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.