- Some profits go towards local community organisations
- Local Australian customer support
- International call credit available on some plans
- No other plan features
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Bendigo Telco's main point of difference is its support of local community organisations. When you sign up to a Bendigo Telco plan, you can nominate one of its partners in Victoria or Queensland. Part of the revenue from your plan fees will be directed to the nominated company.
Besides this unique proposition, it doesn't do very much to stand out from the horde of other telcos crowding the Australian market.
Bendigo Telco could be right for you if
Keep in mind that Bendigo Telco
While Bendigo Telco's mobile plans are aimed at giving back to local communities, this will come at a cost in terms of your actual plan value.
Bendigo Telco uses the Optus 4G mobile network.
Bendigo Telco is able to help you throughout the week between 8:30am-5:30pm AEST on Monday to Friday. You can use the following methods to contact Bendigo:
Bendigo Telco only really has 1 extra feature on some of its plans:
If you buy a medium or larger plan, you'll get between $50 and $500 of international call credit, depending on which plan you choose. This credit can be used to call most international destinations, which could be useful if you have friends or family overseas.
For another goodwill option
While Bendigo Telco isn't clear about how much it actually donates to community groups, Goodtel donates 50% of its profits to a partnered charity of your choice.
For cheap data
If you're looking for a plan that gives you more for less, consider Circles.Life. You'll get up to 160GB for just $55 a month, which is much better value than Bendigo.
For more plan extras
Not only does ALDImobile offer unlimited international calls to selected countries rather than call credit, but it also has unlimited data rollover on all its plans.
Unfortunately, Bendigo Telco isn't available for purchase through Finder. You'll have to visit Bendigo Telco's website bendigotelco.com.au to purchase your plan there.
Otherwise, continue comparing mobile plans on Finder to find one better suited for you.
What if I want to keep my current phone number?
During the activation process, you can choose to keep your number by choosing the provided option. While Bendigo Telco doesn't give an expected transfer time, you should expect the activation to take from 24-48 hours in most cases.
If your current mobile number isn't registered under your name, it might take a few more steps. Read our guide on how to change ownership of your mobile number here.
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