Dealhacker: Get Telstra's $49 Mobile Plan With 25GB Data (Plus $200 Gift Card!)

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Got yourself a shiny new phone, but need a decent mobile plan? JB Hi-Fi have taken one of Telstra's Go Mobile Plans and upped the ante significantly, meaning you can get a 25GB data allowance, plus a $200 JB gift card, for just $49 per month.

In my experience, dealing with the customer service representatives at JB Hi-Fi when looking for a new phone deal can be a breeze. They work hard to ensure that you get across to a good deal, because stores that do well in the Telco department are smiled upon - as are employees. Further to that, as an authorised Telstra provider, they often have deals to entice you into their store and this one is no different.

This deal is part of Telstra's Go Mobile Plus offers, but it has a healthy JB slant to it. By signing up with the bumblebee-coloured mega retailer, you'll be able to get an extra 10GB data each month, up from 15GB, and pay $10 less for the plan overall.

In addition, JB are throwing in a $200 gift card. Pretty enticing bonus.

The fine print tells us that you have to port your number over from another provider - so basically, you've got to be a new Telstra customer to take full advantage of the deal.

If you want to take full advantage of Telstra's all-encompassing network, this is basically the cheapest way to do so right now, provided you've already got yourself a smartphone and can switch plans. Woolworths has the next best deal, with a $50 BYO plan that will also net you 25GB data, if you prefer to go that way.

I guess the one real negative is that it's locked in for 12 months and there's always the chance something better comes along in the meantime, though if you do go with this, I suggest dropping back in to a JB and asking what they can do for you. If you get someone on a good day, you might just find yourself in luck.

For context, here's what you usually get with this plan - click on the table for full details. (The inclusions are the same with the exception of extra data.)


Comments

    Might not be a bad option to port number and sign up, then use $200 gift card to then purchase a phone at a heavy discount.

    So this is actually $59 a month. Does the $10 credit come off your bill, or is it applied for use against things not included (e.g. international or premium calls)?

      Comes off the bill. I took advantage of the deal ~4 weeks ago when getting a new S9 (the $500 off that made it a no brainer for me), and made sure it was off the bill, and not limited in any way.

      Technically, you're on the $59 plan w/- 15 Gb data, but realistically the $10 off and 10Gb addition makes it what you see, for as long as you're on that plan.

      Those additions come from JB by the way, not Telstra. JB essentially acts as a Telstra branch, but its them giving you the bonuses, not Telstra.

    Also you only get the $200 JB gift card if you're porting in your number. Which may be an issue for anyone thinking (as I did) this might be a good option for a second phone or hotspot.

      Go buy a $2 pre-paid SIM on another network. Activate SIM. Go to JB and port the number from that to Telstra. You are a new customer porting in.

      You could get a $2 pre-paid sim and port that over to qualify for the deal...

    So if you are an existing Telstra customer, you're out of luck? Sigh.

      It's easy enough to churn away for a couple of days and then become a "new" Telstra customer again.

      Whenever T come out with a new online deal for new customers, I sign up saying I'm a new customer, and when they ask who my previous provider was, I say Telstra.

      I get the new deal, same number, no worries.

        LOL. I remember doing that with my electricity provider, bumping my discount up a few percent.

        This time, the JB staff did a fairly basic but solid check to see if I had an existing account (I did), and simply reactivated it. It hadn't been active for a while, but was there.

        I didn't get the impression there were that many issues with the process though, which makes sense. They want your custom after all, its how they make money.

    I am astonished and happy with the lifehacks in this comments section. Well done, team.

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