What is a Data Sharing Mobile Plan?

Mobile phone plans give you flexibility in managing your data allowances and the cost that it comes with. All mobile service companies offer a wide range of plans to choose from and some of them are perfect for those with minimal data needs and those who are always online.  Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone are just some of service providers in Australia.

According to ACCAN, activating your mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is cheaper because phone companies do not charge for the usage of your mobile as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Mobile data sharing contracts are new in Australia. These contracts allow groups of people, like families, to share a single data allowance so the data that isn’t used can be shared to other users since data allowance is quite expensive.

Data sharing plans vary among companies but all have the following characteristics:

The number of sharers in the plan is limited

Usually, a maximum of 10 users can share a single contract, whether it’s from Optus, Vodafone or Telstra.

Any group can subscribe to shared data

It doesn’t matter what relationship the subscribers have with each other.  They can join as long as they agree on a single bill.

One of the sharers is the leader to whom the data allowance is given

The leader then distributes the allowance to the sharers, and takes charge of the bill.

Expandable data sharing groups

You can add new devices at a later stage of the plan.

There are some options to consider that could give you a better deal other than signing up a data sharing contract. One is to choose a cheap phone plan with low data allowance if you don’t use more than 2GB of mobile data. A prepaid mobile plan is also a better choice than data sharing because this gives you limit on your data usage. No excess usage means there’ll be no extra cost to cover. With postpaid plans, there is a fixed amount to pay every month.

If you exceed your allowance, you will be charged accordingly. Wi-Fi is also a cheap alternative to data sharing. Activating Wi-Fi hotspot and your device can let you share your data to other people around you. According to ACCAN, activating your mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is cheaper because phone companies do not charge for the usage of your mobile as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

There are several brands that offer data sharing mobile plans. If you’re thinking about getting one, make sure to compare the features of different services being offered to get the best deal.

Do you have other ideas about mobile phone plans? Share your insights in the comments section.

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