Telstra has increased the basic download allowances on its prepaid Next G broadband plans, paralleling recent similar changes for contract 3G broadband. They’re better value, but they’re still not the cheapest plans on the market by a long shot.
The full details of the new plans (which take effect from tomorrow) are on Telstra’s site, but here’s the key new developments in a nutshell:
- Download allowance on the $40 plan is up from 300MB to 1GB.
- Download allowance on the $60 plan is up from 750MB to 3GB.
- A new 3GB plan costs $130 and offers a 90-day expiry.
- A new 4GB plan costs $150 but offers a 180-day expiry.
If you’re a casual user who needs the extended coverage that Next G offers, then the 4GB/180 days/$150 plan could well be appealing, even though it costs more than the existing 6GB plan. On the other hand, spending a similar amount with Telstra’s rivals over that period would still get you a lot more data — so it really depends on coverage in the areas you’re likely to visit.
Would you pay more for less data but a longer expiry date? Tell us in the comments.