Telstra Upgrades BYO Phone Plans

Planning to source your own mobile phone but still figure Telstra has the best network for your needs? New changes to the company's BYO plans make it a potentially more appealing option, upping the data and text inclusions.The BYO plans are now essentially the same as the recently updated Freedom Connect plans, but with one twist: you get "one plan up" compared to the same standard Freedom Connect offering. Hence the $49 BYO plan has the same options as the $59 Freedom Connect plan, the $59 the same as the $79, the $70 the same as the $99, and the $99 BYO the same as the $129 Freedom Connect deal. (That means all the BYO plans include unlimited Australian texts, and all but the $49 BYO plan include free voicemail retrieval.)

Of course, the sticker is that you don't get any handset included and you're still stuck with a contract (though you can choose 12 months rather than 24). While there's a surcharge on newer handsets, there are options on Freedom Connect that include a phone as well, so you need to factor that into your calculations if you are going to be buying a new mobile anyway.

The new plans go on sale from today. Like the sound of this, or still figure you might as well get a bundled phone if you're signing up to a long-term contract? Share your perspective in the comments.



    Time they also upgraded their no contract BYO plans. They have fallen behind most of the market.

    Certainly interesting.. I've been very angry with Optus' terrible phone and mobile Internet reliability (I'm currently on Vigin Mobile). However I note that the freedom connect plans don't include IDD. I do with VirginMobile BYO. Furthermore VirginMobile BYO Cap plans do not require you to be on a contract.

    So really the only value proposition to consider is, how annoyed are you with your current provider, and are you prepared to pay more and limit flexibility for better network reliability and coverage.

    How about a bit of international calling love for those on less than $99/mo.

    Cut the $49 plan in half and telstra you will have some customers back, i know enough people that avoid telstra as there is no $20 cap.

    I'm switching to Telstra Pre-Paid today, budget users can easily get by on $30/month and potentially even get every 4th/5th month free due to credit accrual.

    I would switch over if there wasn't a 12 month contract minimum. Why do I even need to sign on for a minimum term??

    As it is I'm waiting for a new handset to be released before switching.

    Well... I for one am happy with these new BYO options. I have been a long time Optus customer (briefly a Vodafone one too) and really don't have much to complain about other than network coverage.

    True, in the the heart of the city I don't really have coverage issues but going further out shows the limitations of the network. I'm hoping Telstra's network coverage is better?... Have always wanted to give them a go but their BYO options were very disappointing. Now at least the $49 BYO plan looks decent~! I've always bought phones outright from overseas so I have never needed a bundled phone, just needed a good BYO plan...

    Should work perfectly with my Atrix too :)

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