Boost Mobile vs Telstra: Phone plans compared

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There’s probably never been a better time to hop into a new phone plan. As usual, Telstra remains king for a lot of consumers and offers a full complement of phone plans. Boost Mobile, on the other hand, specialises in cheap and cheerful prepaid phone plans. So let’s see how the two stack up and which one is right for you.

Telstra is the largest telco in Australia and also claims to have the widest-reaching network. It has a full suite of plans, including phones on a planprepaid plans and SIM-only postpaid plans. Meanwhile Boost Mobile is one of the oldest Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO), operating with a concise bunch of SIM-only prepaid plans.

After a 13-year flirtation on the Optus network, Boost now operates on the Telstra network. In fact, Boost is unique among MVNOs in that it’s the only one to use the full Telstra network. Others use only parts of it and may not offer the same level of coverage, especially in rural regions. However, where Boost differs is that it does not use Telstra’s full ‘4GX’ speed capacity, and has a speed cap on the 4G network – 100Mbps. You still get the same coverage, though, so let’s see how the two compare when it compares down to their phone plans.

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Telstra vs Boost Mobile | Prepaid Phone Plans Compared

Boost Mobile specialises in prepaid plans, so it’s only fair to compare it to Telstra’s prepaid plan range. Both can be purchased and recharged in shops like Woolworths and Coles, and are also available online. Boost has a succinct five plans starting from $10 – all with unlimited calls and texts – while Telstra’s range is much larger with over 10 plans, and some are long-expiry, with 60-day+ recharge times. For brevity’s sake, we’ve compared Boost’s five plans alongside Telstra’s ‘Prepaid Extra Plans’.

Boost Mobile Phone Plans

Boost, as mentioned has five prepaid plans. Plans start at just $10, but this has an expiry period of 7 days. While great to ‘test out the network’ or for a short holiday, the 7 day plan will work out to be more expensive over the course of a month than you may have originally thought. Boost’s other four plans come with 28-day expiries.

  • The three latter plans all come with data rollover, meaning you can roll over unused data to the next recharge. If you’re the type of guy or gal to use your phone sporadically – 1GB one month, 5GB the next, this could be a nifty feature.
  • The upper three plans also come with international calls:. The 6GB plan comes with unlimited calls to 10 countries plus 100 minutes to 40 countries + 100 texts to 50 countries. The other two then come with unlimited calls to 15 countries, 100 minutes to 35 countries and 100 texts to 50 countries.

Customers can also stream music data-free on all plans using Apple Music. This is a super handy inclusion, but keep in mind you’ll still have to pay for the subscription yourself.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Boost Mobile

$10 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $10 over 7 day billing period

1.5GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
Boost Mobile

$20 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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 More Details
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 More Details
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 More Details

Telstra Mobile Phone Plans

In the ‘Prepaid Extra’ arena, Telstra has four plans available, and plans are more similar than you may think. Plans start off at $30, and work up to $60. All plans come with unlimited calls & texts and a 28-day expiry.

  • The latter three plans come with unlimited international calls to 10 countries.

All plans also come with some form of ‘Extra Credit’ – this can be used for international calls & texts, roaming and premium SMS (say, to 1900 numbers). Beyond that, Telstra comes with some juicy extra stuff:

  • Free and data free streaming of the AFL, AFLW, NRL and Netball through their respective apps.
  • Data-free music streaming with Apple Music.
  • Free Wi-Fi data with Telstra Air hotspots.

While Telstra may look a bit lacking in the data department, it may more than make up for it in regards to extra goodies. That’s a question only you can answer: do you want more data or extra perks?

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Extra $30

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, plus $5 extra credit

min. cost $30 over 28 days

2.5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Extra $40

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, unlimited call to 10 countries, plus $10 extra credit
  • 5GB bonus data (ends 2 July 2018)

min. cost $40 over 28 days

5GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Extra $50

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, unlimited call to 10 countries, plus $15 extra credit
  • 7.5GB bonus data (ends 2 July 2018)

min. cost $50 over 28 days

7.5GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period
Telstra Logo

Prepaid Extra $60

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, unlimited call to 10 countries, plus $20 extra credit
  • 10GB bonus data (ends 2 July 2018)

min. cost $60 over 28 days

10GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period

Telstra vs Boost: The Final Word

If you’re after more than just a prepaid plan, Telstra is your only option here. Telstra, as Australia’s largest telco, understandably has a great mass of phone plans. From ones with handsets bundled in, postpaid plans, month-to-month SIM only deals and more, Telstra crams a lot in.

In the prepaid world, the competition is pretty tight. It tends to go down to the wire, and may work out to three things – price, data and features. For the price, and on the surface, Telstra offers less data for the price than Boost. However, Telstra offers more in the way of extra features – most notably, data-free subscriptions to NRL & AFL streaming apps. These alone are worth about $100 a year. All in all, we’re calling this one a tie as it all depends on what you’re after – the two provide slightly different things.

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