The introduction of streaming TV has already revolutionised home entertainment – and the same will soon be said for mobile streaming. While data and device capacity had somewhat limited the rollout of world-class mobile streaming, these underlying factors are beginning to change. Now it doesn’t cost a mint for reliable, fast streaming – meaning pretty much anyone on any budget can take their favourite TV shows and sports packages with them wherever they go.
Of all the uses for your mobile phone – from checking emails to Facetiming your mum – streaming uses the most data. This means you’ll need a plan that would not exhaust your mobile data needs if you want to make the most of streaming TV. Then, there’s the device itself. Like the difference between a flat screen and an old black and white telly with a dodgy aerial, don’t forget that your streaming experience will also depend on your mobile device. On that point, we’ve broken down the best streaming-friendly phones on offer. The list breaks down the best devices in the business according to screen size, speakers, battery life and everything else you need for the best mobile streaming experience.
Top Five Plans for Mobile Streaming
We’ve scoured Australia’s mobile plans, searching far and wide for the best options for streaming. There’s a plan for every budget and while most are BYO-device plans, others will have a phone included in the plan already as well. Here are the top five mobile streaming plans available right now. We’ve broken them down by provider, with each having some degree of variance.
Another serious contender to give you more than enough data plus many other freebies is Telstra Mobile. Their special online offer gives you 60GB for only $49/month on a 12-month contract. This BYO phone plan gives you 30GB plus a bonus of 30GB data, and $20/month credit for new services. On top of that, this plan comes with the standard free six-month Apple Music subscription, year-round sport when you stream all of Australia’s major sporting codes such as the AFL, NRL, Netball, etc. data-free, access to Telstra Air hotspots across the country, and Peace of Mind Data feature.
Southern Phone utilises both the Optus and Telstra networks to give you some of Australia’s best coverage at competitive rates. They’ve also sought to target rural and regional areas, which in many cases have not benefited from the same degree of competition as urban and suburban areas. Southern Phone gets a 91% rating in our reviews, one of the highest for a mobile provider. Southern Phone offers loads of mobile plans, which differ mainly according to the data limit. The Orange 30 Mobile Broadband plan has 30GB of data, while the Orange 20 is a little cheaper and has – you guessed it – 20 GB of data. There are plans with higher data limits, but Southern Phone’s reliable coverage and low prices make it an ideal fit.
Yomojo is a small telco that packs a whole lot of punch with their prepaid plans. Your best bet for streaming would be Yomojo’s 16GB plan, which also comes with unlimited talk and text on the Optus 4G network. If you’re getting this for a family member, you’ll also reap the benefits of having an easy-to-manage family dashboard, where you can see the plan details of each user on a single interface. You can get this plan for only $34.90/month, but with Yomojo’s ‘Silly Season Sale’, you can get it for half off for the first 3 months. But hurry, offer ends January 10, 2019.
If you’re the kind that only streams during commute or when you have some idle time while you’re out and about, then Moose’s new plan, Moose 25, is a perfect fit. This SIM-only plan gives you 10GB data plus unlimited calls and text for only $25/month and comes with no lock-in contracts. With this plan, you’ll have just the right amount of data to catch up on those missed moments from your favourite shows or to tune in to special live sporting events on the go.
If what you’re mostly after is more than enough data that you don’t have to worry about needing more, then better go for one of Boost Mobile’s special offers. Their prepaid plans (every 28 days) are a great fit for those looking to not get locked up in long-term contracts, and still reap benefits of contractual mobile plans such as free Apple Music streaming and automatic data rollover. Among their best offers is the Boost $30 UNLTD+ prepaid plan, which gives you 12GB and a bonus 23GB on your first 5 recharges. That’s a total of 35GB that you can use to binge watch your way through your favourite shows and movies.
Whether it’s streaming the latest episodes of Outlander or making sure that you don’t miss all the action from Cricket in Australia, you’re sure to have the right amount of data you need to make it happen with these top mobile streaming plans. Best to check just how much you’re willing to pay for a monthly plan and what freebies and perks you’d want to receive before signing up and streaming away to your heart’s content!