ALDI Mobile Plans Review: Best bargain prepaid on Telstra
Every Wednesday and Saturday, you know where to find me. Outside of local ALDI with my face pressed against the glass like a child outside Casey’s Toy World on Boxing Day. Whether it’s a new 4K telly, a gasless MIG Welder or a digital air fryer, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to purchase something I really don’t need from an ALDI sale.
Imagine my delight when the joy merchant ALDI decided to start selling prepaid mobile phone plans on the Telstra 4G wholesale network.
Since it launched back in 2013, ALDI Mobile’s affordable prepaid phone plans have only increased in popularity. Let’s take a look at how its plans stack up against the competition these days in our ALDI Mobile review.
The best ALDI Mobile prepaid plan
When it comes to sheer data per dollar value, you can’t go past ALDI Mobile’s JUMBO Value Pack. For the sake of comparison, ALDI Mobile’s JUMBO prepaid plan offers over 45% more value than Telstra’s closest comparable plan.
ALDI Mobile Plans Review
In our Australian mobile provider analysis, ALDI scored 4.5 out of 5 stars overall (an average calculated from over 25 scores and considerations). At 4.5 stars, rubs shoulders with the likes of Optus and Telstra when it comes to value for money and features and competes with OVO Mobile for the title of best prepaid mobile provider.
ALDI Mobile offers four different types of prepaid plan: the low-usage, long-expiry Pay-As-You-Go plans, long-expiry data plans for tablets, a unique Family Pack for up to 3 users and its aptly named Value Packs.
While the long-expiry PAYG and Data plans will serve a portion of Australians just fine, its Value Pack and Family Pack plans are where ALDI knack for a great deal shines through.
ALDI Mobile Value Packs offer some of the most generously priced inclusion on the market, the JUMBO tier gives you 48GB for $55 every 30-day recharge as well as continuous rollover (so long as you recharge with an amount equal or above to the previous month within 24 hours of expiry). That’s stunning value for a prepaid plan on Telstra’s wholesale 4G network.
Then there’s ALDI’s Family Pack which, while not quite as great value as the JUMBO plan, gives you 56GB for $80 every 30-day recharge to share between 3 SIM cards. The best thing about the Family Pack is that you can manage each user’s data usage from the My ALDI Mobile app. Let’s say there are two low usage family members and one high usage member, ALDI Mobile lets you set a limit on each SIM e.g. 5GB each for two SIMs, with the remainder going to the third SIM. It’s a brilliant concept for small households on a tight budget.
Who does ALDI Mobile suit?
ALDI Mobile’s prepaid plans are some of the best value on the market, let alone some of the best value on the Telstra wholesale network. If you own your own phone and need a zero-commitment prepaid plan with top-tier coverage, ALDI Mobile’s prepaid plans come highly recommended.
Who doesn’t ALDI Mobile suit?
If you’re after the latest and greatest smartphone on contract, ALDI Mobile won’t be able to service your needs. And while it does offer auto-recharge options that will top-up your account the moment you exhaust your call and data inclusions, there’s still a portion of Australians that prefer the peace of mind offered by a month-to-month SIM plan, which ALDI doesn’t offer.
It also isn’t going to suit Blackberry die-hards. While you can, technically, use an ALDI Mobile SIM card in a Blackberry handset, you won’t be able to access data services (e.g. browsing the internet or sending/receiving emails).
ALDI Mobile Value Packs and Plans
- S Value Pack
- L Value Pack
- XL Value Pack
- XXL Value Pack
- Jumbo Value Pack
If you don’t need the highest data offered by ALDI Mobile’s Value Packs, there’s still plenty of options to choose from with recharge options as low as $15 per month.
What network does ALDI Mobile use?
ALDI Mobile uses Telstra’s wholesale 3G/4G network. Where Telstra’s own 4G network covers 99.4% of populated Australia, Telstra’s wholesale network only reaches around 98.8% of populated Australia. That’s still a larger spread than the Optus network’s 98.5% coverage and a good deal larger than Vodafone’s 96.00% coverage so if you’re after premium coverage at an affordable price, you’d be stretched to find better than ALDI Mobile.
Is ALDI Mobile coverage as good as Telstra?
As mentioned above, there’s a slight difference between Telstra’s 4G network and Telstra’s wholesale network. Telstra restricts MVNOs from a small portion of its network in order to retain exclusive bragging rights for the country’s largest mobile network. With that said, the difference is minimal; the wholesale network only offers 0.6% less population coverage than Telstra’s own. Geographically the difference is more pronounced, though.
The map below illustrates the difference between each network.
Are ALDI to ALDI calls free?
Technically, no. If you opt for a Pay As You Go plan, ALDI to ALDI calls will cost you the standard 12c per minute for calls and 12c per SMS. However, every ALDI Mobile Value Pack comes with unlimited standard national calls and text, even at the lowest recharge tier. So you get unlimited calls to any standard national mobile or landline, regardless of whether you’re calling an ALDI Mobile number or not.
Does ALDI Mobile offer SIM-only postpaid plans?
No, ALDI Mobile is a prepaid mobile plan provider exclusively. It doesn’t offer postpaid plans of any kind. If the convenience of paying your bills automatically via direct debit is a must, ALDI Mobile offers Auto Recharge on its Value Packs. This can all be managed via the My ALDI Mobile website and app.
How to recharge ALDI Mobile
Speaking of recharging your ALDI Mobile service, there are a number of ways you can purchase and apply prepaid recharge vouchers through ALDI.
Most convenient of all is via the My ALDI Mobile website and app mentioned above. Using the ALDI Mobile logins details you set up upon signing up, you can recharge your service using a credit/debit card via My ALDI Mobile. You can head to your closest ALDI store to purchase a physical recharge voucher, which can then be applied via ALDI’s website or through the provider’s customer support phone number 2534 (e.g. ALDI on your dial pad).
More popular ALDI Mobile plans
These are the most popular ALDI Mobile Plans, according to WhistleOut’s comparison engine.