Buzz Telco previously offered SIM-only mobile plans delivered over Telstra's 4G network.
As of 22 February 2018, Buzz Telco is no longer offering SIM-only mobile phone plans within Australia.
A year after its founding in 2014, Buzz Telco entered the mobile space with the launch of its SIM-only plans. Operating on parts of Telstra's 3G and 4G network, these plans cover slightly less than the 99.4% of the Australian population that the full Telstra network encompasses, but for most users, the difference is negligible. Buzz Telco offers its lower-tier SIM-only plans on no-lock-in, month-to-month contracts, while plans with bigger data caps are only available on 12-month contracts.
Buzz Telco SIM-only mobile plans
SIM-only plans through Buzz Telco vary both in call and data inclusions, though they all come with unlimited SMS to use within Australia. Lower-tier plans are available on month-to-month contracts and come in the following three variants:
- Nano plan: $200 of national calls and 200MB of data for $20 a month
- Mini plan: $1000 of national calls and 1.5GB of data for $25 a month
- Standard plan: Unlimited national calls, 100 international minutes and 4GB of data for $40 a month
Buzz Telco also offers higher-tier plans on 12-month contracts, with each featuring unlimited national calls and texts. Here's what they look like:
- Super plan: 7GB of data and 300 international minutes for $40 a month
- Max plan: 10GB of data and 300 international minutes for $45 a month
Where Buzz Telco's plans include international minutes, those minutes are valid only for calls to landlines in the following countries: Andorra, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Guam, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US. Calls to mobile numbers in China are also covered by the international minutes. While Buzz Telco's month-to-month plans allow you to cancel your service at any time without penalty, terminating one of its 12-month plans before the full year is up will incur an early termination charge of as much as $195 depending on how many months you have left on your contract.
How does Buzz Telco compare?
Like most smaller providers, Buzz Telco is focused predominantly on the budget end of the mobile space. This means that this telco faces plenty of stiff competition, with popular providers like amaysim, Vaya and OVO offering both pre-paid and post-paid plans that edge out Buzz Telco's offerings from a purely value-oriented perspective. Here's how Buzz Telco's Nano plan stacks up against the competition:Buzz Telco is one of the few budget providers operating on Telstra's network – amaysim, Vaya, OVO and many others all make use of the Optus network instead. Since Telstra's network offers the greatest coverage and speed within Australia, this can make Buzz Telco the more attractive proposition if you're after the fastest and furthest-reaching mobile Internet in the country. Even then, though, there are alternatives worth considering. Woolworths Mobile, Lycamobile and CMobile, for instance, all offer plans on Telstra's network that get you more data and call inclusions at the same or even cheaper prices: Buzz Telco doesn't perform a whole lot better at the higher-tier of budget plans. Along with the likes of amaysim and Vaya, bigger telcos like Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and even Telstra itself offer plans with more data at a superior price point:
How do Buzz Telco's 12-month SIM-only plans compare?
Though its 12-month plans deliver more bang for your buck than its month-to-month plans, Buzz Telco is still outperformed by Virgin Mobile and Vaya in the contract space. Not only do these providers offer more data at a cheaper price, Vaya sweetens the deal with a shorter six-month contract, too:
Why should you consider Buzz Telco?
For raw value, Buzz Telco doesn't hold up so well against the many other providers in the Australian mobile market. Its plans lack the generous call and data inclusions of its competitors, and even the advantage of using Telstra's superior network is eclipsed by other smaller providers like Lycamobile and CMobile.
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