Telstra is Australia’s largest telecommunications provider. Its broadband services encompass ADSL2+, Cable, Satellite and NBN plans.
What services does Telstra offer?
Telstra offers a full gamut of packages including standalone broadband connections and bundles that include home phone line rental, as well as intermittent specials that include devices such as the Telstra TV set top box as part of a broadband contract.
The complexity of Telstra's entire set of packages can be overwhelming, but it is worth bearing in mind that in most cases you'll only be looking at a single technology type; if you're in an NBN area, for example, then ADSL plans don't apply to you, and vice versa.
Telstra mobile broadband plans
If you're streaming and accessing a lot of data on the go, then a mobile broadband plan could be for you. Mobile broadband services provide a separate SIM card and allocation of data, allowing you to connect your mobile phone and other devices via Wi-Fi. This type of broadband service effectively lets you save money and increase your data allowance.
How much does Telstra Broadband cost?
Telstra month-to-month plans
Telstra offers month to month ADSL plans, with a discount if you already have a Telstra home phone service on the same line.
If you’re in a Telstra HFC cable area, you can order Telstra Cable broadband on a month by month basis, with plans that vary in data provision and cost depending on whether or not you bundle a Telstra home phone line with the service and whether or not you want a speed boost on your cable service.
Telstra 24 month-to-month plans
Telstra offers a variety of ADSL 24 month contract plans, including plans that require bundling with other services, plans that offer discounts if you have your home phone bundle with Telstra, and plans that also bundle in Foxtel entertainment packages.
If you’re in a Telstra HFC Cable area, you have a wide variety of 24 month contract plans to choose from, including options for speed boosts and bundled Foxtel entertainment packages.
Telstra offers a variety of NBN plans with options for bundling in additional services such as Foxtel, across three speed tiers.
Remote and regional users can sign up for a Satellite service with Telstra over 24 months. Here is what each Satellite plan tier will cost you, bearing in mind that your cost of installation will vary depending on your location and whether existing equipment has to be removed or updated.
What additional services are included?
What voice options are provided?
Many of Telstra’s plans are predicated on having a full home phone line service with Telstra; doing so often results in an overall discount on your broadband package bill. Some packages include bonuses such as free call to specified family numbers depending on the package chosen.
What TV and movie options are provided?
Telstra’s big play in the entertainment space comes about due to its share in subscription television platform Foxtel. Most Telstra broadband services, excluding Satellite are available with a wide variety of Foxtel subscription services at additional cost, depending on which channels you wish to have access to and their precise availability in your location.
What happens if I exceed my monthly download limit?
For the majority of Telstra’s plans, excess usage charges don’t apply, with your speed instead shaped downwards, typically to 256kbps for the remainder of your billing cycle. Shaping involves slowing down the connection to the stated speed, but at least in those cases you won’t attract any additional bill payments.
Pros and cons
- Huge variety of plans. Telstra has plans across every type of connection for every address in Australia.
- Shaping on most plans. Go over your quota on a shaped plan and you won’t be cut off or slugged with an enormous bill.
- Telstra Air. For some plan types, if you opt for a Telstra Air compatible modem you can utilise Telstra’s public Wi-Fi hotspot system as part of your overall usage package, even when overseas via the Fon network.
- Foxtel options. While other providers offer short term Netflix subscriptions, Telstra offers full Foxtel bundles in a variety of configurations.
- No unlimited bundles. 2000GB is a fair whack of data, until you’re doing lots of video streaming. Competitors have jumped on the unlimited data bandwagon, but not Telstra.
- Premium priced plans. Just as with mobile, Telstra considers itself a premium broadband provider, and that means that its plans are often comparatively more expensive than competitor offerings.
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