Officeworks launches mobile and NBN plans through new telco, Accord

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While the Aussie telco landscape is already fairly competitive, there’s a new provider on the block – and you might be surprised to find it’s from stationery and office supply giant, Officeworks.

Known as Accord with Officeworks, the new telco is branched into two services: Accord Mobile and Accord NBN. Accord Mobile operates as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) on the Optus 4G network to deliver its postpaid mobile services with both voice and data and data-only plans. As for NBN plans, Accord NBN is offering personal and business plans across three NBN speed tiers.

Accord Mobile plan features and comparison

There are three Accord Mobile plans to choose from, all running on a postpaid month-to-month basis, which is handy if you’re not keen on contracts.

  • The Small plan is $15 per month, and includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, plus 3GB of data.
  • Jump up to the Medium plan at $25 monthly, and you’ll get unlimited standard national calls and SMS, 10GB of data, along with $45 of international call value per month.
  • The Large plan is $45 per month, and includes unlimited standard national calls and SMS, 30GB of data, and $450 of international call value each month.

International call rates are available on the Accord Mobile website, and excess data is charged at $10 per GB.

If you’re after a data-only SIM, there are three month-to-month choices, starting at $20 for 7GB, $55 for 50GB, and $75 for 100GB. Excess data is charged at $10 per GB.

These phone plans from Accord Mobile offer some decent value for money. While there are cheaper plans out there with more data on offer (across both prepaid and postpaid), there are plenty of other telcos offering similar data at similar prices. Accord Mobile doesn’t jump out as being the cheapest or the most expensive. Having some international call inclusions is a bonus, but there are plans from other telcos that might offer more generous overseas calling extras.

Take a look at how the plans from Accord Mobile stack up against other telcos. The following table includes a range of postpaid plans with links to referral partners.

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

Moose 19 SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $19 over one month plan period

4GBMax Data**/billing period $19Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $264 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised 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
Belong Logo

30GB SIM Only

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls & SMS to 33 countries

min. cost $40 over one month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

$55 SIM Only Plus

  • Unlimited data*(capped at 1.5Mbps after 80GB)
  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 2000 international minutes to Zone 1 countries, 200 minutes to Zone 2 countries

min. cost $660 over 12 month plan period

80GBMax Data**/billing period $55Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

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
View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue

Accord NBN plan features and comparison

If you’re looking at NBN plans for your home, there are three 12-month plans to choose from, each operating on a different speed tier. You’ll also have the choice to ‘BYO’ modem or add-on one of three pre-configured modems for an extra upfront cost.

If you want to add on a modem, you’ll have the choice between a NetComm NF10WV for $79, a TP-Link VR500V for $119 or a NetComm NF18ACV for $139, currently all with free delivery.

Accord’s NBN plans start with the Standard plan for $69 per month on the NBN 25 speed tier with a typical evening speed of 20.91Mbps. The next step up is the Fast plan at $79 per month on NBN 50, with a typical evening speed of 43.6Mbps. If you’re after the top-level option, with the $89 Ultra-Fast plan you’ll be on NBN 100 with a typical evening speed of 80Mbps.

These NBN plans, much like the Accord’s mobile offerings, are not the absolute cheapest on the market, but they’re also not the most expensive. However, one area where Accord NBN falls behind is in extra value. Some telcos will offer entertainment add-ons, or a $0 modem, if you sign up on a contract. These Accord NBN plans are no frills, no added extras, but reasonable value for money.

To give you an idea of where Accord NBN stands, below are several competitor NBN plans across NBN 25, NBN 50, and NBN 100 speed tiers. The following table includes links to referral partners.

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

Essential NBN (Month to month contract)

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • $180 modem (reduced to $0 over 36 months)

min. cost $239 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $59Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Tangerine Logo

Speed Boost

  • Standard Evening Speed (NBN 25)
  • Optional modem from $89.90 upfront
  • Special offer: $54.90 per month for first 6 months, then $64.90 ongoing

min. cost $54.90 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $54.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TPG Logo

NBN50 SL

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • $99.95 setup fee on no lock-in contracts

min. cost $1,289.82 over 18 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $69.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Family

  • Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50)
  • Optional modem $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $79 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $79Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited Premium Promo Plan

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • Optional $1 WiFi hub upfront cost + $10 delivery fee
  • $84.95 per month for the first 12 months, then $89.95 per month ongoing

min. cost $1,019.40 over 12 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $84.95Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Exetel

NBN Premium Unlimited

  • Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100)
  • $79 set up fee upfront
  • Exetel ZTE modem included (valued at $140)

min. cost $168.99 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $89.99Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Is an Accord Mobile or NBN plan right for me?

Accord does seem to offer some simple and straightforward plans for both mobile and NBN. But if you’re after extras, such as data-free streaming or even big data bonuses, you might prefer to look at plans from other telcos. Same goes for the NBN plans, although these prices seem to be fairly on par with what you can expect from many other providers, and also include unlimited data as standard.

If you are looking at a postpaid mobile plan or NBN service, it’s always worth comparing plans to see what is out there. Whether you’re after the cheapest plan you can find, or one with lots of added value, there are plenty of choices – so it helps to look at what will best suit your mobile phone or NBN needs.

SIM-only postpaid phone plans and NBN plans featured in this article

Telco Plan Data/NBN Speed Monthly Cost Contract Term
Exetel Super Saver 4G 2GB $8.99 No contract
Moose Mobile Moose 19 SIM Only 4GB $19 No contract
Southern Phone Green 22 7GB $22 12 months
TeleChoice LIVE 35 12M 18GB (+12GB bonus) $35 12 months
Belong 30GB SIM Only 30GB $40 No contract
Vodafone $55 SIM Only Plus 80GB $55 12 months
Telstra $60 Medium Plan 60GB $60 No contract
Vodafone Essential NBN (M2M) NBN 25 $59 No contract
Tangerine Speed Boost NBN 25 $64.90 No contract
TPG NBN50 SL NBN 50 $69.99 18 months
Aussie Broadband Family NBN 50 $79 No contract
MyRepublic Unlimited Premium Promo Plan NBN 100 $84.95 12 months
Exetel NBN Premium Unlimited NBN 100 $89.99 No contract

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