Best mobile plans on the Telstra network

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Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) use Telstra, Optus or Vodafone's networks to provide services to customers. In this guide, we've selected Telstra's best MVNOs for you to consider if you want the telco giant's speed and service without the premium price tag.

Best mobile plans on the Telstra network: October 2021

How did we choose our best picks?

190

Mobile plans compared

19

Mobile providers

5

Expert picks

Every month, our team of experts dig through the hundred of plans available in our Mobile Plan Finder™ to find the best deals in the market. We find ones that we think are best suited for you across a number of categories. None of our picks are sponsored - we also take into account mobile providers and plans that we aren't partnered with - so that our winners for each category are chosen without bias.

We take these factors into account when choosing our winners:

  • Price per month (and whether promotional pricing is involved)
  • Data allowance
  • Plan length
  • Other notable features such as data banking, and international inclusions.


Keep in mind: The plans we've chosen as the best might not always be the best one for you. Always your options and choose the one that best suits your needs.


Best cheap mobile plan on the Telstra network:

ALDImobile $25 Mobile Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

ALDImobile's 30-day no-frills plans are cheap and cost no more than $45 a month. Also, it runs on parts of the Telstra 3G/4G network which gives decent coverage at a low cost.

This plan from ALDI gives you 20GB for $25 per 30 days plus unlimited local as well as international calls to 15 selected countries. You also get 100 minutes & 50 SMS to 35 more selected countries.

  • 20GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $25 per 30 days
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Next best cheap plan:

Boost $30 Prepaid SIM

SIM-only - Prepaid

Boost Mobile should be a pretty familiar name to you, being one of Telstra's most well-known MVNOs. Its 20GB for $30 plan is a good deal for those who need a solid amount of monthly data. Until November 29, you'll get a bonus 20GB of data on top of the usual 20GB on this plan, giving you a total of 40GB to use on 28 days.

  • 40GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $30 per 28 days
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Best big data plan on the Telstra network:

ALDImobile $45 Mobile Plan

SIM-only - Prepaid

The runner-up for the big data option is ALDImobile's SIM-only plan. You get 65GB of full-speed data for only $45 per month. This plan also has an unlimited data banking feature, so you won't lose your unused data.

You also get unlimited calls and texts to standard national numbers with this ALDImobile plan. This plan also includes unlimited international call/text to 15 selected countries + 300 minutes & 50 SMS to 35 additional selected countries.

  • 65GB per 30 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $45 per 30 days
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Best long expiry on the Telstra network (lots of data):

Boost Prepaid $300 Prepaid SIM

SIM-only - Prepaid

There aren't a lot of plans on the Telstra network with long expiry periods, so Boost Mobile's 12 month plan stands out thanks to its high data limit.

Boost also runs on the full Telstra 4G network, so you'll be getting the same coverage as you would on one of Telstra's own plans.

  • 260GB per 12 months
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $270 per 12 months
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Best long expiry on the Telstra network (just a bit of data):

Woolworths Mobile $200 Long Expiry Starter Pack

SIM-only - Prepaid

There aren't a lot of plans on the Telstra network with long expiry periods, but we think Woolworths' 145GB plan is a pretty good all-rounder. While it's not quite hitting the 1:1 data to cost ratio, this plan is still the equivalent of getting over 12.08GB for $16.67 a month.

As a Woolies mobile customer, you'll also get 10% off your grocery shop once a month.

  • 145GB per 365 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $200 per 365 days
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Best mobile plan for international calls:

Lycamobile Plan S

SIM-only - Prepaid

Looking for a plan that will let you make international calls throughout the month? We went for Lycamobile's $30 plan for our best pick this month. You'll get unlimited calls and texts to 29 selected countries.

This plan is currently available for only $10 with 60GB data allowance (30GB + 30GB bonus every 28 days until January 2022). Take note that plan reverts to $30 after 28 days.

  • 60GB per 28 days
  • Unlimited calls & texts
    Telstra network
  • $30 per 28 days
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Why should I go with a Telstra MVNO?

The single biggest draw of MVNOs versus Telstra itself is cost: some Telstra network providers offer comparable plans for around half of what the bigger provider charges, including phones on plans and prepaid options. In return, you get slightly less coverage, which will likely only affect you in certain regional areas. You also won't get all of Telstra's fancy extras like free Apple Music streaming, access to the Telstra Air national Wi-Fi network or Telstra Sport.

A small but important note is that, if you're with a Telstra network provider, you'll miss out on Telstra's 4GX network, which offers faster speeds than the regular 4G network you get access to.

Which Telstra network provider should I choose?

Telstra network providers distinguish themselves from each other based on three main things:

  • Network coverage. Boost Mobile has the best coverage, using the entire Telstra network. Other providers use the wholesale network, which covers around 98.8% of Australians.
  • Plan inclusions. Woolworths Mobile sells high-end phones with some of their plans, while Belong has an unlimited data bank that you can use to share excess data with other Belong users. If you're looking for international call inclusions, Lycamobile plans can offer unlimited calls to up to 54 countries, and Boost has free Apple Music streaming.
  • Cost. This really depends on how much data you want, but Lycamobile has the single cheapest plan on the market at just $10.

Mobile phone plans on the Telstra network

Whether you're after a prepaid or postpaid mobile plan, there are plenty of providers that operate on the Telstra network to choose from. Here's a list of providers that use the Telstra network:

You won't always get the full Telstra experience from these resellers, however – customer service and plan features will vary. Currently, the major Telstra network providers are ALDI Mobile, Boost Mobile, Belong Mobile, Lycamobile, and Woolworths Mobile. We'll dive into more specifics for these popular Telstra network providers below.

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Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile sets itself apart from others by being the only Telstra network provider that currently uses the entire Telstra network, rather than just part of it. Boost’s main prepaid plans come with a 28-day expiry, forcing an extra recharge during the year, but they also have 6 and 12-month options. There’s even a 7-day plan if you only need service for a short while.

With Boost, you’ll enjoy limited rollover of your unused data to the next recharge, plus free Apple Music streaming and international talk and text credit for select countries. You can also grab a pre-owned, refurbished phone for a fraction of its original price when you get a $30 Boost SIM.


Belong mobile logo

Belong Mobile

Belong is as close as you can get to Telstra without actually choosing Telstra, as it is completely owned by them. There are just three plans, ranging from $10 to $40 a month, and you can add on international calls and text to 33 countries for $5 on the smaller plans (already included on the top one).

The plans are as simple as they get, though Belong sets itself apart with a truly unlimited data bank where you can store endless unused data for later use. This data can even be gifted to other Belong mobile users at no extra cost.


ALDI mobile logo

ALDImobile

The supermarket chain keeps it nice and simple with a set of prepaid plans that top off at $45 for 48GB of data. You won't get many extras with ALDImobile outside of a few international call inclusions for more expensive plans, but the expiry periods cover a full 30 days so you won't have to dish out for an extra recharge.

ALDImobiles does offer good data rollover, as long as you recharge within a day of your plan expiring and you have an $80 Family Plan where up to three users can share service and a 72GB data allowance every month.


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Woolworths Mobile

Woolworths Mobile is a comprehensive provider offering a spread of prepaid and postpaid deals, as well as being one of the only Telstra network providers to sell brand new top-end phones on a plan. Its postpaid options range from $25 to $50 monthly, and include a 100GB data bank where data rolls over so long as you keep up with your payments.

None of Woolworths' phone contract plans are lock-in, meaning that cancelling early on a 24 or 36-month plan will just require you to pay out the remaining value of the handset. However, Woolworths' SIM-only postpaid plans come as a 12-month contract with early termination fees, so be careful if you want to bring your own phone.


Lycamobile logo

Lycamobile

If you need to stay in touch with family or friends overseas, Lycamobile's prepaid plans come with unlimited calls to up to 54 separate countries. For non-native English speakers, you can even get multilingual customer support. Be aware that all of Lycamobile's plans have 28-day expiry periods, prompting an extra recharge over the course of the year.

Apart from the international inclusions, Lycamobile has no special features, although it does have the single cheapest plan on the market: 1GB of data for only $10, which is perfect for super-light users or kids.


Want to see more? Compare mobile plans on the Telstra network below

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.88 per GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.88/GB
$35
per 30 days expiry
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  • Get 20GB bonus data on the first 3 recharges. T&Cs apply. Ends 29 November 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$0.75 per GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
40GB
Data

$0.75/GB
$30
per 28 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$1.25 per GB
$25
per 30 days expiry
20GB
Data

$1.25/GB
$25
per 30 days expiry
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up
$1.38 per GB
$55
per month
40GB
Full speed data
Slowed to 1.5Mbps after full speed data used up

$1.38/GB
$55
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$2.00 per GB
$200
per 12 months
100GB
Data

$2.00/GB
$200
per 12 months
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
5GB
Data
$4.00 per GB
$20
per 28 days expiry
5GB
Data

$4.00/GB
$20
per 28 days expiry
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