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Pros

Easy to switch over
Reliable connection
Great value for money

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jessicabull
jessicabullGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 5 reviews
  • 2 likes

Great service…would be better with data roll over

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Reliable network coverage, no drop outs. I made the change from Aldi which once use to be a great option until the constant drop outs.
My only downfall is with Pennytel is that the unused data isn’t rolled over. This is something that an Aldi plan has as an advantage over Pennytel.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
4/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid with Phone
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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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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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longbourne
longbourneGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
  • 4 reviews
  • 2 likes

Do not get back to you despite numerous promises to do so

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I have for some months asked about money which was taken out of my credit card which I did not authorize. After ending emails and phone calls, no one has been able to answer my question or got back to me. This is very poor service. Very disappointing that staff do not keep their word to get back to you. My phone often drops out during phone calls as well.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
3/5
Transparency
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid with Phone
Plan Cost per Month$12.00
Included Data per Month1 GB
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Account number734774

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Damien
DamienNew South Wales
  • 5 reviews
  • 22 likes

Great Price! Terrible Support! Poor Quality! Poor Service!

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Not the same PENNYTEL!!! Pennytel used to be amazing. It supported numerous VOIP functions and features that no longer exist. After paying over $80 I then found out this was a new company and the reason these features did not exist, is that they simply bought the domain name!!!
Very clever! Very misleading! >>> USE MYNETFONE ($$) OR SIPTALK ($) <<<

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
2/5
Transparency
1/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid with Phone
Plan Cost per Month$49.00
Included Data per Month3 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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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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LynneS
LynneSMid North Coast, NSW
  • 2 reviews

JUST THE SAME

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Mid North Coast NSW Pacific H'way blackspots, absolutely no reception. Bad reception at my home in Lakewood NSW. Part of Telstra so no surprise really. I was hopeful. BUT so much cheaper for the same deal as Telstra with same coverage or Optus with almost non-existent coverage at my home

Value for Money
4/5
Local Reception
2/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$20.00
Included Data per Month4 GB
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tigre
tigreAU
  • 6 reviews
  • 4 likes

Unexplained delays in SMSes and no response to support ticket

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On 3 different occasions with 2 different senders, I had an unexplained delay in receiving SMSes by 35 minutes each time. I tried to contact Pennytel for support but they never responded to my support request.
When you sign up, you also get called by pushy Indian call centre operators if you don't activate your account within a certain period.

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
1/5
Transparency
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
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Anthony S.
Anthony S.Central, TAS

Not good

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Service excellent inLaunceston Data usage at lake leake very poor my residence data download speeds are very slow have to go elsewhere to pay bills or to do banking phone service lake leake ok

Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
3/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid with Phone
Plan Cost per Month$11.95
Included Data per Month2 GB
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Nic_Fuller
Nic_FullerSouth-Eastern Region, NSW
  • 4 reviews
  • 2 likes

Service is so very dubious that I cannot rely on it.

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Grabben Gullen, NSW 2583 has incredibly poor coverage making farm/business life so very hard.
Are there any plans to improve this area?
Currently school children are unable to access the internet with their Google Classroom work.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Local Reception
3/5
Transparency
4/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$15.00
Included Data per Month10 GB
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DAve
DAveCorowa
  • 2 reviews

no coverage at our home

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We still get no coverage unless I go out and stand in the street. When we were away recently, we got good coverage , even on the ship that was way off the coast of Aus. It is much cheaper than the others.

Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid with Phone
Included Data per Month1 GB
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DAve
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doesent matter if you have a map, I still get no coverage.

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Nick Horn
Nick HornNarrabundah 2604, ACT

Good plan but max data rules not properly explained

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Positives
1. This and other Pennytel mobile plans are well priced and generally well explained in its marketing.
2. Mobile reception is excellent.
3. Customer service is excellent. Each time I have contacted customer service I have spoken to a real person without delay and each time the immediate issue was dealt with promptly and satisfactorily.
Negatives
1. Our initial bill was incorrect. It applied a discount only to one account not both. Also the first bill after we changed our plan recently was incorrect (we were overcharged).
2. The charge for using data over the allowance seems punitive ($10 for 1 GB)
3. The charge for using data over the allowance is not advertised up front at all. This is deceptive.

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
5/5
Transparency
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$24.99
Included Data per Month10 GB
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Questions & Answers

Barbara B.
Barbara B.asked

Do you have an NBN plan

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Carmy A.
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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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Mark
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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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