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.


Comments

    Don't have experience with the plans, but the pre-paid is a debacle! The stores dont seem to have been trained in the Woolworths Connect, the last 5 times I've got recharges it's been stuffed up. Despite telling the staff, "I'm pretty sure this is not right" with their response "It's all activated, it's fine" and then find out it was incorrect and actually Mobile Broadband recharge....After giving them plenty of chances, I think i'll just have to switch to an actual Telco, not just an MVNO.

    The article currently says:
    "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."

    However, clicking through on the link you provided shows that $68 is for the 'Small' plan with 1GB data and $1000 call value. The same phone on the 'Medium' plan is being shown for $77 per month. Still cheaper than the comparable plan direct from Telstra, note quite as cheap as the article states.

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