After significant testing, these are our picks of the phones to buy
Boost Mobile Prepaid Plans
Providing low-cost mobile with lots of data on the biggest network, this is everything you need to know about Boost Mobile.
Is Boost Mobile right for me?
- What does Boost Mobile offer? Boost Mobile offers short- and long-term prepaid plans that operate on the Telstra 3G and 4G networks.
- Product highlights: Full coverage from the Telstra network, competitive pricing, frequent promotions.
- Watch out for: The 28-day expiry on Boost Mobile's standard prepaid plans means you're paying almost a full recharge more every year. This adds up over time and can make Boost Mobile's plans more expensive than competing 30-day options.
Boost Mobile prepaid phone plans
Boost Mobile's prepaid plans explained
Many telco providers offer a huge range of plans, which is fine if you want specific extras, but Boost has long sold itself as an easy to understand provider with just a few plans on offer at any given point in time.
Most of Boost Mobile's prepaid plans operate on a 28-day basis before your credit expires. Prepaid plans can be a great way to control your mobile spend because if you use up all your data, you're not charged excess fees for usage. Instead, your data access is simply cut until you recharge. You also don't have to worry about standard national calls and texts with Boost Mobile since all of its plans offer unlimited access for those calls and texts.
Boost Mobile long-term prepaid plans
Boost Mobile's long-term prepaid plans explained
Along with its standard 28-day plans, Boost Mobile offers longer 6-month and 12-month prepaid plans. These plans come with larger data caps you can use as you wish throughout the expiry period, whether that be portioning the use out month-by-month or simply using it all as you need it. They also all include unlimited standard calls and text plus an allotment of international calls to select countries.
Four long-term plans are currently available:
- $100 recharge with 6-month expiry, which includes 60GB of data
- $200 recharge with 6-month expiry, which includes 150GB of data
- $150 recharge with 12-month expiry, which includes 80GB of data
- $300 recharge with 12-month expiry, which includes 240GB of data
How does Boost Mobile compare?
- Highly competitive pricing
- Long-term expiry plans are handy for those with inconsistent data use
- 28-day expiry on standard plans is going to cost you more in the long run
Boost Mobile is a well-known name in the budget mobile space, but it's not alone in owning that category, with many potential points of comparison.
Boost Mobile's plans operate on the Telstra 4G Mobile network, but in a slightly different way to other Telstra MVNOs. Boost did have the distinction of being the only 4G-capable Telstra-based MVNO for a period, but that's now open to other Telstra wholesale providers such as ALDImobile and Woolworths Mobile.
Where Boost differs is that it advertises access to the entire Telstra network, which means it stretches a little further in rural and regional areas than other Telstra MVNOs, all of whom advertise support from "parts of" the Telstra network. If you don't travel much in the more remote parts of Australia, this may not be a huge distinction for you.
Why should you consider Boost Mobile?
Many low-cost MVNOs sell themselves purely on that low cost, and while this is definitely a conversation that Boost wants to be a part of, it's not the only reason to consider it.
Boost Mobile sells a small quantity of prepaid mobile phones, typically priced well under $100 outright. As you'd expect, they're not the fanciest models, but they're perfectly adequate communication devices. If your own needs are modest or if you're buying a phone for a less-demanding relative or one of your children, it's a good option.
Boost Mobile also provides a data rollover facility as long as you recharge at least $30 before your 28 days are up. Any unused data from your previous recharge will roll over into the next recharge, where it will then expire at the end of that period.
If you need a little extra data, Boost Mobile sells a $5 add-on that ups your data by 500MB on a one-off basis. The only other add-on you can buy is a $15 boost that provides you with unlimited calls to Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US while your general credit is still live, as well as a $15 credit for calling other destinations.
Boost Mobile recharge options
Running low on credit on your Boost Mobile plan? There are a variety of methods you can choose from to recharge your plan:
How to contact Boost Mobile
|Phone||Boost customers: 125 8881
New customers: 1800 026 678
Monday - Sunday, 8am-9pm
Compare all mobile providers
Read more on this topic
Vodafone 5G: What you need to know Vodafone's 5G network will be available from early 2020, joining rivals Telstra and Optus with just a few key differences worth knowing about.
Black Friday Mobile Plan Deals 2019 Grab a SIM or phone plan on the cheap this Black Friday & Cyber Monday.
Stick to the plan: Aussies forking out millions on excess mobile data charges Finder research shows that over the past 12 months, Aussies have wasted $152.6 million on excess data charges.
Should you keep your landline? With unlimited calls now a standard inclusion for mobile plans, why are some Aussies yet to hang up on their home phone?
Google Pixel 4 plans compared If you're keen on a Google Pixel 4 on contract through Telstra, Optus or Vodafone, we've got all the details you need.
3G network shutdown Australia: What you need to know 3G networks will be decommissioned in Australia, but there’s still time to make plans for the switch-off – it's a few years away yet.
Optus adds Galaxy S10 5G and Oppo Reno 5G to its 5G line-up Telstra’s exclusive on Samsung and Oppo’s 5G handsets comes to an end, with the Oppo Reno 5G joining the Optus ranks.
Compare Australian iPhone 11 plans If you're after the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max on contract, you've got plenty of options to consider.
Telstra rolls out iPhone 11 plans with bonus Telstra Plus points Score points towards a variety of rewards with Telstra's iPhone 11 plans.
Optus is offering iPhone 11 plans with up to 200GB of data Choose from all three models of the latest iPhone on a range of 24-month and 36-month contracts.
Latest mobile plan deals on Finder
Read why this is one of the best Samsung Galaxy phones yet
Ask an Expert