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.
What Does Telstra Mobile Offer?
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 month-to-month contract, the base $50/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, they sometimes double that data through special deals and promotions.
Alternatively, you can bump up to the $60 plan and get 60GB total data, get the $80 plan for a whopping 100GB or go all the way to the $100 plan for 150GB of data. All of these plans are now offered with no lock-in contracts. Moreover, Telstra’s SIM-only plans include unlimited standard national calls and texts and with no excess data charges. The $50 and $60 plans include 5G network access free trial until June 30, 2020 while it’s included for free in the $80 and $100 plans.
Other extras with Telstra’s plans are pretty sweet, too. You get a free 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).
Telstra Mobile 2020 Promotions
With Telstra’s new postpaid plans, it’s easy to add a new device. Just pick the phone that you like and pay it off over 24 or 36 months. If you leave, you can just pay out your phone. You can also personalise your mobile plan with entertainment, accessories, and service extras.
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What Does Woolworths Mobile Offer?
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 $10, $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 55GB, versus the 42GB 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 200GB in total, too.
Woolworths 2020 Offers
Get up to 25GB monthly bonus data when you sign up to Woolworths’ phone or 12-month plan. Plus 10GB extra bonus every 3 months. Select prepaid plans, meanwhile, include unlimited standard international calls & text to 22 countries.
Also, get 10% off your shop once a month, every month at Woolworths supermarkets by linking your Woolworths Mobile account to your Woolworths Rewards card. You can choose when to activate the offer each month, so you can save it for a big shopping day if you like.
Comparing 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.