Telstra Increases Data Allowances For Bundles

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]


Comments

    I'm just glad that the biggest ISP is finnaly make large download limits avaliable to those who need it. Hopefully it will push other ISP's to do the same, albiet without the crap contract. One step closer to catching up with the US...

    As a person who lives in the country and is forced to use Wireless Broadband, I still think Telstra sucks. It's just not equitable.

    Slow speed (3MBPS)
    Low cap (10GB)
    Highest price ($119.00)

    And yet, a couple of kms down the road and I'd get ADSL.

      Bernhard, so in other words you live in a remote area and telstra have enabled you to access the internet via a broadband connection albeit at a price premium.

      I am going to go out on a limb and say they would probably lose money on you as a customer.

        I doubt very much that they'd lose money on me as a customer. They'd lose a lot more if I wasn't a customer, precisely $119/mth.

        They're not going out of their way to provide me with a connection as I'm just using the standard NextG netwok that's available to everyone, city or country.

        As a side note. I have an iPad also on NextG and the plans a cheaper. $80/mth will get me 12GB; that's much better than the $119/mth I pay for 10GB for my laptop.

        So please explain the disparity. They can't be losing money on the cheaper deal as there is no benefit for them as there is no lock in to any plan.

    Is there a way to upgrade your current plan to these new ones? I only started with Telstra 6 months ago.

      According to Telstra, existing customers can switch to the new plans. I'd imagine though that it would reset your contract length (ie it would be 24 months from now, not when you first signed up). Certainly a detail to check if you do decide to move plans.

        It depends. If the current plan is a bundle there's no penalty, you can swtitch up or down once a month to any in-market plan. If the current plan is not a bundle, then you can still switch (and if you have a 1port modem, get a free wifi modem) but it restarts the contract.

        Very rarely does working for bigpond actually come in useful :/

    Since these plans are now the cheapest ADSL2 on offer to me at the moment - my exchange only has Telstra ADSL2 equipment - I have applied to churn.

    I have to wonder how much Bigpond is losing on these deals, since every other ISP seems to say that the wholesale price of ADSL2 is higher than this?

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