When Telstra upped its download limits on home ADSL plans last November, we couldn't help thinking that a change in its Next G wireless broadband options would be even more welcome. Remarkably, it has gone and done just that.
From Monday January 18, Telstra has doubled the allowance on its entry-level Next G plan to 400MB, and added a 3GB and 6GB plan to the roster. There's also discounts on offer for landline customers and hardware subsidies, though those require the dreaded 24-month contract. All the plans now use shaping rather than excess usage charges if you exceed the limits. No word on similar alterations for prepaid Next G so far. As with the previous ADSL changes, existing customers won't automatically move to the new plans unless they elect to do so online.
Even with those changes, Next G is still the most expensive of the 3G broadband providers and easily the least generous with data allowances, so you'll need to weigh up cost versus coverage. If you're in the market for 3G broadband, be sure to consider the key issues before buying.