Looking for wide mobile coverage but not keen to pay Telstra's prices?
With prepaid plans starting from just $10 per recharge, there's a reason Boost Mobile is known as Telstra's better-looking cousin.
- Full Telstra 4G network coverage
- Competitively priced phone plans starting from $10 per recharge
- Extra features include data rollover and free Apple Music streaming
- No international roaming
- Most prepaid plans offer bonus data but only for the first 3 recharges
Boost's biggest selling point is no doubt its full access to the Telstra network without the big T's prices.
Boost burst into the market in 2000 with its marketing strategy charged at young Aussies through cheap pay as you go plans. Since then, Boost has continued with low-commitment offers that won't break the bank.
The way we see it, its plans are great for all ages – whether you're 18, 40 or older – for a few reasons:
- You get multiple price points and data values for both casual and heavy mobile Internet users
- Prepaid plans that won't lock you into a contract
- Free delivery across the country when you buy the Boost SIM online
- Regular promotions to keep your eyes peeled on – the majority of these offer bonus data
- Unlimited domestic calls and texts
What might bother you is that there's no international roaming available for when travel outside of Australia is back on the cards.
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Value for money
These are rock solid for the budget-conscious as prices start as low as $20 for 5GB. You also have the option to go up to $70 per recharge for a whopping 85GB, which is still pretty great value.
Boost's $200 for 150GB is one of the best-priced long expiry plans on the Telstra network. You could also get $300 for 240GB, which is technically better value but it's only worth it if you're a regular streaming fiend.
- Good to know: All of Boost's prepaid plans come out to an average of $1.44 per 1GB of data. This is pretty decent since you want to aim for about $1 per GB.
Things to watch out for
- Getting a 28-day expiry plan does mean an additional recharge or 2 throughout the year (or 6% more in costs) compared to a 30-day expiry plan.
- Bonus data on Boost's plans will drop from your fourth recharge onwards. However, you are free to switch providers whenever you want as there's no lock-in contract.
- Boost's long-expiry plans are great on paper but if you don't use too much data on a day-to-day basis, there are cheaper options to consider.
If coverage is important to you, Boost will suit you just fine. That's because:
- It has complete access to Telstra's network – the biggest network in the country, reaching 99.5% of Australians.
- Boost is only 1 of 2 providers that gets the full Telstra coverage. The other is JB Hi-Fi.
- If you're someone who lives in a regional part of Australia or enjoys hiking and camping, you'll find Telstra's wide coverage very handy.
Boost has a few different ways for you to get in touch all 7 days of the week. You'll be able to:
- Reach out to its call centre between 8am and 8pm AEST.
- Ask a question in its customer forum.
- Speak to an agent via online chat on its website or Facebook page between 7am and 11pm AEST (recommended for quicker responses).
- There's a user-friendly app that lets you recharge, check your balance and get customer service help, all in one place.
- Keep in mind: There are no physical stores to the likes of Telstra and Optus in case you prefer in-person chats.
While Boost's plans don't come with all the bells and whistles that you'd expect from Telstra and Optus, it does offer a few standout features.
This is great for people who would like a data bank for future use. There might be a month where you're not using your mobile Internet often or another where you're on a road trip and streaming music through Spotify for a few hours at a stretch.
However, keep in mind that the data you save up is only available until the end of the following month.
Let music drive you to school, work or to your next social visit. Streaming Apple Music for free with Boost could save you a couple of GB per month.
However, you'll need to have your own Apple Music subscription to make this feature count.
Make unlimited international calls to 20 countries and get 300 free minutes and as many texts to 30 selected destinations (on all plans except the $20 offer). This is a good option for people with families abroad.
While we think Boost is a decent choice for a prepaid provider, but if you're still on fence, you might want to consider a couple of other strong providers:
ALDImobile may not have access to Telstra's full coverage area, but it still covers 98.8% of Australians. ALDImobile's plans are actually priced a little cheaper than Boost, with great data value that lasts all year round.
If you're living in a metropolitan area and are happy to get most of Telstra's coverage, this might be a provider to consider.
amaysim runs on the Optus network but offers very similar plans to Boost, with various expiry periods and bonus data offers available.
You'll need to decide whether you're happy to be on the Optus network though. It covers 98.5% of Aussies compared to Telstra's 99.5%, but you'll feel this 1% difference in regional and rural areas.
Signing up to Boost Mobile is easier than you think. Once you've decided which plan best suits your needs, you can easily sign up via Finder by clicking the green "Go to site" button.Click here to choose a Boost Mobile plan
What if I want to keep my current phone number?
Easy. As long as your current mobile number is registered under your name, Boost can port it across to your new service within a couple of days.
If your current number is under someone else's name (a parent or partner), it might be a trickier. Check our guide on how to transfer ownership of your mobile number.
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