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Pennytel
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Easy to switch over
Reliable connection
Great value for money

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rohloffp
rohloffpSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Pennytel use only a PART of the Telstra network.

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Bought a Pennytel plan for travelling Australia based on them using the Telstra network. What a MAJOR disappointment! VERY poor coverage away from the east coast of Australia. They claim to cover most Telstra service locations but we found very, very little coverage, and they are not transparent about it! My partner has a plan direct with Telstra and she gets coverage when my Pennytel plan most ties doesn't. DO NOT rely on a Pennytel plan for travel around Australia. Based on experience, they only service the east coast. Am searching for an alternate provider.

Value for Money
2/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
1/5
Transparency
2/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Included Data per Month15 GB
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Zahra A.
Zahra A.
  • 2 reviews

I don’t recommend it at all!

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Low signal everywhere! struggling play a video! Awful around CBD and really slow when you go further! I switched to another provider they charged me for another month for nothing!! I complained they said it’s our policy! Don’t recommend this rubbish at all

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Included Data per Month18 GB
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PeterD
PeterDMid North Coast, NSW
  • 2 reviews

Inadequate signal strength

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At all times the signal strength was at least one bar less than my previous provider. Moved on to iiNet (Vodaphone). Immediate improvement in signal strength. For this reason, I cannot recommend Pennytel.

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
2/5
Transparency
4/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$18.00
Included Data per Month8 GB
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Jasmine
Jasmine
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Bungled from beginning to end.

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After being sent a sim card I couldn't use (I wanted to transfer my existing phone number, and they sent me a sim with a new number) I called to advise. They sent me a new sim card, which then couldn't be activated due to a technical glitch on their end. I gave up and went with a different provider. I was unpleasantly surprised to be charged for activating the first sim card (the one that I couldn't use). After THREE phone calls I finally got a refund.
Can't think of a worse customer experience to be honest.

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
1/5
Transparency
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$18.00
Included Data per Month8 GB
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jp88
jp88Sydney Surrounds, NSW
  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Forget them, move on to another Telco

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Don't expect any service whatsoever. The don't reply to emails, or "contact us' forms in their website. And these days thier deals are not outsanding. As well as that, they throttle the connection.

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
2/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$35.00
Included Data per Month40 GB
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jp88
jp88

No worries, ported out already.

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Paul
Paul
  • 2 reviews

Dreadful Customer Service

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Network has been down for 5 days and despite multiple calls and emails there has been no resolution. Not our handsets as they work at the next town. Why can’t Pennytel do some decent troubleshooting with Telstra to fix the issue? There appears to be no tech savvy staff on the help line. Stressful when trying to stay in touch with family in hospital.! Service has been faultless for 18 months, but 5 days off air is unacceptable, now transitioning to another provider.

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
4/5
Transparency
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$25.00
Included Data per Month18 GB
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Paul
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0417851232 and 0402552618

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Hi Paul,

Thank you for this. I will look into this today for you.

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klubear
klubearGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC
  • 35 reviews
  • 28 likes

Nope.

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I changed provider because I struggled with Optus signal ... ..now signal is worse!! And just to add insult to injury after submitting a query regarding this I am now left with out a phone service god knows why!
My payment details are recorded on my account. ...yet they have not used it..instead barred me. I can't even call to fix it!
I'm a single mum, have a chronic illness I'm and injured. I cannot be without a phone!
When I get time I will be changing providers.

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$15.99
Included Data per Month3 GB
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klubear
klubear

I CAN'T CALL!!
That is my problem!
Account number is 743134

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Florence Haran
Florence HaranSydney, NSW

Still waiting for the replacement sim !!!!!

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My network is not working so therefore I can not really comment until I get the replacemnt sim card.
Paolo who helped me organise he new sim was great and went up and beyond to help but if this is how long it takes to get a replacement then I don't know if I will still be a customer.

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$10.00
Included Data per Month1 GB
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recycleO'Connor 2602, ACT
  • 6 reviews
  • 5 likes

The worse "support " ever always a hassle

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Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
3/5
Transparency
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$32.00
Included Data per Month20 GB
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Below Average

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Had good network coverage to begin with, but after about a month, its dropped to zero bars on my phone at home, which is a real pain. Coverage is better in other places, but terrible at home. I queried this about 6 weeks ago and am still waiting for a reply. They are very slow replying to simple queries.

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
2/5
Local Reception
2/5
Transparency
2/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$25.00
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It's okay, Gympie area unreliable connection

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I don't use my phone that often, and generally in the South-East QLD area the connection seems fine, but when I visit Gympie area, the connection is unreliable. That worries me, because the more remote you are, the more a phone becomes a lifeline. (Oh wow, they make you jump through so many hoops to post a review here.)

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
3/5
Transparency
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$7.69
Included Data per Month1 GB
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Welcome to Pennytel and thank you for leaving us a review.

Kind Regards
The Pennytel Team

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Kerrie
KerrieSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Don't bother with this service

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Service is ok until you go west of the dividing range then you get nothing! Telstra or Boost is the only way to go if you want to explore the country. Back up service from Pennytel non existent.

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
1/5
Transparency
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
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Richard
RichardSouth-Eastern Region, NSW

Disappointed!

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Unlike the excellent connectivity experience with Telstra prior to switching to Pennytel, the mobile connection is now unreliable anywhere on the property, including in the living room and non-existent in the bedroom and elsewhere. Dropouts are the norm such that I cannot use the mobile without, in frustration, switching to the landline to continue or complete conversations. The phone I am using is a Samsung Galaxy A30 and have no reason to suspect it is the phone causing the problem

Value for Money
1/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
1/5
Transparency
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$10.99
Included Data per Month1 GB
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vrxbeachboy
vrxbeachboy
  • 24 reviews
  • 10 likes

Not to bad but reception could improve.

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The cost is ok and transfer was easy. However it seems like the reception is worse on Pennytel than regular telstra. It seems like the bandwidth for data and the signal strength are both limited on the telstra re sellers networks such as Pennytel I can easily compare this as I have a regular telstra sim card in my phone for work. I understand that the bandwidth should be limited but having the calls drop out due to what appears to be a lesser signal strength is very annoying but I guess you get what you pay for.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
1/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$20.00
Included Data per Month3 GB
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vrxbeachboy
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Acc:735859 Quakers Hill / Schofields NSW, Thanks

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Poor reception

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I changed from Vodafone hoping to get better coverage on the Telstra network. I live only 150 metres from a tower and reception is poor, like about 2 bars.(I got 5 on Vodafone) All around Perth reception is poor. Be changing out in under a month. Was a waste of time.

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
2/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$12.00
Included Data per Month0 GB
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Barbara B.
Barbara B.asked

Do you have an NBN plan

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Carmy A.
Carmy A.asked

Hi Pennytel
I’m strongly considering coming across to Pennytel, but I have some questions for you. Is your service capped through out the day? At this moment with Belong, my service is forever dropping, sending and receiving messages are delayed. Phone calls don’t go through or aren’t received and Internet access and streaming are at its worse. Will this happen with your service?

Thanks,

CA
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Hi
How and were to find the pennytel mobile app, I can’t find it the App Store .

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About Pennytel

Pennytel is a mobile and NBN service provider that has been in operation since 2007 and has been offering low data plans in all Australian regions since 2013. Their mission is to give Australians mobile and NBN services that are simple to use, represent great value, and have great coverage.

Some features of Pennytel mobile plans include:

  • SIM-only plans on the Telstra network.
  • No lock-in contracts.
  • Plans ranging from $10.99 to $69 a month, where you can choose between 1GB and 100GB of data.

Internet plans don’t have lock-in contracts either, and range from $39.99 a month for 100GB to $99 a month for unlimited data, large file sharing, and a typical evening speed of 100Mbps.

You can also bundle mobile and Internet plans for a discount.

Points of praise:

  • Most reviewers found that changing to Pennytel from a different provider was a seamless, fuss-free experience.
  • They also found that the network coverage and connection was reliable and didn’t drop out, with speeds meeting their needs and expectations.
  • Reviewers appreciated the competitive prices of the plans available, saying that they represented great value for money. A few reviewers also noted that the lack of hidden costs made the plans even more appealing.
CategoryMobile Phone Service Providers
Network UsedTelstra
International Roaming Offered Yes
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