Telstra Prepaid Phone Plans

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Prepaid phone plans aren’t what they used to be. Most telcos that offer prepaid phone plans know that customers want the same generous inclusions that are commonly available on postpaid plans, but with the flexibility of prepaid. The good news is, Telstra has delivered on this with a range of prepaid phone plans to suit a variety of users.

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

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Telstra prepaid phone plansPerson Using Telstra Prepaid Phone iPhone 6s

Telstra offers two different categories of prepaid phone plans: Telstra Prepaid Max and Long Life. The Prepaid Max plans are the standard prepaid plans that most customers will be drawn to, with unlimited standard national calls and SMS, generous data inclusions and access to the Telstra Air Network and data-free music and sports streaming. However, depending on your needs, you may prefer the long-expiry Long Life options which are the more traditional pay-as-you-go prepaid options.

Telstra Prepaid Max plans

Of the two types of Telstra prepaid plans, the Prepaid Max plans are the closest to a standard phone plan, much like what you will expect with a postpaid plan. You’ll get unlimited calls & texts, plenty of data, and even international extras. Telstra has really focused on ensuring that these plans offer similar value as what you’d expect on a postpaid plan, which means you’ll have access to international call inclusions as well as data-free Apple Music and sports streaming.

All of the Prepaid Max plans include unlimited standard international calls to 20 countries including:

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

Telstra also offers data bonuses on a certain number of recharges from time to time, so its worth keeping an eye out to see if there is any bonus data available. Telstra also has its Data Bank, so you’ll be able to store up to 200GB of unused data, which is great if you use less data on one recharge but more data on the next. The only catch is that you’ll need to recharge before your expiry period to maintain this.

If you are interested in the Telstra Prepaid Max plans, there are six plans to choose from. These plans run across 7, 28, 35 or 42-day expiry periods along with a 6-month and 12-month option. The price of these plans goes up when you choose longer expiry periods. If you’re unsure which of these plans will work for you, consider how often you’ll want your recharges to be as well as which plan will best suit your budget. After all, a $10 plan seems cheap, but this only runs on a seven-day cycle, which is better suited to travellers than someone looking to be on a Telstra prepaid plan long-term.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Prepaid Max $10

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network

min. cost $10 over 7 day expiry

2GBMax Data**/billing period $10Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $30

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $5 extra credit
  • Special offer: 10GB bonus data on your first 3 recharges (offer expires 8/7/19)

min. cost $30 over 28 day expiry

10GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $10 extra credit
  • Special offer: 15GB bonus data on your first 3 recharges (offer expires 8/7/19)

min. cost $40 over 35 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $50

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $15 extra credit
  • Special offer: 15GB bonus data on your first 3 recharges (offer expires 8/7/19)

min. cost $50 over 42 day expiry

28GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $150

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $50 extra credit

min. cost $150 over 6 month expiry

60GBMax Data**/billing period $150Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $300

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $100 extra credit

min. cost $300 over 12 month expiry

150GBMax Data**/billing period $300Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra LongLife Plus prepaid plan

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 if you use a lot of data, especially video streaming; 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. Another plus is that you will have access to data-free Apple Music and sports streaming.

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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 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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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 day expiry

N/AMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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How do Telstra prepaid plans compare to other providers?

Telstra has ramped up efforts to better compete with a range of low-cost Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) 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 and SMS, the below prepaid 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.

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

16GB Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $34.90 over 30 day expiry

16GBMax Data**/billing period $34.90Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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20GB 30 Day Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS

min. cost $35 over 30 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $35Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Boost Mobile

$40 Prepaid

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 25 countries, 200 mins & SMS to 30 countries, 200 MMS to 55 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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$40 Combo Plus

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

min. cost $40 over 35 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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UNLIMITED 20GB

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls to 10 countries

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Prepaid Max $40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard calls to 20 countries
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • $10 extra credit
  • Data Bank
  • Special offer: 15GB Data Bank bonus on your first 5 recharges

min. cost $40 over 28 day expiry

20GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Telstra prepaid mobile phones

Telstra gives customers the option to bundle their prepaid plan with a mobile phone, usually with an upfront cost. The devices available will change from time to time, some of the phones currently available are:

  • Alcatel U5 3G: from $89
  • Alcatel 1X: from $129
  • Apple iPhone 6 Gold: from $379
  • Apple iPhone 6s: from $429
  • LG K9: from $149
  • Nokia 2.1: from $129
  • OPPO AX5: from $299
  • Telstra Essential Plus: from $99
  • Telstra Essential Smart: from $79
  • Telstra Flip 2: from $119
  • Telstra EasyCall 4: from $129
  • Telstra Superior: from $179
  • Samsung  J2 Pro: from $179

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, but by purchasing one outright through Telstra in conjunction with a plan, you may get a discount, so it’s worth comparing the prices.

Of course it’s important to remember that these devices are usually locked to Telstra — this means that you’ll need to request for your device to be unlocked, plus pay any fees for unlocking, so you can use phone with a plan on a different network.

Is Telstra Prepaid right for me?

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 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. However, Telstra does offer a lot of extras which does make it stand out from its cheaper competitors. Not only will you have access to the Telstra Air WiFi network, but you’ll also have access to data-free music and sports streaming, just like on a postpaid plan, and as a Telstra customer, you’ll be able to earn points with your recharges as part of your Telstra Plus rewards.

Telstra Prepaid phone plans summary

Telco Mobile Plan Included Data Recharge Cost Expiry Length
Telstra Prepaid Max $10 2GB $10 7 days
Telstra Prepaid Max $30 10GB $30 28 days
Telstra Prepaid Max $40 20GB $40 35 days
Telstra Prepaid Max $50 28GB $50 42 days
Telstra Prepaid Max $150 60GB $150 6 months
Telstra Prepaid Max $300 150GB $300 12 months
Telstra Long Life Plus $20  – $20 45 days
Telstra Long Life Plus $30 $30 186 days
Telstra Long Life Plus $50 $50 186 days
Telstra Long Life Plus $70 $70 365 days
Telstra Long Life Plus $100 $100 365 days

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