If you’re looking to access the Telstra mobile network, there’s a limited number of options available. Unlike the other two top-tier networks, Telstra guards its prize asset fiercely. Only a handful of third-party providers signed deals to make use of what remains the largest mobile network in the country. One such provider comes in the seemingly unlikely form of supermarket giant Woolworths. After selling mobile phones and SIM cards for years from kiosks at its stores, Woolies is now striving to grab a piece of the burgeoning market for itself. So which of the two telcos is better? We investigate.
How do Woolworths mobile plans compare to Telstra’s own? Would you be better off going to the source and signing up with Telstra directly? Or can Woolworths give you all the network you need and save you money? We’ve got some answers. Let’s see whether Woolworths or Telstra is the right fit for you.
In the face of increased competition, Telstra has traditionally been a little stubborn when it comes to the pricing of their mobile plans. They’re happy to use their status as “best of the best” to justify a higher price for their services. But all that’s been changing in recent years, and the current range of Telstra mobile plans can be considered superb value in many cases. Plus, they give you access to the whole Telstra network including uncapped data speeds usually unavailable through third-party providers.
The definite sweet spot plan for those looking for the right balance of inclusions and performance would have to be the BYO plans. Available on a 12-month contract, the base $49/month plan gives you unlimited calls, text and MMS and 15GB of data. As Telstra has also been highly generous when it comes to data inclusions recently, that 15GB standard allowance is now doubled to 30GB.
Alternatively, you can bump up to the $69 plan and get 60GB total data or go all the way to the $89 plan for a whopping 90GB. All of these plans are on 12-month contracts. You can pay month-to-month as well, though that’ll be in the form of prepaid plans, which don’t offer massive data as postpaid does. Moreover, the $69 and the $89 plans also include unlimited international talk and text to 15 countries.
The extras with Telstra’s plans are pretty sweet, too. You get a six-month subscription to Apple Music (and data-free streaming of that service), free access to Telstra Air wi-fi hotspots, free access to the AFL, AFLW, NRL, Netball, and the Hyundai A-League streaming apps for live sports action wherever you are (and also streaming data-free).
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Telstra adds substantial value across all their mobile plans by throwing in huge data bonuses, starting from 15GB all the way to 30GB if you sign up for one of their BYO deals. And if you choose the $69 plan, you get a $10 monthly credit reducing your fee to only $59/month!
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Woolworths Mobile operates both as a prepaid and postpaid provider. They also offer phone plans.
It’s their prepaid options that are appealing, especially since they run on the Telstra network at prices lower than Telstra itself can do under a 12-month contract. What’s the catch, you ask? Well, the one minor “gotcha” is that Woolworths Mobile uses “parts of” the Telstra 4G network. That sounds a little strange, but what it essentially means is that Woolworths SIMs only have access to certain frequency ranges on Telstra’s network. It won’t affect the quality of your calls, but it will keep the maximum data speed that you can download at capped at about 50Mbps maximum. However, that is faster than most home broadband connections!
Starter packs (including the SIM) are available with or without credit included. You can recharge at $20, $30, $40 or $50 per 30 days, with all tiers giving you unlimited talk and text to standard national numbers. Data on the $50 recharge is 35GB, versus the 22GB on the $40 option; making Woolworths Mobile’s $50 plan unbeatable value when it comes to getting on the Telstra network. You can roll over unused data every month up to 100GB in total, too.
Woolworths 2019 Offers
Get 15GB activation bonus when you purchase any of Woolworths’ prepaid plans. Plus 20GB more school holiday data every three recharges.
Woolworths vs Telstra – which way to go?
While the numbers suggest that Woolworths has the upper hand when it comes to inclusions for the price, Telstra has the undeniable advantage of full access to their own network. That translates to potentially even better coverage and faster data downloads. If that is important to you, then Telstra is most certainly the way to go. But if it’s outright bargain value you’re searching for, then for flexibility, lack of contract and calls for your dollar, Woolworths Mobile is well worth considering.