Being the first and biggest telco company in Australia has allowed Telstra to have a dominant position in the industry since the company’s privatisation in 1997; the same year Australia’s telco market was opened to competition. Expected to grow its market share to 54% by the end of FY15, the company shows no signs of slowing down despite the numerous other telco companies entering the industry in the past few years.
At time of writing, Telstra offers four different prepaid plans, each with various price tiers: Freedom, Beyond Talk, Simplicity, and Long Life. All four plans offer data and credit roll over, and have varying expiry dates (Freedom only lasts for 28 days, whereas the top tier Long Life plans will last for 12 months.)
Freedom offers the most data of all the plans, starting at 1.3GB and $250 of total credit. Beyond Talk is a plan oriented around phone calls, starting at 200 minutes, along with only 200M
B of data and 200 bonus texts. Simplicity offers flat rates for a talk and text oriented plan, and no bonus data or texts. Long life offers bonus minutes for plans $40 and upwards, and has a minimum expiry date of 60 days.
Other prepaid mobile plans service providers we surveyed
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 2,500 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who currently have an active prepaid mobile phone account in their name and pay the bills – in this case, 714 people.
The other prepaid mobile plans service providers in this year’s survey are:
- Virgin Mobile
- Optus Mobile