Telstra’s 365-Day Mobile Broadband Recharge Rises From $150 To $180

Telstra’s 365-Day Mobile Broadband Recharge Rises From $150 To $180

A prepaid SIM with a 365-day recharge is a good solution for many tablet users, but for Telstra customers it’s about to become a more expensive one. From June 12, the price of a 365-day recharge (which includes 12GB of data) is going up from $150 to $180 on the iPad and Android tablets.

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The changes were revealed in an email to existing iPad customers which popped up on the MacTalk forums. The letter doesn’t explain the reasoning behind the price change, but reminds customers that if they’re set up for automatic recharge, they’ll need to change their settings to continue doing so. (That said, I suspect not many people on a 365-day plan would want an automatic option anyway.)

The change is also affecting Telstra’s non-iPad prepaid mobile broadband customers. Currently they are charged $150 for a less generous 10GB of data; from next week, that option will disappear for new purchases and they’ll also be offered the $180 for 12GB option. According to Telstra, many customers use up their 10GB allowance in less than 365 days anyway.

A Telstra spokesperson told us that “this change will help us maintain investment in our network so customers can continue to enjoy the speeds and reliability they’ve come to expect”.

Prior to the change, Telstra was already at the high end of the prepaid iPad SIM market; Amaysim and Optus both have much cheaper deals. Vodafone charges the same rate ($150 for 12GB), but also offers more expensive plans with a higher data volume. For non-iPad customers, the new rate is marginally cheaper on a per-MB basis than its predecessor (1.46 cents versus 1.47 cents), but requires a bigger up-front investment.


  • Ouch! I am very pleased with the convenience of a mobile broadband modem router from Telstra (using it with my laptop, iPod touch and iPad), and have been using the prepaid 12 month deal. Can you please give some advice on what to do? Another company’s SIM? Another mifi gadget?

  • 12GB per year?! No way in hell that would last for anyone. Just get a good ADSL homeline and have your own wifi network. Most deals average $50 for 50GB per month, and you can even get some as low as $10 for 5GB per month. Dont let yourself get ripped off with pre-paid, and there’s nothing worse than worrying about how much data you have left all the time!

    • Because that is completely the point of go anywhere mobile broadband, and perfectly acceptable for people who travel, or work on the move. Your needs=/=everyone’s needs. 12GB a year does me just fine for my iPad, and is a great compliment to my home broadband.

  • If I could get adsl or even dial up, I would!!! I am on Telstra mobile prepaid 3G. No other company covers our area and we are in Metropolitan Perth (Perth Hills). Our phone lines don’t even support dial up and adsl is nowhere to be seen. 100% of my internet is mobile and 12 GB goes nowhere. NBN is not scheduled to come to us “EVER” and neither is ADSL. My only other option is mobile broadband on a plan but the maximum allowance per month is 15GB with no option for even buying more data. ps, the mobile coverage here is not the best either and 3 doors down they can’t even get that!

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