Monday, 03 November 2014 15:33

Boost boosts $40 plan data limit to 2.5GB - thanks!

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After initially offering 3GB of Telstra Next G-class ‘up to’ 42.2Mbps data for $40 and then frustratingly dropping it to 2GB in February this year, Boost is finally boosting it back higher again, going ‘halfway’ to 2.5GB. 

 

In a welcome boost for its customers, Boost Mobile has partially reversed its reduction of 3G mobile data. 

 

Boost originally launched on the Telstra network as an MVNO with 3GB of data on the $40 unlimited or “UNLTD” plan, in marketing parlance, with unlimited texts to Australian mobiles, unlimited calls to Australian standard national landline and mobile calls, including 13 and 18 numbers, excluding satellite numbers of course. 

 

Given the shamozzle of a debacle that was the originally very attractive Kogan Mobile and even Aldi deals, Boost Mobile was a breath of fresh air that delivered Amaysim-like value but on the much faster and better quality Telstra network with full access to 42.2Mbps Next G - although still no 4G. 

 

That said, $40 per month for unlimited calls with Next-G speeds is freakin’ fantastic, and so it was with some disappointment that Boost customers saw Boost dropping the 3G data inclusion down to 2GB.  

 

 

I was one of the people affected, and it really annoyed me as I was using that 3GB of data. With 2GB I tend to run out, which is incredibly frustrating and annoying, especially as Boost changed the deal, although as Darth Vader told Lando Calrissian, “Pray I don’t alter the deal further”. 

 

Of course, anyone is free to leave Boost at any time, and it is possible to get more mobile data being a Telstra Pre-Paid customer and getting a $49 Browser Plus Pack but you miss out on unlimited calling which I’m not prepared to do, and 5GB of data with Optus through Amaysim is good but the data isn’t fast enough for my speedy needs. 

 

So it was with definite interest and even a little excitement when a message from Boost came through on my phone today. 

 

It said the following:

 

“More data! On future recharges $40 UNLTD now inc. 2.5GB, so use more on Australia’s larger network. See boost.com.au/rates Opt-out 1800039059”.

 

For now, that’s it - unless there are some Vaderish plans in the works to do an Aldi on us and remove UNLTD access, but - at least for now - I seriously doubt it. 

 

So, thank you Boost for boosting our data limits back up by 500 megabytes. It’s a welcome increase and I can only hope it creeps back up further again in the future, for the need for data and the need for speed isn’t going to diminish anytime soon. 

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