When we rounded up 4G BYO no-contract plans earlier this week, we noted that there's a big premium to pay if you want to use the Telstra network relative to other providers. Several readers pointed out a prepaid option you can use which makes Telstra a lot more affordable.
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A $50 recharge on Telstra's Encore Cap prepaid plan gives you $950 of call credit and 800MB of data, and also allows you to spend the $50 recharge value on other inclusions. One of those potential inclusions is the $49 Browse Plus Pack, which gives you 3GB of data. Add that to the 800MB you already have and you score 3.8GB in total.
For $50, that's much cheaper than Telstra's XL BYO plan, which offers 3GB of data and unlimited calls and texts for $130. While the Encore Cap plan doesn't included 'unlimited' calls or texts, it does include free calls and texts to Australian numbers between 6pm and 6am. Its $950 of credit translates to 437 2-minute calls, which is 14 a day. Even cutting back to account for paying for texts in daylights hours, that should be enough for most people.
The one downside of this arrangement is you can't automate it — you have to purchase a new Browse Plus Pack every time you recharge. Nonetheless, if Telstra is the best network option for you and you're a heavy data user, that's probably worth the hassle. Thanks marrkdaviid and asdalavisa!