Boost Mobile has joined the crowded field of 3G broadband providers with a prepaid deal. While the package offers free access to Facebook until September 30 this year and only costs $79 for sign-up, what's been revealed of its pricing doesn't make it sound like particularly good value.
Boost's deal, announced in a press release today but which won't actually go on sale until April 1, will run on Optus' network. Other than that, the only details announced are that recharge options will include 900MB of data for $25, and recharging online will get you up to 20% of extra data allowance.
Knowing even just those facts, the plan doesn't look like very good value. Telstra's $40 prepaid plan offers 1GB and much wider coverage. The plan will also count data in 10MB increments, which makes it potentially expensive for brief browsing sessions. Even the free Facebook deal comes with strings attached, as you need to maintain a minimum 10MB balance to access it. We won't be able to make a full judgement until all the plan details are announced, but it doesn't sound promising so far.