When it comes to accessing the Telstra mobile network – a network that offers what many consider to be the best coverage across the widest area of Australia – you have choices outside of Telstra itself. These choices can potentially save you a lot of money, as well as give you some very desirable benefits on top of your standard call, text and data needs. Both Boost and Woolworths fall into this category – but which one is better?
Boost Mobile has been around for many years, but moved its business over to the Telstra network only a few short years ago. Meanwhile, it’s been busily rebuilding itself with a strong focus on both hefty data caps and the integration of your mobile service with your social life. Especially on weekends.
Woolworths, on the other hand, is the brand we all know from our trips to the supermarket that bears their name. In recent years they’ve added a mobile phone service to their increasingly diverse range of products, which also includes everything from petrol to insurance. Also making use of Telstra’s network, Woolworths Mobile’s aim is to provide balanced prepaid plans that give added benefits to their retail customers.
So which one is right for you – Boost or Woolworths? If you’re shopping around for a Telstra prepaid service that gives you great value and some tasty bonuses, read on and find out!
Why would a supermarket become a mobile provider? We’re sure more than a few people have asked that question, but it actually makes perfect sense. After all, the kiosk at any Woolworths supermarket has, for years, sold prepaid phones, as well as recharges for several operators. At some point, Woolworths’ management likely realised that they were missing out on being part of a growing market. They jumped in head-first with their Woolworths Mobile plans. They offer customers phone contract plans if that’s what they’re after, but place the heaviest emphasis on prepaid.
To get started, you just pick up a $2 SIM from your local Woolworths, activate it and then pick a recharge pack that suits you. You get four choices between packs from $15 or $45, all lasting a month. The $15 recharge is only recommended for people who don’t use their phones a lot, since it offers $250 call credit and 500MB data. Texts and MMS are unlimited on all plans, as are calls to other Woolworths mobiles. Next, the $20 recharge comes with 1.5GB data and unlimited calls, making it a better choice for moderate smartphone users who don’t burn through an excessive amount of data per month. It also packs $20 worth of international and other non-standard national calls.
The $30 pack gives you a nicely manageable 4GB of data, while the $45 throws caution to the wind and ramps that up to 10GB. Great value, especially since for these two plans any unused data in a given month automatically rolls over to the next recharge, up to a limit of 15GB.
The 30GB pack also gives you 150 minutes of international calls to the “big 10” countries and $100 credit for any other country. The $45 pack makes the “big 10” call allowance unlimited.
For those looking for extra value, sign up for a Woolworths Rewards card if you don’t have one. Then, every recharge pack you buy is discounted by 10%, making the top pack only $40.50 for 10GB of data and unlimited calls to a big chunk of the planet. It’s pretty remarkable value.
Boost mobile plans also place a heavy emphasis on data. But they do it slightly differently – they give you a base data limit, and then top it off with a bonus gigabyte of data every weekend. Their prepaid plans, all on a 28-day recharge except for the lowest tier ($10 for 7 days, best used for visitors or potential customers wanting to sample the service) offer unlimited calls and text. The $40 and $50 tiers also give you unlimited international calls to those usual ten international countries.
The $30 plan has a base 3GB of data, but tops that off with 1GB each weekend to arrive at a total of 7GB. Pretty nice for the price. If you call internationally, though, the $40 plan is way better. It adds those unlimited international calls to an increased total data limit of 9GB, including the weekend bonus. The top $50 plan will add another 2GB base data, but doesn’t represent great value unless you’re a seriously heavy data user.
And if you’re an Apple Music subscriber there’s another bonus with Boost: all music streaming is data-free. Great for parties!
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Which one wins?
We hate to end up with a verdict of “it depends” but, really, it does. Both Boost and Woolworths are giving you contract-free access to the Telstra network with unlimited calls, text and MMS. They also offer generous data limits, where the main differences come. At the $30 price point, Boost has the edge if you use enough data to take advantage of the weekend bonus. But combine a Woolworths Rewards card with their $45 plan discounted to $40.50 and Woolworths wins on what would be a “photo finish” in horse racing.
Also, the Woolworths plans are far better for everyday users that don’t find they need more data on weekends. Boost offers very similar levels of data, but expect you to go hard on your usage while you’re out and about once the work week is done. Moreover, Woolworths offers ongoing discounts for rewards card customers, which may give them an edge for some.
All in all, both telcos provide fantastic value on a superb network. Luckily, with no contracts, you’re going to be able to try either one and make up your mind as you go, without hassle.