Vodafone has introduced a new $130 Red mobile plan aimed at heavy users... but the data allowance will get trimmed in November.
Vodafone's $130 Red http://www.vodafone.com.au/personal/plans plan includes 20GB of data (15GB if you subscribe on or after 3 November 2015), unlimited standard national calls and SMS/MMS, and unlimited standard international calls to landlines and mobiles in China, India, USA, UK, NZ, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and South Korea. The usual $5 a day international roaming option applies.
So for $30 more than the previous high-end plan you get an extra 10GB or 5GB of data.
Optus's plans currently top out at $100 a month for 10GB of data with unlimited calls and SMS to standard Australian numbers (including 13/1300), unlimited SMS/MMS to Australia or Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, and 300 voice minutes to that same list of countries.
Over at Telstra, it's $135 a month for 10GB of data, with unlimited calls and SMS/MMS to standard Australian numbers.
All three companies charge $10 per GB for excess data.
Vodafone's $130 Red plan goes on sale on 9 September 2015. It's a 24 month contract, but you also get a one year subscription to Spotify Premium, Stan, or the digital editions of The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald - but the data you use on these services still comes out of your allowance.
Red plans include an allowance for a new phone, so depending on the model you're after you may be able to get it at no extra charge. Vodafone didn't provide any details about this aspect of the $130 plan, but as a guide the 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 is available for no extra charge on the $100 Red plan, or you can pay an extra $12 a month for a 128GB iPhone 6 (though you probably wouldn't as the next iPhone is expected shortly).