Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! In fact, most people will ask to keep their old number when they join Better Life Mobile. Just follow the prompts in the application and we'll be sure to hold onto your old mobile number for you. When your new sim card arrives, just give us a call and we will take care of transferring your service across and cancelling it with your old provider. The activation process normally takes less than an hour!

These are the specifications your mobile phone must have to use our service. These days you really must check this carefully as different Telco's use different Mhz (like radio stations!) and many are 2G only which will not work on a 3G and 4G service.

Your mobile phone must be unlocked from any carrier including Telstra. 'Unlocked' means, your mobile phone can use any carrier in Australia. If you're not sure, the quickest way to check is to place a different carrier's sim in your phone and if it works, your good to go! For example, if you normally use a Telstra sim or provider that uses Telstra networks, try an Optus sim card. If you are not able to do this, you can locate the mobile phone's IMEI serial number and provide this to Optus/Telstra/Vodafone and ask them to check your phone for you. To locate your IMEI check the 'about' section in your phone settings or, dial *#06# and it will display on your mobile phone's screen.

Our mobile service utilises parts of Telstra’s 4G & 3G mobile networks. The 4G component uses a combination of 1800MHz /700MHz for coverage with 2600MHz added for capacity in selected areas. The 3G component uses 850Mhz for coverage with 2100MHz added for capacity in selected areas. Please make sure that before you have your phone unlocked, buy a new one or activate your sim card - you have checked that the mobile phone can access these frequencies.

 

Click the link below to read Terms and Conditions:

Terms and Conditions

 

This privacy policy sets out how Better Life Mobile uses and protects any information that you give when you use this website.

Better Life Mobile is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Better Life Mobile may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 1st November 2015 and is available to read in full here.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

name and address
contact information including email address
other information relevant to orders, customer surveys and/or offers
What we do with the information we gather
We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

Internal record keeping.
We may use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional email about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail.
We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.
We may provide your information to our third party partners for marketing or promotional purposes.
We will never sell your information.
Security
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest easily. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Please click here to read Refer a Friend terms and conditions

Yes you can!

Here are the instructions:

1. Dial your Mobile number (as if you are calling yourself)
2. Press # twice when prompted to leave your message or during the announcement is being played.
3. Key in your VMS Pin to access your voice mail box.(the one you used to set up your Message Bank initially)

NB: Note that the default PIN after a reset is 366141

Better Life Mobile works closely with a number of welfare and support agencies across Australia. We have a history of partnering with nominated representatives in order to provide mobile plans to customers who may not manage their own financial affairs, or require assistance in doing so themselves.

Within the FAQ section of our website, under 'Appointing an authorised representative' there is a link to a form which can be submitted to us, to give authority for a third party to deal with us in relation to their mobile phone plan. These can be emailed to us and we will then make contact with the representative to work out the best way to tailor our communication and ongoing relationship with you.

Examples of consumers who may have different needs include consumers who:

have a disability
have a serious or chronic illness
are from an Indigenous background
are from language backgrounds other than English
are homeless
are very young, or are elderly
live in a rural or remote area, or
have a low level of literacy or numeracy.

Our Customer Services Team are trained in recognising the different needs of our customers and understand that some customers will need us to be flexible in our approach to communication and the support we can offer.

Some examples of this we can do to help:

We can make any documentation available in alternative formats on request, including large print, or in digital formats.
We have a range of different ways of interacting with people, such as text messaging and chat from our website, and of course email support.
We can also assist customers in finding support services that are accessible to them and put them in touch with each other.

National Relay Service

Our Staff are well trained in working with the National Relay Service. The NRS assist people who can't make a voice call themselves and may be deaf or for other reason, be unable to hear or understand a standard telephone call. For more information on the services they offer please visit http://relayservice.gov.au/

Translating and Interpreting Service - TIS National

TIS National has more than 30 years of experience in the interpreting industry, and has access to over 1750 contracted interpreters across Australia, speaking more than 170 languages and dialects. TIS National is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any person or organisation in Australia requiring interpreting services.
Telephone: 131 450

We encourage feedback and ideas from our customers and support agencies on how we can continually improve our support of customers with varying needs.
For more information, please email support@betterlifemobile.com.au or call us 03 9018 5349

Lucky for you, you can't make this mistake with Better Life Mobile.
To save you the stress of accidental downloads, we've disabled premium downloads on our plans.

This service is for everyone!
It's a great product for those on low-income benefits.
But this service is available for all, and the great thing is: the more people who sign up, the better prices we can get for our plans.

Customers of Better Life Mobile can appoint an Authorised Representative to act on their behalf.
Please complete the "Appointing an authorised representative" form and send it to enquiries@betterlifemobile.com.au

If you require this form to be sent out to you, please email at enquiries@betterlifemobile.com.au or call us on 9018 5349
You may be exempt from filling out this form if your affairs are managed by an external organisation. If you are unsure please contact us.

Customer Service at Better Life Mobile is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
If we can't take your call straight away, you can leave a message or reserve your
place in the queue and we'll call you as soon as possible.

You can send us post at:
Better Life Mobile
PO Box 271
Sandringham VIC 3191

By phone: 03 9018 5349
By email: enquiries@betterlifemobile.com.au

We'll provide you with SMS or Email alerts once you've reached 50%, 70%, 85% and 100% of your Included Value or Included Data Allowance (whichever comes first).
At 100% data usage you will be barred from using data services.
At 100% talk usage you will be barred from making calls. If you have a plan with unlimited calls this won't apply.

Data and talk will be restored on your next billing day

The very best in Australia!
Better Life Mobile ABN 47607567671 uses part of Telstra's 4G & 3G Mobile Network.
Our plans provide 4G & 3G coverage footprint for 98.8% of the Australian population covering 1.3 million square kilometres.
Click here to check 3G/4G coverage at your location: http://www.mobilemaps.net.au/4G

We only bill monthly. This means payment is due on the same day each month

We dont think its fair to bill on a 28 day or 30 day cycle like others do. We give you the full month

And it also easier to remember when to make payment!

There are two ways to apply for a Better Life Mobile phone plan:

1) Just click on the tab above to choose your plan and enter your information, or;
2) Request an order form. Call 03 90185349 or email sales@betterlifemobile.com.au

There is no credit check since payment is always in advance but you will need to provide ID.

Your date of birth is required for two purposes. If you are transferring a pre-paid number we use date of birth to complete the transfer.
This will be the date of birth which was provided when the mobile number was first activated.
This may not be your date of birth. It may be whoever first purchased and set up the number.

We will also need your own date of birth to register your number with us

Afraid not.
Better Life Mobile plans do not allow for international calls or international roaming.
If you're travelling, we recommend purchasing an international calling card or a cheap prepaid sim in your destination country
Or Skype

Yes, MMS are included on our plans.
You should read the Critical Information Summaries under the FAQ section of our web page for full detailed information on what's included on each plan.

Your SIM will be in the mail within 24 hours of receiving the order and payment.
Australia Post normally delivers within 1-5 working days.

Once your sim arrives, you just need to give us a quick call.

For new numbers, we'll activate your sim and provide your new number over the phone.

If you are transferring an existing mobile number to Better Life Mobile, you will need to call us when you new sim arrives, and we will then arrange the transfer for you. This usually takes less than 1 hour, possibly longer if there are technical issues or incorrect information provided for the transfer.

Our staff is well trained in working with the National Relay Service. The NRS assists people who can't make a voice call themselves and may be deaf or for some other reason unable to hear or understand a standard telephone call. For more information on the services they offer please visit http://relayservice.gov.au/

Translating and Interpreting Service - TIS National

TIS National has more than 30 years of experience in the interpreting industry, and has access to over 1750 contracted interpreters across Australia, speaking more than 170 languages and dialects. TIS National is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any person or organisation in Australia requiring interpreting services.
Telephone: 131 450

We encourage feedback and ideas from our customers and support agencies on how we can continually improve our support of customers with varying needs. For more information, please email support@betterlifemobile.com.au or call us 03 9018 5349

Yep
Our unlimited plans provide unlimited calls and unlimited SMS within Australia to standard Australian mobile and landline numbers.
Remember though, this is for personal use, not for commercial use or for a permanent connection.

Your new sim should automatically install the required device settings to your phone to enable you to make/receive calls, sms, mms and use data. Some data enabled smart phones will not automatically pick up the required settings. Your data configuration should be as per below.

Data settings for Smart Phones:

Certain data enabled handsets cannot be configured by OTAC. Manual configuration is required to configure
Internet and MMS in these instances. Please refer to the respective handset manual for detailed steps to insert this
information.

The following gives the required network data settings for a smart phone. Similar configuration will apply for other
handsets.
- Name: Telstra Wholesale
- APN┬╣ : mdata.net.au
- Proxy: (blank)
- Port: (blank)
- MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0
- MCC: 505
- MNC: 01
- Authentication: (blank)
- APN type: (blank)
- Name: Telstra MMS
- APN: telstra.mms
- Proxy: (blank)
- Port: (blank)
- Username: (blank)
- Password: (blank)
- Server: (blank)
- MMSC: http://mmsc.telstra.com:8002
- MMS proxy: 10.1.1.180
- MMS port: 80
- MMS Protocol: WAP 2.0
- MCC: 505
- MNC: 01
- Authentication: (blank)
- APN type: mms

When purchasing a mobile phone from a retail store and/or deciding to use an existing device with Better Life Mobile, don't forget your phone has to be unlocked and able to be used on any network. You can check the compatibility of your device by contacting the supplier of the device. This may be the retail shop you purchased it from, or may be your previous carrier.

Please make absolutely certain your mobile is unlocked before activating your sim, as your billing will commence the day your sim is activated.

Better Life Mobile uses both 3G and 4G networks. Your mobile phone needs to be compatible with either or both 3G and 4G to access these network frequencies.

*** Please note, your mobile phone must be able to access the following frequencies to use our service:

The service utilises parts of Telstra’s 4G & 3G mobile networks.
The 4G component uses a combination of 1800MHz /700MHz for coverage with 2600MHz added for capacity in selected areas.
The 3G component used 850Mhz for coverage with 2100MHz added for capacity in selected areas..

The coverage footprint is underpinned by over 4800 4G and 7800 3G sites.
The service provides 4G Coverage reaching at least 95% of the Australian population.
The combined 4G and 3G coverage footprint reaches 98.8% of the Australian population and covers 1,590,000 square kilometres of the Australian landmass.

Click here to check 3G/4G coverage at your location: http://www.mobilemaps.net.au/4G

Data on your plan is capped at the specified amount, so it's not possible to incur excess data usage and those nasty associated charges.
That's because we want to make sure you always know what you're paying for.
If you do want more data, you can purchase additional data at the cost of $10 per Gb or 2Gb for $15 ( on $33/$35 plans only) but only by calling us and paying in advance for it or using the payment online option on our website.
Any additional data will expire on your next billing date.
Data on Better Life Mobile plans does not rollover if unused.
The data supplied with your service is measured in kilobytes and is depleted in 1KB increments.

A data session starts when your mobile phone connects to the Internet for downloading, watching a video, updating an app or receiving an email.
The data session continues until downloading or uploading stops.
If you are using a smart phone, you need to be aware that these use your data at all times of the day and night, unless all functions are disabled.

Please be aware, social media apps now auto-stream videos which consumes a lot of data.
We recommend you disable this, along with the Apple Wifi-Assist if you use an Iphone. Wifi-Assist allows your iPhone to use your included data to speed up wifi you may be connected to.
This will deplete your included data allowance very quickly.
Better Life Mobile can provide you with data usage information on request.
Email us at support@betterlifemobile.com.au for more information

Yes, your data is well protected. This site is secured with 128-bit SSL.

By default your phone rings for 15 seconds before diverting a call. You can actually change this by increments of five seconds, up to 30 seconds.

To extend the ring time, enter the following sequence on your phone, followed by the number of seconds you wish your phone to ring for, then hash.

Press **61*101**[15, 20, 25 or 30]#.
Press the call/send button.
For example, to make the phone ring for 20 seconds, type **61*101**20#. 30 Seconds?**61*101**30#. Easy!

To reset your phone to its original call settings, enter **004*101#.

Better Life Mobile coverage maps show mobile phone coverage, speeds and areas.

The service utilises parts of Telstra’s 4G and 3G, mobile networks.
The 4G component uses a combination of 1800MHz /700MHz for coverage with 2600MHz added for capacity in selected areas.
The 3G component used 850Mhz for coverage with 2100MHz added for capacity in selected areas.
The 2G - not supported.

The coverage footprint is underpinned by over 4800 4G and 7800 3G sites.
The service provides 4G Coverage reaching at least 95% of the Australian population.
The combined 4G and 3G coverage footprint reaches 98.8% of the Australian population and covers 1,590,000 square kilometres of the Australian landmass.

Click here to check 3G/4G coverage at your location: http://www.mobilemaps.net.au/4G

Refunds will always be processed back to the same person, via the same payment method used.
If you want to cancel your service, let us know the date you want your service to end.
You won't get a refund for the current billing month, so your best bet is to wait until the end of the month.
If you are planning on transferring your mobile phone number to another carrier, you need to do this while your account with Better Life Mobile is still active
It might not be possible for the transfer to happen place once your account is closed.

Yeah, absolutely.
That's our thing. We're offering the best coverage on our plans, and that means we're not necessarily the cheapest out there.
But we really believe in connecting the greatest number of Australians, and that means finding them the best deals we can.
The reality is, even though we're not the very cheapest at first sight, we'll always be the cheapest because we'll never find a tricky way to bill you more.

Included talk minutes are counted in 1 minute increments, not in seconds.
Data on all plans in measured in 1KB increments.

1GB* of data will approximately allow you to do one of the following:
- General Websurfing for up to 7 hours (exc. streaming videos).
- 27x5 minuntes of 720p quality video streaming.
- 51 hours of voice calls on Skype.

*This is subject to use on your phone.
*Different phones have different qualities and downloads may differ from each.
*Multiply this by the number of GB allowed on your plan for your own usage estimate.

No way!
There are no lock-in contracts with Better Life Mobile and you can cancel anytime!
Although, our customers rarely want to leave us.

Sending a tweet Minimal (a few kB)
One Facebook status update Minimal (a few kB)
Refreshing Twitter stream (approximately 10 times) 70KB
Refreshing Facebook news feed 50-200kB
GPS maps (1 location search) 150-200kB
Email (100 sent/received without attachments) 2.5MB
Music streaming (3 minutes) 3MB
Radio streaming (10 minutes) 15MB
Email (10 sent/received with attachments) 18MB
General web browsing (30 minutes) 10-20MB
YouTube video streaming at 720p (5 minutes) 37.5MB
Downloading a standard length TV show in Standard Definition TV show 800MB
Downloading a standard length TV show in High Definition 1.5GB
Downloading a standard length movie in Standard Definition 1-1.5GB
Downloading a standard length movie in High Definition 4GB
Streaming High Definition content Up to 3GB/hour
Navigating on Google Maps (10 minutes) 6MB

We seek to treat customers as people.
A lot of telcos see customers as sales opportunities to put them on a plan and upsell them.
At Better Life, we're saying, "I hope you don't mind, but we'll only ever downsell you.
If there's a better deal, we'll move you there. If we can get more data, we'll give it to you."

Organisations may apply for our Partner Referral Program which provides a payment for each plan which is ordered with a Partner Code.  The payment is made each month for each plan.

This is a great way for us to support the organisations that support our clients!

Better Life hosts a number of social projects too. Call and ask to speak to our Community Engagement Manager or email community@betterlifemobile.com.au if you would like more info!

 

Call for more information on the Better Life Partner Referral Program.

 

 

Are MMS messages included on my plan?
MMS are included on most plans. You should read the Critical Information Summaries under the FAQ section of our web page for full detailed information on what's included on each plan.

Never fear! Connect your iPhone to a computer and follow these steps:

1. Remove your old sim card, and insert your Better Life Mobile sim card.
2. Update your iPhone to the newest IOS
3. Back up your phone in iTunes on a computer
4. Erase your iPhone in iTunes
5. Restore the phone from iTunes
6. Power the phone off and back on

If you're having a tough time getting things working, or you don't have a computer, head to support.apple.com (link: https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201274).
Or get your iPhone to your nearest Apple Store.

Of course!
Better Life Mobile works closely with a number of welfare and support agencies across Australia in order to provide plans to customers who may require assistance in managing their finances.
Our Customer Services Team is trained in recognising the different needs of our customers.

Some examples of what we can offer include:

- Making any documentation available in alternative formats on request, including large print, or in requested digital formats.
- Creating a range of different ways of interacting with people such as text messaging and chat from our website, and of course email support.
- Assisting customers in finding support services that are accessible to them and put them in touch with each other.

BLM stands for Better Life Mobile.
From time to time you will find our name abbreviated as BLM in some of our documents.

Payment Options:

All prices are in Australia Dollars and include GST

Credit/Debit Card Payment Options:

Manual Credit/Debit Card Payment: You may contact us each month on 03 9018 5349 or email us at accounts@betterlifemobile.com.au to make a payment with your credit/debit card. We accept Australian Mastercard and Visa cards only.

Reccuring Card Payment: At the point of purchase online, or if you contact us wishing to use this free service, you may select the option to automatically deduct the price of the plan each month.
- The payment will be automatically made 2 days prior to your monthly invoicing date.
- If your credit/debit card is declined, you will receive an email or SMS informing you that we will be trying the card again tomorrow.
- If your credit/debit card is declined again (the next day), you will receive an email or SMS informing you to make a payment by contacting us with new payment information or to make a deposit in our account.

Bank Transfer/Bank Deposit:

As a customer of Better Life Mobile you can make payments via "Bank Transfer" or "Bank Deposit" to the following Commonwealth Bank account:

BSB 063 119
ACC 1047 2785
Reference: (Your mobile phone number)

Note: Only your mobile number must be entered as the payment reference with no spaces and no other names etc. This will ensure the payment reaches your account.

Centrepay:

To organise Centrepay deductions, you can visit a Centrelink branch or call them: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/contact-us/

To setup the deductions provide the following:
- Service Provider: Better Life Group Pty Ltd
P.O Box 271 Sandringham VIC 3191
- Centrelink Provider Number: 555116274k
- Account Number: (Your BL mobile phone number)
- Reason: Mobile Phone Plan
- Amount to deduct each fortnight: *Different per plan

**Date to start deductions is next available pay date**

Billing information:

Reminders* for payment will be sent via Email or SMS:
- 5 days prior to invoicing date
- 3 days after invoicing date
- 8 days after invoicing date (outgoing calls will be barred) and 11 days after invoicing date (suspension).

*Customers can opt out of these reminders if they wish.
*Customers setup with a reccuring credit/debit card will not be receiving these reminders unless their card is declined.

Other Information:
- If at anytime you wish to stop automated credit card payments please contact us via email or call 03 9018 5349
- If you stop making Centrepay deductions we advise you to make payments via deposit or contact us to discuss Credit card options.

Can you BYO phone to a Better Life Mobile plan?
You sure can! You just need to make sure it meets these requirements:
- It's unlocked and can be used on any network
- It's compatible with 3G or 4G networks

If you're not sure about this, ask the retailer you purchased the phone from or your previous carrier.
It's really important you make sure your phone is unlocked before you activate your SIM; billing begins as soon as your SIM is activated.

Two ways:
You can click on the 'Order Here' tab above to choose your plan and enter your information,
or you can request an order form by calling (03) 9018 5349 or emailing sales@betterlifemobile.com.au

We understand there are times and unforeseen circumstances that prevent someone from being able to pay their mobile bill. We want to help, and in most cases can always work with you to find a solution to get you through that tough time.

There are a range of circumstances that can cause financial hardship and it may be for only a short period of time, or for a longer duration. Unfortunately there are situations that can occur that are beyond our control. These may include sudden illness, loss of employment or any other reasonable cause such as the death of a spouse or partner.

Better Life Mobile can provide a range of payment options to make keeping your mobile phone affordable. We offer the ability to pay via CentrePay , can discuss weekly and fortnightly payment plans with you and can even refer you to a range of payment and service options so you can stay connected now and in the future.

We can also adjust your plan without additional fees in line with your budget. Best of all, all our plans are designed to ensure you can't incur fees and charges above your initial plan cost. Our plans are capped so you won't get any nasty surprises, late fees, service fees etc. We've made our plans as predictable and transparent as possible so you will always know exactly how much you are going to have to pay each month for your mobile phone.

When you contact our support team, we will assess your individual circumstances. In order for us to make a recommendation to you and agree how we can help, it may be necessary to ask you some questions about your situation, such as your current financial circumstances, income, duration of hardship, and the types of mobile services you need. You don't have to answer these questions, but they do help us understand how best to help.

Generally, when a customer contacts us, this is an opportunity for us to also assess their usage against the plan that they are on. In some cases we may be able to offer a plan that better suits their needs and costs them less.

You can contact us by phone on 03 9018 5349 or 1525 from your mobile phone, or email us at support@betterlife.org.au.
One of our team members will be able to assist you any time Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 5pm.

If you need financial advice give one of our friendly support staff a call! We're well connected! Better Life Mobile is a 'social enterprise' organisation supported by hundreds of welfare and support services right across Australia. So we have friends in all the right places! We can help refer you to local community support agencies and offer a free referral service to get you the help you need. Call us anytime Monday to Friday 9am-5pm for free, confidential support and referral or email us at support@betterlife.org.au

To view the complaint handling process please click on the following link: Complaints Handling Process

If you have any problems with this link or questions in regards to the policy, please contact us on 03 9018 5349

We'll do everything we can to keep you connected.
We understand that sometimes things get in the way of paying your bills on time.
We want to help, and in most cases can always work with you to find a solution to get you through a tricky time.
We provide a range of payment options to make keeping your mobile phone affordable

One hundred percent.
Honesty and transparency are at the core of our business.
We've managed to get these great deals by securing strong partnerships with providers who believe in our mission