Seniors Discounts on Phone and NBN Plans

Seniors discounts might not always be your best option.

Stores and service providers offer fewer discounts for seniors and pensioners these days, and even when they do, they are rarely the best way for seniors to save money on their monthly bills. In fact, in a few cases, a seniors discount can still work out more expensive than the regular options available.

Take Telstra, for example. As one of the few mobile providers offering a seniors discount, Telstra offers 2GB of phone data and unlimited calls/text for $30 per month. But in no world is 2GB for $30 per month considered good value. Telstra’s MVNOs (providers that use the Telstra network) offer 2GB of data for as low as $15 per month and up to 20GB of data for $29.99 per month.

There are still a few NBN providers that offer discounts, including customer-favourite Aussie Broadband. Aussie NBN and phone bundles for seniors offers some incredible value, with options for unlimited home phone calls.

As for your entertainment options, Foxtel phased out seniors packages when Foxtel Now dropped its pricing, and there are no discounts for pensioners on Foxtel iQ packages either.

But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many seniors plans have gone the way of the dinosaurs because utility and entertainment services have become cheaper in general. So even though your old Seniors Card might be gathering dust, there are still less expensive offers on the market since the last time you compared.

Here are the Seniors Discounts available at the moment and cheaper alternatives where applicable.

Telstra Mobile Seniors Discount

Telstra still offers its Seniors Discount on its 2GB mobile plan. That gets you 2GB of data and unlimited calls and text for $35 per month.

As we mentioned in the introduction, Telstra’s Seniors Discount is far from the best option if you are looking for a cheap plan on the Telstra network. The plans below offer more value on Telstra’s Wholesale Network.

All of the options below are month-to-month with no lock-in contract or setup fees.

Telstra NBN and phone bundles for seniors and pensioners?

There are no Telstra NBN discounts for seniors and pensioners. However, Seniors Card holders can still get a discount on Telstra’ Home Phone service. Pensioners get $10 per month off Telstra’s Ultimate Voice home phone plan, taking the monthly cost from $55 to $45 per month.

The Ultimate Voice plan gives you unlimited local, national, and mobile calls.
If you’re looking to save money on your internet plan, we’ve got a comprehensive guide to Australia’s cheapest NBN plans, but in the meantime, here’s a glance at the most affordable on the market.

If you’re looking for Seniors NBN bundle discounts, keep reading to see what Aussie Broadband offers.

Aussie Broadband Seniors Internet Plans

One of the country’s most beloved internet providers, Aussie Broadband, offers Seniors discounts on its NBN and home phone bundles. Aussie’s award-winning customer service team can connect you on an NBN phone and Internet bundle with a $10 per month discount on its Basic NBN 12 range.

Here are those discounted plans.

nbn 12/1 Unlimited + Casual Phone

  • $49 per month
  • Unlimited data
  • 12/1 Mbps speeds
  • Pay as you go calls
  • Free Aussie to Aussie phone calls

nbn 12/1 Unlimited + Everyday Phone

  • $59 per month
  • Unlimited data
  • 12/1 Mbps speeds
  • Free local and national calls
  • Pay as you go mobile calls

nbn 12/1 Unlimited + Seniors Phone

  • $69 per month
  • Unlimited data
  • 12/1 Mbps speeds
  • Unlimited local and national calls
  • Unlimited mobile calls

Foxtel Packages for Seniors

When Foxtel reduced the price of its Foxtel Now offering, it ditched its deals for seniors. The reasoning Foxtel offered was that the new Foxtel Now deals made the Seniors Package redundant.

Still, there are now cheaper ways to get Foxtel and Foxtel’s content these days.

If you don’t need a set-top box, you can access Foxtel’s sports coverage via Kayo Sports from $25 per month, and Foxtel’s premium TV shows and movies via Binge from $10 per month. Otherwise, you can sign up to Foxtel Now from $25 per month (with additional costs for each channel pack).

The best thing about these streaming options is that you can try before you buy. Here’s what each service offers:

If you do need a set-top box, you can get Foxtel iQ4 with Foxtel Plus (basic channel pack) from $49 per month. At the time of writing, Foxtel is also waiving hardware and connection costs.

Optus Plans for Seniors

Unlike Telstra, Optus no longer offers a pensioner discount. Thankfully, there are much cheaper SIM options for seniors on the Optus network as low as $5 per month. Here’s a look at the cheapest providers on the Optus network.

Vodafone Plans for Seniors

Out of the big three telcos, Vodafone offers the best value discount for seniors. If you pop into a store or call 1300 138 907 with your Seniors Card on hand, you can take 10% off the monthly cost of any Red, Red Plus or SIM-only plan over $30 per month. That includes month-to-month, no-contract plans, or lengthier mobile phone plans. Vodafone’s Seniors discount expires 1 August 2020.

Below are Vodafone’s mobile plans at full price. The plans below are eligible for the 10% discount.

Westnet Seniors Plan

Westnet offers a great deal for seniors who don’t mind signing up for a 24-month contract. For $39.99 per month, Westnet will give you 50GB of home internet at 12/1 Mbps speeds, a bundled modem, and a home phone with local and national calls included.

Take a look at Westnet’s broadband plans.

10MATES Seniors Discount

Internet and home phone provider 10MATES offers a $10 per month discount off its NBN and home phone bundles.

Flip Seniors Internet Plan

$42.90 per month, NBN 12, unlimited data, $0 setup fee, no lock-in contract. TV with Flip Connect app or option to bundle Flip TV set-top box at $12.95 per month and $149 upfront.

Is there free internet for seniors?

Unfortunately not, but as outlined in the article above, there are some super cheap options available to seniors and pensioners. For a seniors internet deal with free phone calls, we recommend Aussie Broadband’s nbn 12/1 Unlimited + Seniors Phone package.