MATE mobile plan review

Bundle up your MATE mobile plan with one of its NBN plans and get $10 off your monthly Internet bill.

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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.

Top features:

  • 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
MATE mobile plans are not currently available via Finder. You can visit their website at www.letsbemates.com.au/mobile for more information or compare alternative options available below.

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Name Product Features Data Price
  • $28/mth for the first 12 months for new customers, then $38/mth. T&Cs apply. Ends 02.08.2021, 12pm AEST
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$28
per month
100GB
Data
$28
per month
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  • First month free with FLX009 promo code, then $35/mth. New customers only. T&Cs apply. Ends 13 August 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
Unlimited data
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per month
Unlimited data
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per month
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  • $10 for the 1st renewal. 30GB + 20GB bonus data for the first 3 renewals. T&Cs apply. Ends 31 July 2021
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
50GB
Data
$30
per 28 days expiry
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  • $9.80/mth for the first 12 months, then $15.80/mth. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$9.80
per month
6GB
Data
$9.80
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
12GB
Data
$20
per month
12GB
Data
$20
per month
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Compare MATE mobile plans

Name Product Features Data Price
  • Get a TIDAL music subscription upon activation of this plan. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
70GB
Data
$50
per month
70GB
Data
$50
per month
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  • Get a TIDAL music subscription upon activation of this plan. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50GB
Data
$40
per month
50GB
Data
$40
per month
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  • Get a TIDAL music subscription upon activation of this plan. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
40GB
Data
$35
per month
40GB
Data
$35
per month
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  • Get a TIDAL music subscription upon activation of this plan. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
30GB
Data
$30
per month
30GB
Data
$30
per month
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  • Get a TIDAL music subscription upon activation of this plan. T&Cs apply.
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$25
per month
20GB
Data
$25
per month
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
10GB
Data
$20
per month
10GB
Data
$20
per month
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What are MATE plans like?

MATE has six postpaid plans available month to month. These are SIM-only plans which means you'll need to provide your own phone.

  • good mates. 10GB of data for $20 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia.
  • better mates. 20GB of data for $25 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
  • great mates. 30GB of data for $30 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
  • best mates. 40GB of data for $35 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
  • soul mates. 50GB of data for $40 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.
  • elite mates. 70GB of data for $50 per month. Unlimited talk and text in Australia, plus unlimited international calls and SMS to 15 countries.

All plans come with 150GB to 400GB 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:

music streaming icon

Tidal music subscription

data banking icon

Data banking

international call icon

International inclusions

home wireless internet

Internet bundling discount


Here's a summary of MATE's plan features:

Feature
Does MATE have it?
Excess usage warningyes, this feature is available
Entertainment extrasno, this feature is not available
Data-free media streamingno, this feature is not available
Rollover datayes, this feature is available
Data sharingno, this feature is not available
International calls/textsyes, this feature is available
International roamingno, this feature is not available
Rewards programno, this feature is not available
Student/pensioner discountsno, this feature is not available

Is it worth signing up to MATE? We ask our utilities expert and writer, Sam Baran

Photo of Sam BaranMATE offers pretty decent value across most of its range of postpaid mobile plans.

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.

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How does MATE compare?

To give you an idea of how MATE compares to the competition, we've placed its 40GB plan up against similar ones from Telstra (its network provider) and Belong (another MVNO on the Telstra network).

MATETelstraBelong
Plan namesoul mates SIM-onlyUpfront Mobile Plan Small40GB SIM-only
Plan cost$40/month$55/month$40/month
Data allowance40GB40GB40GB
Dollar per data value$1.00 per 1GB$1.38 per 1GB$1.00 per 1GB
FeaturesData banking, international inclusions, free Tidal subscriptionData sharing, international inclusions, Telstra Plus rewardsData 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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