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 postpaid plans, on mobile broadband, and on Telstra’s range of prepaid options. Below is the suite of postpaid phone plans which can be bundled with a new device or kept as a SIM-only plan. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $50 over one month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $60 over one month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $80 over one month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Large Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020

min. cost $100 over one month plan period

150GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised 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 standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 20 countries, 100 mins & SMS to 35 countries, 100 MMS to 55 countries

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 25 countries, 200 mins & SMS to 30 countries, 200 MMS to 55 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$50 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 25 countries, 200 mins & SMS to 30 countries, 200 MMS to 55 countries

min. cost $50 over 28 day expiry

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.

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 six prepaid plans, from $9.95 per month up to $49.95.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Medium

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $29.95 over 30 day billing period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $29.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 600 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $34.95 over 30 day billing period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $34.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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Extra Large

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 1000 international minutes to 32 countries

min. cost $49.95 over 30 day billing period

40GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Data^^/billing period
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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