Mobile broadband usage is often irregular: you don’t need it when you’re at home, but if you travel for work or a holiday, your demands shoot up. Telstra’s new prepaid mobile broadband “data passes” are designed to deal with that need, but how do they measure up as a value proposition?
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Despite the fancy name, the passes are essentially updates to Telstra’s prepaid data-only plans. The passes are designed for use in a SIM in either a mobile broadband device such as a Wi-Fi hotpsot or dongle, or in a tablet with a SIM slot. The passes only offer data access — no calls or texts.
These are the options available. If you renew before the expiry date, unused data is rolled over.
Our initial verdict? If you just need a temporary mobile boost while on the road, then the 7 day pass isn’t terrible value, and the 16GB two-year plan could be a useful option for travellers with tablets. However, with Telstra’s recent plan upgrades, tethering your phone might still be a more tempting option.