The new-look Woolworths Mobile has great price phone plans and prepaid options, but price is only one part of the equation when buying a mobile service. The question were asked most often is: how good is Woolworths Mobile coverage?
In answering this it is important first to explain that Woolworths doesn’t own its own mobile phone network. Instead, it has an agreement with Telstra and operates on the Telstra 4G network. Under this arrangement Woolworths can deliver a service to 98.8% of the population.
What does this look like exactly? Below we have an image of the Woolworths Mobile coverage map, juxtaposed with the Optus coverage map.
Use the slider to compare the difference.
As you would expect from coverage on the Telstra network, the Woolworths Mobile coverage map shows improvements in regional coverage, especially in Western Australian, to the east of Perth; and in South Australia, as you head north.
Along the densely populated east coast, Woolies has coverage which is at least as good as its competitors, if not better.
Of course, mobile coverage is something you need to test at a street level to be sure it is right for you. You can run an address search on our Mobile Phone Plan Search Engine to see coverage available near you. Or, visit the Woolworths Mobile Coverage Map for a closer look in your area.
How does this work?
Woolworths Mobile is what we call an MVNO, or a Mobile Virtual Network Operator. The focus here is on the word ‘virtual’, as Woolworths doesn’t operate a physical network, and instead resells the Telstra network through its agreements.
MVNOs are a common part of the mobile phone industry these days, in fact most of the providers we compare in the WhistleOut Search Engine are MVNOs. For example, companies like Amaysim, Vaya and Yomojo resell the Optus network, while TPG and Kogan Mobile resell the Vodafone network.
Woolworths Mobile is one of just a few providers who tap into the vast Telstra mobile network.
Do you access the entire Telstra network?
While 98.8% coverage is obviously the vast majority of Telstra’s network, Woolworths Mobile customers don’t access the entire Telstra mobile network. Coverage is mostly identical across the major cities, especially on the east coast, but there are remote pockets of the country which only Telstra itself can provide a service.
Also, Telstra keeps the fastest parts of the network for Telstra customers. This is called ‘4GX’ and boasts speeds up to 1Gbps (although it is virtually impossible to reach these speeds in real-world situations).
Woolworths Mobile customers are not left out when it comes to fast internet, though. The parts of the Telstra 4G network available offer speeds up to 100Mbps, which is as fast as a top-notch NBN home internet service.
How do Woolworths Mobile plans stack up?
If you’re looking for a new phone on a plan, on the Telstra network, then Woolworths Mobile is lightyears ahead. Woolworths sell a range of phones including brands like Samsung and Oppo, so you get a choice of handsets regardless of your budget.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plans
Oppo R11 Plans
If you have you're own phone, and you don't mind a short contract, Woolworths Mobile offers 12-month SIM Only plans with pretty great inclusions. You get more data than if you choose a no-contract plan, but the monthly costs remain the same.
Woolworths Mobile 12-month SIM Only Plans
If you already own a phone and you just need a SIM card and Telstra coverage, then Woolworth Mobile’s prepaid plans are worth a look. These plans include international calls to select countries, and you can get a 10% discount with a Woolworths Rewards card.
Woolworths Mobile Prepaid Plans