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Telstra gets more expensive because life isn’t expensive enough


Telstra is increasing mobile plan bills by a cheeky $2 to $4 per month for both new and existing customers.

Starting 1 July, Telstra's mobile plans are going to look a bit different.

It is revamping its offers to give you 5G access on all of its SIM only plans and more data. However, all of this will cost you more.

What will Telstra's new mobile plans cost?

Here's a look at what Telstra's new plans will look like from July:

  • Small/Basic plan goes up by $3 with 40GB data. That's $58 a month plus access to 5G.
  • Medium/Essential plan goes up by $3 with 180GB data. That's $68 a month with an extra 100GB.
  • Large/Premium plan goes up by $4 with 300GB data. That's $89 a month with an extra 180GB.
  • Low income and concession card holder plans will also increase by $1.

The last time Telstra refreshed its mobile plans and hiked up prices was back in 2020. Most of them saw a $5-a-month increase.

Why is Telstra raising its prices again?

Telstra's price hike is going to be another blow to Aussies who are already stretched thin as the cost of living crisis worsens.

"Our aim is to give our customers the best mobile experience at a competitive price. Like any business, we have inflation pressures and [this] increase allows us to keep up with the latest economic environment," a Telstra spokesperson told Finder.

"With mobile usage always growing, we've doubled the data in our new Essential and Premium plans and packed in lots more Telstra Plus benefits.

"In August, we'll also be making it easier and more affordable to connect the whole family with the launch of new bundle plans that allow you to add up to 5 mobile or data plans to the 1 account."

What if you want a cheaper Telstra experience?

You don't actually have to pay an extra $20-ish to try out Telstra 5G on its cheapest plan.

Boost Mobile is the only Telstra MVNO to get full Telstra 4G coverage. And it's offering customers a free 5G trial until September.

Just keep in mind that you won't be able to benefit if your area isn't covered by 5G.

Want Telstra coverage without the premium prices? Check out the best mobile plans on the Telstra network to pay less.

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