Home phone plans

imageThe days of making all your calls purely from a home phone are all but over. With the call rates of mobiles all but equalling that of home phones rates, people have moved away from their landline telephone as their primary source of communication. Mobile telephones have become a default primary source of communication for today’s technically savvy users, in many cases leaving the humble home phone to be forgotten.

In saying that, it does depend on how much you use your phone. The landline still serves a purpose. Phone companies are racing to keep up with the cheaper or free alternatives offered by their online and mobile counterparts. The new ‘budget’ plan being offered by many of Australia’s major telco companies is making the landline relevant again.

Companies are offering plans which are priced anywhere from $5 to $15 cheaper per month than standard phone plans. These budget plans are perfect for a landline which receives few calls, dials out even fewer, and is generally in the house due to force of habit. If you make more than three or four calls a night, for extended amounts of time, then perhaps the budget plan isn’t for you. But for those who have embraced alternative modes of communication and are looking to save a few dollars, a budget plan may be the right choice.

Here are some landline phone plans from major telcos, and we have even thrown in a budget phone plan for comparison.

Optus

Starter Cap –

– $50 worth of included calls

– Includes $50 worth of standard Local, National, 13/1300 & Aust GSM mobiles calls

– 30c per local and 13/1300 calls

– $29.95 per month

iiNet

One Phone Plan

-$29.95 a month

-20c untimed for local calls

-$1.98 up to 2 hours for national calls, 17c min. variable rate, 39c flagfall

– $2.48 up to 20 minutes for calls to mobiles, 37c/min – charged per 30 second block

Telstra

Homeline Budget

-20.95 per month

-30c per local call

-$3.00 maximum cost per call to Telstra mobiles for up to 20 mins between 7pm and midnight, everyday

-36c per min for calls to mobiles (plus 45c call connection) 24 hrs, 7 days

Homeline Complete

-$28.95 a month

-20c per local call

-36c per min for calls to mobiles (plus 45c call connection) 24 hrs, 7 days

-$2.00 maximum cost per call to Telstra mobiles for up to 20 mins between 7pm and midnight, everyday



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