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.
|Name||Included value||Connection Fee(Cents)||Increment(seconds)||Rate(Cents)||5 Minute A call|
|Virgin||29 Big Plan||250||40||60||99||47|
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!