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If you want loads of 4G data per month in Australia without paying through the nose or being locked into lengthy plans, then check out Globalgig.

Most mobile virtual network operators or MVNO’s offer pre-paid services, but Globalgig is a post-paid provider that has month-to-month plans with no contract lock-in, giving you the flexibility of low rates while accessing additional data if you need it.

Using the Optus network in Australia to deliver 4G connectivity, 3 Mobile in the UK for the same, and the 3G networks of other Tier 1 providers around the world, Globalgig’s gig may mean the jig is up for its competitors.

The company now offers access to mobile broadband in 84 countries, expanding into many parts of Asia, and has simplified its pricing in the face of more complicated offerings from other telcos.

Its new service is now available in three very straightforward post paid plans – 4G Flexi, Go Europe & USA and Go Global.

Details of all these plans and the countries you can access them in are below, but first, here’s the video interview we did with Globalgig’s GM, James Boardman.

A quick note: I forgot to put my phone to airplane mode and someone accidentally called during the 4 minute 35 second mark, just as Boardman was finishing a sentence.

I asked him to say the last two words of the sentence so I didn’t have to record that section again, but my editing skills are not perfect, so the slightly paused transition at the 4.35 mark is my fault, not Boardman’s - apologies to James Boardman and to you, dear readers and viewers - but it all makes sense when you watch the video.

Globalgig says its 4G Flexi plan starts at just $5 per month and includes 250MB of data.

There are also options that include 1GB for $10, 3GB for $20, 5GB for $30 and a massive 10GB for just $50 per month.

Like the other two plans, 4G Flexi is a post paid, month to month service with no lock in contracts.

The 4G Flexi plan’s mobile broadband is available for use in Australia, and if you travel overseas to one of 39 other countries (the list is at the end of the article), you’ll pay either an additional 10 cents per MB or 25 cents per MB. If you’re going to travel more regularly, Globalgig’s new Go Europe & USA plan starts at $20 with 250MB of data included.

Then you can get 1GB for $30, 3GB for $50 and 5GB for $70.

The Go Europe & USA plan can be used in Australia and 37 ‘included’ countries - the list is below. New Zealand and Hong Kong are additional countries available on this plan at 25 cents per MB.

For the globetrotters amongst us, Globalgig’s Go Global plan awaits.

This new plan is available for use in Australia and 69 ‘included’ countries - again, the list is below.

There are also 14 additional countries that can be accessed on Go Global for just an extra 25 cents per MB. This brings the total number of countries where Go Global can be used to 84 (see country breakdown below).

Globalgig has also launched a tri-SIM card that combines a regular-sized SIM card, a micro SIM card and a nano SIM card, all in the one SIM, which you can see in the video above. 

This eliminates the need for dual SIM packs which normally offer either regular and micro SIM cards, and a nano SIM card separately, so there’s only one retail pack on sale.

Use the SIM size you need but if you use a micro or nano sized SIM, keep the other parts and you can use your SIM in devices that have use different SIM slot sizes.

As a global provider, Globalgig also has a single APN to use in your device - mbb.voiamo.net - which means no more changing settings when travelling and makes Globalgig compatible with unlocked Wi-Fi devices, tablets, dongles and smartphones.

Globalgig GM, James Boardman said “We’ve come a long way from the company that just over two years ago offered mobile broadband in three countries.

“We’ve moved from 3G to 4G and from 3 countries to 40 countries last year and now 84 countries this year. Our goal has always been to challenge the unfair pricing of certain telcos and mobile broadband providers and we continue to do just that.

“Our fundamentals have remained the same – low cost mobile broadband in Australia, low cost mobile broadband overseas, no lock-in contracts and no bill shock.”

The whole idea is to give global travellers ‘the freedom to access the Internet irrespective of where they are or what they’re doing’, with Globalgig and its parent company, the Voiamo group, continuing ‘to innovate and challenge the unfair attitudes, practices and offerings of many companies offering mobile broadband.’

Globalgig says that makes it ‘one of and in many cases the cheapest domestic and international mobile broadband services based in Australia.’

Boardman added “Globalgig has a highly competitive 4G mobile broadband offering in Australia and also a very strong international offering. With our 4G Flexi, Go Europe & USA and Go Global plans no longer will you wish for Globalgig in Asia and beyond – all the main countries you want are here.

“All major transit points into and out of Australia are also covered and I urge people to check the competition to see if they all offer the same!

“Also, in the UK your Globalgig service, bought and paid for out of Australia is 4G! That is a first.

“Giving our customers a fair deal is at the basis of everything we do and bearing in mind a certain Telco’s international mobile broadband will still cost you $150 for 1.5GB where we can give you 3GB for $100 if you Go Global, so we’re are still ultra competitive … and that’s before we look at all the Telco’s excess usage fees of 50c, $1 or even $3 per MB,” Boardman concluded.

Globalgig is available online and can be purchased at 1400 retail outlets across Australia including Dick Smith, Harvey Norman, Coles, The Good Guys, Big W, Nuance Airport Duty Free Stores and Joyce Maine.

Plan details are as follows:

4G Flexi

Included data in: Australia All usage charged at 10c per MB in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City.

All usage charged at 25c per MB in: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey.

GO EUROPE & USA

Included data in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City.

All usage charged at 25c per MB in: Hong Kong, New Zealand.

GO GLOBAL Plan

Included data in: Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Vatican City.

All usage charged at 25c per MB in: Albania, Cambodia, Colombia, Fiji, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Kosovo, Philippines, Qatar.

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