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
- Small 1GB data plan, which comes with 1GB of data for $10 a month
- Regular 5GB data plan, which comes with 5GB of data for $25 a month
- Large 15GB data plan, which comes with 15GB of data plus unlimited international talk and text to 36 countries for $40 a month
The Small and Regular plans can also be upgraded with unlimited international talk and text to 36 countries for $5 extra a month.
The 36 countries included in the unlimited international talk and text are Afghanistan, Austria, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey,United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
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.
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:
Still, Belong's Regular plan remains one of the cheapest of the bunch, giving it a compelling edge over many of its 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:
Belong continues to lead the pack here, too. amaysim's 15GB plan clocks in at roughly the same price but only has a 28-day expiry, while Vaya's Unlimited 13GB plan offers less data and only 200 minutes' worth of international calls compared to Belong's unlimited offer.
Why should you consider Belong?
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.