Kogan Mobile: Is it Any Good?

If you’ve heard of Kogan Mobile and wondered whether it’s any good, Canstar Blue has all you need to know about Kogan Mobile’s prepaid deals.

Kogan is a huge company over the ditch in Australia. It was founded by entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan 25 years ago, selling own-brand electrical goods. Since then it’s grown into a huge company, selling a wide range of products on its NZ and OZ websites. Along the way it bought the Dick Smith brand, and branched out into offering phone plans and insurance. Recently, here in Aotearoa, it snapped up home-grown retailer MightyApe.co.nz. However, despite its size, Kogan Mobile is still a small player here in NZ. But it’s deserving of greater attention, because if you’re after a cheap, no-frills phone deal, Kogan Mobile’s pre-paid deals are some of the cheapest around.

What phone plans does Kogan Mobile offer?

Kogan keeps it simple with just three pre-paid phone plans: Small, Medium and Large. And just two pre-paid periods: 30 Days and 365 Days.

30-Day Plans

Small

  • Cost: $15
  • Data Allowance: 1.5GB
  • Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ

Medium

  • Cost: $25
  • Data Allowance: 4GB
  • Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ

Large

  • Cost: $35
  • Data Allowance: 15GB
  • Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ

365-Day Plans

Small

  • Cost: $160 ($13.34 per month)
  • Data Allowance: 1.5GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ

Medium

  • Cost: $250 ($20.84 per month)
  • Data Allowance: 4GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ

Large

  • Cost: $330 ($27.50 per month)
  • Data Allowance: 15GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ

As you can see there are considerable savings to be had if you sign up for a year-long deal. However there are a couple of things to consider before signing up to Kogan’s 365-day plans:

  • You’ll need to pay the entire cost up front
  • If you cancel your 365-day plan at any time, you will forfeit all of your unused credit

 

How to switch to a Kogan pre-paid plans

To join a Kogan plan is pretty simple. You first need to get a Kogan SIM card, which you can buy through Kogan Mobile’s NZ website. The SIM costs $5 and postage is free, unless you opt for the express courier service, which is around $3 extra, depending on your location.

As an added bonus, the SIM comes preloaded with 30 days unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ, plus 15GB of data.

After those initial free 30 days, your plan will auto-renew by default to Kogan’s large 30-day plan. So if you want a cheaper, or 365-day plan, you’ll need to change your plan through your Kogan Mobile account within those first 30 days.

Kogan pre-paid plans: extras

As they are cheap, no-frills pre-paid plans, there aren’t many extras to Kogan’s plans. But Kogan does offer:

  • International roaming packs, featuring just data, or with data, calls and texts
  • Three data add-on packs: 300MB/1.25GB/3GB
  • International call packs

Are Kogan’s pre-paid plans value for money?

The simple answer to this is yes. Here’s a rundown of some of the comparable deals offered by other mobile phone companies and, as you’ll see, Kogan’s data allowances are really good value for money.

Its medium pack, with 4GB for $25 per 30-day period is a particular standout, as its competitors charge around $35 for the same data allowance.

NZ’s cheapest Pre-paid Plans

 

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2degrees

Prepaid: Calendar month

$10 Plan: 100mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 250MB rollover

$19 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 1.25GB rollover

$30 Plan: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 2.5GB rollover

 

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Spark

Prepaid: Four-week period

$19 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 1.25GB Rollover

$29 Plan: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 2GB Rollover

 

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Skinny

Prepaid: Four-week period

$9 Plan: 100mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 250MB

$16 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 1.25GB

$26 Plan: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 2.5GB

$36 Plan: Unlimited calls & texts to NZ and OZ / Unlimited data (speeds reduce after 4.5GB)

 

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The Warehouse

Prepaid: 31-day period

$12 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 500MB rollover

$16 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 1.25GB rollover

$38 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ / 5GB rollover

 

Vodafone Roaming Plan

Vodafone

Prepay: 28-day period

$20 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ & OZ / 1.25GB rollover

$25 Plan: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ & OZ / 2GB rollover

$35 Plan: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ & OZ / 4GB rollover

 

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Orcon

Prepay: 30-day period

$20 Plan: 200mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ & OZ / 1.25GB rollover

$25 Plan: 300mins calls & unlimited texts in NZ & OZ / 2.5GB rollover

 

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