Telstra is Australia's largest network provider and it's hardly surprising it has a similarly large range of plans available. Whatever you're looking for in the mobile world, Telstra has it – at a premium price.
Compare Telstra's prepaid plans below
Telstra has prepaid plans that prioritise data and longevity.
Telstra has a load of different prepaid plans, all of which share the advantage that you can't ever break your limit because your service gets cut off once you hit it. This means no bill shock.
Its prepaid offerings can generally be split into two categories. The first is Pre-Paid Max plans, which are intended to offer decent data value over a wide range of expiry periods. They start at 2GB for $10 with an expiry of just 7 days and go all the way up to 150GB for $300 with a whopping year-long expiry. Expiry periods are longer the more you pay.
Telstra also has a single Long Life Plus plan, where you purchase $20 of credit that only expires after six months. Credit will be deducted for each bit of use, including phone calls, texts and MB of data.
Start comparing Telstra's SIM only postpaid plans here
Get a fair whack of data when you bring your own handset with one of Telstra's SIM only postpaid plans.
With a SIM only plan, you bring your own handset and get a pick of four different options. You can get anything from 15GB monthly for $50 all the way up to 150GB monthly for $100.
Depending on which plan you choose, you may either get a limited trial of 5G or ongoing access to the 5G network with the right device and location. You'll get data-free streaming of the AFL and other sports, data-free streaming of Apple Music with a subscription, and unlimited standard calls and texts.
Need a new phone? Compare Telstra's mobile phone plans below
You can get most of the new handsets available on the market plus a few old ones too with Telstra's phone plans. Simply add the monthly price of the handset to a SIM only plan and away you go. We've preselected plans that come with the Apple iPhone 11 (64GB) and Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB). You can choose to view plans with different phones by clicking the 'filter results' button and adding in another phone model.
There's a wide range of different handsets available with Telstra's plans, from the cutting edge to cheaper, more basic options. Telstra's phone plans are identical to its SIM only plans, except that you sign a 24- or 36-month contract for handset repayments and add those on to the monthly plan charge.
You can change between Telstra plans freely while on the contract, but if you want to switch to another provider you'll have to pay the remaining value of the handset. The basic SIM only plans go from $50 for 15GB all the way up to $100 for 150GB.
Why choose Telstra Mobile?
Telstra has strong branding and a good performance record, but its plans continue to be among the most expensive on the mobile market. However, its value does increase the more you spend. It also has a bunch of extra features for the premium price, including:
Sports streaming. You can stream AFL, netball and some other sports without using up your plan's data.
Music streaming. So long as you have an Apple Music subscription, you can stream music from the service for free without consuming data.
5G trial. On SIM only and contract plans, you might get access to a 5G data connection with the right device if you live in the right area. This could be limited on lower plans, or ongoing on more expensive ones.
Telstra Air Wi-Fi. If you have a Telstra service, you get access to the Telstra Air national Wi-Fi network.
International calling packs. For $10 a month, you can add unlimited international calls to 25 countries from Australia.
Data bank. On a Pre-Paid Max plan, you can save up to 200GB total between recharges.
Telstra Plus. This is Telstra's loyalty rewards program. Joining is free and allows you to earn points for spending money on your mobile bill and other things. You can then spend those points on phones and speakers, plus you can get access to other benefits like cheap movie tickets.
Telstra's mobile plans come packed with features, but at a slightly higher price point. We've weighed out the pros and cons to help decide if it's the right decision for you.
Huge range of mobile plans, including handsets on a contract
Telstra brand reputation
Tons of extra features on plans
More expensive than plans from other providers
28-day recharge period on flagship prepaid plan, meaning extra recharges through the year
Telstra network coverage
Telstra's 3G and 4G networks spread the furthest in the country, covering around 99.5% of Australians. They reach many rural and regional areas that other carriers don't.
To switch to Telstra, follow these steps:
Make sure you have an unlocked phone already to put a SIM in if after a SIM only or prepaid plan.
Purchase the plan you want online or at a Telstra store, which will come with a SIM, or a SIM and a handset if it's a phone on a contract.
Activate your SIM once you have it. If you want to keep your own number, simply select the option when activating your SIM or at checkout. Telstra will arrange the transfer with your previous provider.
Your SIM should be activated and your new service ready to go in a few hours to a day.
Telstra provides plenty of methods for recharging:
24x7 app. The 24x7 app is available on both Apple and Android and can be downloaded from their app stores for free. It allows for plan management, too.
Online. Visit Telstra's recharge page at recharge.telstra.com on your desktop or m.telstra.com on your phone and enter your mobile number. Follow the instructions listed.
By phone. You can ring up #100# to check your account balance and details and recharge.
Auto recharge. You can set up an auto recharge via the 24x7 app or My Account function and have your plan automatically refreshed every period. Remember that this payment won't stop until you cancel it, no matter whether you're using the service or not.
Telstra accepts the following payment types for all recharges:
Credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Recharge vouchers purchased from some retail stores.
Sam Baran is a writer for Finder, covering topics across the tech, telco and utilities sectors. They enjoy decrypting technical jargon and helping people compare complex products easily. When they aren't writing, you'll find Sam's head buried in a book or working on their latest short story. Sam has a Bachelor of Advanced Science from the University of Sydney.
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