Boost Mobile Phone Plans Review

If you’re a fan of Telstra coverage, but want to avoid Telstra prices, prepaid provider Boost Mobile may be your perfect match. With no lock-in contracts, bring-your-own-phone simplicity, and great value plans, Boost Mobile is a worthwhile option for anyone looking for a wallet-friendly alternative to big-name telcos.

Launching in Australia in 2000, Boost Mobile’s marketing and plan perks have been traditionally youth-focused – but that doesn’t mean that the provider doesn’t offer great deals for customers of all ages. With a small, simple range of SIM-only plans available, Boost Mobile is ideal for users who don’t want to waste cash on a new smartphone, and don’t want to be tied to a long-term contract.

With plans starting from $10 per recharge, Boost Mobile offers affordable options with plenty of talk, text, and data. If you’re considering making the switch to Boost Mobile, here’s everything you need to know.

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Boost Mobile plans at a glance

Boost Mobile plans are exclusively prepaid, so you’ll pay for your usage upfront. So if you’ve had issues in the past with overages or unexpected charges, your Boost Mobile plan is a great way to protect against bill shock.

All plans are SIM-only, but don’t require you to sign a lock-in contract; in fact, you’re free to cancel at any time. Plans begin at $10 for a 7-day expiry, and $20 for a 28-day expiry.

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 Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$20 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 10 countries, 100 mins to 40 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

12GBMax 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
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

22GBMax 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
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

32GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$70 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 20 countries, 100 mins to 30 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

52GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

What does Boost Mobile offer?

Although Boost Mobile doesn’t offer every extra you’d find on a Telstra plan, you do get some great included features. Depending on your plan, you can enjoy unlimited international calls to selected countries, and all prepaid plans include data-free Apple Music streaming.

Here’s a quick at-a-glance table of some of the inclusions and options on Boost Mobile plans:

Prepaid plans
Entertainment bonuses
Data-free video streaming
Data-free music streaming
International calls/texts
International roaming
Set-up fees
Data overage fees

Boost Mobile network and coverage

Boost Mobile uses the Telstra 4G and 3G network to deliver its phone and data services (which also plays host to the likes of ALDI MobileTeleChoice and Woolworths Mobile). The big plus for Boost Mobile customers, however, is that Boost is the only small operator in Australia to offer full access to Telstra’s network.

This makes Boost Mobile a great option for most Australians, although customers in rural areas may need to double-check online to ensure they’ll be completely covered.

Below is a screenshot of Boost Mobile’s current 4G and 3G coverage, represented by the green, blue and grey areas. More detailed coverage information can be found at Boost’s website.

Features and bonuses

All of Boost Mobile’s plans come with the standard unlimited national talk and text, plus data use within Australia. Depending on the plan, you’ll also get included international calls, data rollover, and data-free music streaming.

  • International calls: Boost Mobile’s $30 Anytime Plus plan features unlimited international calls to ten countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam, and 100 minutes to a further 40 countries. $40 and $50 Anytime Plus plan include unlimited standard calls to the above ten countries, as well as France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand. You’ll also get 100 minutes to 35 additional countries.
  • Data rollover: Customers on Boost Mobile’s $30, $40, $50 and $70 plans will be able to roll over any unused data to the following recharge. You’ll need to recharge before your plan expires in order to save your extra megabytes, and any rolled-over data will only be available for one extra recharge.
  • Music streaming: Customers can stream Apple Music data-free on any Boost Mobile plan, provided your recharge is active. This means that any song played won’t eat into your monthly data allowance; you will, however, need to pay for your own Apple Music subscription.
  • Add-on data: Additional data can be added to your plan at any time, at a rate of $5 per 500MB.
  • Auto-recharge: Customers can set up an automatic recharge for the $30, $40, $50 and $70 Anytime Plus plans.
  • International roaming: Boost Mobile customers can use their service overseas in selected countries, but you’ll need to buy a $5 Add-On pack, and keep credit on your account. You’ll be able to make and receive calls and texts, but data use is not available.

Individual products

Boost Mobile Anytime Plus Small plan

Priced at $10 per 7-day recharge, the Small plan includes unlimited standard talk and text within Australia, as well as 1.5GB of data. You’ll also get data-free Apple Music streaming, but as this service expires weekly, you may prefer a 28-day plan if you’re a daily mobile user.

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 Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile Anytime Plus Medium plan

Boost’s Medium plan features unlimited talk and text over a 28-day recharge period, plus 3GB of data. As with the Small plan, Apple Music streaming is also included, but you won’t find any free international features. This plan is priced at $20 per recharge.

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

$20 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS

min. cost $20 over 28 day billing period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile Anytime Plus Large plan

If you’re after more data and overseas calls, Boost Mobile’s $30 plan comes with 12GB every 28 days, 11GB of bonus data on your first five recharges, and unlimited calls to ten countries. You’ll also get 100 minutes to an extra 40 countries, and 100 text messages to all 50 destinations. This plan also includes data rollover, data-free Apple Music, and unlimited standard national talk and text.

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

$30 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 10 countries, 100 mins to 40 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $30 over 28 day billing period

12GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile Anytime Plus Extra-Large plan

For an extra $10 per recharge, Boost customers can bump up their data to 22GB on the Extra Large prepaid plan. This option also gives you unlimited calling to 15 countries, 100 minutes of talk to another 35 countries, and 100 international text messages. With a 28-day expiry, this $40 plan also features data-free Apple Music streaming, data rollover, and the standard unlimited Australian calls and texting. You’ll also get 11GB of bonus data on your first five recharges.

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

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

22GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile Anytime Plus Huge plan

Formerly Boost Mobile’s premium option, the Huge plan is priced at $50 per recharge, and includes unlimited standard national talk and text, 32GB of data, and 11GB of bonus data on your first five recharges. Along with data-free Apple Music, customers will receive unlimited calls to 15 countries, 100 minutes to a further 35 countries, and 100 international texts. You’ll also get rollover data and a 28-day expiry.

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

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 30 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

32GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile Anytime Plus Massive plan

Boost Mobile’s new ultra-lux plan comes with a $70 monthly fee, but this includes 52GB each month and 11GB of bonus data on your first five recharges. This plan also features unlimited standard national talk and text, data rollover, and data-free Apple Music. There’s also international extras: customers will receive unlimited calls to 20 countries, 100 minutes to a further 30 countries, and 100 international texts, all with a 28-day expiry.

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

$70 Prepaid

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 20 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • Get 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $50 over 28 day billing period

52GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Boost Mobile contact details/customer support

Need some help with your Boost Mobile plan or service? The telco offers several contact and support options, including:

How does Boost Mobile compare?

Boost Mobile isn’t the only telco offering Telstra network coverage at lower prices. The following providers also use parts of Telstra’s 4G and 3G networks.

Is Boost Mobile a good deal?

If you want a great deal on prepaid, with excellent value-added features (and reportedly outstanding customer service), Boost Mobile is an option well worth considering. The telco’s plans are as close as you’ll get to Telstra coverage without actually shelling out for Telstra, and customers can enjoy great included features such as data-free Apple Music, unlimited international calls, and rollover data.

One possible downside to Boost Mobile is its recharge period. Plans expire after 28 days, rather than 30, which means you’ll need to recharge 13 times a year rather than 12. You may also wish to go to Telstra, or another provider, if you want unlimited data, as Boost’s plans are capped at 52GB monthly (not including limited-time bonus data).

You can find good deals on small-to-medium data with other Telstra wholesalers (and on telcos offering Optus or Vodafone coverage), but Boost Mobile’s access to Telstra’s network is a huge draw. Overall, if you’re looking for a simple prepaid plan with plenty of extra features, Boost Mobile is a stand-out option.

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