- Contract Plans: None
- Voice: 3G
- Data: 3G, 4G
- No-contract Plans: BYO Phone, Prepaid phones available
- Network: Telstra
Having been around as a brand since 2000 and actually branching out to fly the brand flag in the United States (where it’s run as a separate company using the same logo), Boost Mobile has long been a fan of smart, colourful design and uncomplicated prepaid plans. Their current offerings actually serve data users better than most other contenders; and they’ll sell you a cheap smartphone too!
For Voice Users
- Free Voicemail: Yes, except on lowest plan
- Visual Voicemail: No
- 4G Voice Calls: No
Boost offers four plans that start off small and escalate quickly. They all come with unlimited talk and texts to standard national numbers. The cheapest is $10, but expires in 7 days. It’s the other three where things get interesting. Especially the $40 and $50 plans – they pack unlimited calls & texts to 10 selected countries (NZ, Canada, the UK and the USA among them).
However, if you want to call any countries outside that group of ten, you need to buy a “bolt-on” pack for an extra $15 per 28 days, which gives you the privilege of paying to call the country you want. Possibly handy for one-time uses, but if you need to call any country outside of the “group of 10”, another provider would suit you better.
You can always compare mobile plans here.
For Text Messagers
The texts, they are unlimited, no matter which plan you choose – as are MMS picture, audio and video messages. International texting is unlimited for the top two plans for the 10 countries included, otherwise you will need a bolt-on.
Boost is a great pick for heavy mobile data users. Photo: Pexels
For Data Users
- 4G: Yes
- LTE Advanced: No
Boost uses the Telstra’s full 4G network. You can check coverage on their website. That’s great news when you consider how fast Telstra’s 4G network is even at its base speed (up to 50Mbps) and how much data Boost throws at you. The hook they have here is bonus free weekend data – so the $40 plan will give you 5GB data up front, then an extra 1GB each weekend for a total of 9GB inside the 28-day recharge (though of course, if you use it all up sooner, and need to buy another recharge, those bonus weekend data grants do not stack). Other plan include a base of 1GB ($10), 3GB ($30), and 7GB ($50).
Costs and Contracts
The most you can spend on the basic recharges is $50, and that gets you a ton of data alongside unlimited calls and texts so it’s easy to see how Boost’s plans are a good deal – as long as your usage fits. If you’re going to burn through data faster than most, that banner headline of 11GB per recharge for the $50 offering could well turn out to be only 7GB – since that’s all you get before your first weekend freebie.
Boost has a feature page for its offers, which tend to be more value-added things you can take advantage of as a Boost customer. A page for student discounts is also regularly populated with promos and offers.
Boost Mobile Offers
Get unlimited international minutes with Boost Mobile. Both the $40 and $50 mobile plans come with unlimited international calls to 10 countries, including Canada, USA, United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, and Singapore. Plus, starting October 2017, the $40 is discounted by 50% for new customers. Sign up online and get it for only $20.
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