Telstra Mobile Data Sharing: Everything You Need To Know

Telstra is introducing data sharing packages, letting you share your mobile data allowance between phones, tablets and Wi-Fi hot spots across a single plan. While that may sound tempting, the deal can quickly become costly.

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The Every Day Connect Data Share packages plans allow you to connect up to four devices to a single plan. The deal includes calling allowances as well (they're built on the existing Every Day Connect plans), so they're designed with a phone as the centrepiece.

The big catch? Purely to be allowed to share your data, you have to pay $10 a month. You then have to pay $10 a month for an additional SIM for any connected device. So if you want to use the same data allowance across your phone and your tablet, each with their own SIM, you'll pay $20 extra a month. Another tablet? $10 again for an additional SIM.

It's explained in this cheesy video:

With the cheapest Every Day Connect plan, which costs $50, you only get 1GB of data as the base allowance. Each additonal SIM includes 100MB of data of its own, but that's a minimal add-in. As a launch deal, Telstra is also offering 1GB of extra data each month for the first 12 months of the plan for anyone who signs up before the end of the year.

For a single device, this seems utterly pointless, as you could tether to your phone and use the same data without paying anything. Telstra has confirmed to us that tethering will remain available and won't attract extra charges. The only advantage that strikes us is that you won't drain your phone's battery as fast, and that you could use the devices in different places.

Adding these options is admittedly cheaper than buying an entirely separate SIM for your tablet or hotspot. On the other hand, doing that does score you more data. You're also tied to a 12-month contract with these plans (24 months if you choose a handset option), which is a long time to be locked down.

Our initial verdict? It's good to see more flexible options, but this isn't quite there yet. The added 1GB of data makes it a better deal, but it's still not especially cheap, and the advantages over simply tethering aren't obvious. We'd still suggest going the prepaid route, where you can get 3.8GB of data on your phone for $50 a month.

This is the first time Telstra has offered a data sharing plan. Optus has suggested it will also launch a similar option this year, while the now-departed Crazy John's used to offer a range of shared caps between phones.

Is this a useful option for you? Is that usefulness tempered by the relatively high prices Telstra charges for data? Tell us in the comments.

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Comments

    Hmmm... With Optus I pay $20 a month for a 2GB data plan for my Galaxy Note (separate from phone), so I think I will stick with that. If only the Optus coverage was as good as Telstra out this way.

    I got a deal years ago from telstra, when the iphone 4 came out, for 3Gb/month for only $25.. still got it because i'm on post-paid.
    and whilst I have an ipad 4 (4g), with a SIM i already had to pay for..its ridiculous that I'd have to 'rent' another one for $10/month
    When you've got a phone that can double with a hotspot, why do i need to pay another $20 just to share the data when i can already do it

    oh well, i guess they're aiming for the more-naive market segment

    Wake me up when they allow me to share my home internet allowance (200GB) with connected mobile devices on the same bill. Otherwise, "meh."

      Came here to say this! I'd love it if I could pay 10 bucks a month to share my home data(and phone plan) to all the iPads, 3G dongles and phones in my house!

      NBNCo should integrate all the cell towers allowing RSPs to be mobile providers as well then it could be possible for some quota to come from your home quota, but i doubt they will give you 200gb, cell data is too expensive (either legitimately or artificially)

    Currently on a 3GB Virgin LTE plan and I only use a fraction of my monthly quota. If they introduced this, I wouldn't mind paying a little extra to split it with a tablet but $20? Fuck that. You can get whole, discrete data plans for that.

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