Belong offers mobile plans built for data lovers.
Founded back in 2013 under the aim of disrupting the Australian broadband market with value-priced ADSL and NBN plans, Belong branched out in October 2017 by adding SIM-only mobile phone plans to its repertoire. Operating on parts of Telstra's 4G and 3G networks, these plans are targeted squarely at heavy data users, packing plenty of GBs at the expense of only being able to receive phone calls by default. To make outgoing calls, you'll need to purchase a separate call pack add-on.
Belong's mobile plans are strictly SIM-only, post-paid affairs, with minimal options for customisation. They all come with a no lock-in, month-to-month contract giving you the freedom to cancel at any time without having to pay any termination fees.
Belong SIM-only plans
Belong offers two simple SIM-only plans, each of which can be upgraded to include unlimited national calls and text or unlimited international calls and texts to select countries. The two plans are as follows:
- Regular 5GB data plan, which comes with 5GB of data for $25 a month
- Large 15GB data plan, which comes with 15GB of data for $40 a month
For those looking to make phone calls in addition to browsing the Internet, Belong offers two add-on packs. The national calls and texts pack includes unlimited calls and texts to Australian landlines and mobiles along with unlimited calls to 13 and 1800 numbers, all for an extra $5 a month.
The international call pack includes all that plus unlimited calls and texts to standard numbers in China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the UK and the USA along with unlimited texts to mobiles in Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. You'll be looking at $10 extra a month to add the international call pack to either of Belong's plans.
How does Belong compare?
With such a singular focus on data-heavy mobile plans, it's not surprising that Belong is one of the more competitive providers in its particular corner of the market. Compared to other providers like TeleChoice and CMobile that also operate on Telstra's network, Belong offers some of the best value around.
That said, Belong stumbles when compared with providers operating on Optus's network. Virgin Mobile and amaysim, for instance, both offer plans with superior dollar-to-data ratios, plus they come with unlimited national calls and texts packed in by default. amaysim's plans are billed on a 28-day basis, though, which means they could eventually cost you more in the (extremely) long run.
To see how Belong's Regular plan stacks up against similarly-priced month-to-month SIM-only plans, take a look at the table below:
Despite having the cheapest plan of the bunch, once you've factored in the $5 extra a month to get unlimited calls, Belong's Regular plan ends up roughly on par with its primary competitors.
If you're looking for something with a few more GBs under its belt, here's how Belong's Large plan fares against the offerings of other Aussie providers:
It's here that Belong struggles to keep up with its competitors. amaysim's 15GB plan clocks in at the same price but comes with unlimited national calls already included, while Vaya's Unlimited 13GB plan offers less data but comes with unlimited national calls and 200 minutes' worth of international calls bundled in.
Why should you consider Belong?
Though adding on a call pack is relatively cheap, Belong's mobile plans are mainly for the always-connected crowd wanting to browse Facebook and stream Spotify while they're on the go. Along with the competitively priced data caps and the benefit of Telstra's high-speed 4G network, both plans also support data banking and data gifting, allowing you to roll over any unused data from one month to the next or send that unused data in 1GB chunks to other Belong mobile users.
Belong is also one of the only mobile providers that doesn't charge excess usage fees if you go over your monthly data limit. Instead, going over your cap simply slows your Internet speed down to 64kbps for the rest of your billing cycle, ensuring you don't end up with bill shock come the end of the month. Alternatively, you can purchase extra data at half the price most providers charge: a 2GB top-up will set you back just $10.
To top it all off, Belong is currently offering a one-off welcome gift to all new customers who sign up before 31 March 2018. Going with the Regular plan will get you an extra 10GB of data, while signing up for the Large plan will score you an additional 30GB of data.
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