- Access to full coverage of the Telstra 4G and 5G network
- Extra features include data rollover
- 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.
The way we see it, its plans are great for all ages – whether you're 18, 40 or older – for a few reasons:
Boost's positives outweigh its negatives, but you should still keep in mind that:
Boost also offers 1 short-term plan with 5GB for $12 that lasts for 1 week.
While this isn't very useful for most people, it's a good option for travellers to Australia who want access to the country's largest mobile network for a short period of time.
Boost Mobile does have 5G access to the Telstra network, but most of its plans come with speed caps if you're connected to the 5G network. The majority of its plans are capped at 150Mbps, which is still a pretty fast speed so it shouldn't affect you too much.
Boost has a few different ways for you to get in touch all 7 days of the week. You'll be able to:
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 stand-out features.
This is great for people who would like a data bank for future use. However, keep in mind that the data you save up with Boost is only available within your next recharge.
Make unlimited international calls to 20 countries and get 300 free minutes to 30 selected destinations plus 300 texts to any country. All 28-day plans except the $20 offer include these. This is a good option for people with families abroad.
Heading overseas? Boost offers international roaming for 40 countries including Canada, Chine, India, UK and USA.
You can choose between 3, 7 and 14-day roaming packs starting from 1GB for $20 over 3 days.
While not the best value around, it at least gives you the option to purchase roaming if you head overseas. This option was unavailable prior to November 2022.
We think Boost is a decent choice for a prepaid provider, but if you're still on fence, you might want to consider a few other strong providers:
If you like what you see with Boost, amaysim runs on the Optus 4G network and offers similar plans and deals.
ALDImobile doesn't get full Telstra 4G coverage but still runs on the Telstra network and covers 98.8% of Australians. Its plans are also cheaper than Boost's.
If Boost's plans don't offer enough data for you, consider Circles.Life for affordable, higher-data mobile plans.
Once you've decided which Boost Mobile plan you like, you'll simply have to fill out a few details. From there Boost Mobile will take care of the rest. SIM delivery is free via standard postage, but can take up to 10 business days to arrive at your door.
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.
It might be trickier if your current number is under someone else's name, such as a parent or partner. Check our guide on how to transfer ownership of your mobile number.
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