Review of TeleChoice mobile phone plans
TeleChoice is a low-cost Aussie mobile phone service provider which utilises the Telstra 4G mobile network. It offers a large range of plans, including monthly, 12 month and 24 month contracts – all of which come in SIM-only guise. We’ve taken a look at exactly what TeleChoice’s services provide for you and whether they come out better or worse when sized up against similar plans from its rival mobile carriers.
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What does TeleChoice offer?
TeleChoice provides a comprehensive suite of plans, with subscriptions available at five different price points. All plans are available on monthly, 12 month or 24 month contracts, and you can choose from a number of handsets on the 24 month option. TeleChoice offers other small perks, such as free delivery of a 3-in-1 SIM card suitable for any device, plus the option of extra data at the industry standard rate of $10 per 1GB. Let’s review the no-contract plans against the longer term offers:
|Month-to-Month Price||Month-to-Month Features||12 and 24 Month Contract Price||12 and 24 Month Contract Features|
|$20||$500 talk, unlimited text, 2GB data||$19||$500 talk, unlimited text, 2GB data|
|$28||$1000 of talk, unlimited text, 3GB data, unlimited calls 7pm-7am||$28||$1000 talk, 3.5GB data, unlimited text, unlimited calls 7pm-7am|
|$30||Unlimited talk and text, 3GB data||$29||Unlimited talk and text, 3.5GB data,|
|$38||Unlimited talk and text, 6GB data, 100 international minutes||$38||Unlimited talk and text, , 7GB data 200 international call minutes|
|$48||Unlimited talk and text, 9GB data, 200 international minutes||$48||Unlimited talk and text, 11GB data, 300 international minutes|
$20 Live Plan
TeleChoice’s no-contract services kick-off with the $20 Live plan. It’s important to note that on a 12 or 24 month contract, this offering is $19. This plan brings $500 worth of talk, plus 2GB of data. The plan includes unlimited standard SMS and MMS, as well as free calls to other TeleChoice mobile phones and PAYG international calls. So what does $500 included value get you? Calls are charged at 99c per minute, plus a 40c connection fee. Overall, this is a good value option, and we suspect the 2GBs will please a lot of potential customers.
$28 Live Plan
Next up in the rung of plans is the $28 offering. This is quite a big step up over the $20 variety, and includes $1000 of calls and 3GB of data. Even better, on a 12/24 month contract, this allowance is bumped up to 3.5GB. As usual, the plan also contains unlimited texting. Also noteworthy, the plan includes off-peak unlimited talk – this is between the hours of 7pm and 7am. TeleChoice have realised that people want more data in their plans, and so far, their data inclusions have been healthy.
$30 Live Plan
A small step up, but an important one, is the $30 Live Plan. It includes 3GB of data, and unlimited talk and text. TeleChoice’s urge for you to purchase a 12/24 month contract is more apparent here, as they knock one dollar off the price and offer 500MB of extra data. For one extra dollar per month over the $28 plan, you are essentially transforming that $1000 into unlimited talk, and adding half a gigabyte of data in the process.
$38 Live Plan
TeleChoice’s foray in the mid-high end offering is the $38 per month plan, which goes all the way and gives you unlimited standard calls and texts, along with 100 minutes of selected international calls. You’ll also receive a hefty 6GB of mobile data on the monthly plan. For the contracted options, again, TeleChoice is trying to entice you over – now with 7GB of data, and 200 minutes of international calls. Overall the $38 plan is a good mid-range offering with a decent amount of data, which is sure to appeal to a lot of data-hungry smartphone enthusiasts.
$48 Live Plan
TeleChoice’s premium plan is the most interesting choice yet. On the monthly plan, you get unlimited talk and text, 200 international call minutes, as well as 9GB of data. However, for a contracted plan, you get an extra 100 minutes of international call minutes, along with a whopping 11 GB of data. This is sure to convince a lot of people to sign on the dotted line with a contract. For those wishing to stick to a monthly plan, 9 GB is still a decent amount, and the 200 international call minutes is handy if you have loved ones abroad.
How does TeleChoice compare to other providers?
TeleChoice’s plans compare favourably against their competitors in terms of price and inclusions. For the purpose of simplicity, we’ll compare the no contract plans, which is an exploding market in terms of providers jostling for increasing value.
The $20 Live Plan compared
TeleChoice, in this segment at least, appears to be a class leader, offering the most value included and a competitive 2GB of data. The competition comes from Think Mobile, iiNet and Bendigo Bank Mobile. In this segment, it’s hard to go past TeleChoice who seem to offer the best bang for buck.
The $28 Live Plan compared
TeleChoice’s mid-range monthly plan offer competitive value in the data stakes with a healthy 3GB. In around the $30 mark though, providers frequently offer unlimited calls. While $1000 worth of included value is a lot, we can presume that, if you are on your phone a lot, then you’ll want peace of mind with unlimited calls. TeleChoice competes with the likes of Vaya, Dodo and Amaysim, but is let down by its lack of unlimited calls at this price point.
The $30 Live Plan compared
In this mid-range market, TeleChoice starts to have a lot more competition. Can it stack up? With unlimited talk and text, and 3GB of data, its plan seems healthy, but it’s pipped to the post by Jeenee Mobile who offers an extra gigabyte over TeleChoice. Also in the ranks are Dodo and Exetel, though the former is let down by its setup fees.
The $38 Live Plan compared
As TeleChoice moves up the ranks into its higher end offerings, it faces increased competition across the board, where providers are fighting to be kings of data. Unlimited talk and text is pretty much a given at this point, so it comes down to other perks like international calls and data – of which 5GB seems to be a minimum standard. Again, TeleChoice is placed among the ranks of Jeenee, Vaya and Dodo. The former leads the pack with a nice 8GB of data, but pay close attention to bonus offers here because it can get a bit confusing.
The $48 Live Plan compared
In TeleChoice’s high-end offering, it’s been proven that data and international minutes are of increased importance. At 9GB of data and with 200 international call minutes, TeleChoice competes with C Mobile, SpinTel and Jeenee amongst others. The latter is really proving to be a thorn in TeleChoice’s side as they again edged TeleChoice by offering 10GB of data and 300 minutes of international calls for $3 cheaper.
Is TeleChoice right for me?
TeleChoice offers a comprehensive range of mobile plans both in the month-to-month variety, and the contracted segment. You certainly can’t complain about a lack of options. While it’s impressive against the competition in the low-end of the market, TeleChoice lags a bit behind a fast-evolving market in the mid to high-end arena. Other brands offer more data or more international call minutes at a cheaper price in these segments, and so far, Telechoice’s offerings have not been able to compete. Though, when you move to Telechoice’s contracted arrangements, they entice you with increased data and international minutes for less money – in turn, competing better against other providers. Overall, it’s worth shopping around, but TeleChoice are proven to be reliable and fairly competitive, especially in the low-end price brackets.