When you are looking for a phone deal, dont be enticed in by discount offers for mobile or landline calls or cheaper after hours calls unless they suit exactly what you want. Negotiate a low rate for all your mobile phone calls whatever time or destination you are calling.
Only pay for what you use, so get per second billing on your phone calls, especially mobile phone calls and international calls. Companies charge per every 30 seconds but statistics show that only 50% of the very last 30 seconds are used so if you make lots of short calls you are actually increasing your timed call charges up to 50%. Telaustralia offer fixed wire and mobile plans charged in 1 seconds increments (except for the $zero Mobile plan).
Flag falls are a connection fee for timed calls for mobiles and landlines. These are expensive and often hidden away, so watch out. If making many short calls, check flag fall rates. Telaustralia offers flag falls on average 50% lower than the main Telcos.
If work involves traveling, make sure you have coverage otherwise you will be charged at higher rates by other networks. You must be on the Telstra network, Telaustralia mobiles are on this network and the BlackBerry service is on the Vodafone network.
If making lots of long distance phone calls, a capped plan is probably your best deal. It usually consists of an hour for a set price and works out cheap. However, on average a long distance call is 2 minutes so service providers get you to sign up with a call caps but then charge a much higher first per minute rate, meaning most calls are more expensive.
If you have a business, request itemized bills to identify which department is making costly calls and manage your staff accordingly. Billing can also be accessed online. Telaustralia offers over 100 alternative itemization choices and customers can get to see their phone bills online.
If traveling abroad and using your mobile phone roaming charges can be costly and totally dependant on the 3rd party carrier charges in the country you are in. SMS is cheaper to use, or let all calls direct to voicemail, then return calls from a landline. Another option is to buy a local SIM card and use that to make mobile phone calls within the country.
Mobile phones can be really pricey to use, especially if they have all the latest gadgets and technology, cameras, web browsers, etc. A basic phone will mean cheaper rates; calls, Bluetooth and a basic camera are the most commonly used features for mobile phone users. These features are offered in phones retailing at under $300.
The best way to get your moneys worth from your phone is to arrange a plan that fits with your call patterns. There are many all-inclusive plans but realistically, will you use all those minutes? Telaustralia reveals opting for a standard low rate plan is cheaper in the majority of cases. Unlimited plans tend to charge flag falls, higher monthly line rental and other little extras. Ask service providers to carry out a bill analysis for you before signing up. Telaustralia has a free phone bill analysis service, fax a bill to 1300 765 182 and receive a written analysis within 48 hrs.
Using your landline phone to call internationally is hugely expensive. If your business makes lots of overseas calls or you have family abroad, consider a plan with cheap International IDD call rates or if you have a broadband connection a VoIP connection for calling overseas.