Telstra adds more data to mobile broadband plans, offers 200GB for $75

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With the current jump in Australians working or studying from home (as well as turning to Netflix and Stan for self-isolation entertainment), many of us are looking for a flexible, reliable broadband connection that won’t be slowed down by neighbourhood congestion. Mobile broadband has become that go-to option for thousands of Australians, and now Telstra is making its own on-the-go broadband plans even more attractive to new and existing customers.

Telstra has increased the monthly data allowance on almost all its mobile broadband plans for all users, including customers on 4G and 5G networks. If you’re on Telstra’s Small, Medium, or Large mobile broadband plans, you’ll now get up to double the monthly high-speed data at no extra cost, as well as unlimited data capped at speeds of 1.5Mbps – meaning you can get a huge 200GB of data for just $75.

Here’s how Telstra’s plans have changed.

  • Extra Small: still 5GB
  • Small: was 10GB, now 20GB
  • Medium: was 50GB, now 60GB
  • Large: was 100GB, now 200GB

More details on each plan can be found in the below table.

Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Telstra mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of their cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Extra Small

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • No 5G access

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Small

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • No 5G access

min. cost $25 over one month

20GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • 5G network access included

min. cost $50 over one month

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • 5G network access included

min. cost $75 over one month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

More data for ‘the new normal’

According to Michael Ackland, Telstra’s Group Executive, Consumer and Small Business, the company saw a near-50% increase in mobile broadband activation during mid-March. a period when thousands of businesses began transitioning to a work from home model.

“This was a reflection of many of us having to adapt to new remote working scenarios, creating new routines, and doing more video conferencing than ever before,” said Mr. Ackland.

“Supporting this shift, we have taken the decision to give a data boost to our new and existing customers to help you settle into that new normal.”

If you’re an existing Telstra mobile broadband customer, the extra data will be added to your plan automatically, beginning with your next billing cycle. If you’re new to Telstra, you’ll receive the new data allowance from sign up.

The above data plans are available as a SIM-only option for customers bringing their own devices (e.g. tablets), or combined with a new mobile broadband device from Telstra. The telco offers a selection of mobile hotspots and dongles that can be added on a device payment plan and paid off over 24 or 36 months – more information on Telstra’s 4G modems is available here.

If you’re in an area with Telstra 5G coverage, and using a compatible 5G-capable device, you’ll have free access to Telstra’s 5G network on all plans through to 30 June, 2020. After this date, customers on Medium and Large plans can continue to access 5G at no extra cost, while Extra Small and Small plans can add on 5G for an optional $15 per month.

Mobile broadband plans compared

If you’re considering mobile broadband as a replacement for, or backup to, your existing home broadband plan, it’s wise to compare before you make a decision. There’s a range of competitive plans on offer from not only Telstra, but also providers such as Vodafone and Amaysim – see the below table for a selection of options at each data point.

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: 100GB+

The following table shows a selection of published 100GB and over mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $720 over 12 months

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • SIM Only

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • 5G access included

min. cost $75 over one month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Over 50GB

The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with 50GB – 100GB of data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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SIM Only 50GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Medium

  • SIM Only

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

60GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $540 over 12 months

60GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • 5G access included

min. cost $50 over one month

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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SIM Only 90GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Under 50GB

The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with less than 50GB of data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 7GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Small

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • No 5G access

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

5GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $180 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Small

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • No 5G access

min. cost $25 over one month

20GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

25GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $360 over 12 months

25GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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