Rollover credit: who still has it and how does it work?


WhistleOut
02 August 2017

In the majority of cases, we talk about mobile phone plans in months. You pay 'X amount' and the telco gives you 'Y value' for a 30-day period. But in some circumstances your plan inclusions last longer than just one month and roll over into the next month.

Rollover credit used to be more common on mobile plans, but in the days of 'unlimited' plans and heavy data inclusions, many telcos have reverted to a fixed expiry periods for unused plan inclusions. 

However, there are still a few exceptions. Rollover credit is most useful when you have varying usage patterns between months. You can store your under-usage of a plan amount in one month and have that provide you with extra usage the following month.

Rollover included in plans
Post-Paid phone plans Yes
No No No N/A No  
Pre-Paid phone plans Yes  Yes Yes 
No Yes Yes
Post-Paid mobile broadband plans No No No No N/A N/A
Pre-Paid mobile broadband plans Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A N/A

Telstra

Data rollover is available on their pre-paid plus plans

Their plans also offer you data free streaming of Apple music and live streaming AFL, NRL and Netball when you recharge for $30 or more. They also give you extra data to use between 8pm and 8am (offer ends 04/09/17) and you can access Telstra Air hotspots.

How much can you rollover?

You can rollover all the data left on your plan.

The data expires after 28 days and it can not be rolled over again. To rollover any unused data, you will have to recharge with an eligible plan before expiry.


Optus

Data rollover is available on all their Prepaid Ultimate Plus plans and also on their prepaid mobile broadband as well.

These plans also offer you data free music streaming on Google Play Music, Spotify and iHeartRADIO and gives you access to Optus perks.

How much can you rollover?

You can continuously rollover up to 10GB data, meaning that there is no expiry on the rolled over data, but there is a limit on the amount.

If you have a prepaid mobile broadband with them, you can continuously rollover up to 50GB each month.

You will need to recharge the prepaid plan with another eligible plan for the data to rollover. Enabling auto-recharge could give you up to 3GB bonus data each month for their mobile plans (offer ends 28/01/18).


Virgin Mobile

They are currently the only provider offering data rollover on not only prepaid, but postpaid plans as well.

This isn't limited to data, but also rolls over any unused credit for texts and calls.

For prepaid plans, you just have to recharge before the data expires and it will rollover.

How much can you rollover?

As much as is left in the plan. You can only rollover the data once and your monthly included data will be used before the rollover data.

Data rollover is also available on their prepaid mobile broadband plans if you recharge with the same plan before expiry.

Virgin also offer data gifting, which lets you give your GB to another Virgin mobile customer.


Vodafone

Vodafone only offers data rollover on prepaid Mobile Broadband plans, not for any phone plans.

How much can you rollover?

Each month you can rollover up to 50GB to use in the next month. The data expires at the end of the second month.

As it is with most rollover features, you need to recharge your account before the prepaid expiry to rollover data. If you wait until after the expiry you will forfeit any data you haven't used.


Aldi Mobile

If your plan is eligible (L, XL, XXL), you can rollover unused data to the next month if you recharge with a plan with equal to or greater than in value.

For Rollover to work, you will need to recharge within 24 hours expiry of your current plan. You can also enable auto-recharge in your account and you won’t have to worry about forgetting.

How much can you rollover?

All the Data you have left from the month.

The rollover credit has 30 days expiry meaning that you can only rollover the same data once. The data you rolled over will be used before the data included in the plan.


Woolworths Mobile

Data rollover is available when you recharge your prepaid plan before the 30/09/17.

If you have a Woolworths rewards card, you get 10% of every recharge (not currently available in Tasmania).

How much can you rollover?

You can continuously rollover up to 15GB data.

There is not an expiration date on the rolled over data. For the data to rollover, you have to recharge before expiry with a recharge with the same or a higher value plan.



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