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Best mobile plans for students

From budget-conscious to international students, mobile plans can offer something for every type of student.

Pick of the plans: Which plans are best?

Best plans for budget-conscious students

Rationale: Money is super tight and while you need a mobile for communication purposes, you absolutely cannot go over budget in any way. It’s not a fun situation to be in, but every cent counts and as such you need the best value for your fiscally constrained dollar.

Choose from prepaid and SIM-only plans priced at less than $20 a month. Be aware that some plans include promotional pricing and revert to a higher rate after the first month or recharge.

Best plans for international students

Rationale: You’re studying here from an international base or you simply have relatives overseas you want to stay in regular contact with. As such, a core part of any plan you pick up has to be a significant quantity of international calling inclusions.

Look for cheap plans that include an allotment of international minutes. Some offer unlimited minutes to select countries, while others include a fixed quota of minutes applicable to wider international zones. The countries you plan on calling determines which option is best for you.

Best plans for gap-year students

Rationale: You’re still a student, but you’re taking a year off to travel around the world. That doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in touch, but keeping your bills low is also a priority because you’ve got better things to experience with your dough.

Since you don’t want to find yourself short on cash when travelling, it’s a good idea to go with a pre-paid plan that won’t charge you excess fees for blowing through all your call or data inclusions.

Plans for students who want a new phone

For years, you’ve made do with phones most likely handed down from your parents or simple gift phones at best. With independence comes the ability to choose your own mobile plan and a shiny new handset with it.

How to compare mobile plans for students

As a student, a mobile phone is a natural part of your life and is as much a research tool as a communications device. At the same time, you’re coming to grips with balancing a budget that’s nearly always much lighter than you’d like, so making the most of your money is an absolute must.

However, the needs of students vary depending on personal circumstances and how you use your mobile phones. While different telcos appeal to students at different times, no provider has designed a plan that fits every type of student in every circumstance just yet. With that in mind, this is what you should consider when picking a plan:


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