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Belong Mobile Phone Plans Review

There is often a perception that switching to a smaller mobile service provider means sacrificing your big telco phone coverage. This is perhaps most common among Telstra customers who can generally boast the most comprehensive coverage in Australia. But what if you could get Telstra’s phone coverage at much lower prices? Welcome to the world of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). These guys piggyback on the networks of the big telcos and usually undercut them on price. One of the newest and arguably one of the best-value of these smaller players is Belong Mobile.

Belong Mobile uses the Telstra 4G network to deliver its phone and data services, so you won’t need to worry about losing your Telstra coverage. The only thing you’ll need to worry about is how you’re going to chew through all the extra data you’ll get for your money, with Belong Mobile typically offering more data and unlimited talk & text at cheaper prices than Telstra. The Telstra network also plays host to the likes of LycaMobile, ALDI Mobile, Boost Mobile, TeleChoice and Woolworths Mobile.

It’s worth pointing out that Belong Mobile is actually owned by Telstra, so it would appear that Belong Mobile is something of a strategy to capture the more budget-conscious Aussie phone users out there. If that sounds like you, read on for a review of Belong Mobile phone plans and prices, plus details on how they compare to the competition. Belong Broadband has quickly become a hit with internet users, so we expect Belong Mobile to be just as popular given its mix of cheap plans and Telstra coverage.

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Belong Mobile Phone Plans

Belong Mobile gives you a simple choice of three data options – Small (1GB), Regular (5GB) or Large (15GB).  Deciding how much data you want is the first step – then you can think about national or international call inclusions for $5 extra per month.

  • Plans come with unlimited data banking, which means you can ‘bank’ unused data and use it the next month.
  • Plans do not attract an excess data charge; instead, speeds are slowed to 64Kbps, which is good enough to use email and not much else. Still, not having the potential for bill shock is a nice touch.

Plans come with no lock-in contract and unused data can be rolled over. SIM cards can be bought online or in person from stores including Coles, Officeworks and JB Hi-Fi.

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Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small

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

min. cost $10 over 1 month billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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

How does Belong Mobile compare to other providers?

Belong has three distinct phone plans and all compete very well in both the postpaid and prepaid markets. See how they stack up below.

Belong Small Plan Compared

For 10 bucks and 1GB, you can’t go wrong with Belong. However, it is surrounded by other cut-price providers including Amaysim, OVO Mobile and Moose Mobile. All providers offer 1GB for around the same price, but only Amaysim and Belong provide unlimited calls here. With Moose, you can get unlimited calls if you sign up for 12 months, however.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small

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

min. cost $10 over 1 month billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period
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UNLIMITED 1GB Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $10 over 28 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $10.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Mini

  • $500 calls, unlimited text

min. cost $9.95 over 30 day billing period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.95Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Moose 9 SIM Only – 12M

  • Special Price Offer: $5 for first month. Offer available for limited time.
  • 220 minutes

min. cost $104 over 12 month contract

1GBMax Data**/billing period $9.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

Belong Regular Plan Compared

$25 for 5GB sounds like an absolute steal, and is is certainly very competitive. At this price only a few years ago you’d be lucky to get 1GB with even the cheapest providers – nowadays it’s common place. Providers worth keeping an eye out for include Exetel, Telechoice and Amaysim once again. Exetel’s and Telechoice’s best deals are generally found on 12 month plans, while with Amaysim you’ll have to watch out for the 28-day terms.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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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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Value 4G

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $299.88 over 12 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $24.99Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $25 Plan

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

min. cost $300 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Unlimited 5GB

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $30 over 1 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

Belong Large Plan Compared

If you want something with a bit more oomph, Belong’s 15GB plan certainly provides the goods. However, even at this relatively low price it is not alone. Moose provides a cheap, no lock-in plan, while Kogan in the prepaid world smashes it out of the park with 16GB. If you’re willing to sign up for 12 months, Southern Phone is pretty tough to beat with a massive 18GB on board. All in all, it’s a very competitive market.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/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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Moose 34 SIM Only

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $34 over billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $34.00Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Green 35

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $420 over 12 Months

18GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details
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Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $36.90 over 30 day billing period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $36.90Advertised Data^^/billing period More Details

Is a Belong Mobile phone plan worth the money?

With Belong Mobile’s entry into the ‘price sensitive’ market segment of mobile phone plans, we have high hopes for the emerging telco.

  • Belong is a cheap Telstra MVNO, but if you cast your eyes further to MVNOs on other networks, you’ll realise there are a lot of great deals to be found.

In the fast-moving Aussie telco space, providers are expanding their product lines to offer both mobile phone and broadband plans. Belong joins the likes of Amaysim to branch out and offer both competitive NBN and mobile phone plans. It will be interesting to see how Belong fares over the long term – more providers is pretty much always a good thing and it provides consumers with the increased ability to shop around. For now, Belong is a very competitive option on the Telstra network, but it will have to remain on its toes to stay ahead of the pack.

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