Konec has cheap plans on Telstra network (and one phone)

It's all Konected.

This story was originally published on our sister website WhistleOut Australia.

Alex Choros
Aug 15, 2022
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Konec is a newly launched MVNO powered by the Telstra network, and as with most smaller providers, if undercutting Big T in a fairly significant way.

Konec's cheapest plan is $25 for a 30-day recharge, with 22GB. That's in line with other Telstra-powered providers like MATE and numobile. For comparison, Telstra's cheapest Upfront plan is $58 per month with 40GB.

Here's a look at Telstra-powered postpaid plans with 20GB or more:

In addition, Konec also has two long-expiry plans:

  • $60 for 45GB on a 90-day recharge (equivalent to $10 for 15GB per month)
  • $259 for 259GB on a 365-day recharge (equivalent to $21.58 for 21.58GB per month)

Konec plans also include data gifting and data rollover. International calls are only available as a pay-as-you-go option, however. Konec currently only offers 4G plans. It doesn't currently support eSIM, but intends to do so.

Konec OPPO A57S

While Konec's plans are pretty typical for a Telstra-powered provider, it's hoping to differentiate by also selling hardware, which is something very few MVNOs do. At launch, it's selling the OPPO A57S for $199 as a prepaid device bundled with a $25 SIM. The phone would typically retail for $349.

This does however mean the OPPO A57S is locked to Konec. If you want to unlock the device, it will set you back $150 in your first year with the telco. After your first 12 months are up, unlocking is free.

In addition to being available online, Konec's A57S bundle is available through Big W nationwide.

Konec plans to range other phones, but will be sticking to prepaid for the foreseeable future. It isn't yet planning to offer phones on a 24-month plan. Konec General Manager Jack Chang also told Reviews.org AU the MVNO is interested in bundling services with mobile plans in the future, specifically mentioning both streaming partners and gaming partners.

Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites - Reviews.org, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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