Telstra has announced a small but impressive suite of internet changes and deals this week – including a refresh of its home broadband plans, a Telstra TV makeover, and an all-new, super-fast 4G mobile broadband device.
If you’re looking at Telstra for your next NBN or ADSL/cable broadband plan, the telco has simplified its existing plans, ditching the mandatory two-year contract to offer a flexible month-by-month option to customers. It’s also shaken up its entertainment packages, giving Telstra customers more flexibility and options for personalising their broadband plan.
Telstra NBN and broadband: now contract-free
The big news is that home broadband will now be offered on a casual, month-by-month basis – so there’s no requirement to lock yourself into a two-year contract. There are now two broadband options available: 500GB of data for $75 per month, and unlimited data for $90.
The following table includes all Telstra NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.
If you’re connecting to the NBN, Telstra’s $70 plan is offered at Standard Evening Speeds (NBN 25), with a typical minimum speed of 20Mbps during peak hours. Telstra’s $90 Unlimited plan offers Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50), with typical minimum speeds of 40Mbps.
Want to go faster? Telstra customers can bump up their Unlimited plan to Premium Evening Speeds (NBN 100) for an additional $30 per month. So for unlimited data, with typical evening speeds of 80Mbps, you’ll pay $120 per month.
While these plans are flexible, you will need to pay $216 to purchase Telstra’s pre-configured Smart Modem. This fee is waived if you stay connected for 24 months: if you cancel your service earlier, you’ll need to pay the remaining cost for your modem, based on how long you’ve been connected.
The fine print regarding the modem does mean that, although you’re technically not on a two-year contract, you’ll still need to pay to cancel your Telstra broadband plan within 24 months. There’s also a $99 upfront connection fee for new customers, but good news: Telstra is currently waiving this charge for customers who buy online.
The new Telstra TV
If you’re wondering how to get Telstra TV, Foxtel, or other entertainment included in your service, these options are now available as add-on packages, rather than standard plan inclusions. The new Telstra TV is available from $9 extra per month over 24 months, while Foxtel from Telstra prices begin at $29 per month on a 12-month term.
Telstra TV’s new third-generation device has replaced BigPond Movies with Telstra TV Box Office, a simple way for customers to buy or rent new release films. Add Telstra TV to your plan, and you’ll be able to easily stream Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan, Kayo, and more directly to your TV (subscriptions not included).
The new Telstra TV also includes an upgraded wireless remote control with voice search functionality, as well as a Smart Search feature to allow searches across both live TV and streaming services.
If you do decide to bundle Telstra TV with your home broadband, Telstra is currently offering a bonus $125 Box Office credit from now through to 30 June, 2019 – enough to rent 20 new release movies. Plus, if you sign up for the 100GB Essential plan with Telstra TV, you’ll receive a bonus 100GB of data each month for the life of your plan.
Telstra Mobile Broadband
Telstra has also introduced its newest mobile broadband device, the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2. The successor to the existing Nighthawk M1, the new M2 offers speeds of between 5 and 500Mbps on Telstra’s 4GX network using both a combination of frequencies and multi-antenna 4X4 MIMO technology.
Telstra calls it ‘Australia’s fastest 4G mobile broadband device’, and with 16 hours of battery life, plus the ability to support up to 20 WiFi devices at once, it’s a premium option for customers looking for a simple on-the-go internet solution.
The Nighthawk M2 is available on the below mobile broadband plans, on a 24-month contract; depending on your plan, you’ll pay either $0, $5, or $10 per month for the device itself. These are featured products.
|Brand||Features||Max Data**/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
min. cost $696 over 24 month plan period
|10GB||$29||Go To Site|
min. cost $1,416 over 24 month plan period
|30GB||$59||Go To Site|
min. cost $2,136 over 24 month plan period
|90GB||$89||Go To Site|
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