VHA boosts its mobile data caps

Mobile telco has doubled the data download quota included with most of its Vodafone and 3 mobile phone capped plans

The latest shot in Australia’s mobile price war has been fired — and it’s not a good one for Telstra and Optus.

Mobile telco VHA has more than doubled the data download quota included with most of its mobile phone capped plans offered by both its Vodafone and 3 brands — boosting limits by a gigabyte or more in some cases.

For example, customers on VHA’s $29 consumer capped plan used to have just 50MB of quota included — now they get 200MB. Those on a $49 plan now get 1.5GB, up from 50MB, while those on the $59 and $79 plans now receive 2G of quota — up from 750MB and 1GB respectively. It’s a similar case when it comes to VHA’s business, combo, unlimited and month to month (SIM-only) plans.

“Vodafone and 3 customers now get a whole lot more for their money,” said John Casey, VHA’s director of marketing. “Our customers affinity with mobile internet and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter is growing day by day, so we’re meeting that demand by increasing the data in our caps.”

Casey said Apple’s iPhone 4 device was “very hot right now”, and described the rival Android mobile operating system as “the next big thing in mobile phones”.

VHA will also offer a promotional $59 plan included an iPhone 4 or Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handset for nothing up-front. The plan is effectively a $10 per month discount off the $69 plan as a special offer.

VHA’s research shows that consumers are increasingly using mobile internet and 3G services — for example, as at 30 June this year, 2.3 million Australians were using mobile broadband or 3G services on their handsets — a number up by 150.2 percent compared with June 2009.

The news comes as last week the Australian Communications and Media Authority released a report which it said showed that smartphones were expected to drive “significant future growth” in mobile communications and unlock “major opportunities” in Australia’s digital economy.

“Digital technologies are really starting to have an enormous effect on the interactivity of individuals and organisations that now communicate using multiple forms of media in environments that are mobile, fast, and virtual,” said ACMA chairman, Chris Chapman, at the time.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobile phone plansVodafone3 mobileVodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Renai LeMay

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?