Mobile Showdown: Woolworths Vs ALDI

Mobile Showdown: Woolworths Vs ALDI
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Supermarkets aren’t necessarily known for their phone plans but ALDI and Woolworths have slowly become favourites with bargain hunters looking to shed the shackles of their overpriced telco overlords. But with both offering pretty great plans, who does it better? We took a quick look to see who’s offering the more impressive deal.


Woolies is offering a SIM-only plan, which gives you 5GB of data in total for $20 per month. It’s free to sign up but you’ll have to do a minimum 12-month contract so that means you’ll be paying $240 in total. Plus it uses the Telstra 3G and 4G network so you’ll get pretty good coverage no matter where you are.

The deal is also offering a 10GB bonus of data every three months as well as a free 12 month subscription to Family Zone, which helps parents restrict their kids’ data usage. But you’re gonna need to get in quick because the deal ends on 17 November 2019.

You’ll also be able to sign up for $30, $40 and $50 plans with increasing call and data allowances if the basic offering isn’t going to cut it.

See the table below for the range of plans:


ALDI’s basic SIM-only pack starts at $15 per month with a $5 upfront fee. There’s no lock-in contract so you can leave if you hate it after that but if you enjoy 3GB data, with rollover, then it’s a pretty good bare-bones option. Like the Woolies plans, it too runs on Telstra’s 3G and 4G network.

If you think you’ll need a bit more than 3GB, the next plan up for $25 per month will offer a huge increase to 18GB per month. There are also $35, $45 and $55 plans if you’ll need to data and international call injection.

Check out ALDI’s SIM-only deals below:

The verdict

Given both plans offer pretty solid deals, it comes down to a matter of preference. If you like the option of moving plans around when it suits you, it’s going to be better to go with ALDI so you can decide if the plan works for you.

With Woolworths, the cheaper plans aren’t as impressive but when you compare top plans of both supermarkets, Woolworths’ is a better deal if you don’t mind staying with the service for at least 12 months.

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  • I read somewhere that although the plans claim to use the Telstra 3G and 4G networks they do not include coverage of some country areas. Is that the case?

    • Correct – Telstra MVNOs such as Woolworths Mobile and Aldi Mobile use the Telstra Wholesale network which provides services to 98.8% of the Australian population. Meanwhile the full yet Premium Telstra network is used by Telstra and Boost subscribers, which services 99.4% of the population. A subtle choice of a cheaper option provides less coverage.

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    • Yes I’ve experienced this. I have a Woollies mobile and my parents both use Telstra. There are a couple places where my Father will get reception but I don’t. Most of the time there’s no difference but there are definitely a few locations where it’s the Telstra “premium” network so the Woollies sim drops out.

      To be fair, they’re all pretty remote locations (out near Emerald in Central QLD for one) and a couple locations on the highway between Brisbane and Rockhampton. I can’t recall sitting in a major town/city and not having reception when someone else did.

  • I find the data banking of the Woolies plan useful, where you can bank up to 100GB of unused data quota. Great for holidays away from your NBN where you need some extra bytes (podcasts, etc) without needing to buy add-on data.

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