Telstra and Optus alternatives: the smaller telcos offering great deals

Beat the winter blues and get a better deal on your phone bill by looking at what some of the smaller telcos can provide

When it comes to choosing a provider for your services, bigger is not always better when it comes to price and value for money.

Some of the smaller telco providers are coming to the table with deals that are just as competitive as bigger brands like Telstra and Optus. And some are even offering extra incentives.

TODAY chatted with Tech Expert Trevor Long to get all the details around how you can score yourself a new telco deal and in once case, a holiday!

TODAY: So Trev, tell us why are you at the airport?

LONG: Mobile phone company OPPO are making the point that for the price of many of the biggest name mobile phones — like Samsung and Apple — you can get a whole lot more. So this morning, they’re announcing a brand new phone deal. For $1579, you will get a brand new Oppo R15 Pro which is a fantastic phone with 20MP camera and smart technology, plus, you’ll get a three night luxury Bali holiday!

TODAY: How can people access this deal?

LONG: It’s available exclusively online direct with OPPO at

TODAY: If you’ve already got a great mobile, but need a plan — what’s out there?

LONG: I always think it pays to shop around in the mobile space – there’s no reason to be spending more than $50-60 a month for the overwhelming majority of Australians. So if you own your phone, then switch to a new carrier to save. For example, Vodafone has a massive 30GB of data for just $50 a month*, or Belong which operates on the Telstra network has 5GB for $25*.

TODAY: And if you want even cheaper plans?

LONG: Kogan Mobile’s 5GB plan is just $16.90 per month*, or less if you pay for longer in advance, and likewise Catch Connect offers a 12 month plan for a total annual cost of just $139 for 36GB* of data across the year, which works out at $11.60 per month!

* In highlighting particular offers we are not making specific recommendations as this article does not cover all available products and may not compare all features relevant to you. Any advice provided is general in nature and does not take account of your needs, objectives or financial situation. Individuals should consider their own circumstances, and if in doubt seek appropriate advice, before proceeding.