whether you’re looking for a new handset or not, if you prefer post-paid or pre-paid, your typical data and call usage, and if you own a business. We’ll then show you plans suited to your budget and requirements. Best of all, you can sign up on the spot without any interruption to your day.
Yes. We can show you all the best new handset or are SIM Only Post Paid plans for business. To find plans that suit your requirements, select the Business option from the comparison engine Connection Type dropdown. You can select up to nine new handsets. You can adjust your preferences from the other two dropdown boxes. Then you need to set the sliders for your preferred data and price ranges, and press ‘Start’ to begin your comparison and to start saving.
The best plan must suit your needs and your budget. Using EConnex and inputting your preferences, you will know if you have the best plan when:
- The monthly price is the lowest
- The features on offer is the highest
- The overall value is “unbeatable” by other comparable plans.
For you, a large amount of data is preferable than unlimited calls. If you can get 10GB of data for $10 instead of 9GB for $15, the first plan would be the best plan for you. This is up to individual preferences according to whether you need a SIM only or a new handset, the variations in many different Android devices such as high-end “flagship” and “budget” devices, where the budget-end uses less powerful processors or cameras.
You also know you’re getting the best plan as Econnex is independent; we don’t take commissions from network operators or MVNOs to skew results in their favour. We also show you savings compared to your own plan in real dollar terms, not in discounts or other deliberately confusing amounts.
MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. MVNOs are small mobile service providers that lease bandwidth from the “Big Three” networks – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. They do not operate the cell towers and network infrastructure like the “Big Three” and can pass on any savings on administration, infrastructure, and operating retail stores on to the consumer. MVNOs can also offer reduced speed 3G plans that may be suitable for those who do not need or want data connections.
This decision should be based on personal preference, price, and value. MVNOs lease space on the network so your network quality and speeds will be tied to one of the big three. Other factors you must consider are customer service – some MVNOs do not have onshore or real-time customer service – and prices comparable to connecting with the network directly. These prices and additions are all reflected in the EConnex comparisons.
Post paid means you pay your bills in arrears; that means you pay for your service after you have used it. Your usage is tallied up every month and a bill sent to you to bring your account back into balance. A pre-paid service means paying for your service in advance; you are given a set period or dollar value to use the network and included calls or data and must “top up” or “recharge” when your balance reaches zero.
Owning a phone outright means paying for a handset in full without a contract or lease from a network operator. Most post paid mobile contracts include a handset cost in the package, which pays off the phone over 12 or 24 monthly instalments. Buying a phone direct from a retailer or manufacturer means you only need a SIM card to get it on the network. This means you can choose any network you wish as it will be “factory unlocked.”
There are three Australian mobile networks in Australia – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. All three networks cover approximately 99% of Australia’s population with Vodafone being the lowest of the three at 96%. These networks all operate their own network infrastructure independently of each other. Telstra as of November 2019 has been rolling out 5G services in limited city-central test markets such as Sydney and Melbourne.
A contract plan is a type of post paid plan that requires you to sign an agreement for 12 to 24 months with a network operator or mobile service provider. This covers your payment schedule, handset costs, and any associated fees for cancelling the contract. Cancelling the contract may mean paying out the remainder of the phone’s value, as most contracts do not allow you to own the phone “outright” until the contract has concluded.
Android is the name of the operating system developed by Google for mobile phones. It is based on Linux, an open source PC operating system that is known for its low hardware requirements and stability. Android is also open source, which means developers and handset manufacturers can modify the system to suit their model of phones. Android is found in tablets and some laptops such as Chromebooks. It is the main competitor to iOS, found exclusively in Apple mobile products.
Yes. Those who already have a handset and own it outright can get a new SIM only plan. If you do not own your handset outright, you may want to check with your current provider as to what your obligations are in terms of paying out your contract. Changing your contract without permission may result in early termination fees.
SIM Cards, or Subscriber Identity Modules, are the small microchips you insert into any cellular mobile device – these could be mobile phones, tablets, or even hotspots and laptops – to identify you (the subscriber) on the network. These allow the network to route calls and data to your device and bill you accordingly. All mobile phones require a SIM card of some type, otherwise you will not be able to connect to the network. SIM cards will also need to be activated by your network before you may use that SIM card.
Some post paid plans by providers “lock” a SIM card to a network so it cannot be transferred to another network without authorisation from that network provider. This practice was common in the infancy of the mobile phone market, though most providers will now sell their mobile phones “unlocked” or offer an unlock code for free.
4G stands for “fourth generation” of cellular network technology, the successor to 3G. 4G refers to the technologies and data transmission speeds one can expect from their cellular network. The peak speed requirement for a 4G network is 100 megabits per second or 12.5 megabytes per second when moving. Stationary speeds should reach 1 gigabits per second. 5G is the next generation of cellular network technology with an expected speed of 2 gigabits per second. 5G is still under research and development in most countries.
Yes. A provider will conduct a routine credit check to assess your creditworthiness or ability to pay off a loan, as contracts allow you to take possession of a phone before you have paid it all off to a network operator. You must consent to any credit check a network operator makes on your behalf, as credit checks can affect your credit history.
International roaming is the ability for your SIM to connect to networks overseas and be recognised across a cellular network.
International roaming can have extremely high costs compared to using a domestic network. However, the advantage is you can use your mobile in another country without buying a new SIM card. All your calls will be routed to your mobile as if you are still within Australia. Some network operators and retailers offer international roaming bundles or reciprocal network roaming deals that can be purchased as after-market extras. Contact your provider for more information.
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