Mobile Plans from Boost
Boost Mobile, which operates on Telstra’s 4G network, is a prepaid mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Boost is a Telstra subsidiary, and as such it has full access to the network. This differentiates it from other Telstra MVNO wholesalers, which only have access to portions of the Telstra network.
Boost provides three different tiers under the UNLTD+ plan name brand. All of Boost’s packages are essentially SIM-only, and they all expire in 28 days, but the company also sells phones for use on its network. Typically, these phones are low-power, low cost Android devices, accessible only to the Boost network.
Customers pay upfront for all of Boost’s packages, and since all plans are prepaid, customers cannot be billed for supplementary use beyond what’s included in each UNLTD+ plan tier.
Boost currently has three pricing tiers at $25, $40 and $50. The $40 and $50 tiers allow customers to make unlimited local and national calls, while the $25 package offers 100 calling minutes and unlimited access to voicemail.
The $25 plan also comes with 1.5GB of data, the $40 tier offers 5GB, and the $50 tier gives you 7GB. All of the plans provide customers with 1GB of "bonus" weekend data. This bonus is applied every weekend, so over a span of 28 days you can get as much as 5.5GB, 9GB or 11GB. The bonus data is only for sessions initiated from Fridays at 9:00 pm AEST to Sunday 11:59 pm AEST, and it does not roll over.
For plans in the two upper tiers, during the 28-day period of validity you can make texts and calls to China, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, USA, and the United Kingdom.
Customers also have access to the bonus weekend data described above.
In addition, Boost is currently running a promotion with Audible, an audiobook provider (http://boost.com.au/get-more/audible-offer/), giving customers a subscription for 95c/month for up to three months, a substantial saving off Audible’s standard $14.95/month price.
- "Bonus Weekend" Data:Every weekend Boost subscribers get an extra 1GB of data. It’s a great bonus to have, even though it doesn't roll over.
- Inflexible calling minutes:Boost charges against the entry level $25 recharge on a per-minute basis. The only way to add more minutes is to buy a fresh recharge, rather than a calling top-up, although other top-ups to cover roaming or extra data are available.