TeleChoice Mobile Phone Plans Review
TeleChoice is a low-cost Australian mobile phone service provider that utilises the Telstra 4G mobile network. It offers a large range of plans, including monthly, 12 month and 24 month contracts, all of which come in SIM-only guise, but you also have the option to bundle a plan with a handset with the longer options. We’ve taken a look at exactly what TeleChoice offers in the value stakes, and compare its plans to those from other service providers to help you find the best deal for your needs.
TeleChoice Phone Plans
TeleChoice provides a comprehensive suite of postpaid phone plans, with subscriptions available at five different price points. All plans are available on monthly, 12 month or 24 month contracts, and you can choose from a number of handsets on 24 month options. The company offers other small perks, such as free delivery of a 3-in-1 SIM card suitable for any device, plus the option of extra data at the industry standard rate of $10 per 1GB. As you can see below, you will get rewarded with discounts and extras should you commit to 12 months or more – this is especially apparent at the $30 price range and above where incentives for committing are significant.
|Contract Length||What’s Included||Price Per Month|
|Month-to-Month||$500 call value, 2GB data||$20|
|$1,000 call value, 3GB data||$28|
|Unlimited calls & texts, 3GB data||$30|
|Unlimited calls & texts, 8GB data, 100 international minutes||$38|
|Unlimited calls & texts, 11GB data, 200 international minutes||$48|
|12 or 24 Months||$500 call value, 2GB data||$19|
|$1,000 call value, 4GB data||$28|
|Unlimited calls & texts, 6GB data||$29|
|Unlimited calls & texts, 12GB data, 200 international minutes||$38|
|Unlimited calls & texts, 15GB data, 300 international minutes||$48|
Source: TeleChoice website
TeleChoice International Calls
You might have been wondering what exactly you can get with your international minutes.
- You have a choice of 17 countries – popular ones such as India, China, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and US included
- As the allowance is in minutes, rates are the same across all of the countries
- Some countries you can make calls to landlines only, whereas others include mobiles as well
- Roaming is only available in selected countries
TeleChoice Month-to-Month Plans
If you desire flexibility above all else, TeleChoice’s no lock-in contract plans may be for you. Kicking off at $20 a month, you’ll get $500 of call value plus 2GB of data. This is a solid budget plan, but if you desire something with unlimited calls & texts, you’ll pay $30 with 3GB to boot. The first plan with international minutes costs $38, so if you’re an expat wishing to call home, these plans may be for you.
- Alternatively, international calls are able to be made with other plans, keeping in mind you’ll either be charged extra, or it will come out of your $500 or $1000 allowance.
- These plans are available online only, meaning you can’t walk into one of the physical TeleChoice stores around the country to pick up your phone plan
To get monthly flexibility, you will generally receive less data than if you were to commit, and you have to purchase online, rather than instore.
TeleChoice 12 & 24 Month Plans
Customers stand to get a lot more ‘bang for buck’ if they stick around for a while with TeleChoice. This is especially apparent in the more expensive plans as it’s more than just a dollar or two here and there.
- For example, paying $38 a month gets you a massive 12GB data if you sign up for 12 months, and the $48 plan comes with 15GB data.
Though, some may still appreciate the flexibility; how will that 12 month plan look in a year’s time?
- If you cancel early you’ll be subject to a $180 cancellation fee.
If going on a 12 or 24 month plan, you’ll want to be confident that you’ll stick around, but you will get some tasty data bonuses in return.
TeleChoice Phones on a Plan
TeleChoice also allows customers to bundle their plan with a mobile phone. With this you’ll be on a 24 month contract. Generally, you get previous-generation smartphones – such as the iPhone 6S – but TeleChoice does offer the Samsung Galaxy S8, starting from $70 a month. With this you will get the $19 plan, which comes with 2GB data and $500 call value, making the effective cost of the phone repayment $51 per month. Many other phones are also available, including refurbished ones, which can be had for slightly cheaper prices. As an alternative to the big guys, TeleChoice may be a good way to go.
How does TeleChoice compare to other providers?
TeleChoice’s mobile phone plans compare favourably against others carriers in terms of both price and inclusions. While not particularly a standout in any one category, the TeleChoice range is probably best described as ‘competitive’. It also benefits from having physical shop fronts, no pesky set-up fees, and plan flexibility between contract and no contract bases. Let’s see how each plan compare to a range of others currently available.
TeleChoice $19 and $20 Plans Compared
In this modest segment, TeleChoice is one of the class leaders, offering some great value at a low price. TeleChoice offers some good bang for buck. And you can save that buck by opting for a 12 or 24 month plan. In this segment, TeleChoice competes with Jeenee Mobile, Yomojo and Bendigo Bank Telco. All up it’s hard to go past Yomojo, which offers a compelling no-contract, 2GB unlimited plan. But all offers are worth a look.
TeleChoice $28, $29 and $30 Plans Compared
TeleChoice’s mid-range monthly plan offer competitive value in the data stakes with a healthy amount of data with each plan – more if you go the 12 month option. In around the $30 mark though, providers frequently offer unlimited calls. While $1,000 included is a lot, we presume that if you tend to make lots of calls, you’ll want the peace of mind that comes when you have unlimited talk time. TeleChoice also offers quite a few plans incredibly close in pricing, yet it still falls behind other providers like Jeenee, SpinTel and Bendigo Bank Telco. Simply put, these other providers offer slightly more ‘bang for buck’ with more data at cheaper prices. Be aware that all providers here except for SpinTel come with 12 month contract options, with which you receive some tasty extra data.
TeleChoice $38 Plans Compared
As TeleChoice moves up the ranks into its higher end offerings, it faces increased competition across the board, where providers are fighting to be kings of data. Unlimited talk and text is pretty much a given at this price point, so it comes to other perks like international calls and data – of which 10GB seems to be a minimum standard. Again TeleChoice is placed among the ranks of Jeenee, SpinTel and Moose Mobile. All benefit from being pretty cheap providers of 10GB phone plans, though if you sign up for 12 months it’s hard to beat TeleChoice. At this price we have seen standard plans increase data from 5GB to 10GB in less than 12 months, so you’ll have to weigh up if it’s worth sticking around for an entire year.
TeleChoice $48 Plans Compared
In TeleChoice’s high-end offering, it’s been proven that data and international minutes are of increased importance. By opting for a 12 month contract you’ll get a massive 15GB of data, which is tough to beat. However, if you’re willing to cast your eyes further to prepaid plans, Amaysim and Kogan Mobile offer very compelling options with no lock-in contracts and big data allowances. Amaysim also has generous international inclusions, albeit on a 28 day billing period. Vaya Mobile is also worth a look into. While TeleChoice looks good, it competes with others offering more data for a comparable price on no lock-in contracts.
Is TeleChoice right for me?
TeleChoice offers a comprehensive range of plans for those who favour the flexible, monthly approach, as well as those happy to commit for longer to secure improved value. This is a question you’ll have to ask yourself. With SIM-only value increasing almost by the day, locking into a contract is a short-sighted move. That said, the incentives offered by TeleChoice to do so are extremely tempting. TeleChoice is at its most competitive once you’re willing to spend upwards of $30 a month, but there are several other carriers around that you’ll have to afford equal consideration. Make sure that you the look at the whole big picture – network, contract flexibility and plan inclusions. Once you do, you’ll see that TeleChoice has plenty to offer.