Best Galaxy Note 7 plans: Telstra vs Optus


WhistleOut
16 August 2016


Samsung's new Note 7 is one of the best phones of the year, and Australia’s two largest telcos, Telstra and Optus, will be the go-to carriers for many Aussies looking to put a Note 7 in their pockets.

But which has the better deal?

The answer to this question will depend on how you use your phone. Are you looking for a plan with lots of data? Are you looking for the cheapest price? Maybe you need to make international phone calls.

Let’s take a look at Note 7 plans from a number of angles to spot the best deal, whatever you need in your plan.

Big Data Deals

When you have a do-everything phone like the Note 7, it makes sense that you will want as much data in your plan as possible. 

On the Telstra network, the Note 7 is 4GX ready, meaning you can get speed on the network up to a jaw-dropping 450Mbps. The Optus 4G Plus network is no slouch either, with max speeds in excess of 200Mbps.

$195 Premium Mobile Plan Unlimited Calls
30GB data
$195
including Note 7
$120 My Plan Plus Unlimited Calls
20GB data
$120
including Note 7
$100 My Plan Plus Unlimited Calls
15GB data
$104
including Note 7
$135 Go Mobile Plan Unlimited Calls
20GB data
$145
including Note 7
$95 Go Mobile Plan Unlimited Calls
8GB data
$110
including Note 7

Obviously the prices match the generous data inclusions, and these plans won't be for everyone. But for lovers of streaming video, or even those of us who use their smartphone data to tether to a laptop, these plans are excellent options.

Cheap-as (computer) chips

If you’re looking for a bargain, both Telstra and Optus offer the Note 7 on a range of plans, including the cheapest available. Here are the lowest cost Note 7 options from both providers.

$40 My Plan Plus Unlimited Calls
1GB data
$71
including Note 7
$65 My Plan Plus Unlimited Calls
3.5GB data
$88
including Note 7
$55 Go Mobile Plan $550 calls
1GB data
$95
including Note 7
$85 My Plan Plus Unlimited Calls
7GB data
$96
including Note 7
$75 Go Mobile Plan $1000 Calls
3GB data
$105
including Note 7

When you consider that the retail price of the new Note 7 is $1349 at launch, the telcos have done a great job of pricing the Note 7 so that it is within the grasp of anyone who wants one. The plan prices are on par with most of the latest Apple iPhones, but many will argue that the Note 7 offers a whole lot more.

Extra features

As is standard with plans from both Telstra and Optus, Note 7 phone plans include a raft of features beyond the basic calls and data. Depending on what you’re looking for, you might find that one is better for you than the other based on these extra goodies.

  • Data Sharing: combine the data from multiple SIMs for use in all devices.
  • New Phone Feeling: After 12 months, pay a once off fee and return your phone and swap it for the latest devices.
  • Coverage: Australia's largest network - more calls in more places.
  • $135 and $195 plans include international calls and messages.
  • International inclusions: unlimited international SMS on all plans, and included call minutes on plans $65 and over.
  • New Phone Trade Up: After 12 months, pay a once off fee and return your phone and swap it for the latest devices.
  • Data Pool: combine any My Plan Plus accounts and share the data between all plans.
  • Optus phone plans include free English Premier League streaming.

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