Further to my previous discussion, telco companies nowadays use increment and so-called cap plans to promote their margin. Regardless of what “included value” is, you should look at the rates carefully to avoid traps. Just for demonstration purpose, I analysed 4 low end plans offered by Optus, Virgin(a company that is fully owned by Optus), Vodafone and ACN.

Table 1

Name Included value Connection Fee(Cents) Increment(seconds) Rate(Cents) 5 Minute A call
Virgin 29 Big Plan 250 40 60 99 47
Optus 30 Plan 200 35 60 90 41
Vodafone 30 Plan 180 40 60 98 34
ACN 22 Plan 90 40 60 95 17

Table 2

Minutes Virgin Optus Vodafone ACN
1 1.39 1.25 1.38 1.35
2 2.38 2.15 2.36 2.3
3 3.37 3.05 3.34 3.25
4 4.36 3.95 4.32 4.2
5 5.35 4.85 5.3 5.15
6 6.34 5.75 6.28 6.1
7 7.33 6.65 7.26 7.05
8 8.32 7.55 8.24 8
9 9.31 8.45 9.22 8.95
10 10.3 9.35 10.2 9.9

Graph 1

Plan29 comparison

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1 is rate information published on each provider’s website; Table 2 is per minute charge by each company(for voice call only). As all companies choose to charge per minute, not per second, the actual charge may somewhat surprise you. A 10-minute call is going to cost $10, isn’t it far too expensive?

If you make a call for 5 minutes on average, the included value won’t really give you too much: On Virgin, you can make 47 calls while on ACN you can only make 17 calls!

 

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