Telstra is often referred to as Australia's best mobile network, but that privilege typically comes at a price. Big T ain’t cheap.
However, there are now plenty of smaller telcos powered by the Telstra network, which can get you the coverage you crave without breaking the bank. Best of all, you might even get more data than you would with Telstra itself!
Here are some of our favourite Telstra-powered SIM-only plans.
Telstra network plans with 30GB of data or more
In terms of data-for-dollar, the best value SIM-only plan on the Telstra network currently comes from Boost Mobile. The telco’s new $40 recharge gets you 30GB, plus a bonus 15GB on your first five recharges if you sign up before May 13. However, these are 28-day recharges, so you will need to top up 13 times per year.
Woolworths Mobile will do 35GB for $50 per month on a 12-month contract. If you sign up before May 26, you’ll get a once-off bonus of 15GB, and an extra bonus 20GB of “holiday data” every three months. Woolies’ postpaid plans have data banking (up to 100GB), so you’re able to keep any unused data for a later date.
Telstra network plans with 15GB of data or more
Not all of us froth data to the point at which a real big plan is necessary, but there are still plenty of well-priced Telstra network plans with more moderate allowances. These are perfect if you want a reasonably priced plan that doesn't make you ask "what would I even use that data for?"
Boost is a great choice here too, thanks to its recent plan refresh. $30 per recharge gets you a 20GB allowance, and if you sign up before March 18, you’ll get your first month for $15. Once again, these are 28-day recharges, so you’ll be topping up 13 time per year. Prepaid does however mean you can leave whenever you want.
Belong is a decent option when it comes to no-contract postpaid, offering 15GB for $40 per month. The plan also includes unlimited international calls to 33 countries, data gifting, and data rollover.
Telstra network plans with 5GB of data or more
Belong has one of the cheapest 5GB+ plans on the Telstra network, and is a good all-rounder with 5GB for $25 per month on a month-to-month basis. If you call overseas often, you can bolt on unlimited international calls to 36 countries for just $5 extra per month.
PennyTel gets you 10GB for $26.99 per month, which is great value, but this pricing only lasts for the first six months of your plan. You’ll play $35.99 per month thereafter, but the plan is no contract so you can leave whenever.
If you’re okay with signing a contract, Woolworths Mobile has a 10GB plan for $30 per month on a 12-month term. As a bonus, you’ll get 20GB of “holiday data” added to your account every three months. That’s an extra 80GB over the course of the year.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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