As of 1 February 2018, Bendigo Bank Telco no longer offers mobile broadband plans in Australia.
As of 1 February 2018, Bendigo Bank Telco is no longer providing new mobile broadband services in Australia. Existing customers will continue to receive their current services, but you cannot sign up for a new mobile broadband plan with Bendigo Bank Telco.
What you need to know about Bendigo Bank Telco mobile broadband plans
Bendigo Bank Telco offers prepaid SIM-only mobile broadband plans for use with phones, tablets and portable modems. These plans are delivered over Optus's 4G Plus network and are available on both 12-month and month-to-month contracts. You will have to pay extra for the month-to-month option, though, as Bendigo Bank Telco charges a premium for the freedom of a no-lock-in contract.
What are the different Bendigo Bank Telco mobile broadband plans?
Bendigo Bank Telco splits its mobile broadband plans into two categories based on contract length. The 12-month "Smart" plans are available in 8GB, 15GB, 25GB, 60GB and 90GB variants, while the month-to-month "Freedom" plans come in 5GB, 8GB, 15GB, 50GB and 70GB options.
Other than the included data, you can also use each Bendigo Bank Telco mobile broadband plan to send SMS messages within Australia at a rate of $0.25 per message. However, you cannot use the mobile broadband service to make calls.
How much do Bendigo Bank Telco mobile broadband plans cost?
Bendigo Bank Telco prices its month-to-month contracts at a higher rate than its 12-month contracts. If you want the freedom of a no-lock-in, month-to-month contract, you'll be looking at $18 a month for 5GB of data, $25 a month for 8GB, $40 a month for 15GB, $54 a month for 50GB and $74 a month for 70GB.
The better-value 12-month options clock in at $20 a month for 8GB of data, $30 a month for 15GB, $45 a month for 25GB, $60 a month for 60GB and $75 a month for 90GB.
Along with your regular bill, Bendigo Bank Telco will charge you excess usage fees if you go over your monthly data allowance. As soon as you exceed your allowance, you'll be automatically charged $10 and granted an extra 1GB of data for that month only. If you use up that 1GB, you'll again be charged $10 for another 1GB, and you'll continue to be charged at that same rate until the end of your billing period.
On Bendigo Bank Telco's 12-month plans, you'll have to pay an early termination charge if you want to cancel your contract before the full year is up. Depending on which plan you sign up for and how long you have left on your contract, this fee can range from $24.20 all the way up to $303.60.
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