If you had to pick one word to describe Telstra, it would probably be "expensive". Sure, Big T might often be considered Australia’s best mobile network, but that privilege costs you a pretty penny.
However, there are also plenty of smaller providers powered by the Telstra network, which can get you the coverage you crave without breaking the bank. Here are some of our favourite Telstra-powered SIM-only plans that you can get right now.
In terms of data-for-dollar, one of best value SIM-only plan on the Telstra network actually comes from Telstra. $49 per month will get you 60GB on a 12-month contract.
There is however a catch: this offer is only available to new customers. You’ll pay $59 per month for this plan if you’re already with Telstra. This offer is only available for a limited time, but Telstra hasn’t set a fixed end date.
Woolworths Mobile is a good option if you don’t need quite as much data. $40 per month will get you 40GB on a 12-month contract if you sign up before August 25. You’ll also get 10GB of bonus data every three months.
Woolies’ postpaid plans have data banking, so you’re able to keep any unused data for a later date.
If you’d prefer a contract-free plan, it’s worth considering Boost Mobile. The telco’s $40 recharge gets you 30GB, plus a bonus 15GB on your first five recharges if you sign up before July 8. However, these are 28-day recharges, so you will need to top up 13 times per year.
Belong is another solid contract-free option. $40 per month gets you 30GB, as well as unlimited international talk and text to 33 selected countries.
Belong plans all come with data rollover, which means you can save any unused data for a later date. If you manage to stockpile a good chunk of data and want to save money, you can always drop down to Belong's $10 plan until you burn through your data bank.
If you don’t need quite as much data, Belong’s smaller options aren’t bad either. $25 per month now gets you 10GB on a no-contract plan. That might not seem like a lot, but it’s pretty good for the Telstra network.
This plan also has data rollover, so you can always drop down to a cheaper plan if you stockpile enough data.
Lastly, Boost is also a good choice at the lower end of the pricing spectrum: $20 gets you 5GB on a 28-day recharge. This plan also gets you unlimited international talk and text to 20 selected destinations, and 100 standard minutes to another 35 destinations.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website.
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