Telstra is often referred to as Australian's best mobile network, but that privilege typically comes at a price. However, Big T’s reputation as a premium provider doesn't mean there aren't a few more affordable ways to sidle onto an otherwise expensive network.
Playing against type, Telstra has been running some surprisingly competitive deals lately. And there are now a number of MVNOs powered by the Telstra network, all of which get you the coverage you crave without breaking the bank.
Here’s some of our favourite Telstra-powered SIM-only plans.
Telstra network plans with 30GB of data or more
In terms of data-for-dollar, the best value SIM-only plan on the Telstra network currently comes from Telstra. $49 per month gets you 60GB on a 12-month contract. This is easily one of the most generous Telstra offers we've seen to date (it normally costs $69 and only comes with 30GB data).
If you don’t want to sign a contract, Southern Phone is currently doing 30GB for $60 per month on a month-to-month basis.
Telstra network plans with 15GB of data or more
Not all of us slurp data to the point at which a large plan makes sense, but there are still plenty of well-priced Telstra network plans with more moderate allowances.
Again, Telstra is the current winner with 35GB data on a $30 prepaid recharge. The same plan usually costs $40 and only comes with 20GB - you've got until 25 March to nab this deal. It also has a 35-day expiry which ain't too bad.
Boost is basically offering the same deal as above: 35GB for $30. However, its recharges have a 28-day expiry, so you’ll need to top up 13 times per year. But prepaid does mean you can leave whenever you want, so you can always bail after you've used up all your bonus data.
If you make plenty of calls overseas, Belong could be a good option. In addition to 15GB for $40 per month on a no-contract basis, you’ll get unlimited talk and text to 33 selected countries.
Telstra network plans with 5GB of data or more
TeleChoice currently comes out on top when it comes to smaller inclusion plans. $25 per month currently gets you 10GB on a 12-month contract plan. This is one of the best budget deals we’ve seen on the Telstra network.
In terms of prepaid, Telstra's $30 20GB recharge is good value, and comes with a 15GB bonus on your first five recharge. This plan usually costs $40 so be sure to sign up before 25 March.
Alex Choros is Managing Editor at WhistleOut, Australia's phone and internet comparison website. He's now had far too many phone plan related dreams.