Tangerine Telecom Mobile Phone Plans Review

Tangerine Telecom might already be a familiar name when you think of NBN, but did you know that this telco also offers a range of SIM-only postpaid phone plans?

Operating as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) using the Telstra 3G and 4G networks, Tangerine Telecom offers a selection of month-to-month plans with prices and data inclusions to suit lighter phone users, as well as mid to heavy phone users.

So, what can you expect from a postpaid SIM-only plan with Tangerine? Let’s take a look at what this telco has to offer.

How does Tangerine Telecom compare to other postpaid 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. These plans have been compared to Tangerine Telecom’s $35 Sim Only plan. Use our comparison tool to see all plans available on Canstar Blue’s database. This table includes products with links to referral partners.

Tangerine Telecom phone plans: a guide

If you’re looking into Tangerine Telecom for your mobile service, plans are only available as postpaid options. All plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while the different price points are reflected in the data allowances.

Plans are offered month-to-month, so there’s no need to sign a contract, and you won’t be locked in for a year or more. You’ll also be able to access global roaming, and add on international call packs with included call value to 64 select countries.

What are the best Tangerine Telecom phone plans?

If you’re happy with a postpaid plan, you could find that Tangerine has a good option for you. There are eight plans to choose from, starting at $15 for 1GB of data and going up to $70 for 40GB of data. So, if you’re a light to medium data user, you’ll most likely find an option from Tangerine to suit your needs.

Heavy data users, however, might find that there are other telcos offering even more data and at cheaper prices. So if you do a lot of video streaming, and need more than the 40GB on offer, you might prefer to look around and compare with other telcos to see how much data you can get for your money. Keep in mind that while some telcos have plans with more than 40GB of data, some of these might be on a contract, or they could be prepaid only.

The following table shows a selection of Tangerine Telecom postpaid plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers.

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What does Tangerine Telecom offer?

Tangerine Telecom is pretty straightforward when it comes to what’s on offer. While there are no exciting entertainment extras like what you can expect from the bigger telcos, there is still fairly solid value for money.

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

Tangerine Telecom network and coverage

Tangerine Telecom uses the Telstra 4G and 3G networks to provide services across Australia. As an MVNO on the Telstra network, Tangerine doesn’t get quite the same coverage that you would get direct through Telstra, however it’s still very significant. Telstra covers just over 99% of the population, while an MVNO will provide coverage to 98.8% of the population.

For this reason, you should always check a telco’s website before signing up to see if your provider of choice will have coverage in your area, especially in regional and remote parts of the country.

The below map is a screenshot of Tangerine Telecom’s current 4G and 3G coverage, represented by the green and orange/brown areas. More detailed coverage information can be found on then Tangerine Telecom website.

Belong Mobile Coverage Map

Features and bonuses

All of Tangerine Telecom’s plans include unlimited standard national calls and SMS, plus data inclusions for use within Australia.

  • International calls: You can add on an international call pack for an additional $5 per month with 120 minutes that can be used to call 64 countries including Canada, China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the UK and USA. You may only be able to call landline numbers in some countries, while others include both landline and mobile.
  • International roaming: Global roaming travel packs can be added on to any plan for $12 per day. You’ll get unlimited calls from within the country you’re travelling in, as well as calls to Australian numbers, plus 200MB of roaming data. Travel packs can only be used in select countries including Canada, China, Fiji, France, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, the UK, USA, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

Individual products

Tangerine Telecom Mobile Plans under 10GB data

Tangerine offers eight SIM-only postpaid plans in total, and all plans are on a month-to-month basis. You’ll get unlimited standard national calls and SMS, while data inclusions start at 1GB and go up to 40GB.

If you don’t need much data, there are four plans on offer with under 10GB of data — prices start at $15 with 1GB, and go up to $40 with 9GB. The following table shows the four Tangerine Telecom plans with under 10GB of data published on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest.

Tangerine Telecom Mobile Plans over 10GB data

Need a little more data? You can choose between four plans with over 10GB of data, starting at $45 with 15GB of data and going up to $70 with 40GB of data. The following table shows the four Tangerine Telecom plans with over 10GB of data published on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest.

Tangerine Telecom contact details/customer support

Need some help with your Tangerine Telecom plan or service? The telco offers several contact and support options including:

How does Tangerine Telecom compare?

Tangerine Telecom isn’t the only telco offering Telstra network coverage at lower prices. The following providers are also MVNOs operating on the Telstra 4G and 3G networks.

Is Tangerine Telecom a good deal?

If you’re looking for a simple, no-fuss SIM-only postpaid plan, you might find Tangerine Telecom has a decent selection of plans to choose from. While the telco is mostly known for NBN plans, the phone plans do have some decent inclusions at reasonable price points, especially if you’re looking at under 10GB of data.

For anyone after big chunks of data, especially around that 40GB mark, you might find that there are better options out there than Tangerine Telecom. While 40GB is certainly more data than what some other telcos are offering, the $70 price point is a bit steep — you can find telcos offering the same amount of data, if not more, for under $70. Some of these plans might be on a prepaid basis or on a contract, but you can pick up 40GB of data or more from telcos offering plans on a month-to-month basis. It’s definitely worth comparing plans from other providers to see what deals are out there.

Overall, while Tangerine has a fairly modest offering for its phone plans, you could find some good value depending on what your needs are. Of course its always worth doing your research and comparing what plans are available from other telcos to help you find the right phone plan and provider for your needs.

About the author of this page

Emma Bradstock Canstar Blue

This page was written and is regularly updated by Canstar Blue’s 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.

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