It’s not something a lot of people realise, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your mobile onto the Telstra network. And you don’t need to sign up for a punishing long-term contract either. Telstra itself offers month-to-month and prepaid plans, sure, but there’s a lot of benefit to be had by going for a third-party provider like Boost Mobile. Boost is one of the very few providers with access to the massive Telstra mobile network. The benefits in terms of both price and value are very real. Plus, Boost also offers some great phones that might be right up your alley.
With Boost, you’ll get up to 7GB of data on the fast Telstra 4G network for only $30 a month. That includes unlimited calls and text as well. Customers get 3GB of data up front and a bonus 1GB to use every weekend. It’s a unique way of rewarding regular users, and a perfect solution for those who spend a lot more time with their phone on weekends, when everyone’s out doing social stuff.
Boost’s plans are entirely prepaid – meaning there’s no unwanted bill-shock surprises at the end of the month. You know exactly what you’re spending (and on these plans it’s not much!) and you won’t need extra money to pay for excess data usage – something that’s brilliant for peace of mind.
But I don’t have a smartphone!
Looking for value with a mobile service and don’t have your own phone handset to bring along to plug that Boost SIM into? There are a few solutions available directly from Boost themselves that won’t break the bank. You don’t need to spend $1200 on an iPhone to get hooked up with unlimited calls and fast Telstra-powered data, either. Boost’s sourced a range of three low-cost smartphones to suit every budget that’ll get you connected, chatting, texting and surfing for far less than you’d expect. Let’s take a quick look at the three Boost mobile phones on offer.
Boost Zume 5 – $69
Yes, 69 bucks for a smartphone! Incredible, but true. This budget handset is made by ZTE and packs a punch for the price. And while it’s not going to be topping benchmarks for raw speed when it comes to apps, as a “daily driver” it’s perfect at the price. The Zume 5 comes with a 4-inch capacitive touch display and runs Android 6.0 on a quad-core CPU, with 8GB of on-board storage upgradeable to 32GB, a 5 megapixel camera, FM radio and Bluetooth 4. That’s a whole lot of tech for the price. And yes, like all the phones Boost offers, it’s fully 4G-capable for fast data downloads.
Boost Dex – $99
Moving up to something a little fancier, at the $99 price point is the Alcatel-made Boost Dex. But why the name? Well, this one comes with DJ software preloaded so you can mix and mash your favourite tunes right there on the phone just like you were a DJ on the decks! Makes perfect sense. As does the large 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz quad-core processor powering Android 6.0, 8GB of storage (expandable with an SD card) and superb battery life. Boost also throws in a pair of bonus covers to keep your new device safe and looking good.
Samsung Galaxy J2 – $179
This one’s in constant demand for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a Samsung. Secondly, it’s a Samsung built to roll out at an incredibly low price point. And without sacrificing the stuff that makes people love their Samsung phones. The Super AMOLED screen punches far above its weight at the price, with 4.7” of touch-screen goodness putting your friends’ tiny iPhones to shame. The phone runs on the tried and tested Android 5.1 and with a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos processor. Your apps will run more than smoothly. The phone also features a 5-megapixel camera and a remarkable 500-hour standby time. It’s ready to go when you are.
The whole philosophy behind all of the Boost mobile plans is to give you a whole lot of value for not very much cash. This small but smart range of Boost prepaid phones deliver in very much the same way. No matter what your budget may be, you’ll be able to pick up a smartphone that’s capable of dealing with the day-to-day demands of mobile life. Plus, these devices punch well above their weight when it comes to cost versus features, too. The best part is that you own the device outright – there’s nothing else to pay after you buy the handset, and they’ll ship it to you for free as well.
If a super-sharp screen is what matters most to you, if you can stretch to the Samsung then you’ll be more than happy at the price. But the other two phones are both absolute bargains (and run a newer version of Android as well. In other words, you’ll get brilliant value no matter which one you pick.