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.