Boost Mobile offers service on Telstra’s network with a variety of prepaid plans and phones on offer.
What services does Boost Mobile offer?
Boost Mobile is a prepaid mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating on Telstra’s full 4G network. This marks it out from other Telstra MVNO wholesalers, as while some do have access to parts of the 4G network, Boost’s status as a Telstra subsidiary marks it out for full access.
Boost offers three different plan tiers, all under the general UNLTD+ plan name branding. All of Boost’s plans are effectively SIM-only plans with 28 day expiry periods, although it does sell a variety of phones outright for use on its network as well. These are typically low cost, low-power Android devices, locked to Boost’s network.
How much does Boost Mobile cost?
All of Boost Mobile’s plans are offered on a prepaid basis, which means that you pay upfront for service, but can’t be billed for additional use beyond the inclusions of each UNLTD+ plan tier.
There are three current pricing tiers at $25, $40 and $50 respectively. The $25 plan comes with 100 calling minutes plus unlimited access to voicemail, while the $40 and $50 tiers offer unlimited standard national calls. All plans offer unlimited texts.
Each tier also gives you a data quota to use, with the $25 recharge offering 1.5GB of data, the $40 tier offering 5GB of data and the $50 tier offering 7GB of data. That’s not quite the end of the Boost Mobile data story, however, as all plans also come with 1GB of "bonus" weekend data. That 1GB of usage is allocated per weekend, which means that over a 28 day span you could get up to 5.5GB, 9GB or 11GB respectively from each plan tier. The bonus data does not accrue, however, and only applies for data sessions initiated between Friday 9:00pm AEST and Sunday 11:59pm AEST.
What extras does Boost Mobile offer?
The two upper tier Boost Mobile plans provide unlimited standard calls and texts to Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom and USA during their 28 day expiry period.
As noted above, Boost Mobile also offers "free data" weekends. All plans qualify for up to 1GB of "free" data each weekend, counted between Friday 9:00pm AEST and Sunday 11:59pm AEST. As such, the baseline data for each plan is at least the base quota plus potentially up to 4GB more depending on your usage habits. You can’t accrue bonus data or roll over unused data quota with a fresh recharge, however.
Boost also currently runs a promotion with audiobook provider audible (http://boost.com.au/get-more/audible-offer/) which gives customers a 95c/month subscription for up to three months, a significant saving off audible’s normal $14.95/month price.