The hidden perks and bonuses you get with your phone plan


WhistleOut
02 May 2017

The big four phone providers - Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, and Virgin - might not always be the cheapest option, but they also tend to cram their plans full with perks and bonuses. They don't always do a good job of advertising these offers, but if you've got a plan with one of these telcos, there's a decent chance you're entitled to extras you might not know about. 

Telstra

Telstra has a reputation for being Australia's most expensive telco, but some of the extras included with its plans could make spending a little more on your phone bill worth it.

Every Telstra mobile customer gets the follow with their plan or recharge:

  • Data-free music streaming through Apple Music
  • 200GB of cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive
  • Free access to Telstra Air Wi-Fi hotspots in Australia
  • Free access to Fon public Wi-Fi hotposts when overseas 

Customers spending at least $30 on their plan or recharge also get AFL, NRL, and Netball Live Passes, which allow you to watch every game of the season live and data-free. 

Most of Telstra's 12 and 24 month plans also include a free subscription to Apple Music.

Telstra customers also get access to the Telstra Thanks perks program. This includes: 

  • $12.50 movie tickets for Event and BBC cinemas, excluding sessions after 5pm on a Saturday, public holidays, and special events
  • A free movie rental through BigPond Movies every Thursday
  • Discounted tickets to select AFL, NRL, and Netball games
  • Presale tickets for select concerts and events

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
Telstra
Telstra
  • $59 Go Mobile Plus BYO Plan
  • 15GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $59/mth
  • Min. cost $708
Telstra
Telstra
  • $79 Go Mobile Plus BYO Plan
  • 20GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $79/mth
  • Min. cost $948
Telstra
Telstra
  • $99 Go Mobile Plus BYO Plan
  • 30GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $99/mth
  • Min. cost $1,188

Browse more Telstra plans here.

Optus

Optus has taken to including a couple of entertainment related bonuses with its phone plans. These include:

  • Data-free music streaming through Google Play Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora
  • Data-free video streaming through Netflix, Stan, and ABC iview, although this is limited to standard definition

If you're on a pricier phone plan, you'll also get an Optus Sport subscription, which now encompasses the English Premiere League and the cricket.

Optus customers also get a few bonuses through the Optus Perks program. These include:

  • Discounted movie tickets for Hoyts cinemas, starting at $11.50 for an adult ticket or $26 for LUX, excluding sessions after 5pm on a Saturday
  • Discounted movie tickets for select independent cinemas
  • A three-month free trial of Spotify Premium
  • Discounted tickets to theme parks
  • Discounted tickets for "over 3000 experiences" across Australia and New Zealand, including activities such as jet boating and hot air ballooning 
  • Presale tickets for concerts and sporting events 
Carrier Inclusions  
Optus
Optus
  • $30 My Plan Plus 12M SIM Only - Online plan
  • 3GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $25/mth
  • Min. cost $300
Optus
Optus
  • $40 My Plan Plus 12M SIM Only
  • 15GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $40/mth
  • Min. cost $480
Optus
Optus
  • $55 My Plan Plus 12M SIM Only - Online plan
  • 15GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $55/mth
  • Min. cost $660
Optus
Optus
  • $70 My Plan Plus 12M SIM Only - Online plan
  • 25GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $70/mth
  • Min. cost $840

Browse more Optus plans here.

Virgin

If you're spending more than $40 a month on Virgin, you'll get data-free music streaming for Google Play Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Pandora.

The biggest beneficiaries of Virgin bonuses are however Velocity Frequent Flyers. If you're a member, you'll get 10% off phone plans priced $50 a month or more (excluding handset repayment fees), a 1,000 point bonus, and earn an extra 2 Velocity points for every $1 spent.

Carrier Inclusions  
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $30 12-month SIM Plan
  • 5GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $30/mth
  • Min. cost $360
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $35 12-month SIM Plan
  • 1.5GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $35/mth
  • Min. cost $420
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $40 12-month SIM Plan
  • 12GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $40/mth
  • Min. cost $480
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $50 12-month SIM Plan
  • 18GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $50/mth
  • Min. cost $600
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $60 12-month SIM Plan
  • 22GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $60/mth
  • Min. cost $720

Best of all, signing up for a Velocity membership is free, so it's pretty easy to save a bit on your plan.

Browse more Virgin plans here.

Vodafone

Vodafone doesn't too much in terms of perks or bonuses,  but you are however able to earn a nice chunk of Qantas Frequent Flyer Points when you fork out for select contracts.

While it's not exactly a "hidden" bonus, Vodafone's $5 per day international roaming offer is still going strong. You also get free roaming in New Zealand for up to 90 days per calendar year.

Carrier Inclusions  
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $30 Red SIM Only
  • 2GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $30/mth
  • Min. cost $360
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $40 Red SIM Only
  • 12GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $40/mth
  • Min. cost $480
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $50 Red Data SIM Only
  • 17GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $45/mth
  • Min. cost $540
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $50 Red Global SIM Only
  • 15GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $45/mth
  • Min. cost $540
Vodafone
Vodafone
  • $60 Red Data SIM Only
  • 20GB Data
  • Contract (12 mths)
  • $55/mth
  • Min. cost $660

Browse more Vodafone plans here.


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