Freebies for your mobile

Mobile phone expenses quickly add up and for budget-concious people like us, pre-paid deals are the best way to go because we could budget the amount we recharge and how long it would have to last. Sending SMS or texting instead of making a call is also a good way to save but could still blow your budget if you’re not careful and at times may leave you wondering if perhaps you should have just called the other party instead.

If you like texting and use a computer most of the time anyway, signing up for a free account at could save you heaps. It’s a free computer to mobile texting service where you earn points to be able to send free SMS to any other phone in Australia. You’d need a valid Australian phone number and an email address to register. Text messages sent through this service would look like it came directly from your phone except that it would have a short blurb at the end saying that it was sent through SMSPup. The upside is that the receiver could instantly hit Reply in his/her mobile, compose the message and hit Send. You’ll then receive the reply in your mobile phone.

SMSPup will regularly send you advertising emails in order for you to earn points (1 point = 1 free SMS) but they won’t spam you with numerous advertisements. I think only received about 5 emails from them in the last month. Another good thing that could come from signing up with them is that you learn about promotions from various advertising sponsors. One recent promotion I received from SMSPup was about a new prepaid mobile provider named RevTel promising to send out a free SIM Starter Pack with $20 loaded for anyone interested to sign up. I did and received the promised SIM Starter Pack a couple of days later. If you want to port your number over, you could sign up for the $30 free pre-paid credit instead. But before you transfer your number, make sure that you check out their rates first. Although their call rates are competitive, they charge a 15c fee per day and a 50c fee everytime you recharge your account and calling customer care is not cheap either with its $2 flagfall and 9.9c per 30 seconds.

If you think the cheap call rates outweigh the cost of the fees or if you just want to try their service first, you could still sign up for the free no-obligation $20 SIM Starter Pack. At the very least, you’d have several days to use up for free text and phone calls before you decide.

Published in: on September 30, 2005 at 7:15 pm  Comments (2)  


  1. @Mel, I used Vodafone’s pre-paid services when I first came to Australia and stayed with them for more than a year before getting a post-paid service with another provider. Their rates were competitive and they had great network coverage when I was with them. I almost went back to using Vodafone when I switched to pre-paid again recently but found that Virgin’s rates are cheaper so I went with them instead. Hope that helps.

  2. Hi Raquel,

    how would you rate Vodafone’s services? Do they have prepaid too?

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