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GoTalk Mobile Phone Plans Review

GoTalk might not be one of the biggest names in the world of Aussie telcos, but it makes a name for itself with a range of different SIM-only prepaid plans with a focus on cheap international call rates. The telco operates as a small mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on the Vodafone network and is owned by TPC Consolidated (previously Tel. Pacific Limited), which also owns fellow Vodafone MVNO, Hello Mobile.

Most of the GoTalk mobile plans run as pay-as-you-go (PAYG) plans where you only pay for what you use. While this format won’t suit the majority of mobile users, GoTalk is certainly filling a bit of a niche with these unusual plans. So, just what can you expect from GoTalk’s mobile plans, and is it the right telco for you?

How does GoTalk compare to other providers?

The following table shows a selection of published postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of lowest standard monthly cost to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Here is a selection of postpaid plans from Canstar Blue’s database with a minimum of 10GB of data, listed in order of standard cost, lowest to highest, then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try out our comparison tool for mobile phone plans to see a range of offers from other providers. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

The following table shows a selection of SIM-only postpaid plans with a minimum of 60GB data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Try out our comparison tool for mobile phone plans to see a range of offers from other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

What does GoTalk offer?

GoTalk is a very simple and straightforward telco, and while there are no special extras like entertainment streaming, it does have a focus on unique phone plans and cheap international rates. If you’re a heavy phone user, you might find GoTalk’s plans to be limited, but for lighter phone users, especially ones who make international calls every now and then, you might find GoTalk has the right value for you.

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

GoTalk mobile network and coverage

If you’re part of over 22 million Aussies with access to the Vodafone 4G network, this will open you up to a range of MVNOs that operate on this network, including GoTalk. While Vodafone is the third largest mobile network in Australia (after Telstra and Optus), the network does still cover a huge part of the country’s population. Plus Vodafone has committed to building more towers and improving coverage throughout the country, especially to regional Australia, as part of the government’s Mobile Blackspot Program. This means if you’re in an area currently without Vodafone network coverage, you might be able to access the network soon.

Features and bonuses

GoTalk’s prepaid plans all have different offerings, so you’ll find that the inclusions and rates will vary from plan to plan.

  • International calls: While there are no plans with unlimited or set international call inclusions, you can still make international calls on all plans, but the Straight Talk Plus plan focuses on cheap international call rates, so it could offer you the best rates for where you want to call.
  • Unlimited national calls and SMS: If you want unlimited standard national calls and SMS, the GoTalk Aussie prepaid plans are the only plans with this value included.

GoTalk Mobile Phone Plans

GoTalk has four different plans, with three of the four operating as prepaid PAYG plans where you pay for what you use out of your prepaid credit. The GoTalk Aussie plan is a more straightforward offering with two 30-day prepaid plans including unlimited standard national calls and SMS and the different price points reflected in the data inclusions.

The PAYG rates on the other three plans vary from plan to plan, with one plan dedicated to cheap national calls at any time, another dedicated to cheaper off-peak rates and the third plan focused on cheap international call rates and SMS. When you purchase your SIM pack for the PAYG plans, you can choose between a couple of different price points and enjoy a 90-day expiry on all PAYG plans.

GoTalk contact details/customer support

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

  • General customer support: 1800 468 255 or 126 468 from your GoTalk mobile number
  • Multilingual support (Chinese):  1300 460 888
  • Live chat via website
  • Contact form via website
  • The GoTalk Facebook page

How does GoTalk compare?

GoTalk isn’t the only telco offering Vodafone 4G network coverage at lower prices, in fact you’ll find other providers offer low prices with competitive amounts of data. The following providers also use parts of the Vodafone network.

Is GoTalk a good deal?

GoTalk’s plans are definitely targeted at Aussies with more unique mobile phone plan needs than the average user. Light phone users who don’t really use their phones too often, especially seniors, might find the pay-as-you-go plans to be good value. There is also a niche with light phone users wanting to make the occasional international call, which could be well suited to expats with friends and family living overseas.

It’s clear with GoTalk’s plans that the focus is very much on people who use their phones to make calls more than anything. These plans certainly aren’t designed for people who use a lot of mobile data and you won’t find much choice for data inclusions. Considering the prepaid $40 Aussie plan only includes 4GB of data, it’s not the sort of plan you’ll be using to stream Netflix as there are cheaper plans with more data available from other telcos.

While the average phone user probably won’t find their ideal plan with GoTalk, there are some phone users who could benefit from this small telco’s plans. When you’re looking at comparing phone plans, if making calls and PAYG is your preference, it could be worth keeping GoTalk in your considerations.

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About the author of this page

Emma Bradstock Canstar Blue

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s Senior Telco Specialist, Emma Bradstock. An expert in all things phone, internet, gaming and streaming, Emma helps to make complicated subjects easier for readers to understand, as well as covering the latest news and reviews across the telco industry. She’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed telco choices and highlighting the next best deals.