What are the best phone plans on the Telstra network?

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Did you know there is more to the mobile phone plan world than just the ‘Big Three’ – Telstra, Vodafone and Optus? There are, in fact, more than 30 mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) that piggyback off these three networks. The end result is you having a lot more choice and the ability to bag a bargain.

As the largest network in Australia, it’s little wonder a lot of MVNOs want to get on board the Telstra train. The telco giant has the most expansive network in the country, and given its great reception in many rural areas, we tend to believe that claim. Despite some high-profile outages in recent times, Telstra serves several million Aussie customers on “the network without equal”. However, there are several third-party providers which also utilise Telstra’s network services to provide their own mobile phone plans – and in many cases, provide similar or superior value. Most are SIM-only, and operate online, but offer convenience, great prices and Aussie-based service.

If you’ve been thinking of switching services, but love the Telstra coverage, then you might want to consider other providers that use the Telstra network. Read on for our list of providers using Telstra’s nationwide networks, or jump straight into our SIM-only comparison tool below to find a great deal.

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Mobile Phone Plans on the Telstra Network

There are a handful of operators on the Telstra network, with both prepaid and postpaid bases covered. If you’re having trouble deciphering whether prepaid or postpaid is the way to go, then this article may help. Here are 10 MVNOs that use the Telstra network:

Boost Mobile

A prepaid service provider that, historically, has marketed to a younger demographic, Boost Mobile has ‘matured’ a little since the early 2000s, growing into a great-value telco across the board. It ceased using the Optus network in 2013, and jumped ship to Telstra. Currently, Boost is the only MVNO to make full use of the Telstra network – others only use parts of it.

Boost Mobile offers five basic prepaid plans that are simple to follow, starting from $10 for 1.5GB of data over seven days. Pricier plans include extras such as international calls, data-free Apple Music, and data rollover: in other words, features that aren’t regularly found with other operators. Boost Mobile also gives you the opportunity to pair these plans with some entry-mid level smartphones for maximum convenience.

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Boost Mobile

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 50 countries, 100 mins to 40 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

6GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries, ends 25 Feb 2019

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Southern Phone

A telco with rural customers in mind, Southern Phone gives back to regional councils, with a proportion of profits going on to build infrastructure and improve telecommunications. Southern Phone is another dual-carrier operator, with postpaid plans on both the Optus and Telstra networks, labelled ‘Green’ and ‘Orange’ plans respectively.

‘Orange’ plans start at $10 per month for $500 in talk and text credit, and 500MB of data. Most users will be looking at plans of $26 and up, which include unlimited calls and texting and larger data allowances. Southern Phone may be ideal for those who want to support those living rurally some way, but overall its Optus network plans may be considered better ‘bang for buck’. Still, Southern Phone only adds to the competition. and it’s good to see a telco giving back to communities.

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Orange 35

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Special offer: $25 per month for first 6 months

min. cost $420 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Orange 50

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 months

7GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Orange 65

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $780 over 12 months

15GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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ALDI Mobile

ALDI Mobile offers seven prepaid phone plans – five ‘Value Packs’, and two of the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) variety. First up are the Value Packs, which all have unlimited calls & texts plus data rollover. The Value Packs come named with German astuteness in mind – Small, Large, XL, XXL and Jumbo, and all include unlimited talk and text and data rollover.

The PAYG plans come on a 365 day expiry, which could be great for people who use their phone rarely, or perhaps those people still driving around with a car phone (remember those?). The PAYG plans come in $15 and $30 iterations, with calls billed at 12c a minute, SMS 12c per text sent, and data billed at 5c per megabyte (charged per kilobyte of use).

These are competitive rates, and overall these humble plans offer some good value. This is how the Value plans line up:

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XL Value Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries
  • 200 mins to 50 countries
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $35 over 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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XXL Value Pack

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 15 countries
  • 300 mins to 35 countries
  • $5 Upfront Cost inc. $5 credit

min. cost $45 over 30 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Woolworths Mobile (prepaid)

Another grocery giant has moved into the mobile phone market! In the prepaid sector, Woolworths Mobile offers four plans priced at $20, $30, $40 and $50, all over 30 days. All plans come with unlimited calls & texts, plus some modicum of international calls and SMS on plans of $30 and up.

The $30, $40, and $50 plans come with unlimited calls to 10 countries, as well as dollar-value allowances to other countries. Customers can also ‘bank’, or roll over, data up to 30GB, provided you recharge before your credit expires. Finally, if you’re an eligible Woolworths Rewards cardholder, you can earn two WR points for every dollar spent on your plan.

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Woolworths Mobile

$30 SIM Only

  • Unlimited
  • Unlimited calls to 10 countries

min. cost $30 over 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Woolworths Mobile

$50 SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 10 countries
  • 4GB bonus data

min. cost $50 over 30 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Woolworths Mobile (postpaid)

The fresh food people are back again – this time they’ve gone postpaid, with there are four plans to pick from: X-Small, Small, Medium and Large. Inclusions are similar to what you’ll get with prepaid, including up to 30GB of banked data, and bonus data offers on selected plans. You’ll also get two Woolworths Rewards points for each dollar you spent, and unlimited international SMS on plans of $40 and up.

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Woolworths Mobile

$30 SIM Only

  • Unlimited
  • 200 International SMS

min. cost $360 over 12 months

6GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Woolworths Mobile

$50 SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited International SMS

min. cost $600 over 12 months

24GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Belong Mobile

As a direct Telstra subsidiary, Belong offers a dead-simple approach to its postpaid plans, offering three Small, Medium, and Large options starting from $10 per month. All feature unlimited national calls and texts, with the option to add an international calling pack for an additional $5.

The big plus for Belong users is access to unlimited data banking. This means that any unused gigabytes will roll over and can be stashed away for future use, and you can even gift it to other Belong mobile users. All Belong plans are offered on a monthly basis, with no lock-in contracts.

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Medium

  • Unlimited Calls & SMS
  • Add international talk & text for $5 extra

min. cost $25 over 1 month billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited Calls & SMS
  • Add international talk & text for $5 extra

min. cost $40 over 1 month billing period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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C Mobile

Do you C what I C? C Mobile is another dual-network provider, operating on both Telstra and Vodafone; you can find out more about its two-carrier setup here. Customers can choose from eight ‘Blue’ postpaid mobile plans that use the Telstra network, starting at $16.90 per month.

All plans come with unlimited calls & texts – you simply pay extra for more data, from the entry-level 500MB (priced at $16.90), up to 20GB ($64.90 monthly). There’s no other extras or frills, but you’ll get coverage on parts of the Telstra 4G network, and no lock-in contracts.

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C Mobile

Blue $34.90

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $34.90 over 30 day billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $34.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
C Mobile

Blue $44.90

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $44.90 over 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $44.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Lycamobile

Lycamobile’s prepaid plans are all contract-free, and are ideal for anyone looking for great international calling inclusions: selected plans include unlimited calls to up to 54 countries, plus additional minutes to other destinations. Even if you don’t have family or friends overseas, Lycamobile’s plans all feature unlimited standard national talk and text, and generous data.

Plans start at $10 per recharge, which gets you 1GB of data with a 28-day expiry. Larger options include the $40 plan with 15GB (and bonus auto-recharge data), and the $50 plan with 20GB per recharge. Lycamobile uses Telstra’s 4G and 3G networks, and offers multilingual customer service.

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S

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 12 countries

min. cost $39.90 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $39.90Advertised Data^^/billing period
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XL

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 54 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Pennytel

Pennytel has had an interesting history, re-releasing phone plans on the Telstra network in early 2018. There are four postpaid plans available, all of which come with unlimited calls & texts. Plans begin at $10.99 per month for 1GB of data, up to $35.99 for 10GB.

Pennytel prides itself on comprehensive customer service, with service hours on Monday to Friday from 8am to midnight, and from 9am to 9pm on weekends. All Pennytel plans are SIM-only and contract-free, with both 4G and 3G Telstra coverage.

 

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Pennytel Mobile

1GB Extra-Small SIM-Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $10.99 over monthly billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Pennytel Mobile

2GB Small SIM-Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $15.99 over monthly billing period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $15.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Pennytel Mobile

5GB Medium SIM-Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $25.99 over monthly billing period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Pennytel Mobile

10GB Large SIM-Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $35.99 over monthly billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $35.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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TeleChoice

A small service provider that offers both SIM-only and handset phone plans, TeleChoice differs from its competitors in a number of ways. Unlike most MVNOs, TeleChoice maintains more than 30 brick-and-mortar stores nationwide, and sells plans on not just monthly, but 12 or 24-month contracts.

TeleChoice offers four different postpaid plans, each of which is available on a short, medium or long-term deal, with prices ranging from $18 up to $48 per month. If you sign up to a 12 or 24 month plan, you can expect a lower monthly fee, with savings of up to $8 per month on the 18GB plan.

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TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $35 Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $420 over 12 months

13GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $40 Plan

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $480 over 12 months

18GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Think Mobile

If you are thinking of getting a new phone plan, Think Mobile is an interesting proposition. It’s based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and is yet another dual-carrier postpaid MVNO (the other network being Vodafone), with plans on the Telstra network starting at $15 per month, but not including data.

Think’s ‘Classic’ Telstra network plans all offer 4G coverage, but data amounts aren’t huge; the maximum included data is 2GB on the $35 plan. Think Mobile’s Vodafone network plans are a little more competitive, so if you’re not set on a network, you may prefer the ‘Ultimate’ Think Mobile plan options.

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Think Mobile

Classic $25

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $25 over 30 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
Think Mobile

Classic $35

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over 30 day billing period

2GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Telstra (prepaid)

This list wouldn’t be complete without old Telstra itself. The giant has come up stumps in the prepaid category lately, and offers a selection of 30-day, long expiry, and day-to-day plans. Most customers will opt for the Pre-Paid Extra deals, which start at $30 per recharge and offer unlimited talk and text, plus a rollover data bank of up to 50GB. Telstra’s $40, $50 and $60 plans also include unlimited standard international calls to ten countries.

Prepaid Telstra plans also include some of the perks you’ll find on postpaid options. Customers will enjoy unlimited live streaming of AFL, netball, A-League or NRL games, plus data-free Apple Music. Plans also come with free and unlimited Telstra Air data, which lets you use Wi-Fi instead of data across a wide range of locations in Australia.

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Prepaid Extra $40

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, unlimited call to 10 countries, plus $10 extra credit

min. cost $40 over 28 days

5GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Extra $60

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, unlimited call to 10 countries, plus $20 extra credit

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra (postpaid)

Telstra offers three main SIM-only plans, all of which are available on 12-month contracts. These start at $49 per month for 15GB of data (although you can score bonus gigabytes by signing up at the right time). Medium and Large plans include unlimited international talk and text to 15 countries, and Large plans also come with a bonus 12-month Foxtel Now subscription.

Telstra may seem expensive, but it is of course the only provider here to offer unbridled access to its own network – others only receive parts of it, or in Boost’s case, do not receive the full 4GX LTE speed range. Telstra also sweetens the deal with things like NRL & AFL game passes, Foxtel Now streaming, Apple Music memberships and many other deals.

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Telstra Logo

Small

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • 5GB Extra Data

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited slowed data
  • 12 Months Foxtel Now Subscription

min. cost $1068 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Which Telstra network provider should I choose?

Choosing one in this large range of providers can be confusing. In the end, it’s all based on what your call, text and data needs are. With more than 60 plans to choose from, chances are there’s a plan on the Telstra network out there for you. Telstra may be Australia’s dominant telco provider, but it is by no means the only option if you’re after a great-value plan on the Telstra network.

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