MATE joins growing list of mobile and NBN providers to raise prices
MATE's mobile and NBN services will now cost you between $5 to $11 more per month.
MATE is completely overhauling its mobile and NBN plans as it increases prices of its services to keep up with rising costs.
Here's a quick snapshot of the changes to its mobile plans:
- Mobile plan prices are increasing by $5 a month as of 1 September 2023
- In some instances you'll get more data in return but the new data limits don't kick in until 29 September
- MATE's 5G trial will become permanent on select plans from 29 September
- Data banking limits to change on selected plans from 29 September
- It's introducing a new plan called 'brilliant mates' which gives you 65GB for $45
|Plan name||Old data limits and monthly cost||New data limits and cost|
|good mates 10GB||10GB for $20||12GB for $25|
|better mates 22GB||22GB for $25||25GB for $30|
|great mates 32GB||32GB for $30||32GB for $35 (no data allowance changes)|
|best mates 42GB||42GB for $40||50GB for $45|
|brilliant mates 65GB||This is a new plan||65GB for $45|
|soul mates 120GB 5G||120GB for $45||120GB for $55 (no data allowance changes)|
MATE's just one of the many providers on the Telstra network to raise prices of its mobile plans.
Just this week, we reported on More and Tangerine also bumping up to cost of their SIM only plans.
If you're keen to stick to the Telstra network, the best thing you can do is compare plans from all providers that have access to it and see which one fits your budget, data needs and any additional features you may be after.
For example, Belong's 40GB plan costs $35 per month and stacks up better based on our $1 per GB benchmark. MATE's plan costs the same but comes with 32GB.
What is changing with MATE's NBN plans?
Similar to its mobile plans, MATE's NBN plans are also getting a refresh as of 1 September with new plan names and prices.
Here's a rundown of the changes:
- Most plan prices are increasing by $6 per month. The NBN 250 plan is going up by $11 a month
- MATE has re-introduced the entry level NBN 12 plan
- MATE will be bumping up its typical evening speeds sometime in September - this is the download speed you can achieve during the busy hours of the day (7-11pm)
- You get a 1-month money-back guarantee
|Plan name||Old monthly cost and typical evening speed||New monthly cost|
|G'day NBN 12 plan||This plan is being reintroduced - 12Mbps||12 Mbps download speeds. No price announcements|
|Crikey NBN 25 plan||$59 a month - 24Mbps||$65 a month|
|Ripper NBN 50 plan||$69 per month - 47Mbps||$75 a month|
|No Worries NBN 100/20 plan||$79 per month - 93Mbps||$85 a month|
|You Beaut' NBN 100/40 plan||$89 a month - 93Mbps||$95 a month|
|Fair Dinkum 250/25||$99 a month - 196Mbps||$110 per month|
We don't have an exact date for when MATE will be introducing new typical evening speeds.
As it stands, its speeds are lacking especially for its NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans when stacked up against other providers offering cheaper prices for better speeds.
For example, Dodo, Tangerine and Flip's NBN 50 plans stack up better, as you can see from the table.
|Provider||Price per month||Typical evening speed|
|Dodo||$60 per month for the first 6 months, then $75 per month ongoing||50 Mbps|
|Tangerine||$54.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $69.90 per month ongoing||50 Mbps|
|Flip||$54 per month for the first 6 months, then $64.90 per month ongoing||50 Mbps|
It's been a bit quieter on the NBN front in terms of price hikes, but just this week Optus also raised the price of its NBN plans by as much as $6 a month.