Aussie Broadband offers SIM-only mobile plans powered by Telstra's 3G and 4G network.
Contrary to its name, Aussie Broadband offers more than just Internet services. It also sells SIM-only mobile plans powered by parts of the Telstra 3G and 4G network. However, these plans aren't available as standalone services as with most SIM-only mobile plans and you need to purchase a plan alongside a broadband service from Aussie Broadband.
Aussie Broadband currently offers eight SIM-only mobile plans. These plans all operate on a no-lock-in, month-to-month contract and include unlimited national calls and texts. The only difference between them is how much data they include and their corresponding monthly cost, which you'll find below:
- XS: 1GB of data for $15 a month
- S: 2GB of data for $19 a month
- M: 5GB of data for $29 a month
- L: 10GB of data for $39 a month
- XL: 15GB of data for $49 a month
- XXL: 20GB of data for $59 a month
- XXXL: 30GB of data for $69 a month
- XXXXL: 40GB of data for $79 a month
There are no set-up fees associated with Aussie Broadband's mobile plans. There are no standard excess usage fees, either; if you use up your monthly quota of data, your service will be suspended until the end of your current billing period. Alternatively, you can purchase data blocks a la carte at $10 per 1GB to get you by until your quota resets.
It's also worth noting that Aussie Broadband charges $15 for delivery of your SIM card, unless you order it at the same time as a modem-router bundled in with a broadband plan from Aussie Broadband.
Since Aussie Broadband's mobile plans are only available when bundled together with its Internet plans, they don't quite lend themselves to a straight apples-to-apples comparison. Factoring in the cost of a broadband service on top of the mobile service would make the comparison process significantly more complex, so the assessments below are based on the assumption that you already have or are planning to sign up for an Aussie Broadband Internet plan and are interested in an accompanying mobile service, too.
For Aussies with relatively basic mobile phone needs, Aussie Broadband's XS 1GB plan isn't terrible, but there are quite a few superior options out there. If you're not beholden to Telstra's network, plans from providers like amaysim, Jeenee Mobile and CMobile will get you the same amount of data and unlimited calls for two-thirds of the monthly price. Should the wider coverage of Telstra's infrastructure be a necessity, Belong's 1GB plan represents a cheaper alternative than Aussie Broadband.
Heavier mobile Internet users will also want to consider the competition before signing on with Aussie Broadband. Once again, there are many cheaper options that operate on the Optus and Vodafone networks such as Catch Connect's 15GB plan or offerings from SpinTel and Jeenee Mobile, both of which include international credit. On the Telstra front, ALDIMobile prices its 10GB plan at a lower rate than Aussie Broadband, making it the more attractive option.
Scaling up to the 20GB/month mark, Aussie Broadband continues to trail the competition. Not only have you got similar plans from the likes of TPG clocking in at two-thirds the monthly price, Lycamobile and ALDIMobile both serve up cheaper alternatives that also operate on Telstra's network.
Aussie Broadband doesn't exactly make the strongest case for its mobile plans. While they're far from the most expensive on the market, they don't offer the same value offered by many competing providers. Add in the fact that they're only available when bundled with Aussie Broadband's Internet plans, and it's tough to recommend them in the face of the more-aggressively priced competition.
That said, Aussie Broadband does have the advantage of being one of only a few Australian telcos to operate on Telstra's 3G and 4G network. It's still not the cheapest Telstra MVNO around, but it's worth considering if you're dead set on a Telstra-powered mobile plan.