Bendigo Telco Mobile Phone Plans Review
The SIM Only mobile phone plan market has exploded with competition in recent years, and one new player to enter the game recently is Bendigo Telco. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it is; Bendigo Bank used to offer phone plans, but merged with Bendigo Telco, and now here we are. The Bendigo Telco group is further split up into five additional regional telcos: Central Coast, Goulburn Valley, South East Queensland, ‘Tastel’ covering Tasmania, and VicWest Telco.
Bendigo Telco offers five postpaid mobile phone plans on the 4G Optus Mobile Network, so you know you’re getting good coverage. Here’s a rundown on what phone plans Bendigo Bank has to offer.
Bendigo Telco Mobile Phone Plans
Bendigo Telco covers most bases with its mobile phone plans, with pricing steadily rising from $11.50 to $50 a month. All come with unlimited texts, and the latter three come with unlimited calls.
- $11.50: $220 calls, 1GB data
- $17.50: $330 calls, 1.5GB-2GB data
- $30: 2GB-5GB data, $50 international calls
- $40: 5GB-10GB data, $300 international calls
- $50: 15GB-20GB data, $500 international calls
These five postpaid plans come on a month-to-month or 12 month basis. As seen above there is strong incentive to sign up for 12 months, with up to 5GB bonus data each month up for grabs. The cheapest plan comes as a month-to-month option only.
- Any excess data you use is automatically billed at the standard $10 per gigabyte.
- There are no set-up fees
- Calls are billed at $1.10 a minute, while voicemail is $1.10 per 30 seconds for the call-capped plans.
These five distinct plans capture different points in the market, with value arguably increasing dramatically once you reach the $50 plan. Let’s see how Bendigo’s own telco stacks up against other providers.
How does Bendigo Telco compare to other providers?
Bendigo Telco’s five base postpaid phone plans are a concise platter with a healthy dose of data, but how do they really stack up? In a saturated mobile market, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd.
Bendigo Telco $11.50 Plan Compared
For under $15 you can’t expect the world, but Bendigo Telco does give you 1GB of data plus a dose of calls and unlimited texts. In this sphere, Jeenee Mobile, OVO Mobile, Amaysim and SpinTel are all pretty competitive. OVO is a prepaid-only provider while Amaysim gives the option of prepaid or postpaid, while Jeenee give incentives for signing up for 12 months.
Bendigo Telco $17.50 Plans Compared
If you’re willing to sign up for 12 months, Bendigo Telco presents you with its cheapest unlimited plan with 1.5GB-2GB for under $15. Jeenee Mobile pops up once again offering 2GB of data under $15 a month on a 12 month plan. TeleChoice is also a contender, and is helpful if you’re looking for something on the Telstra network. Kogan in the prepaid space may also be worth your consideration. Overall, providers start to provide unlimited calls, and Bendigo Telco tends to fall behind in this regard if not on a 12 month contract.
Bendigo Telco $30 Plans Compared
Bendigo Telco provides strong incentive once again to sign up for 12 months – more than doubling your data. While this is great for the short term, what does this mean in the long term? Plans could change dramatically in 12 months and at the end of your contract you might find your plan is a bit lacklustre. However, other providers such as SpinTel and Moose Mobile each have something under $30 for 5GB. Amaysim is also competitive in this space, as is TeleChoice.
Bendigo Telco $40 Plans Compared
For $40 on a 12 month contract you can expect unlimited calls and texts plus 10GB of data and some international credit as well with Bendigo Telco. For this price, both Jeenee Mobile and Vaya offer 10GB with no contract, and Optus from time to time pops up with a similar offering, but keep an eye out for bonus data. Moose Mobile is also one of the cheapest providers to offer 10GB in this space.
Bendigo Telco $50 Plans Compared
On a 12 month contract you can expect a massive 20GB to come in at $50 here, plus a generous $500 credit for international calls. Once again, however, month-to-month plans miss out on 20GB and receive 15GB. Despite the big data allowance, Bendigo Telco is not alone. Other providers to offer similar deals include Kogan in the prepaid space, Think Mobile, TeleChoice and Amaysim. While Bendigo Telco looks to be hard to beat for international credit, other providers can and do provide the same or more data for the same money.
Is a Bendigo Telco mobile plan worth the money?
Bendigo Telco looks to offer some exciting phone plans. However, as consumers become increasingly hungry for data, telcos are offering evermore data to try and entice you over, all on no contracts. As such, Bendigo Telco falls by the wayside a little here as you really only get mindblowing deals if you sign up for a whole year, and in a year these deals could be decidedly less competitive. If you are willing to be locked-down, however, Bendigo Telco does offer huge incentives to do so.
Bendigo Telco also does not have set-up fees or any hidden costs. Could you find a cheaper plan than those being offered by Bendigo Bank? Yes, certainly. But sometimes it pays to go with the guy firing straight arrows. With Bendigo Telco, it seems a case of what you see is what you get.