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TeleChoice Mobile Phone Plans Review

TeleChoice is a low-cost Australian mobile phone service provider on the Telstra 4G mobile network, operating as both an online store, and through bricks-and-mortar retail stores right across Australia. It offers a range of post-paid plans including month-to-month options, plus 12-month and 24-month contracts, all of which are available in SIM-only guise; you also have the option to bundle a plan with a handset on 24 month contracts if you’re after a new phone. We’ve taken a look at exactly what TeleChoice offers in the value stakes to help you find if TeleChoice is right for you.

TeleChoice plans at a glance

TeleChoice only offers its plans on a post-paid basis, including its phone and plan bundles. However if paying upfront is your preference, you can opt for a ‘prepay’ deal, which can save you some money long-term. If you’re looking at a phone and plan bundle, both new phones and refurbished phones can be bundled with your choice of four postpaid plans on 24-month contracts. The newer and more top-of-the-range phones will ultimately be more expensive than one of the older refurbished phones.

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

LIVE 16 24M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $384 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE 25 24M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $600 over 24 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE 35 24M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 12GB bonus data

min. cost $840 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE 40 24M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data

min. cost $960 over 24 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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What does TeleChoice offer?

TeleChoice is definitely more of a ‘no frills’ provider, focusing on a simple set of plans with national call, SMS and data inclusions. Its real point of difference is in providing plans with refurbished phones. If having the latest device isn’t the highest priority, money-conscious customers can find some good value when opting for these deals.

If you’re after a phone and plan bundle, TeleChoice does charge a $29 setup fee. A $15 in-store setup fee also applies if you’re opting for a month-to-month plan, but this can be avoided if you buy online.

TeleChoice Plans

Unlimited Calls & Texts

Streaming & Entertainment

International Calls Included

No Lock-In Contracts

No Setup Fees

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TeleChoice network and coverage

TeleChoice runs on the Telstra 4G and 3G network for its phone and data services. If you’re going for a SIM-only plan, you will need to make sure the device you are using will be able to operate on 3G or 4G networks — anything older than that won’t work. As it runs on the Telstra network (which reaches 98% of the population), most Australians will have no problems joining up with TeleChoice. More detailed coverage information can be found at telechoice.com.au.

Features and bonuses

If you’re after a plan that is simple and with standard calls, text and data use in Australia, TeleChoice does offer some good value. As with many of the other providers, you will generally save more if you’re willing to hop on a contract, rather than stick with a month-to-month plan.

  • Unlimited monthly international calls:Rather than including international call allowance on certain plans, TeleChoice does things a bit differently. You can add an international call pack onto a plan for as little as $5 per month, which features unlimited calls to 10 select countries (including China, India, New Zealand, the USA and UK). A larger $12 unlimited international call pack is also available on select plans, and gives you access to the same 10 countries as the $5 option, but with the addition of Singapore, Vietnam, Egypt, Pakistan and Greece.
  • International calls to any country: If you want to make calls to other countries not specified above, you’ll need to add on different calling packs. For $5 per month, you’ll get $150 worth of monthly international call value; the $9 per month pack will get you $300 of monthly international call value; and the $15 add-on will get you $600 of monthly international call value. You can use these to call any country, but you’ll need to check the call rates on the TeleChoice site, as some countries will cost more per minute than others.
  • International roaming: While you can continue to use your TeleChoice plan when you travel, you’ll have to apply to turn international roaming on before you head overseas. If you’re not planning on using your phone much while you’re abroad, it can be good for peace of mind to still have access to your phone while travelling, especially in emergencies. However, heavy phone and data users might find the TeleChoice international roaming inclusions to be a bit lacking for their needs.
  • Refurbished phones: Opting for a refurbished phone can be a great way of upgrading your device, but still saving money. It can be especially good value when buying phones for kids, or for users who haven’t upgraded in a long time. There’s usually some good deals available with TeleChoice, depending on your handset preference – especially as the option of buying the phone on a plan (rather than buying upfront) is a bit of a rarity with smaller providers.
  • Retail stores: With so many online-only mobile providers out there, the competition in the bricks-and-mortar retail space isn’t as big as it once was. TeleChoice does have a range of retail stores across Australia; so if you prefer that face-to-face interaction and assistance, you can find your nearest store through the TeleChoice website.

Individual products

TeleChoice No Lock-In plans

As simple as the name suggests, TeleChoice’s No Lock-In plans are postpaid and charged month to month. There are four options to choose from, and all four plans include unlimited standard national calls, SMS and MMS, unlimited international SMS, and the option to add-on international call packs.

For $19 per month, you’ll receive 3GB of data; $29 gets you 10GB (plus 5GB bonus data); $39 gets you 18GB (plus 12GB bonus data); and for $49, you’ll get 30GB of data (plus 20GB bonus data). If you decide to check these plans out in store, there will be a $15 setup fee, but this charge is waived if you sign up online.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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LIVE 19 M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $19 over one month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $19Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

LIVE 29 M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $29 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $29Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

LIVE 39 M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 12GB bonus data

min. cost $39 over one month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $39Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

LIVE 49 M2M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data

min. cost $49 over one month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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TeleChoice Prepay and Save plans

If you’re willing to commit to paying for your contract upfront, you can save a few dollars each month. TeleChoice does ‘prepay’ plans a little differently to other providers: rather than a prepaid SIM plan, where you pay at the start of the billing cycle (and often with the option of recharging early if needed), TeleChoice essentially gives you the option of buying in bulk. You can opt to pay for either 7 months or 13 months up front, and you can save a few dollars each month compared to the no lock in or 12/24-month contracts. So if you find yourself forgetting when your phone bill is due each month, or you want to save some extra dollars, it might be an option to look in to.

For the plan with 3GB, you’ll pay $99 upfront on a 7-month plan (or about $14.14 per month), whereas on the 13-month comparable option, you’ll pay $180 (which works out to be about $13.85 monthly). If you want to highest level of data (30GB plus 20GB bonus data), you’ll need to pay $299 for 7 months (the equivalent of $42.17 each month), or $499 for 13 months (about $38.38 monthly).

7 Month Plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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$99 Pre Pay Plan (7M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $99 in first month

3GBMax Data**/billing period $99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$159 Pre Pay Plan (7M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $159 in first month

15GBMax Data**/billing period $159Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$230 Pre Pay Plan (7M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 12GB bonus data

min. cost $230 in first month

30GBMax Data**/billing period $230Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

$299 Pre Pay Plan (7M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data

min. cost $299 in first month

50GBMax Data**/billing period $299Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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13 Month Plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
TeleChoice Logo

$180 Pre Pay Plan (13M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $180 in first month

3GBMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$279 Pre Pay Plan (13M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $279 in first month

15GBMax Data**/billing period $279Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

$400 Pre Pay Plan (13M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 12GB bonus data

min. cost $400 in first month

30GBMax Data**/billing period $400Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

$499 Pre Pay Plan (13M)

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data

min. cost $499 in first month

50GBMax Data**/billing period $499Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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TeleChoice 12 month and 24 month plans

Like most other telcos, if you’re willing to join up on a contract, you can save long-term when compared to a month-to-month plan. Both the 12-month and 24-month plans (with the same inclusions) will cost you the same each month, so it’s really up to you whether you’re happy to stay locked in for one year or two. All plans include unlimited national calls, SMS and MMS, unlimited international SMS, and the option of adding on an international call pack.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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LIVE 16 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country

min. cost $192 over 12 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $16Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

LIVE 25 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

LIVE 35 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 12GB bonus data

min. cost $420 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Logo

LIVE 40 12M

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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TeleChoice Phones on Plans

Whether you decide to pick up the latest Samsung or OPPO device, or you’d be happy with a refurbished phone, there is a bit of flexibility to the TeleChoice phone and plan bundles. Once you choose your phone, there are four different plans at $25, $35, $50 and $55 and the phone repayment will be added on to the plan. However, each phone plan does have a $29 setup fee, so keep that in mind before you sign up.

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

$25 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • $29 set up fee

min. cost $629 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

$35 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 10GB data + 5GB bonus data
  • $29 set up fee

min. cost $869 over 24 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

$50 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 18GB data + 13GB bonus data
  • $29 set up fee

min. cost $1,229 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

LIVE $55 Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • 30GB data + 20GB bonus data
  • $29 set up fee

min. cost $1,349 over 24 month plan period

18GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

TeleChoice contact details/customer support

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

How does TeleChoice compare?

TeleChoice 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 TeleChoice a good deal?

While TeleChoice lacks the entertainment bonuses that the bigger (and some of the smaller!) telcos offer, if you’re after a simple plan you’ll find good value for money. International options are available; but if you have friends and family overseas that you like to keep in touch with, you’ll need to consider how much extra you’ll be up for when you add on the international call packs, and whether this will suit your needs or not.

The telco also provides a good selection of mobile devices, so if you’d like to avoid getting your new phone on Telstra, Vodafone or Optus, you can get most new release handsets (with the exception of the latest iPhones) through TeleChoice. Plus, if you prefer in-store assistance when it comes to choosing a new phone plan, you can always drop into your local TeleChoice retailer rather than shopping online.  

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