news Telstra has introduced new mobile broadband plans with what it calls its “most generous” data allowances to date.
The telco’s new Go mobile data plans also allow customers to choose between “casual” month-to-month usage, or 12- and 24-month contracts.
If you’re wondering why anyone would tie themselves into a 24-month contract with no apparent financial incentive over a pay-as-you-go customer, the answer is that Telstra will give those users a free device. Twelve-month contract users do not, however.
The new packages also allow customers to share data with eligible services on the same account “to get the most out of included data allowances”, Telstra said.
The most basic “S” package, working out at 1.45c per MB, will cost users $15 a month and provides 1GB of data, while the “M” provides 5GB for $35 a month (0.68c per MB), and the “L” gives 10GB for $55 a month (0.54c per MB).
Should users run out of data before the month is over, the plans will automatically top up in 1GB increments at a cost of $10 per GB (for use in within the same month). Otherwise customers can add additional 2GB, 5GB and 8GB data packs at will.
As a temporary bonus, all packages will also receive free and unlimited Telstra Air data until September 30, 2016. Once the promotion is over, customers will be allocated 10GB over Telstra Air every month for the life of their Go Mobile Broadband plan.
Telstra has also announced new home wireless broadband plans it said are “designed for renters or for households that don’t have fixed broadband but still want to connect multiple devices to the internet at home”.
There are “no caps on download speeds or restrictions as to where you can take up the service” within Telstra’s coverage area, the firm said.
To get a connection up and running, customer will need a Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced III mobile hotspot device – free with a $105 a month home wireless broadband plan on a 24-month contract (min cost $2,520).
This battery-powered mobile device has “typical download speeds of 5-150Mbps in 4GX areas”, the firm said, and allows up to 15 devices to connect at the same time.
The $105-per-month plan provides customers with 25GB of data (0.41c per MB), while the $150-per-month plan brings 50GB (0.29c per MB).
The company stressed that all the above mobile broadband plans are all for use in Australia only. See Telstra’s website for further plan details and T&Cs.
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