Shared Data Mobile Plans: How to Share & Save Money!

Share the love, and your mobile data, to save on your monthly mobile bills. Canstar reveals all you need to know about shared data mobile plans.

You might be accustomed to going it alone when it comes to your mobile phone plan. However there can be benefits to sharing the love, and your data, by banding together with family and friends on a shared data mobile plan. There’s a number of providers offering group plans, designed to be divvied up among two or more people. So it’s worthwhile considering the potential savings on offer.

These types of shared plans typically feature a primary plan, and then provide the option to add companion plans (often up to three additional plans). The more companion plans added, the lower the per-person cost per billing period.

So, which providers are currently offering group plans? What types of deals are on offer? What sorts of costs are involved? And what are some of the features consumers should keep in mind when signing up? Canstar Blue explains:

Mobile Phone Plans

Shared data mobile plan features

Of course, as with any mobile plan, it’s worthwhile shopping around. Always compare costs and weigh up what different providers have to offer – from individual plans, to group plans, bundles and other types of offers – before making a commitment.

Across the range of prepaid and pay monthly plans, it’s important to consider talk and text allowances, and, in particular, data allowances.

Data allowances have become a key differentiating feature across plans. Many providers now offer a monthly allocation of maximum speed data (4G network speeds), which when exhausted is replaced by “endless” data. However, this endless data is slowed to a speed of around 1.2Mbps.

When choosing a shared data mobile plan, it’s worthwhile considering:

  • Primary plan – the primary plan holder will likely be responsible for ensuring the account is paid on time. They will be the one able to make changes to the companion plans, and have access to companion plan details, such as call and text details
  • Data – what is the maximum speed data allocation? Is there a single data allocation from which all the plans collectively draw over each billing period. Or are individual data allocations provided for each plan?
  • Talk and text – all of the plans below come with unlimited talk and text to New Zealand and Australian numbers. However, exclusions can apply, so it’s worthwhile confirming with the provider
  • Pay monthly – all of the plans below are pay monthly plans. If you’re keen on a prepaid plan, you’ll need to look at individual plan options
  • Hotspot – is hotspotting included for free or at an additional charge?
  • Additional incentives – are there any other additional incentives included with a plan? This can include free data, entertainment, or access to other services

Also keep in mind the full range of services that providers offer, such as international call, roaming and data add-ons, and how these apply to group plans.

In looking at the group deals currently on offer below, individual plan costs and inclusions are also included as a point of comparison.

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Spark

Spark’s open-term Endless Group Plan provides for customers to sign up for a $99.99 plan with either Netflix Standard HD or Spotify Premium, which can then be paired with up to three $29.99 companion plans.

Under this offer, the primary (leader) plan receives 100GB of maximum speed data per month, and companion plans 40GB maximum speed data per month. Once these allocations are used, all plans receive endless data at a reduced maximum speed of 1.2Mbps.

Plan features:

  • Entertainment – leader plans include Spotify Premium or Netflix Standard HD, while companion plans get 50% off Spotify Premium. These are determined by the leader plan’s choice. To switch between options, the leader plan must change
  • Hotspot – leader plans receive 10GB of hotspot data per month, while customers can add one hotspot extra per line per month at a cost of $10
  • Endless data – all plans endless data till max speed limit, then reduced to 1.2Mbps
People Data Talk & Text Cost (per month)*
One person 100GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $99.99
Two people Leader plan: 100GB max speed

Companion plan: 40GB max speed

Unlimited NZ/OZ $129.98

$64.99 per person

Three people Leader plan: 100GB max speed

Companion plans: 40GB max speed

Unlimited NZ/OZ $159.97

$53.33 per person

Four people Leader plan: 100GB max speed

Companion plans: 40GB max speed

Unlimited NZ/OZ $189.97

$47.49 per person

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2degrees’ group plans allow for customers to sign up for a plan with a maximum speed data allocation and endless data, and to then add up to three extra people to their plan for $30 per person per month.

The primary and companion plans initially collectively draw on the maximum speed data allocation. All plans receive endless data, reduced to a maximum speed of 1.2Mbps once the maximum speed allocation has been used.

Plan features:

  • Free data hour – all data used during an hour chosen by the customer is free every day (maximum speeds for 40GB per month, then reduced to maximum speeds of 1Mbps)
  • Hotspot – is included with all plans
  • Wi-fi calling – make and receive calls, using minutes (no data)
  • Endless data – all plans endless data till max speed limit, then reduced to 1.2Mbps
People Data Talk & Text Cost (per month)*
One person 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $60
40GB max speed $80
Two people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $90

$45 per person

40GB max speed $110

$55 per person

Three people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $120

$40 per person

40GB max speed $140

$46.67 per person

Four people 40GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $170

$42.50 per person

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Vodafone’s companion plans allow for customers to sign up for an endless data mobile plan, including both a maximum speed data allowance and endless data, and to then add up to three companion plans at $30 each.

Each companion plan receives the entire primary plan (be it 12, 40 or 100GB of maximum speed data), with endless data (reduced to a maximum speed of 1.2Mbps) applying after the maximum speed allocation has been used.

Plan features:

  • 5G – plans are 5G ready (free of charge until June 30, 2021, then available as a $10 add-on per month)
  • Hotspot – is included with all plans
  • Endless data – all plans endless data till max speed limit, then reduced to 1.2Mbps
People Data Talk & Text Cost (per month)*
One person 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $60
40GB max speed $80
100GB max speed $100
Two people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $90

$45 per person

40GB max speed $110

$55 per person

100GB max speed $130

$65 per person

Three people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $120

$40 per person

40GB max speed $140

$46.66 per person

100GB max speed $160

$53.33 per person

Four people 12GB max speed Unlimited NZ/OZ $150

$37.50 per person

40GB max speed $170

$42.50 per person

100GB max speed $190

$47.50 per person

*Further information on pricing can be found at individual retailer websites. This should be used as a starter guide and not considered an actual quote.


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