So last month Telstra-owned Boost Mobile decided to cut the data allowance on its prepaid plans. Now it is restoring some of them back to their previous levels, which we’re not really prepared to call an increase.
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From today, the $40 UNTLD plan will include 3GB of data, plus unlimited calls and texts to Australian numbers. What makes this interesting is that when the cuts happened last month, Boost said the majority of customers were using under 2GB of data, and hence wouldn’t care about the reduction. The fact it has changed back suggests otherwise.
Boost is also introducing a ‘Bonus Data Sundays’ plan, which gives you extra data which can only be used on Sundays. On the $40 plan, you get 1GB of extra data for use on Sundays only (calculated on Australian east coast time); on the $20 plan, it’s 500MB.
This does mean that for $40, you can potentially get 7GB of data over 30 days, which is one of the cheaper plans out there. However, that is entirely dependent on you taking advantage on the relevant Sundays. We’re not big fans of off-peak ISP deals, and we dislike this for the same reason.
That said, it does make Boost massively better value than Aldi Mobile, the only other major-ish provider utilising Telstra’s 3G network. (Telstra doesn’t resell its 4G service through anyone other than itself.) Aldi Mobile wants to charge you $35 for 2GB of data and limited call value, which is a terrible deal by comparison.