We’re all in favour of bigger data allowances at Lifehacker. So while the news that Telstra has increased limits on some of its home user plans is welcome, there’s a huge caveat: the deals are only available if you bundle them with a bunch of other products and commit for 24 months.
The big changes in the three new bundles, as outlined at Telstra’s corporate blog, are larger data allowances (25GB, 100GB or 200GB a month) and unlimited calls to mobile phones (Telstra only with the 100GB plan, any mobile with the 200GB plan).
Whether those savings are worth it depends on how you use your phone (as in any bundling offer). The 100GB bundle costs $139 a month — more than enough to get a naked DSL package with similar allowances if you’re not a heavy phone user.
Even if the savings add up, there’s also the question of lock-in; you’re signed up to a 24-month contract, which means you won’t be able to take advantage of any better alternative deals from rivals over that time. Add to that a billing system apparently designed by the monkeys who weren’t spending their time producing the works of Shakespeare, and it needs careful consideration.
Higher data allowances for Telstra Home Bundles [Telstra Exchange]