A Guide to Comparing Mobile Phone Plans

Tips to Compare Mobile Plans with NZ Compare
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

There are plenty of phone plans and providers on the market in New Zealand. With all these plans swirling around, making advertisements, and trying to reel you in, it can be easy to feel unsure about which one is right for you. Because remember, not all phone plans are made the same. But no worries. That is why Mobile Compare exists. We are here to help you make the most informed choice about your mobile plan, so that you can stay connected while on the go, and find a plan that gives you the most value for your money. 

We have created a step-by-step guide to help you understand how to compare deals, and find the one that will suit your unique needs and preferences the best. 

1. Set a Budget

How much money can you put towards your phone plan each month? Take a look at your budget and expenses for other bills, and your income, and calculate how much you can afford to pay. This figure will be the foundation to your mobile phone plan hunt!

Master your Budget

2. Decide how you Want to be Billed

Do you want a prepaid plan or to pay monthly? 

What’s a prepaid plan? A prepaid plan is billed at the start of the month. You pay by adding money to your account/ sim card and that will be used to purchase your phone plan. The pros are that you simply paya set rate for the data, calls, and texts. You can even include add-ons on the occasional month you need something extra. These plans are generally cheaper overall. The downside is that you may have fewer options than monthly plans, as they tend to offer the basics. 

Compare Prepaid Plans

What is a monthly plan? A monthly plan is billed at the end of each month. They often come with bundles and therefore may offer more value for money. The benefit of monthly plans is that you are typically offered a higher cap of data. The downside is that lots of monthly plans are contracts and some may even come with termination fees.

Compare Monthly Plans

3. Figure out how many calls you want and how much data you need. 

Are you someone that makes lots of calls while out and about? Are you also on the go a lot and need lots of data for streaming, working, bank transactions, and other activities? In a recent Mobile Compare survey, we found that many Kiwis deem unlimited data as the most important part of their phone plan. If you are one of these Kiwis, you will likely want to search for deals that offer unlimited data. How can you do this? Easy! Jump on Mobile Compare and click compare plans. Then click filters, and select the ‘endless’ button under the data option. Apply that filter, and Mobile Compare will reveal all the mobile plans that offer unlimited or “endless” data. How good!

Compare Unlimited Plans

Compare Endless Plans

4. Take Advantage of Mobile Compare

So, you have your budget and you know how many texts and calls you want and how much data you will need. You are ready to jump on Mobile Compare! Mobile Compare makes it easy to compare different phone plans and filter out your preferences so that you can find the best deal to suit your needs and your budget. Using Money Compare is simple:

  • Jump on the website
  • Click compare plans
  • Select any filters you want such as endless calls, unlimited texts and calls, and your budget per month. You can even compare plans from certain providers and choose whether you would prefer to prepay your bill or pay monthly. 
  • Hit apply filters. 
  • Mobile Compare will present all the plans available to you based on your selected preferences. 
  • Find the one you would like that matches your budget and data, calls and texts preferences. You can even compare extra features such 4G or 5G data, hotspot data, and free voicemail. 
  • Find the one you like and make the switch!

Compare Mobile Plans

Or, if you’d prefer to speak to a human, you can call our Auckland-based Mobile Compare team who offer bias-free, obligation free advice on mobile plans for free. Call anytime Monday to Friday between 10am-6pm to speak to our mobile phone plan experts. 

Call 0508 226672

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