Woolworths’ ‘Zero Bill Shock’ Phone Plans Aren’t That Bad

Woolworths has announced three new phone bundles on a range Samsung phones including the S7, S6, S5 and A3. The “super market priced” 24-month contrasts run on Telstra’s 3G and 4G mobile networks and include a “zero-bill shock” promise. Here’s how they stack up.

Woolworths’ new mobile phone plans — which are available to purchase at selected stores and online — come in three flavors: Small (1GB data/$1000 call/unlimited standard national SMS) Medium (3GB data/unlimited standard national calls and SMS) and Large (8GB data/unlimited standard national calls and SMS) usage.

The price you pay depends on the handset you choose, with the cheapest being the Samsung Galaxy A3 on a Small plan for $38 per month. All plans come with Zero Bill Shock, which means you’ll never pay more than the agreed upon amount.

Curiously, despite this much-touted promise, Woolworths is still including a “minimum cost” in its contracts. Presumably this is for customers who wish to top up their data when they run out. A 1GB ad-on pack will set you back $10 a pop.

So how do these plans compare to the competition? A Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge “Medium” plan on Telstra’s 4G network costs $68 a month. For that, you get the aforementioned 3GB data, unlimited standard national calls and unlimited text. The closest equivalent plan from Telstra only provides 2.5GB of data and $1000 of talk time and costs $95 per month — a difference of almost $650 over a two year contract. Click here to see how other telco’s Galaxy S7 Edge plans stack up.

If you’re a Woolworths Rewards program member you can also earn up to $100 in Woolworths Dollars when you purchase a mobile plan. You can check out the full range of plans here.

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