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Easy to switch over
Reliable connection
Great value for money

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Good but could be better!

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Network coverage mostly ok. Worryingly I did not receive a text a friend confirmed sending on 5/3/22 conveying important information. Data download speeds seem ok. The price is very appealing.

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$15.99
Included Data per Month0 GB
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Hi Arabella, thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you had missed a text message, we would like to look into this further for you and have sent you a message to assist.

Regards,
The Pennytel Team

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Brian J.
Brian J.Murrumbidgee Region, NSW
  • 2 reviews

I give you 4 stars, because 5 would be perfection. no one or any entity is perfect. Pennytel however come damn close,

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I have found/had no problems with the network. No problems with download either. In fact all is well with the service. Cheap efficient and reliable. One can't ask for anything more,

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
4/5
Transparency
4/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
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Thanks so much for your positive review, Brian!
We're so glad to hear that you are enjoying your Pennytel Mobile Plan.

- The Pennytel Team

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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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Peter
PeterSouthern and Hills, SA
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

You asked for it.

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Its ok so far for me on Kangaroo Island. I dont use my smart phone very much for calls, only sometimes txts. I use it for Skype when its turned on and I am away from my PC at home. I doubt very much that I am using so many MB at all per month, but it would be nice for you to let me, and your other customers know how many MB we use monthly. I'm 79 yrs young, quite deaf, and hate voice mails, so I delete them when they appear on my phone. I would like them stopped to enter my phone if possible. Thank you.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
4/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$11.00
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Reasonable reception in poor areas

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Only one bar of reception at home. Have to rely on wifi calling. Otherwise very hapy with the service. Can reception be improved? I asmit the tevious carrier was no better

Value for Money
5/5
Local Reception
2/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$18.00
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good service

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overall good service with a good price , meets my needs. Occasional loss of signal, or slow response when checking in, other people go in front and they have faster check in .

Value for Money
4/5
Local Reception
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$10.99
Included Data per Month1 GB
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Mary
MarySydney, NSW
  • 5 reviews
  • 1 like

A bit slow

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I found that when I am out and about, the data speed can be quite slow. However, the phone connections are good. I've experienced dropouts, but usually when driving hands-free.

Value for Money
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
5/5
Transparency
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$19.99
Included Data per Month6 GB
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Edward
EdwardLogan City
  • 30 reviews
  • 28 likes

Service OK

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The hassle is if you have to make phone contact with PennyTel, the response to my query was, the next day call, from PennyTel. A call back is better than none! However had I known about that to start with, I wouldn't have joined PennyTel

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Local Reception
4/5
Transparency
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
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Hi Edward, we’re sorry to hear about your experience. We have reached out to our Client Experience Manager to get a little more insight into what happened here. We would like to discuss your experience further, we have sent you a message.

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Garry S.
Garry S.Illawarra, NSW

Best I've had to date.

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Look everything is as promised, what more can you ask for? I never used my mobile very much only turned it on when I needed to make a call. Now I use my email, log in for Covid etc.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$10.00
Included Data per Month1 GB
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Poyzer
PoyzerMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

Very good provider.

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I think Pennytel offer a great product at a very affordable price however l have been trying to correct the spelling of my Christian name since day 2 of my opening my account with Pennytel. I continue to be told the spelling has been correct but l still receive emails titled to Sheryl not
Cheryl
Once again please correct the spelling of my name. CHERYL not SHERYL.

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
1/5
Local Reception
5/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$22.50
Included Data per Month18 GB
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Clips
ClipsNortheast, VIC

My Experience with Pennytel

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I am about to leave Pennytel. Their phone response time is excellent and extremely helpful.
The only problem I had was that I was previously with Optus on a 1 GB data plan.
I found that with Pennytel the 1 GB data limit was insufficient and each month I had to request a top up, which I add was extremely prompt. I can't explain that the 1 GB plan was sufficient however not with Pennytel.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
5/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$10.99
Included Data per Month1 GB
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Nigel and Tracy
Nigel and TracyPerth
  • 4 reviews

Great Mobile, Shame About The Extra Date Cost

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Mobile service is really good and reliable being part of the Telstra network. Price for the small plan is very competitive and matches, if not beats most of the competition. Downside: The charge $10 for 1 gigabyte of extra data which is the same as the monthly plan. Most telcos charge the same but do they realise what customers think of the cost? $10 per extra gigabyte is taking advantage of the customer.

Value for Money
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
5/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$9.95
Included Data per Month1 GB
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Good for the farm

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So far network has been 100% reliable with no dropouts that I have been aware of. Download speeds meet my expectations. Just as good as telstra, even in remote hilly location on the farm

Value for Money
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid with Phone
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Teneil
TeneilDarling Downs, QLD
  • 2 reviews

Simple!

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Pennytel is a good, no frills service. Signing up was hampered by website errors and because I live rurally, service isn't always great but all my dealings with them have been easy and friendly. They get the job done!

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Local Reception
3/5
Transparency
5/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePost-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$30.00
Included Data per Month28 GB
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EDDIE
EDDIEEyre Peninsula, SA
  • 3 reviews

Seems ok at the moment.

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Network coverage seems ok at the moment, haven't been out of town yet to try further afield.
Will be going to Adelaide this weekend.
Data download speeds seem to be ok at the moment.

Value for Money
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Local Reception
4/5
Transparency
4/5
Incentivised Review No
Plan TypePre-Paid Sim Only
Plan Cost per Month$16.00
Included Data per Month3 GB
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Questions & Answers

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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Mark
Markasked

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

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nothingwmn
nothingwmnasked

Hi, Belong is forcing its current 1GB plan customers onto the more expensive 3GB plan in April, so I am thinking of switching to Pennytel. In your CIS I have seen "PAYG rates apply for MMS Video In Australia to AU mobiles"—does this mean I won't be able to text animated gifs or videos without extra charges? Also, it is unclear what happens if I go over my monthly data limit, do you automatically apply a top up and charge me for it? Cheers

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nothingwmn

Thanks Pennytel for the reply! Just one last query—if I go over and choose not to top my data up, am I just capped at a very slow rate, or do I simply not have service after that point?
Cheers

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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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