As Australia’s largest telco, Telstra perhaps unsurprisingly has quite a few NBN plans on offer. Telstra was one of the first big service providers to be more upfront about realistic NBN speed expectations and has previously compensated customers over previously slow speeds. Despite the setbacks, Telstra has plenty to offer in the NBN space. Read on for details of plans, prices and inclusions.
Telstra NBN Plans
Telstra has a fair few NBN plans, with prices starting at $70. However, the minimum price you can expect to pay for unlimited data is $99 a month. The benefit with this is customers usually receive a few extra goodies, such as Foxtel Now packs, Telstra TV and more. The best ‘bang for buck’ tends to come on 24 month terms, as monthly contracts miss out on a lot of the fruit and other perks. Beyond the monthly fees, set-up charges also apply:
- $99 if you’re a new Telstra customer
- Telstra’s Gateway modem is included on 24 month terms, but attracts a fee for month-to-month contracts
All of Telstra’s NBN plans come on NBN 25 or NBN 50, speeds as standard, while speed boosts to NBN 100 can be added for $30 extra per month.
|Brand||Features||Max Data**/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
min. cost $1,755 over 24 months
|100GB||$69.00||Go To Site|
min. cost $2,235 over 24 months
|Unlimited||$89.00||Go To Site|
min. cost $2,475 over billing period
|Unlimited||$99.00||Go To Site|
|View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue||**^^View important information|
Home Phone Calls with Telstra
All plans come with pay-as-you-go (PAYG) calls by default, and include voice calls in Australia between Telstra customers. Beyond that the rates are as follows:
- 13/1300 Numbers: 40c each
- Local calls: 22c each
- National calls & mobiles: 30c per minute (capped at $2 for the call)
National and mobile calls also attract a 55c connection fee, or ‘flagfall’, which is applied to every call. International calls are available under the ‘International Saver’ banner, with calls starting at 1c/minute.
Telstra Foxtel Bundles
In partnership with Foxtel, Telstra has some hot entertainment bundles available on some premium plans. Though the key difference is that some come with Foxtel Now, a streaming service, and some come with good ole TV-based Foxtel.
- $99 gets you Telstra TV, while $130+ gets you traditional Foxtel – some packs even include Sports packs.
This means you get 45+ channels of entertainment, 10+ channels of sport and more!
How does Telstra compare to other NBN providers?
Telstra has some pretty tasty-looking plans, but the fact is you may have to pay close to $100 to get unlimited data when some other providers offer similar plans for half the price. However, the tradeoff is that Telstra bundles in quite a lot for your money, in the name of Foxtel bundles.
- The only other ‘like for like’ comparison with these bundles would be with Foxtel itself, which also entertains a similar proposition.
Overall, while Telstra for barebones unlimited data tends to be priced higher than the competition, other providers worth keeping an eye out for include:
A number of these telcos also provide entertainment or TV bundles, namely Optus and Flip TV, as well as iiNet and Internode with Fetch TV offerings.
Is Telstra NBN worth the money?
Telstra has recently streamlined its NBN plans in the wake of controversy surrounding speeds and pricing. This affected not just Telstra but quite a few other telcos – and there are sure to be more telcos in the future. Telstra has also recently introduced its first unlimited plans, but at an entry price a lot higher than some smaller providers.
- Even with the higher prices there may still be ‘safety in numbers’, choosing Australia’s largest provider over some smaller guys.
- Telstra’s entertainment options are also tough to beat.
Telstra is more than just broadband – it’s a whole ‘entertainment’ company in its partnership with Foxtel. Customers who like TV and sport may find merit in splurging for a Telstra Foxtel bundle, which few other providers can match in terms of all out entertainment value. Telstra proves time and time again it’s not just about a cheap price – it wants to take care of the whole house’s entertainment needs.