Telstra, perhaps better known for its premium iPhone plans, also offers a range of lower-cost SIM-only deals. So what’s in the range, you might ask? If you’ve got your own device ready, Telstra has a small but impressive range of SIM-only phone plans, all of which are offered on a postpaid basis.
Take a look at the options below to see how Telstra compares to other SIM-only providers.
Telstra SIM-only postpaid plans
Telstra has recently revamped its postpaid plan range, and now offers all postpaid options on a month-to-month basis. If you’re bringing your own phone to Telstra, you can pick from the below four postpaid plans, with the freedom to switch plans once a month. All plans include unlimited talk and text to standard Australian numbers, as well as data-free Apple music streaming and data-free NRL, AFL, netball and AFWL.
All plans include generous monthly fast data inclusions – up to 150GB per month – and also feature unlimited speed-capped data as a back-up. This means that once your allotted monthly full-speed gigabytes have been used up, you’ll receive unlimited data capped at 1.5Mbps for the remainder of your billing cycle. Once a new month begins, your plan resets, and it’s back to full data speeds once more – with no excess data charges or bill shock.
Plans also include access to the Telstra Air and Fon WiFi networks both here and overseas. If you’re looking for more international features, then you can add on an international call pack for an extra $10 per month. Although these plans are postpaid, SIM-only prepaid options are also available.
Below are the published prices for Telstra’s 12-month SIM-only postpaid plans. Each plan includes a link to the Telstra’s website for further details.
|Brand||Features||Max Data**/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
min. cost $50 over one month
|15GB||$50||Go To Site|
min. cost $60 over one month
|60GB||$60||Go To Site|
min. cost $80 over one month
|100GB||$80||Go To Site|
min. cost $100 over one month
|150GB||$100||Go To Site|
|View all mobile plans listed on Canstar Blue||**^^View important information|
How do Telstra SIM-only plans compare to other providers?
Telstra is no longer the ‘big bad wolf’ in the telco world, having transformed its mobile phone plans into competitive offerings, especially in the SIM-only space. However, Telstra still faces stiff competition from smaller providers that can often offer more data for less.
Telstra’s plans look good, but first consider if you can find a better deal elsewhere. If you’re not adamant on sticking with Australia’s largest network, providers such as Exetel may be what you’re after. If you want to stick to the Telstra network, Southern Phone is a provider offering a fair amount of data for a relatively small price.
If you want the freedom of a month-to-month plan, you may prefer prepaid and contract-free providers such as Boost Mobile, OVO Mobile or Yomojo. Even big-name telcos such as Optus and Vodafone can offer some competitive pricing, particularly when compared to Telstra.
Is a Telstra SIM-only deal worth the money?
Telstra’s SIM only deals certainly look the part, with lots of data on offer and extra goodies like data-free music streaming. However, if you’re looking for a cheap SIM-only option, you may want to compare with other providers: as Telstra is Australia’s largest network, prices on its higher-end plans tend to reflect this premium status.
Smaller providers with lower overheads can and do offer more ‘bang for buck’ – more data and other perks for less money. On a price basis alone, Telstra seems quite expensive especially in the competitive world of SIM only plans. However, this price might be well worth paying for, to be on Australia’s largest network with a bunch of extra perks.
As the saying goes, “People are either on Telstra, or they wish they were”. There may be better deals around, but evidently many people are happy with Telstra.