ALDI Mobile Plans Review
ALDI Mobile’s prepaid range offers cheap access to the Telstra network.
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, ALDI 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. Let’s take a look at how its plans stack up against the competition these days in our ALDI Mobile review.
- 5-star value for money
- Telstra Wholesale Coverage
- Middling customer satisfaction
- No roaming deals
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. We suggest comparing ALDI’s mobile plans with Telstra’s recharge offers for an idea of how much you can save.
Who doesn’t ALDI Mobile suit?
If you’re after the latest and greatest smartphone on contract, ALDI Mobile won’t meet your needs. Also Aldi only offer prepaid phone plans and we know there’s still a portion of Australians that prefer the peace of mind offered by an always-on month-to-month SIM plan, which ALDI doesn’t offer. However, it does offer auto-recharge option that will top-up your account the moment you exhaust your call and data inclusions. You just need to activate this in your app.
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).
If you’d prefer a monthly bill but want to remain on the Telstra wholesale network, we’ve listed some popular SIM-only deals from Telstra MVNOs below.
The best ALDI Mobile prepaid plan
ALDI Mobile Value Packs offer some of the most generously priced inclusion on the market. When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, look no further than ALDI Mobile’s L Value Pack $25. For $25 per 30 days plus a $5 upfront cost, you’ll enjoy 18GB of data, unlimited national calls and text, unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 destinations plus 100 minutes of calls and 50 SMS to another 35 selected countries.
To sweeten the deal further, ALDI Mobile is also offering holiday bonus data: recharge between 8 January and 12 February 2020 to receive a bonus 5GB of data on your first rollover balance.
Another great feature of ALDI’s L-Value Pack is that it offers continuous data rollover. So long as you recharge within 24 hours of expiry and recharge with an amount equal to or above the previous month’s plan, any of your unused data will be rolled over to your next month’s balance. There is no limit to the number of times you can roll over your data. The only catch is that you must use up your current month’s data balance before you can tap into the rollover balance.
How does this compare to my other options?
If you’re willing to fork up another $5, Boost Mobile is another Telstra MVNO (and the only MVNO in Australia that currently has access to the entire Telstra 3G/4G network) offering a great deal on its $30 Prepaid Plan.
Best ALDI Mobile plan for high-data usage
ALDI Mobile’s XXL Value Pack will give you 48GB of data for $45, unlimited national calls and SMS, unlimited international calls to 15 selected destinations plus 300 minutes to 35 international countries. Both the XL and XXL Value Packs also offer continuous data rollover, so you can make the most out of the high data inclusions each month.
What are my other options?
If you don’t mind opening your network horizons and throwing Optus and Vodafone into the mix, you can score some pretty sweet deals on prepaid data. Mind you, things start to get a little expensive if you’re committed to prepaid. If you need more data, we’d suggest browsing some (almost) unlimited SIM-only deals.
ALDI Mobile Value Packs and Plans
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.
The cheapest ALDI Mobile Plan
If you don’t want the hassle of setting up a Family Plan, the cheapest ALDI Mobile plan you can get on a 30-day prepaid is the S Value Pack $15.
For $15 every 30 days (plus $5 upfront), you’ll receive 3GB of data and unlimited national calls and text plus continuous data rollover.
ALDI Mobile PAYG plans
For those that hardly use much data and only make occasional calls or texts, ALDI Mobile’s Pay As You Go (PAYG) $15, $25 or $35 plans may suit your needs just fine.
All PAYG plans have a 365 days expiry and you can choose to use the credit however you want on data, text or calls. Data will cost you 5c/MB while the cost of a standard national SMS is $0.12 and a standard national two-minute call is $0.24.
ALDI Mobile Long Expiry plans
ALDI offers several long-life plans meant to carry you through an entire year with a 365-day expiry. There are three tiers: $95 for 24GB, $240 for 185GB and $365 for 365GB. These are data-only plans offering continuous data rollover without any call or text inclusions.
Similar to the PAYG plans, unless you’re a low-data user who wants a hassle-free plan with long expiry so you don’t have to worry about recharging, you would probably be better off on ALDI Mobile’s L Value Pack or one of the other options mentioned in our best prepaid plans.
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.
Alternatively, 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).