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Woolworths to offer budget pre-paid mobile plans

If you're looking for a low-cost, pre-paid plan for your phone, you might want to drop into your local Woolies after June 15.

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Grocery chain Woolworths is now a mobile virtual network operator using the Telstra 3G network, and will begin offering both pre-paid mobile and data-only plans from June 15.

Called Woolworths Connect, the MVNO will have two pre-paid mobile plans:

  • AU$30 plan that includes 1.5GB of data, AU$650 of standard calls in Australia and unlimited SMS.
  • AU$45 plan that includes 3.5GB of data, AU$1,500 of standard calls in Australia and unlimited SMS.

Both plans require the initial purchase of a SIM for AU$2 and feature unlimited calls between Woolworths Connect mobiles within Australia. Customers with a Woolworth's Everyday Rewards card can get 10 percent off their recharge costs, making it AU$27 or AU$40.50 for each month.

The MVNO will also include 1GB of bonus data for on the AU$30 plan until July 31, 2015, making the allowance 2.5GB for people recharging within that six week window.

Additionally, Woolworths Connect will have three pre-paid 3G mobile broadband data-only options: AU$14.95 with 1.25GB and AU$29.90 for 3GB both for use domestically within a 30 day period,, and AU$99.90 for 10GB with a 180 day expiry. All of these also receive the 10 percent discount for Reward card holders.

Woolworths is licensing "parts of Telstra's 3G network" for the Connect services. A Woolworths spokesperson was contacted for a clarification on what was being used and whether this meant limited coverage areas or limited use of the different 3G spectra, but had not replied at the time of publication.

Update, 3.38 p.m. AEST: Added data allowances for mobile broadband deals.