Meet Kogan Mobile, Australia’s newest mobile virtual network operator. Unlike other MVNOs that use either Vodafone or Optus, Kogan Mobile is the first one to use Telstra's well-regarded 3G network.
Kogan’s CEO and founder, Ruslan Kogan, said his company was putting a stop to Australians being ripped-off. “It’s a disgrace that current providers have been able to get away with astronomical charges, network issues, poor customer service, frustrating excuses and deliberately misleading pricing structures designed to trip customers up,” he said.
For $29 a month, Kogan's base-level prepaid plan includes unlimited calls (including voicemail and 1300/1800 numbers), unlimited national SMS and MMS, and a whopping 6GB of data per 30 days. You can save even more money by opting for one of the longer-term recharges: there’s a 90-day option for $79 (save $8); and a 365-day option for $299 (save $49). There’s also offers a data-only plan for $9.99, which comes with 2GB of data per month.
If you need to use any services that aren't included in the cap (such as video calls, premium SMS, international calls and international text), you can buy a $14.95 premium access bolt-on.
Standard, micro and nano-SIMs are all available to cater to every smartphone and mobile, and there's a free SIM pack available (you just need to pay the $4.99 postage and handling fee) so you can try the service before porting your number over. This includes 100 minutes, 100 SMS and 100MB of data for free.
Sound too good to be true? It’s worth noting that Kogan Mobile doesn’t offer the full Telstra service. While it operates on the same 850MHz band as NextG (with the same coverage footprint of 97% of the population), it’s capped at a peak download speed of 7.2Mbps (NextG goes as fast as 42Mbps). Typical real-world speeds are between 550kbps and 3Mbps. Kogan Mobile doesn’t support 4G, either.
Still, a lot of smartphones that are currently in use only support up to 7.2Mbps downloads anyway, and there’s only a handful of 4G handsets currently on the market. For the vast majority of smartphone users, the new Kogan Mobile prepaid plans are an incredibly good deal.