Tuesday , August 21 2018

Pennytel has been around in Australia for many years, and today exists as a mobile provider offering affordable plans on Telstra’s network. They’re making a pitch for new customers with full page advertisements in regional papers at the moment, offering new customers a month’s free service to try them out.

Pennytel lists a number of benefits to their service, most of which aren’t unique to the company, but brought together make for a promising offer:

  • Port your number in and simply switch your SIM
  • Free SIM delivery nation-wide
  • Coverage across 98.8% of Australia – though their ads don’t clearly identify as much, this is offered using Telstra’s Wholesale 3G/4G network
  • No lock in contracts or exit fees – stay connected and pay, leave whenever you like

The free month offer is available on Pennytel’s $20 and $30 plans:

All Pennytel plans offers unlimited calls, SMS and MMS, with 2GB of data on the $20 plan, and 5GB of data on the $30. For those wanting greater inclusions, they are available, but sadly not on the free month offer:

  • $40 per month gets you 9GB of monthly data
  • $50 gets you 15GB data

To take advantage of the free offer, you need to head to Pennytel’s website and sign-up before 30 April 2018, so you’ve got a couple of weeks. Better yet, you and your partner or housemate can try out the service, as there is a limit of two free trial services per household.

If you’re looking for a new mobile service, or you’re sick of your carrier, Pennytel is worth a look. They’re promising a quality network, backed by Telstra, phone-based customer service rather than forcing people online, and no-strings-attached service. Sounds alright to me.

Source: Spotted by Dan in the Queanbeyan Age.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Surprised PennyTel still exists, it seems to be staffed by similar people to Huawei AU. In all of my experiences the staff were either deliberately unhelpful or completely lacking any knowledge of their own products. They also must use the same SIM delivery service as Kogan because maybe you’ll get the SIM card in three blue moons time after the smoke signals rise above the hill.

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