The best phone plans with data-free music streaming


WhistleOut
01 May 2017

best phone plans with data-free music streaming

Unless you're a vinyl collecting hipster (such as myself) or a filthy, filthy pirate (no judgement, hey), there's a good chance you're using a music streaming service as your primary means of aural entertainment. I mean, it's pretty great having access to tens of millions of songs wherever you are.

The one catch is that constantly listening to the latest bangers can put a bit of a dent into your data: depending on what quality and what service you're using, you're up for between 43MB to 144MB per hour. A couple of hours of streaming could wipe out your entire month of data if you're on a smaller plan.

Fortunately, many telcos are now bundling in data-free or unmetered streaming with select plans, which can make it even easier to spend less on your monthly phone bill. Here's a quick look at who's doing what.

Telstra

The only music streaming service Telstra offers data-free is Apple Music, but it’s available data-free on almost every plan. Whether you're dropping $30 on a prepaid recharge, opting for a $40 BYO device plan, or buying the latest greatest flagship, Apple Music is unmetered at no extra charge. It is however worth noting that data-free streaming only applies to Apple Music's audio content; video will still use your data allowance.

Most of Telstra's 12 and 24-month contracts also include at least six-months of free Apple Music access.

Select postpaid tablet plans are also eligible for data-free streaming.

Prepaid
Carrier Inclusions  
Telstra
Telstra
  • $10 Pre-Paid Extra™ SIM Starter Kit
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (7 Days)
  • $10
Postpaid
Carrier Inclusions  
Telstra
Telstra
  • $39 Go Mobile Plus BYO Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $39/mth
  • Min. cost $468
Telstra
Telstra
  • $49 Go Mobile Plus BYO (Mx) online plan
  • 10GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $49/mth
  • Min. cost $588
Carrier Inclusions  
Telstra
Telstra
  • $99 Go Mobile Swap Lease Plan
  • 20GB Data
  • Lease (24 mths) + Upgrade
  • $99/mth
  • Min. cost $2,376
Telstra
Telstra
  • $99 Go Mobile Plus Plan
  • 20GB Data
  • Contract (24 mths)
  • $109/mth
  • Min. cost $2,616

Boost

Boost Mobile, powered by Telstra's 4G network, also offers data-free access to Apple Music on all of its recharges. This even includes its $10 seven-day recharge, so you won't miss out on unmetered streaming if you just need to top up your balance.

Carrier Inclusions  
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $10 Prepaid SIM
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (7 Days)
  • $10
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $10 Prepaid Recharge
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (7 Days)
  • $10 + $2 Upfront
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $20 Prepaid Recharge
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $20 + $2 Upfront
Boost Mobile
Boost Mobile
  • $30 Prepaid Recharge
  • 8GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $30 + $2 Upfront

Optus

Don't have Apple Music? Optus has your back with data-free access to Google Play Music, Spotify, and iHeartRadio, and bundles it with the vast majority of its postpaid and prepaid plans. Key exceptions include long-expiry SIMs, select data-only plans, and prepaid data-only SIMs, but everything else will give you unmetered streaming for the aforementioned services. Even $2 a day prepaid.

Prepaid
Carrier Inclusions  
Optus
Optus
  • Prepaid Ultimate Plus - $30 Recharge
  • 3GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $30
Optus
Optus
  • Prepaid Ultimate Plus - $40 Recharge
  • 7GB Data
  • Prepaid (28 Days)
  • $40
Postpaid
Carrier Inclusions
Optus
Optus
  • $60 My Plan Plus SIM Only - Month to Month
  • 9GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $60/mth
  • Min. cost $60

Virgin

Virgin subscribers can get data-free access to Google Play Music, Spotify and iHeartRadio, which happen to be exactly the same services in Optus' deal. Virgin is however a little stingier with who it gives unmetered streaming to: you'll need to be on at least a $40 per month prepaid or postpaid plan (excluding handset repayment fees) to take advantage of the offer.

Postpaid no contract
Carrier Inclusions  
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $50 SIM Plan
  • 9GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $50/mth
  • Min. cost $50
Postpaid with contract
Carrier Inclusions  
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $30 12-month SIM Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $30/mth
  • Min. cost $300
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $40 12-month SIM Plan
  • 12GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $40/mth
  • Min. cost $400

OVO

OVO might not have unmetered access to any of the big streaming services, but subscribers can listen to any Austereo radio station data-free. 58 metro and regional radio stations are available for free through the telco's OVOPlay app, including Triple M and the Hit Network.

Carrier Inclusions  
OVO
OVO
  • Mini Mobile Plan
  • 1GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $9.95
OVO
OVO
  • Small Mobile Plan
  • 1.5GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $14.95
OVO
OVO
  • Medium Mobile Plan
  • 2GB Data
  • Prepaid (30 Days)
  • $24.95

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