Boost Plan Review
And Comparison

  • Best value rural unlimited plan
  • Boost use the full, complete Telstra Mobile Network
  • And now Boost are even faster with 4G data !
  • Prepaid - so completely predictable price
  • Well known reliable brand

Top Boost Plans

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Boost

Boost $50 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

20GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$50.00

Boost

Boost $20 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
RECHARGE COST

$20.00

Boost

Boost $30 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

28 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Boost

Boost $10 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

1GB data

CONTRACT

7 day expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$10.00

Boost

Boost $40 Prepaid

3 stars
Value

Unlimited National Calls & SMS

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

28 day Expiry

Network

4G on the Telstra Mobile Network

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.00

Usual price is $40.00

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Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $10

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$10.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $10 M2M

5 stars
Value

$200 call and SMS credit.

Data

200MB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $10.00
Yomojo

Yomojo Kids Prepaid $9.90

4 stars
Value

200 minutes of standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.90

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $12 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$12.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $12.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $20 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$20.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $20.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $22 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

3GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$22.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $22.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $25

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

5GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $35 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

18GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $420.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $35 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

5GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $420.00
Vaya

Vaya SIM Only $36

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$36.00

Minimum spend is $36.00
Moose Mobile

Moose $39 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

18GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$39.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $40

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

15GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $46.90 - 90 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB every 30 days

EXPIRY

90 days

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$46.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $49 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$49.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $50 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

23GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $600.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $50 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

15GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $50.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $50 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

7GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$50.00

Min. cost over 12 months $600.00
Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $50

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

20GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $59.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

30GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$59.90

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $60 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$60.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $60.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $65 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

15GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$65.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $780.00
Moose Mobile

Moose $78 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

90GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$78.00

Spintel

Spintel BYO $9.95

5 stars
Value

200 minutes standard calling and unlimited SMS in Oz

Data

1.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.95

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $15.90

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$15.90

Spintel

Spintel BYO $15.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

3GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.95

Kogan Mobile

Kogan SMALL $16.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$16.90

Moose Mobile

Moose $19 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2.5GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$19.00

Spintel

Spintel BYO $25.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$25.95

Kogan Mobile

Kogan MEDIUM $29.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$29.90

Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS plus unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

Data

5GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$30.00

Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $30

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Moose Mobile

Moose $34 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

10GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$34.00

Kogan Mobile

Kogan LARGE $36.9 - 30 Days

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

16GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$36.90

Optus

Optus My Prepaid Daily Plus

5 stars
Value

$2 a day gets you: unlimited standard national talk and text when you recharge from $10.

Data

500MB

EXPIRY

$2 Daily Level expires at 11.59pm local time. Minimum recharge is $10.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$2.00

Minimum spend is $10.00
OVO

OVO $9.95

5 stars
Value

$200 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$4.98

Usual price $9.95
Moose Mobile

Moose $9 SIM Only

5 stars
Value

200 minutes of calls to landlines and mobiles in Oz. Unlimited SMS and MMS in Oz.

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$5.00

Usual price is $9.00
Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $12 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$9.90

Min. cost over 12 month is $118.80
OVO

OVO $19.95

5 stars
Value

$500 standard calling and unlimited SMS / MMS in Oz.

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$9.98

Usual price $19.95
Optus

Optus $10 SIM Starter Kit

5 stars
Value

Up to 100 minutes of standard national calls (charged per minute). Unlimited standard national SMS/MMS

Data

15GB (standard 500MB + bonus data) when you activate on Prepaid Ultimate Plus by 03/06/18. Data will rollover up to 10GB when you recharge before expiry.

EXPIRY

7 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
Starter sim cost

$10.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Orange $10 12M

5 stars
Value

$500 call and SMS credit.

Data

500MB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $120.00
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $10

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$10.00

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Extra Small Plan $14.90 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

2GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$14.90

Yomojo

Yomojo Unlimited Prepaid $29.90

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

4GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Optus 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$14.95

Usual Price $29.90
Belong Mobile

Belong Mobile $15

4 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS plus unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries.

Data

1GB

NO CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Telstra 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$15.00

Vaya

Vaya SIM Only $16

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

1.5GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$16.00

Minimum spend is $16.00
Amaysim

Amaysim Unlimited Prepaid $20

stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text.

Data

2.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 28 days.

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$20.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $22 12M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

7GB

CONTRACT

12 Months

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$22.00

Min. cost over 12 months is $264.00
Spintel

Spintel BYO $23.95

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz

Data

6GB

CONTRACT

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$23.95

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Small Plan $24.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz, Unlimited Standard Calls to 10 selected countries

Data

3.5GB

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$24.90

Lebara Mobile

Lebara Medium Plan $29.9 Starter

4 stars
Value

Unlimited standard calls and SMS in Oz, Unlimited Standard Calls to 12 Selected Countries including India

Data

15GB first month = (5GB+10GB Bonus) data

EXPIRY

Recharge every 30 days.

Network

Vodafone 3G + 4G

Includes
Starter sim cost

$29.90

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $30

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text

Data

18.88GB (standard 3GB + 5.88GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $30 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$30.00

Southern Phone

Southern Phone Green $35 M2M

5 stars
Value

Unlimited national calls & SMS.

Data

10GB

EXPIRY

Month to month

Network

Optus 3G + 4G

Includes
COST PER MONTH

$35.00

Min. cost over 1 month is $35.00
Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $40

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text. Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations. Full terms at optus.com.au/prepaidint

Data

25GB (standard 7GB + 8GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $40 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$40.00

Optus

Optus Prepaid Ultimate Plus $50

5 stars
Value

Unlimited standard national talk and text. Unlimited standard international calls to 15 selected destinations + 5 bonus destinations until 3 June 2018. Full terms at optus.com.au/prepaidint

Data

35GB (standard 10GB + 15GB bonus data + 10GB streaming data to stream on Netflix, Stan, ABC iView, ABC Kids and ABC ME). Available on first two $50 recharges when you activate from 05.02.18. 1st recharge by 03.06.18; 2nd recharge by 02.09.18.

EXPIRY

28 days

Network

Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Includes
STARTER SIM COST

$50.00

Common questions about Boost

Do I need a special handset in order to connect to the Boost network?

Not really. Phones that work on the Boost network are pretty common. So long as your handset was bought in Australia you should be OK. Just double check yours accesses the 1800 MHz frequency. It’ll need to to work. If it ALSO works on 700 MHz that’s even better. And remember, to get 4G speeds, it needs to be 4G compatible.

How much is shipping if I buy the Boost SIM online?

You will be pleased to know that Boost will ship you your SIM free, if you buy it online. The SIMs usually arrive next day in our experience.

Does recharging early extend your existing credit with Boost?

Your plan does not reset if you recharge early, but it does reset your plan date. Unlike some, Boost do not offer a rollover for the credit you have installed on your account if you recharge before it expires. But then, rollover data is a crock in our view, as we explain here.

Does an Australian Boost SIM work in New Zealand?

In order to access prepaid international roaming in New Zealand, a customer needs to purchase a Boost “ADD ON”. Each New Zealand call costs $1.50 whether you’re the one sending or receiving them.

If you don’t want to accept incoming calls ( to save money, ) you can contact Boost and have the calls sent to voicemail instead for the period you’re overseas.

It is free to receive SMS messages, but it costs $.65 to send them. Data Roaming and Mobile Data need to be turned off. All data charges will cost $3/MB while you’re overseas.

I’m sure you can see that while it’s possible to use Boost in NZ, there are better ways to spend your money and more efficient methods of achieving that goal.

What speeds can I expect from my Boost 4G connection?

The speeds you get will vary depending on a number of factors including where you are, what phone you have, how many people are trying to get 4G data etc. You should get somewhere between 2 & 50 Mbps. That’s pretty fast.

What is 4GX and will I get 4GX with Boost Mobile?

4GX is what Telstra call their double data speeds. It’s often referred to as carrier aggregation. Essentially, 4GX is where a phone gets double speed 4G down to the handset. It can do this either by accessing two frequencies at once or other technical cleverness. The key thing is, you won’t get that with Boost. You’ll get regular 4G. We can only offer you our point of view on this : It’s nothing to worry about. 4GX is overkill in our view. 4G speeds are honestly fast enough.

Do Boost offer Data Rollover?

Yes. Here are a few key facts which might help :

  • Data Rollover is available with Boost on the $30, $40 and $50 recharges only.
  • You’ll be able to rollover any remaining data for their current recharge when they recharge prior to their expiry date. I.e. There is no limit on the amount.
  • However, be aware : Data rolls over to their next recharge only. So any data that has already rolled over from the previous recharge does not roll over again.

What call types are included in the Boost Unlimited plan?

You know you’re getting unlimited calls and SMS to Australian numbers. You’ll also get free voicemail retrieval, free calls to 1300 numbers and free calls to 1800 numbers.

What’s not included in Boost’s plans?

International texts will cost you more. You should expect 19 and 12 numbers to be additional. Check out the Boost add on section on their website if you want to use these.

How can I check my usage?

The simplest way to check your usage is to dial #111#

Boost will send you text messages at 50%, 85% and 100% of your usage. It’s the law in Australia. They have to. Careful though, there is a delay between your usage and your receipt of the text message. Make sure you don’t run out of credit !

How do you add Boost credit to your phone?

It’s dead simple.

Make sure your phone is set up on Boost / Telstra’s network ( not WiFi ). Open the internet browser and find care.boost.com.au. The site offers a user friendly menu that will take you through the step by step process of adding credit to your account.

Where will I get 4G with Boost? (What’s their coverage like?)

You’ll get it in every capital city around Australia. Also in around 600 regional areas, all the major airports and suburbs surrounding the major cities.

Boost are the only phone company in Australia, apart from Telstra, who have access to the whole, entire, unfetterd Telstra Mobile Network. That gives them roughly double the square Kilometer coverage footprint of any other network, other than Telstra themselves.

Is Boost’s data still charged for in Per MB chunks?

No, they’ve sorted that out now. You’ll be charged per kB for your data sessions.

What's good

  • Best value access to Telstra’s Mobile Network
  • The only phone company to offer full Telstra access
  • And now Boost offer even faster, 4G data
  • Bring your existing phone number
  • Completely predictable cost since Boost are prepaid

What's bad

  • No 4GX ( double 4G ) speeds
  • Also consider Amaysim on Optus’ 4G network

Boost Review - Should you go with them?

Boost Mobile offer unique, incredible value on Telstra’s full, entire Mobile Network. And now Boost are faster than ever – with 4G data. If you live in an out of town area and you want affordable 4G data, look no further than Boost.

Boost Mobile are the only Australian phone company (apart from Telstra) to use the full Telstra Mobile Network.

Boost provide access to the full Telstra 4G network footprint.

 

The key things you need to know about Boost

  • They offer exclusively prepaid plans
  • Current line up includes 2 SIMs and 5 recharges. (See below for infographic on how they tie together.)
    • $10 / 7 Day plan and a $40 28 day plan.
    • $10, $20, $30, $40 and $50 recharge denominations Recharges from
  • They’re youth focused but don’t be fooled by the brand. Boost’s plans are good value whatever your age.
  • Boost are the only phone company which resell the full entire Telstra Mobile Network.
  • In fact, they’re entirely owned by Telstra.
  • Boost also offer nice to have plan features. They include streamed audio and data rollover facilities. ( We have details of the way Boost’s data rollover works, below.)

 

Compare Boost with

Belong Mobile and with others on Vodafone and Optus networks.

  • Belong Mobile also use ‘a part of’ the Telstra Mobile Network, also sell plans with 4G data and offer a postpaid alternative.
  • Boost’s plans appear to be deliberately aligned with Belong’s to offer a choice of prepaid / postpaid and data options.
  • However, Boost are the only phone company which offer full access to the Telstra Mobile Network – the same network you’d get if you went direct to Telstra themselves.
  • Consider your real coverage needs, Boost are an MVNO and they don’t use the full Telstra network.

 

A bit more detail

Boost Mobile is a prepaid phone network brand which operates in a number of markets around the world. Notably, they have plans available in the USA and Australia. In our view, Boost’s unlimited plan range is one of the best on the Telstra’s Mobile Network. Like most phone companies, Boost now offer 4G data speeds.

 

In Australia, Boost’s plans are known for 3  key features:

  • They offer an exclusively prepaid range – no contracts required :

    Boost are a prepaid only plan provider. If you’re not sure on the differences between prepaid and postpaid, we have an article which explains the differences.
  • Boost use Telstra’s Mobile network:

    Boost Mobile Australia the only phone companies in Australia which operate on the full Telstra ‘retail’ network. Others have access to a component of the Telstra Network – including Belong Mobile, Aldi Mobile and Cmobile. The Mobile Network that these other providers have access to use covers 99% of the population or 2.5m square Km . That’s about half of the coverage footprint you’ll get with Boost.
  • 4G Data:
    
Not sure what 4G is ? Read our explanation of 4G / LTE.  Boost now offer 4G data speeds. Boost is Telstra’s special favorite and they got the fast data speeds that Telstra offer on this network months before the competition.
  • All their plans include ‘unlimited’ (voice and SMS in Australia) options :
    
Boost offers many different unlimited prepaid plans at different prices so you can buy what you can afford. For many, shelling out $40 per month, in advance is a cost they would rather not incur. Some get paid weekly and can’t afford to pay for an entire month all at once. For these people, Boost’s 7 day plans offer great coverage and a more affordable payment schedule.
  • Great promotions :
    
Keep your eyes peeled on the plan list above. Boost regularly have promotions including regular double data and 50% off first month deals.
  • Focused on youth marketing :
    
Boost focus on the ‘Young’ and ‘Active’ segment, sponsoring a number of cool music events and Ultimate Fighters as celebrity endorsements. Don’t be fooled, however. Even if you don’t meet the description of the marketing and you are an 80 year old grandmother, you can still get the benefit of access to the Telstra 4G network and Boost’s amazing $40 Unlimited with Boost.
  • All plans have a 28 day expiry :
    
Many alternatives now offer 30 day recharges. It may not seem like much of a difference but it can mean one or two more recharges a year or a difference of 6% in your costs.

The Boost Mobile self service app looks heavy but does a good job of helping you manage your account.

Installing and using your phone company’s self service app is the number 1 way you can improve your own level of customer satisfaction.

 

Boost’s Streamed Audio Plan Inclusions

Boost have a reputation not just for value but for innovating their plan range. Not to be outdone by Optus Prepaid, Boost Mobile added streamed audio to their entire suite some time ago, too. That means you can :

  • Stream Apple Music data free at up to 512 mbps.
  • Note, you will need an existing Apple Music account. You can sign up to a trial account to test the service if you do not have one.

Streamed audio is just one of the entertainment services we are seeing enter the Australian market. You might be surprised both how many people have a streamed audio account (it’s in the millions of Australians) and how much data you can save when you’re allowed to listen to it data free.

 

More detail on Boost’s data rollover

The way phone companies sell data makes me laugh. If you don’t use the data you buy by the end of the month, they take is away from you. Imagine if you bought a pizza in a restaurant and the waiter came along to remove it from the table at 8PM. ‘Sorry sir, you had to eat it before now.’

Luckily, some phone companies, notably Belong Mobile and Boost are trying to impart some fairer approaches to the management of data. Boost’s plans now include data rollover.

  • You can roll over as much data as you want to :
    If you finish the month with 3 GB spare data, it’ll roll over to the next month.
  • But it only rolls over once :
    It won’t keep rolling over forever. ( There is a scheme which does that, it’s called a data vault and Belong Mobile offer it. )

 

How to get started with Boost

  • Buying online from Boost Australia is easy :
    • Shipping is free and likely to arrive next day.
    • You can keep your existing phone number or get a new one.
    • You can choose the right sort of SIM card for you – e.g. Nano SIM for new iPhones.

Our Boost Mobile Review show you how you can find and connect a SIM.

The process of finding, activating and using a prepaid SIM is the same for Boost Mobile as any other phone company.

Boost’s International Rates

Like data, International calls seem to get cheaper every year. If you want to make International Calls from a phone with a Boost SIM in it, you’ll need an ‘add on’ $15 Add-On Inclusions. Like their core plans, the add on for International calls comes with a 28 day expiry.

The International add on offers Unlimited international calls & SMS to standard numbers (mobile and landline) in the most common call destinations : Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK and the USA,

Alternatively, if the place you want to call is not on that list, you can use a separate $15 add-on credit to use at standard rates on calls and texts to those.

 

How is Boost’s customer service ?

Boost will talk to you on the phone but they’ve also invested a lot in their online presence to give you the answers you need as quickly as possible. There is a list of frequently asked questions and a user forum online.

You have the option of searching for your issue and finding answers easily. Or, you can email the company for a more personally tailored response.

If all else fails, Boost Mobile even offers a live chat that you can utilize for personal, one on one interaction so that if they need more information in order to solve your problem, you will not have to have a whole series of emails to find your solution.

 

What did Boost change in their November 2017 plan update ?

Boost’s primary change is that they simplified their plans. For the last couple of years, Boost allowed users to take some extra data on the weekend. Now, they just have a data allowance that can be used anytime. Boost also included data rollover as part of selected plans.

 

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Belong Mobile | Fairest For Data

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Postpaid | Month to Month agreement | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Belong sell access to the Telstra Mobile Network. They have a simple to understand plan structure with options on data, national ($5 extra) and international calls ($5 extra.) Belong also offer the fairest treatment of data that any phone company in Australia have. a ‘data vault’ feature. Whatever data you buy, is yours, forever. It just keeps rolling over until you use it or leave them.

With Belong, you’ll get:

  • Data Vault:
    All Belong’s Mobile plans come with ‘data vault’. When you buy your data, it just keeps rolling over until you decide to use it or leave them!
  • $5 International Calls:
    And if you want to make Unlimited International Calls (to 10 selected destinations – or to 23 selected countries’ landlines) just add $5.

Belong Plans For Your Mobile

  • Belong Mobile $10Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $15Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 1GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $25Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $30Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz with unlimited international calls & text to 36 selected countries + 5GB of data.
  • Belong Mobile $40Advertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 15GB of data.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Belong Mobile review.

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Boost Mobile | Best Prepaid Data Rates On The Full Telstra Network

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Prepaid | 28 day expiry | On The Telstra Mobile Network 3G+4G

Boost Mobile are a reliable brand. They are the only phone company other than Telstra to resell the full Telstra ‘Retail’ Network. With Boost you’ll get:

  • The full Telstra Mobile Network
    Other phone companies resell part of the Telstra Mobile Network. Only Boost and Telstra plans allow you access the whole thing.
  • Free streamed audio:
    Data free streaming of Apple Music (requires subscription) on top of the data included in your plan.
  • A range that includes 7 day and 28 day plans:
    Boost offer a selection of plans including 7 and 28 day variants.
  • Recharge options from $10 to $50:
    Boost have a total of 5 recharge options for their prepaid plans, ranging between $10 and $50.

Boost Mobile Plans For Your Mobile

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. You can learn more about this company in our Boost Mobile review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Telstra Mobile Network 3G and 4G

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Orange Plans on the Telstra Mobile Network)

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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Strong, Simple Plans & A Well Known Brand

Best for big mobile broadband bundles

 

 

 

Amaysim | Prepaid Plans | Optus Mobile Network 3G+4G

Amaysim are the 4th biggest phone company in Australia with over 1m customers. They consistently have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry and have prepaid (28 day expiry) plan range – just select the option you want in their checkout. With Amaysim, you’ll get:

  • Strong plan range:
    Amaysim have a range starting at $10 per month and rising to $50 per month. Data inclusions are up there with the best available and, with Amaysim, things are nice and simple. You’re just buying voice calls, SMS and data. There are no optional extras.
  • New International Inclusions:
    Any plan you buy, starting at $30 per month will now include free International Calls to 12 destinations.
  • Great Customer Experience:
    Amaysim are consistently one of the best performing†phone companies when it comes to customer satisfaction.

Amaysim’s plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our Amaysim review.

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Southern Phone

 

 

 

Postpaid | Month to month + 12 month contracts | Optus 3G and 4G Plus

Southern Phone are a well known, full service phone company brand based in New South Wales with some great .

With Southern Phone you’ll get :

  • A choice of month to month or 12 month agreements:
    Unusually, Southern Phone offer access to their plans as either 12 month contracts or, month to month agreements.
  • A choice of the Telstra Mobile 3G + 4G or Optus 3G + 4G Plus network:
    Southern Phone are one of the few Australian telcos who offer their customers a choice of the Optus or Telstra Mobile network.
  • Best for bundles:
    Picking up a SIM Only plan as well as a fixed broadband connection will get you a discount.

Southern Phone Month to Month Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

Southern Phone 12 Months Phone Plans (All Green Plans on the Optus 3G+4G Plus Network.) 

You can find out more about this company in our dedicated Southern phone review.

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SpinTel

Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to Month Agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus Network

SpinTel are a postpaid provider with a one of the most useful data management features we’ve seen. With SpinTel plans your data is ‘capped’ when you reach your limit. With most other post paid phone plan providers, when you hit your limit, you’ll be charged $10 for an extra GB which is not as fair as we’d like to see.

With SpinTel you’ll get:

  • Great data pricing:
    Compare SpinTel to the best of the rest and you’ll see, at the price points they sell, SpinTel are often the best value.
  • ‘Capped plan’ data limits:
    If you want your phone service’s data to stop at a limit you set, SpinTel are the right phone company for you. So far as we know, they are the only company to offer this feature.

SpinTel plans for your mobile.

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Moose Mobile : WhatPhone 2018 ‘Best Overall’ Award Winner

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Postpaid | SIM Only | Month to month agreement | Optus 3G + 4G Plus

Moose are a new Australian phone company which stormed on to the market in early 2017. They offer a fantastic range of plans, with huge data allowances which exceed those available from competitors. Customer feedback has been so good about the company, we had to award them the ‘Best Overall’ award as part of our 2018 review.

With Moose You’ll get:

  • Best value data inclusions:
    Starting at less than $10 per month, Moose offer consistently strong pricing, especially on their 4G data inclusions.
  • Excellent customer feedback:
    Moost stand out from the pack on customer service with phenomenal online reviews.
  • Nothing you don’t need:
    Moose keep it simple. No included streamed audio or video, these are a phone plans with nothing you don’t need.

Moose plans for your mobile

You can read more about this company in our Moose Mobile Review.

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OVO Mobile – Free Video & Radio Content

Best Entertainment plans - 2018

 

 

 

Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Optus 3G and 4G Network 

OVO’s offer a totally new way of looking at a phone company – they’re one of our best selling partners. Their plans are, pretty much on a par for data inclusions with the best in the industry. In addition to talk time, SMS and data, OVO’s plans include exclusive access to exclusive video content. All of OVO’s plans come with ‘OVO Play’ an app which lets you watch their free content on your plan. With OVO, you’ll get:

  • Free Video Content – Motorsport, Sailing, Gymnastics & Water Polo :
    OVO offer a growing list of free video and audio content. Motorsport fans might like the 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series, Australian GT, Formula Drift and other petrol head live streaming. OVO Play also includes other sports like sailing and gymnastics. The price of the content is included in the monthly line rental charge you pay OVO for your prepaid plan. So, importantly: You won’t see your data balance decline while you’re watching them, the streamed content is free.
  • Free Streamed Audio:
    OVO’s plans also offer FREE radio streaming, also included in your plan offers access to the Tripple M network and other selected stations.
  • OVO for Kids:
    OVO’s plans come with the offer of free access to Parental Lock software. Buy your child the $9.95 plan from OVO and you’ll be able to monitor what they access on their phone and set times for it to turn off and turn on it’s own connection to the internet.

OVO Plans for your mobile

Picking an OVO plan is simple. All of OVO’s plans include Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers plus superfast 4G data.

  • $9.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $200 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 1GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $19.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = $500 standard calls and unlimited SMS / MMS + 2GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $29.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 5GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $34.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 10GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.
  • $49.95 UnlimitedAdvertisement = Unlimited calls and SMS in Oz + 19GBSave 50% for each of the first 3 months.

You can learn more about them and their unique content in our OVO review.

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Kogan Mobile – Best Value on the Vodafone Network

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

Kogan Mobile keep it simple. They have some of the most competitive SIM Only / Prepaid plans in Australia, on the much improved Vodafone network. With their multi month recharge options, Kogan add some genuine value and choice to the market.

With Kogan, you’ll get

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual options : Do you want a single recharge payment with a 1, 3 or 12 month validity ? With Kogan, you’ll get discounts for multi-month purchases you were going to make anyway. They add the convenience of less frequent running out / topping up. And they keep the total predictability and flexibility of prepaid.

Kogan’s 30 day plan range :

Kogan’s 30 day plans all have Unlimited talk and SMS in Australia to Australian numbers. The difference is the amount of data which is included.

All talk time and SMS for use in Australia to Australian numbers. All data is for use in Australia. See all Kogan Plans including 90 day and 365 day plans. You can find out more about this company in our Kogan Mobile review.

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Great Value Data & Best For International Calls

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Prepaid | 30 day expiry | On the Full Vodafone 3G and 4G Network 

If you’re after an unlimited plan with incredible data inclusions, or you make calls overseas, in our view, you need look no further than Lebara. Lebara use the much improved Vodafone 3G + 4G network which covers more than 96% of Australians. With Lebara, you’ll get :

  • Big Data on the Vodafone 3G + 4G network:
    Lebara’s plans include enough data for even the most ravenous data eaters.
  • Broad Range Including Plans With International Calls:
    Lebara have Unlimited International Call plans at $29.90 and $49.90 price points. Lebara’s cheaper international call rates cover all the major destinations including : UK, USA, Greece, China, Canada, Germany, Denmark, France, South Korea and Switzerland. (Inclusions vary, see our review.)
  • Multi-Month-Options:
    Lebara have 30 day plans, 180 day plans and 360 day plans. Buy up-front and save.

Lebara’s prepaid plan range:

You can find out more about this company in our full Lebara Review.

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Summing Up : Who should consider using Boost Mobile and why?

Everyone should consider using Boost. They have the best coverage in Australia, bar none. Boost is particularly attractive to those  who live in Rural areas – because of their great coverage on the Telstra 4G network – and because of the extremely competitive pricing of their unlimited plans, especially when you consider their range alongside Belong Mobile.

They also have great rates and reliable and friendly customer service. On top of that, if you’re in to their sponsorships and promotions, the company has a bunch of fun promotions and events for its customers.

 

Extra Resources – Articles of use to Prepaid Users

  • Prepaid plans now have streamed audio included in them :
    You may not be aware of one of the biggest improvements to prepaid plans since they were originally devised. 2016 saw the release of prepaid plans which have streamed audio included in them. If you already have a Spotify, iTunes Music, Google Music or IHeartRadio account, then you might like to find out more about streamed audio in phone plans.
  • Entertainment options are becoming common :
    You may also have started hearing about the increasing inclusion of entertainment options in prepaid and SIM Only phone plans. We also examine Optus’ mobile phone plan Entertainment options, Telstra’s mobile phone plan Entertainment options and compare the two.
  • Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month :
    We’ve given a short explanation on this page but if you want more detail on the types of phone plans in Australia, this is it. In Prepaid vs postpaid vs month to month, we explain and the best value alternatives you have and when it makes sense to use each type.
  • Prepaid vs Postpaid –the simple trick to getting the best value :
    The tier 1 telcos ( Optus Telstra and Vodafone ) all have both prepaid and postpaid plans. Sometimes they have both types of plan at the same price point.
  • Does it make sense to buy a Phone myself and add a SIM ? :
    It’s often even cheaper to buy your own phone and add a SIM ( including a prepaid SIM ) to it. We explain how to go Buying a phone outright and adding a SIM.
  • Data Rollovers :
    Considering a plan with data rollover in it ? We explain why they’re not the real solution to the real problem with prepaid plans.

And, remember, before you buy, read the CIS (that’s the Critical Information Summary–a clearly written definition of what is and is not included in the plans from these phone companies) before you buy. You need to be confident in the plan you choose yourself. You’ll find the CIS on the Vodafone website.

 

Compare all of our prepaid plans

If you need another network, you might like to check our Best Prepaid Plans Page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. ) A list of best value plans using the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone networks.

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See all SIM Only plans

If you need another network, for example you’re after an unlimited plan with Telstra coverage, or you live in a city and you’re happy with Vodafone, you might like to check our SIM Only Comparison page and compare all the plans ( including every one mentioned on this page. )

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