What are the best phone plans with data-free music streaming?

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With the explosion of music streaming services, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music and more, it can be a trying time for meagre data allowances. Phone plans with lots of data are becoming cheaper, but our need for data is growing.

Music streaming can easily chew through more than 100MB per hour, which means if you’re a music lover your data plan could be eaten up very quickly. This has given rise to phone plans that provide zero-rated streaming from selected services; in other words, the data you use to stream isn’t taken out of your plan’s monthly data allowance.

Phone plans with data-free music streaming

The leading providers in this space include Telstra, Boost Mobile, and OVO Mobile. The services on offer differ slightly with each telco, and consist of:

  • Telstra – Apple Music
  • Boost Mobile – Apple Music
  • OVO Mobile – The Hit and Triple M radio networks

It’s important to note the company allegiances here. Boost Mobile uses the Telstra network, hence the similarities, while OVO Mobile uses the Optus network.

Telstra data-free music streaming

Telstra now offers all personal mobile customers unlimited, data-free streaming from Apple Music. This includes customers on 24-month contracts, on 12-month SIM-only plans, on mobile broadband, and on Telstra’s range of prepaid options.

Until very recently, Telstra also offered a a free six-month Apple Music subscription to new customers on selected mobile phone plans. If you signed up to an eligible plan before 28 December, 2018, and haven’t yet redeemed your free subscription, you’ll need to do so before 26 February, 2019 (via the Telstra 24×7 app, or My Account online portal).

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

Small

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 15GB + 15GB bonus data

min. cost $588 over 12 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $49Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Medium

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 countries
  • 30GB + 30GB bonus data
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included
  • $10 monthly credit

min. cost $828 over 12 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 15 Countries
  • 60GB + 30GB bonus data
  • ‘Peace of Mind’ data included

min. cost $1068 over 12 month plan period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $89Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Boost Mobile data-free music streaming

Boost Mobile deals exclusively in prepaid mobile phone plans,  and all six of its prepaid options include data-free Apple Music streaming. Plans begin at $10 per month, up to $70, and include unlimited national talk and text, plus extras such as international calling.

As Boost Mobile is a Telstra-owned company, with plans running on Telstra’s 3G and 4G networks, it makes sense that Apple Music is also available with Boost’s plans. However, the data-free streaming offer doesn’t include your monthly Apple Music subscription fee – if you’re a Boost customer, you’ll need to sign up for the service yourself.

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
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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

OVO Mobile data-free music streaming

OVO Mobile is a smaller plan provider using the Optus network, and deals in no-contract prepaid plans. One of the biggest perks from OVO – aside from its competitive plans – is the fact that its current deals come with unlimited, data-free access to its OVO play app, including live radio streaming.

Music-wise, you’ll get data-free streaming of the Hit radio network, which includes 2Day FM in Sydney, Fox FM in Melbourne, Hit 105 in Brisbane, and many more. You’ll also get unlimited data-free streaming from Triple M across the country, plus Buddha Radio, The Range, and more.

In addition to music streaming, OVO Play also provides data-free access to a range of sports, including Supercars, World Superbikes, Gymnastics, Chinese Super League, and e-Sports. OVO Mobile offers five prepaid plans, from $9.95 per month up to $49.95.

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

Medium

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 6GB + 4GB bonus data ongoing, buy before 31/01/19
  • 50 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $29.95 over 30 day billing period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $29.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 15GB + 10GB bonus data ongoing, buy before 31/01/19
  • 300 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $34.95 over 30 day billing period

25GBMax Data**/billing period $34.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Ovo Logo

Extra Large

  • Unlimited National Calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 20GB + 20GB bonus data ongoing, buy before 31/01/19
  • 500 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $49.95 over 30 day billing period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Is a plan with data-free music streaming worth it?

Data-free music streaming is certainly a nice perk to have, and it’s available on a wide variety of phone plans already. However, you’re still required to pay a separate subscription for your streaming service: unless otherwise specified, these deals don’t pay for your access, just offer unmetered content. Subscriptions can cost upwards of $10 each month, so be aware of the potential cost before you sign up.

Another detail that’s often lost in the fine print: for most of these promotions, it’s only the music streaming itself that is data-free. This means that content such as advertisements, album art, and even downloading songs for offline listening can result in data usage that will be taken from your monthly gigabyte allowance.

In general, if you’re comfortably within your data limit every month, it makes little sense to switch. However, if you’re regularly exceeding your data cap and it’s thanks to your music addiction, a data-free streaming plan may be right for you.

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