Telstra Prepaid Phone Plans

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In a world of big iPhone plans that cost more than $100 per month, it’s easy to assume that the days of the prepaid phone are over. But if you’re looking for an affordable, flexible prepaid plan, you still have plenty of options – including a wide variety from Telstra.

Telstra offers a wide array of prepaid plans and recharges, catering to most usage types. Whether you’re big into data, or simply looking for a back-up phone plan, Telstra prepaid provides an option for almost everyone.

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Telstra prepaid phone plans

Telstra offers three different categories of prepaid phone plans: Telstra Prepaid Max, Day2Day Prepaid, and Long Life. Most customers will opt for the popular Prepaid Max plans, which feature unlimited national talk and text, generous data inclusions, and international extras; however, depending on your needs, you may prefer the long-expiry Long Life options, or a pay-as-you-go Day2Day plan. More information on each plan type is below.

Telstra Prepaid Max plans

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Prepaid Max $30

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS, plus $5 extra credit
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $30 over 28 days

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Prepaid Max $40

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 10 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $10 extra credit
  • 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $40 over 28 days

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Prepaid Max $50

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 10 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $15 extra credit
  • 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $50 over 28 days

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Prepaid Max $60

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 10 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $20 extra credit
  • 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $60 over 28 days

38GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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These prepaid plans are designed  for those wanting a ‘normal’ plan: you’ll get unlimited calls & texts, plenty of data, and even international extras. On all but the cheapest plan, customers stand to receive unlimited international calls to ten countries, as listed below:

  • Canada
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Telstra frequently offers bonus data on recharges: currently, customers signing up by 5 February, 2019 can score a 22GB Data Bank bonus on their first five Prepaid Max top-ups (provided you make them by 30 June, 2019).

Data Bank is Telstra’s rollover data feature, allowing customers to ‘bank’ up to 200GB of unused data – simply recharge $30 or more before your current top-up’s expiry date, and any leftover gigabytes will automatically be banked for future use. To access banked data, you’ll need to have an active recharge; Data Bank gigabytes are only available when your current recharge’s data has been used.

Telstra Day2Day prepaid plan

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Day2Day

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 100MB per day

min. cost $5 over 5 days

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If you’re looking for a flexible option that mostly covers talk and text, Telstra’s Day2Day plan is available at a variety of recharge prices. Day2Day plans are priced at $1 per day, and offer daily inclusions of unlimited standard national calls and texts and 100MB of data. You’ll also get unlimited daily use of Telstra’s Air WiFi hotspot network, available at more than one million locations across Australia.

If you want extras, you can add both international calls, and additional data, to your recharge for a further $1 per day. $1 buys you 24 hours of unlimited calls to any one of the same ten countries included on Prepaid Max plans (listed above); call more than one destination, and you’ll be charged an additional $1 for that day.

You can also add on an extra 100MB of data, again for $1 each day. This data is topped up automatically (with prices deducted from your credit balance), and expires at midnight.

Day2Day recharges

Customers can select a recharge from $5, $10, $20, $30 or $60 options, keeping in mind that the price of the recharge is how many days you’ll have to use it. You should also be aware that extra usage, such as international calls and additional daily credit, will be subtracted from your credit amount: for example, if you recharge $10, but make an international call on your first day, you’ll then have $8 left over to use over eight days ($10, minus your $1 daily use fee, and minus $1 for your overseas call).

Telstra LongLife Plus prepaid plan

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Long Life Plus $20

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $20 over 45 days

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Long Life Plus $30

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $30 over 186 days

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Long Life Plus $50

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $50 over 186 days

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Long Life Plus $70

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $70 over 365 days

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Long Life Plus $100

  • Data 10c per MB
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $100 over 365 days

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If you have a spare phone, or you’re an infrequent phone user looking for an occasional/emergency-use-only plan, these long-life recharges could be your perfect prepaid match. Telstra’s long-expiry plans last from 45 days up to a full year, and credit is deducted on a pay-per-use basis, with rates below:

  • Calls: from $0.30 per minute to standard Australian numbers, and from $0.39 per minute to standard international numbers
  • Texts: $0.30 to standard Australian numbers, and $0.35 to standard international numbers
  • Data: $0.10 per megabyte (charged per megabyte), or around $102.40 per gigabyte

Data prices are high, so this definitely isn’t an option for regular downloaders and streamers; however, you do get unlimited Telstra Air WiFi use in Australia, plus Fon WiFi hotspot use worldwide. Another plus? You’re also able to roll over any unused credit to your following recharge, provided you top-up your plan before the expiry date.

How do Telstra prepaid plans compare to other providers?

Telstra has ramped up efforts recently to better compete with a range of low-cost Mobile Virtual Network Operators that provide a lot of value included at a cheap price.  So to see how the big-name telco actually stacks up, we’ve compiled a small sample of plans.

If you want plenty of data, plus unlimited calls & texts, the below plans may be for you. Each option sits at the $30- $40 price point, with several providers offering bonus data and limited-time deals.  All plans below are featured products from a referral partner, and are listed in price order.

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Yomojo Logo

15GB Plan

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 50% off for the first 3 months with promo code: FESTIVE18 . Ends 31/01/19

min. cost $34.90 over 30 day plan period

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Large

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Special offer: 15GB + 10GB bonus data ongoing, buy before 31/01/19
  • 300 international minutes

min. cost $34.95 over 30 day billing period

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17GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over 30 day billing period

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$40 Combo Plus

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • 500 mins to Zone 1 countries, 100 mins to Zone 2

min. cost $20 over 35 days

17GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited international calls to 15 countries, 100 mins to 35 countries, 100 texts to 50 countries
  • 23GB bonus data on the first 5 recharges. Terms Apply. Ends 25 Feb 19

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

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Prepaid Max $40

  • Unlimited national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited calls to 10 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $10 extra credit
  • Data Bank
  • Special offer: 22GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $40 over 28 days

18GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site

Telstra prepaid mobile phones

Telstra gives customers the option to bundle their prepaid plan with a mobile phone, usually with an upfront cost. Some of the phones available at time of publication are:

  • Alcatel U3: from $69
  • Alcatel 1C: from $89
  • Alcatel U5 4G: from $99
  • Alcatel 1X: from $99
  • Apple iPhone 6 Gold: from $379
  • Apple iPhone 6s: from $499
  • Nokia 2.1: from $99
  • Telstra Essential Plus: from $49
  • Telstra Essential Smart: from $79
  • Telstra Flip 2: from $119
  • Telstra EasyCall 4: from $129
  • Telstra 4GX Premium: from $149
  • Telstra Superior: from $169
  • Samsung  J2 Pro: from $129

Telstra offers a number of Alcatel, Samsung and Telstra-branded smartphones to use with its prepaid plans, as well as Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. Usually these phones are not part of the plan, per se, but by purchasing one outright through Telstra you may get a discount unavailable at other stores.

The caveat to this is that these phones may be locked to Telstra – this means that you’ll need to request an unlock from Telstra before you can use your plan on a different network.

Should I recharge with Telstra’s prepaid plans?

Telstra has a wide variety of prepaid plans to choose from, tailored for a wide variety of needs. Whether you’re a regular phone user who requires unlimited calls, unlimited texts and plenty of data, or if you’re a light user looking for a low-maintenance plan, Telstra likely has you covered.

Telstra has ramped up its plans lately to better reflect the competitive prepaid market, but there may be some MVNOs that offer more data for less. The Telstra network is unrivalled in Australia, but for the vast majority of people, it’s probably worth keeping your eyes peeled and regularly comparing plans.

Plans featured in this article

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Monthly Cost Contract Term
Telstra Prepaid Max $30 8GB $30 No contract
Telstra Prepaid Max $40 18GB $40 No contract
Telstra Prepaid Max $50 28GB $50 No contract
Telstra Prepaid Max $60 38GB $60 No contract
Telstra  Day2Day 100MB $1 per day No contract
Telstra Long Life Plus $20  – $20 No contract
Telstra Long Life Plus $30 $30 No contract
Telstra Long Life Plus $50 $50 No contract
Yomojo 15GB Plan 15GB $34.90 No contract
OVO Mobile Large 15GB $34.95 No contract
Catch Connect  17GB 30-Day Plan 17GB $35 No contract
Vodafone $40 Combo Plus 17GB $40 No contract
Boost Mobile $40 Prepaid 22GB $40 No contract

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