Telstra’s prepaid mobile plans give you the certainty of a fixed spend with options for larger quantities of data or longer expiry terms.
What services does Telstra offer?
Just as it does with its contract plans, Telstra’s prepaid mobile services operate on its Australia-wide 4G network. There’s no difference in terms of data speed or call quality for prepaid customers. Telstra’s network has the widest coverage of any provider in Australia, covering both metropolitan and regional areas of Australia.
Telstra’s prepaid plans do vary in terms of how long your prepaid credit lasts. Telstra’s Freedom Plus plans have a 28 day expiry, while its Beyond Talk and Simplicity Plans have 30 day expiry periods. The expiry on its Long Life plans varies depending on the amount of your recharge, with terms between 60 and 365 days.
How much does Telstra Mobile cost?
Telstra’s prepaid plans operate on a prepaid basis, which is to say that you pay a set upfront fee for access over either 28, 30 or the variable periods with Long Life recharges. The cheapest recharges start at $20 on the Simplicity and Long Life packages, while Beyond Talk and Freedom Plus offer $30 recharge tiers, generally going upwards from there.
Unlike most contract plans, and many of its competitors, Telstra doesn’t offer all that many "unlimited" calling options on its plans, instead giving you a value that’s either directly related to your recharge amount, or derived from it. Calls are then charged at 89c/minute (Freedom Plus), 78c/minute (Beyond Talk/Long Life) or 15c/minute (Simplicity). Some upper tiers of the Freedom Plus plans do offer unlimited calls, as well as data inclusions, but other plans offer either low data caps (Beyond Talk) or charge a flat fee per MB of usage (Simplicity/Long Life).
What extras does Telstra Mobile offer?
Like most prepaid plans, Telstra’s prepaid offerings aren’t particularly endowed with lots of additional features; if you want extra goodies you’ve generally got to sign up for a contract plan.
That being said, Telstra does currently offer a 200GB Microsoft OneDrive subscription to all of its mobile customers, including prepaid customers. If you’re a Beyond Talk customer with a recharge balance of at least $30, you can also score yourself an AFL Live Pass or NRL Digital Pass, but not with other Telstra prepaid offers.
If you also use Telstra for your broadband or home phone services, it may be worth checking if you can get a bundled discount for having your mobile number with it as well. These kinds of discounts are more commonly applied with contract phones, but it cannot hurt to check as you may be able to save a little that way.
Telstra also provides access to its public Wi-Fi network, Telstra Air to prepaid customers across all plan types. Telstra Air is built into most public payphones -- you can tell by the giveaway pink "Telstra Air" tops -- Telstra stores and any Telstra customer willing to become part of the Telstra Air network from their home broadband connection. You do have to log into Telstra Air to take advantage of it, however.