Telstra Tweaks Postpaid Plans, Raises Prices

It’s clearly the week for consolidating mobile plans. Yesterday Virgin Mobile trimmed its range, and today Telstra has quietly tweaked its plans, raising most prices by $1 while changing some data allowances.

As Luke over at Gizmodo notes, the former Freedom Connect plans have been rebranded as Everyday Connect, and the entry-level $29 plan has been abandoned. The first price we’re quoting here is the BYO device option; the second in brackets is the price if you also include a phone, though on cheaper plans you may still get hit with an additional device charge. (Telstra does not like to make its plans easy to follow, especially if you’re bundling a phone.)

These are the plan options for new customers, all of which call for a 24 month contract:

  • $40 ($50) a month for 250MB of data and $300 of call and text credit. (Only available in-store.)
  • $50 ($60) a month for 1GB of data and $600 of call credit, unlimited texts.
  • $60 ($80) a month for 1.5GB of data and $800 of call credit, unlimited texts.
  • $80 ($100) a month for 2GB of data and $900 of call credit, unlimited texts.
  • $100 ($130) a month for 3GB of data and unlimited Australians calls and texts.

Calls are charged at 99 cents per minute, plus a 40 cent connection charge. The plans with call credit also include unlimited calls at nights (between 7pm and 7am) and on weekends.

If you just want more data, you can buy a monthly data pack ($5 for 250MB, $15 for 1GB, $30 for 3GB or $60 for 8GB). As ever with Telstra, you can’t roll data over.

We’ve seen similar rationalisations across the board in the last year. Optus rounded up its plan prices in April, and Vodafone cut its range of plans in March.


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