Prepaid mobile plans slashing their data allowances was an unfortunate trend in 2013, and 2014 isn't looking any better. The latest to join the club is Boost Mobile, which is cutting download allowances on its $40 plan.
Boost announced via its Facebook page that it will be cutting the data allowance on its $40 plan from 3GB to 2GB from 18 February. According to the post, "the majority of customers on this offer use less than 2GB per month and won't be affected".
We've heard similar lines before. When ALDI Mobile halved its data allowance back in October, it also said most customers wouldn't be affected.Both ALDI Mobile and Boost use Telstra's network; Boost's cut now makes it even less generous with data than ALDI Mobile. (The other big player in Telstra network prepaid, Kogan Mobile, abandoned the market altogether last year after its wholesale provider collapsed.)
If 2GB isn't enough for you, Boost will be including data in its add-on packs from 18 February. $5 adds 250MB for 5 days, $15 adds 1GB for use within 10 days, and $25 adds 1.5GB for use within 15 days. You can't have more than $50 worth of add-on packs. (That said, paying $65 for 5GB of data which has to be used in 15 days is lousy value.)
As we've noted before, one big advantage of a prepaid plan is that you can switch if the terms change in a way you don't like. If you're looking for an alternative, check our recommendations for the best-value prepaid plans on the market.
Thanks Jason for the tip!