Seniors Broadband, Mobile and TV Streaming Plans in Australia

Thanks to the huge range of options available for broadband, mobile phone and streaming service plans in Australia, seniors keen to watch their budget have a great range of money-saving choices these days.

What are the Best Internet, Streaming TV, and mobile Plans for Seniors and pensioners?

Last updated July 15th, 2020

Seniors’ needs vary greatly from that of singles, families with kids, and students, and so on. They are the ones who do not exactly need all the bells and whistles — and other extras — that are often bundled with telco plans out in the market today. What they need and require leans toward what’s functional, beneficial, and of course, affordable — and that’s where we come in. 

We know the pains of having to go through a multitude of plans without being able to get a clear idea of which is better, or which one gives the most value for your money, especially as a senior and/or pensioner. Good news is, we’re making it easier for Seniors and Pensioners to choose only the plans that apply to what you need in the realm of TV, internet, and mobile, and you can check it all out below. 

In this Guide

Streaming TV plans for Seniors

In the world of pay-TV in Australia, Foxtel remains the unbeatable leader in delivering the best entertainment straight to your home. However, Foxtel can be costly, and doesn’t have cheap plans for seniors (though the current Foxtel bundles through Foxtel From Telstra can give you dozens of channels including premium movies or live sports for only $50 a month, if the budget can stretch to it). The good news is, there’s a growing number of alternatives that you can get your daily dose of TV from – and streaming means you can watch at your own time and pace. 

The arrival of streaming TV in Australia has caused a major revolution with how Aussies consume entertainment content. Thanks to the likes of Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now, and the newer Amazon Prime Video and Foxtel’s streaming alternative BINGE, Aussie audiences have a vast range of choice of shows and movies to watch – whenever and wherever. As a senior, this not only means convenience – it means saving money, too, since streaming services only require a minimal monthly fee – with no long-term lock-in contracts to worry about.

BINGE from Telstra

BINGE delivers the premium TV drama, lifestyle and docos that Foxtel’s renowned for, along with hundreds of movies – and at an incredibly affordable price, starting at only $10 a month. It’s a great one to pair with your existing Telstra mobile or broadband service because as a Telstra customer, you automatically get three months of BINGE completely free – and if you join the Telstra Plus rewards program, you can get Binge for free for another 3 to 9 months! There’s no better way of saving money than free, so this is a deal well worth checking out.

Kayo from Telstra

The streaming revolution hasn’t left out sports fans, either. If you love your footy, cricket, golf, tennis or any of dozens of other sports from around the world, Kayo Sports is a great way to catch all of it via a streaming app that tailors itself to the sports you want to watch. If you subscribe to Kayo with Telstra, for the first 12 months you can get Kayo Sports added to your account for only $15 a month, a saving of $120 over the year. There’s also the convenience of having your Kayo subscription on your regular Telstra bill – no need to worry about another bill to pay!

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Seniors TV Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic - Kayo Sports from Telstra
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Basic - Kayo Sports from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $15/mth
$15/mth
Min Cost - $15/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in SD on a single device
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $10/mth
$10/mth
Min Cost - $10/month after 14 days free trial

Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • Telstra Postpaid: 3 mths free
  • Telstra Plus Member: 3 mths free
  • Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Telstra Plus Silver: 6 mths free
  • Telstra Plus Gold: 9 mths free
  • $0/mth
$0/mth
Min Cost - $0 for Telstra postpaid customers (3 months)Telstra Plus Member (3 months), Silver (6 months) and Gold (9 months), $14/mth afterwards

Essentials pack
  • Essentials pack
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 25+ channels: Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Entertainment & more
  • 20+ channels of premium drama, kids, & documentaries
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25 over 1 month

Pay Per View
  • No Subscription Fee
  • Pay Per View
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Latest releases from the cinema
  • Huge library of movies & tv shows
  • $/ days
$/ days
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title

Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • New docos added weekly
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
  • $6.95/mth
$6.95/mth
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial

Last audited 27 October 2020

Setting up your streaming TV service

Streaming TV has absolutely revolutionised the way we consume our television and movies. But not everyone is that tech-savvy when it comes to getting it all up and running. Our detailed advice and guides can help take you through every step from finding the right device to pressing play on your favourite series. Compare TV has everything you need to get binge-watching today.

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Internet plans for Seniors

When it comes to getting connected to the world wide web, seniors have have a wide range of options — from major and smaller telcos alike. And given advancements in technology, as with the rollout and development of the NBN across Australia, having dependable customer service and a reliable connection is no longer something exclusive to major providers. 

In fact, a lot of the smaller-scale internet service providers in the country have been garnering praise not just for the quality of their connection, but also with how well they deliver customer service. With this level of competition in the market, it’s quite easy to find cheap broadband plans that can deliver exactly what seniors and pensioners need when it comes to getting connected to the internet. 

Seniors tend to have lower broadband data usage that large families, which means there’s money to be saved there as well – there’s no point paying for unlimited data if you don’t need it, and even with regular use of streaming TV, you’ll find lower-cost broadband plans that won’t break the bank.

One of the best in terms of overall value is Telstra Broadband‘s 500GB Data plan – more than enough monthly data allowance for anything you’ll need. The value comes from what’s included – because this plan comes with a home phone line and unlimited phone calls to home phones and mobiles anywhere in Australia. For many seniors, the home phone is a vital social connection and provides peace of mind, and having line rental and unlimited calls bundled in with your broadband internet makes the effective cost of your broadband very cheap indeed. And there’s no connection fee to pay, either!

If you’re just looking for a low-cost broadband service without the phone, then Belong Broadband is a good alternative. Belong uses the Telstra network, so you get an internet connection you can rely on, and all of their plans offer unlimited data usage. Their low-cost Starter plan costs only $55 a month on the NBN and, like Telstra’s plan above, comes with the wi-fi modem you need to get connected at no extra cost.

And for those who are still relying on ADSL for broadband – the NBN roll-out is nearly complete, but it’s not everywhere just yet – you can’t go past Dodo’s ADSL plans for sheer value. At only $20 a month for 101GB of data – or $30 a month for unlimited data – they’re possibly Australia’s cheapest ADSL plans, and can easily be upgraded to the NBN later when it arrives in your area.

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Seniors Broadband Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
500GB Data
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • 500GB Data
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
  • 500GB Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Buy online: no connection fee
  • #1 provider to stream Netflix
  • $75/mth
$75/mth
Min Cost - $1,800 when you stay connected to the internet for 24 months, and may change if the month-to-month plan price changes.

NBN Basic Bundle
  • Inc. $5/mth Discount
  • NBN Basic Bundle
  • 24 Month Contract
  • Up to 12Mbps Basic Evening
  • 100GB Data
  • NBN 12™ Fixed Line
  • Internet & home phone
  • Unlimited local & national calls
  • $60/mth
$60/mth
Min Cost - $1,440 Min. cost over 24 months

Last audited 15 October 2020

Setting up your broadband service

Setting up the internet may be second nature to those who grew up with it as it was introduced. But for those more comfortable with dialling the telephone and turning on the TV, a little extra help in getting connected to the world wide web might be useful. Our handy guides cover everything from how much data you need to plugging in the right cables. Check out our advice across Compare TV.

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Are there Broadband Bundles available for Seniors?

Bundling has been how providers can offer more of their services to customers, and for customers to save more money by signing up for more than just one service with one provider. It’s bundles that have truly made a difference in giving more value to Australian customers, who get the services they want without having to pay an exorbitant amount of money, like they would with individually priced plans.

While there aren’t that many senior-specific bundles out there, there is still a lot to choose from when it comes to the bundling options from different providers. These bundles combine plans across TV, broadband, and mobile as great-value packages. Getting a bundle not only helps you save money, but it also gives you more value – and often some added perks that you won’t get if you simply subscribed to individual plans. 

Mobile plans for Seniors

Mobile is another aspect of the Aussie telco landscape that has been consistently growing with newcomers shaking up the market with cheap plans and great service. Of course, there’s still the big three: Telstra, Vodafone, and Optus, which everyone knows of — but it’s also worth checking out the smaller players that have been delivering value-packed plans that don’t come with lengthy contracts or complicated terms and conditions. 

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Seniors Mobile Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Mobile Plan Small
  • Free BINGE Standard for 3 months
  • $10/mth credit for 12 months on select mobiles
  • Mobile Plan Small
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Unlimited Calls & Text
  • 40GB Data
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Unlimited Telstra Air® Wi-Fi data
  • $55/mth
$55/mth
Min Cost - $55 over 1 month + extra handset fee over 24 months

X Small SIM Only 12 Months
  • X Small SIM Only 12 Months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Unlimited Calls & Text
  • 1GB Data
  • Sim Only Plan
  • $0 International Call Credit
  • Optus 3G/4G network
  • $9/mth
$9/mth
Min Cost - $108 over 12 Months

Small SIM Only 12 Months
  • Small SIM Only 12 Months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Unlimited Calls & Text
  • 5GB Data
  • Sim Only Plan
  • $0 International Call Credit
  • Optus 3G/4G network
  • $20/mth
$20/mth
Min Cost - $240 over 12 months

Last audited 15 October 2020

Setting up your mobile service

Taking a communication device on the go was relatively unthinkable three decades ago, but now they can fit comfortably in your pocket. Getting set up on your new mobile phone can be daunting for those who are used to the rotary dial phones of yesteryear. Fortunately, we have plenty of advice and detailed guides at your disposal to get you texting and calling like it’s second nature. Check them out on Compare TV.

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Broadband Offers

Telstra TV + Unlimited Data Plan
$10/mth off for 12 months for new customers Modem included
$89/mth
No lock-in contract
500GB Data Plan
Free BINGE Standard for 3 months Modem included
$75/mth
No lock-in contract
Unlimited Data Plan
$10/mth off for 12 months for new customers Modem included
$80/mth
No lock-in contract
Telstra TV + 500GB Data Plan
Free BINGE Standard for 3 months Modem included
$84/mth
No lock-in contract
NBN Standard Plus 12 Month Contract Plan
$80 Free Mobile Credit Unlimited Data and a modem included
$65/mth
12mth contract
NBN Standard Plus Month to Month Plan
$80 Free Mobile Credit Unlimited Data
$70/mth
No lock-in contract
Mobile Broadband - 5GB Plan
No excess data charges
$15/mth
No lock-in contract
NBN100 Unlimited - 12 Months Plan
Get $5 off for 12 mths Modem included
$85/mth
12mth contract

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