Mobile data plans throw around all sorts of jargon like ‘carryover data’, ‘endless data’ and others, but what does it all really mean? We’re here to spell it out and make it easier for you to see which plan is best for you.
Endless vs unlimited
These two words seem to have the same meaning, but when it comes to mobile plans, they are entirely different.
‘Endless’ plans provide a certain allowance of data at max speed, and then slow you down to 1.2Mbps if you exceed that usage. At speeds that slow, your phone becomes almost unusable. Forget about sending a picture, even loading a website becomes painful.
‘Unlimited’ (i.e. our plans) mean there is no set data allowance, your mobile data will not be slowed after a certain usage, you’ll continue to enjoy the same max speed that’s set for your plan.
It seems like a great idea to let customers keep the data they don’t use out of their allowance for the next month. But is it?
Our take is: why have an allowance at all? When you rely on carryover data, you still have to keep track of your usage and make sure you don’t go over, or else your service gets cut, or you’re forced to pay up to top up.
Unlimited mobile data plans like ours mean you can completely take your data for granted, knowing you will never run out. No more stockpiling your GBs for a rainy day that never comes, or accidentally chewing through it prematurely when you didn’t realise you weren’t on wifi.
We all know running out of data at the worst possible time is most mobile users’ worst nightmare, so stress less knowing that your unlimited data plan will always be there for you when you need it.
Some plans charge you extra (or ‘overage’) if you go over the specified calls or messages.
For example, you could end up paying 40c per minute for calls and 20c per SMS, and that adds up. Our plans all come with unlimited calls and texts to NZ/Australian numbers, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
The majority of prepay plans charge users to check their voicemail, and the last thing you should be worrying about is whether you have enough credit to listen to that important message from your doctor’s office or child’s school, because you couldn’t pick up the phone in time.
It’s also not unusual to get stung with surprise charges for things like MMS, which can happen if you try to send a funny photo to your mate, but instead of going through iMessage like you expected, it sends as an MMS. That’s 51c tacked onto your bill at the end of the month, ouch.
At the end of the day, don’t let telcos trick you into paying for more than you should. Go with an upfront mobile plan, which means the price is always the price. No more getting slowed down mid-month, running out of data, or nasty little surprises at bill time.