Bundling streaming TV services is 2015's most common strategy by telcos to try and attract new customers. The latest version? Telstra is offering a six-month subscription to both Presto and Stan for new customers on its home broadband services.
To qualify for the offer, you need to sign up for a 24-month contract on Telstra's M, L or XL bundles. Right now, Telstra is slicing $20 a month off the prices for those plans. (Incidentally, that has the effect of rendering the existing S plan irrelevant, since it now costs the same as the M bundle and has much weaker inclusions.) Here's what you'll pay over that contract for each of those bundles:
|Plan||Cost||Data||Minimum 24-month cost||Notes|
|M||$80||100GB||$1979||Calls to Australian landlines free; calls to Australian mobiles capped at $2 each|
|L||$110||200GB||$2699||Calls to Australian landlines and mobiles free|
|XL||$130||500GB||$3179||Calls to Australian landlines and mobiles free|
Six months of free Stan and Presto adds up to a total value of $149.94. That's not a bad deal, but you need to weigh it up against being tied into a long-term contract.
Existing Telstra customers aren't eligible for the offer, but may well find that existing broadband allowances for their plans going up.