Buzz Telco mobile phone plans

Buzz Telco provides SIM-only mobile plans on a simple month to month basis.

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What services does Buzz Telco offer?

Buzz Telco offers month to month postpaid services using parts of Telstra’s 3G and 4G networks. As with other Telstra MVNOs this means that while it offers 4G services, they’re somewhat limited in speed terms and use a slightly smaller coverage map than the full Telstra network, although unless you’re extremely remotely based on a regular basis you’re unlikely to hit an area with no coverage.

Buzz Telco’s plans are all SIM-only, which means you’ll need an existing unlocked handset to utilise its services. Plans are offered on a postpaid basis with single month contract terms.

How much does Buzz Telco cost?

Buzz Telco offers plans ranged from $20 per month for its "Nano" plans up to $65 per month for its "Max" plans. For the entry level "Nano" and "Mini" plans you’re provided with $200 and $1000 of call credit respectively, with a 2 minute call charged at $2.38. All other plans include unlimited standard national calls. All plans include unlimited standard text messages.

Data inclusions vary by monthly plan tier, from 200MB at the base Nano level up to 9GB for the Max plan. Excess data is charged at $10 per additional GB.

What extras does Buzz Telco offer?

Buzz Telco’s mobile plans are relatively no-fuss month to month offerings, which means that there’s a dearth of particular extras on offer with these plans. Customers who opt for an ADSL or NBN plan can get a single month’s free access to Buzz Telco SIM-only plans with their broadband.

What excess charges could I face on these plans?

Buzz Telco's lower cost plans include a call quota, with standard Australian calls charged at 99c per minute plus a 40c flagfall. That's also what you'll pay if you go over your quota on any of those plans, although higher tier plans do include unlimited call quotas.

Even for the plans which include unlimited standard national calls and texts, there are services that fall outside the definition of "standard". These include directory assistance calls, premium services, calls to 19xx services and international calls. For those types of calls you will incur additional charges.

If you exceed your plan's data quota in a given month, you will be charged a flat 3c per MB for any and all excess usage. This is a relatively uncommon approach, with most providers simply charging a $10 fee to add an additional GB to your plan. If your usage was very small it could be cheaper via 3c/MB, but it does mean that Buzz is charging a heftier $30/GB if your usage is higher.

Pros

  • Month to month offerings. You’re not tied down to a long term contract.
  • Most plans with unlimited talk and text. If you constantly talk or text, you could do well with Buzz Telco’s plans.

Cons

  • Speed limited. Like with other Telstra MVNOs, your 4G speeds are limited.

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