MATE Mobile Plans
If you’re looking for value, you’ll find a balance between price and Telstra’s wide network coverage with MATE.
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MATE is an Australian broadband provider that also offers mobile plans. If you're looking for good data-per-dollar value and already have a phone, MATE offers a solid set of SIM-only plans.
- Good value mobile plans
- Bundle your MATE mobile plan with a MATE NBN plan and score $10 off your Internet bill
- Data banking available
- 100% Australian customer support
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What are MATE plans like?
MATE has five postpaid plans available month to month. These are SIM-only plans which means you'll need to provide your own phone.
- good mates. 8GB of data for $20 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia.
- better mates. 18GB of data for $25 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
- great mates. 28GB of data for $30 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
- best mates. 34GB of data for $35 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
- soul mates. 40GB of data for $40 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
All plans come with 100GB data banking between months.
MATE mobile review
MATE is better known as an NBN provider, but its range of mobile plans offers pretty decent value. They are powered by the Telstra wholesale network that covers 98.8% of the population, so if coverage is important to you but you don't want to pay Telstra's high prices, MATE could be a good alternative.
MATE's plans are better value on the higher end of the scale – that is, their plans from the $30 mark are some of the better value plans available on the market thanks to offering nearly $1 per GB. Besides that, you could probably find cheaper plans if you don't need a lot of data. Always make sure to compare your options to find the best deal for your needs.
These are the main features you'll get on a MATE mobile plan:
Tidal music subscription
The "best mates" and "soul mates" come with a Tidal voucher code that will give you a free 12 month Premium Tidal subscription. Cancelling your MATE plan will cancel your free subscription.
Unused data will be added to a data bank between months, up to a maximum of 100GB total data. Any data beyond that will expire.
All but MATE's cheapest plan come with unlimited calls and texts to 15 international destinations.
Internet bundling discount
When you bundle a MATE mobile plan with a MATE Internet subscription, you'll get a $10 per month discount on your Internet bill.
Here's a summary of MATE's plan features:
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Is it worth signing up to MATE? We ask our utilities expert and writer, Sam Baran
Its higher data plans come in at about $1/GB in value, which is about standard for the mobile market. That said, if you're looking for higher data values past 40GB, you might want to consider a provider like Vaya or Moose Mobile for good-value options. Likewise, if you're looking to use just a bit of data each month, you might be better off grabbing a cheaper deal that offers less than 8GB a month.
How does MATE compare?
|Plan name||soul mates SIM-only||Upfront Mobile Plan Small||40GB SIM-only|
|Dollar per data value||$1.00 per 1GB||$1.38 per 1GB||$1.00 per 1GB|
|Features||Data banking, international inclusions, free Tidal subscription||Data sharing, international inclusions, Telstra Plus rewards||Data banking, international inclusions add on for $5/month|
MATE offers an almost identical service to Belong, and both provide better value than what you get from Telstra. The only real difference between Belong and MATE is that MATE's data banking is restricted to 100GB while Belong's is unlimited, but this is a minor point for most users.
Does MATE work overseas?
No, MATE does not allow for international roaming on its mobile plans.
If you're not looking to take your MATE mobile plan overseas, but rather to use it to call people overseas, then yes, MATE will accommodate for this.
When it comes to international calls, all but MATE's cheapest plan offer unlimited calls and SMS to 15 countries: Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, and Vietnam.
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