Woolies is hoping you’ll pick up an S5 with your spuds.
Supermarket giant Woolworths' previous offerings have all been prepaid-only. Its SIM-only product recently rebranded as Woolworths Pre-paid and uses the older Telstra 3G network. Like other MVNOs with a budget focus, it has been a bring-your-own-handset style operation, rather than one that relied on offering phones on contract -- until now.
Woolworths Pre-paid has just launched its first bundled phone offering with a deal on the ageing Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 was first released in 2014, so you wouldn’t be getting an absolutely cutting edge handset. You'll pay $38 per month over 24 months, including 1GB of data each month, $1,000 worth of local calling inclusions and unlimited SMS. Woolworths is also offering a "no bill shock" promise, which equates to stopping service if you use over your data or calls quota until the next billing period unless you opt to buy a top-up for your plan.
While many contract phone plans equate to a handset repayment stacked on top of a SIM-only style plan, that isn't the case here, as Woolworths Pre-paid's lowest data level on a phone plan currently sits at 2.5GB, quite a bit more than the 1GB of data Woolworths is offering with the Galaxy S5. Data is charged in 25KB blocks, which also means that you're likely to burn through data a little faster than on competing contract offerings. Unlike the prepaid plans, there's no discount for a rewards card.
The Galaxy S5 plan has a total cost of $912, which is fairly cheap compared to the other contract deals available for the S5. You can compare those below (we've set the data, text and call specifications to match the Woolworths plan, but you can adjust them using the "Modify Results" tab):
If you’re tempted, here are the key specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S5:
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