Compare Telstra cable plans

Cable Internet can be hard to come by in Australia. Telstra is one of the few options available, so compare their plans to find the right one for you.

What you need to know about Telstra's cable plans

Founded over 40 years ago, Telstra has more broadband experience than most other Australian telcos combined. It's no surprise, then, that its range of broadband plans are some of the most versatile on the market, with Foxtel pack-ins, network security suites, remote hotspot access, and many other features available alongside its core Internet service.

Telstra's rich history also positions it as one of the few telcos offering cable Internet in Australia. With faster speeds than ADSL, cable is the next best thing to fibre for Aussies still waiting for the NBN rollout to reach their area. Like the NBN, though, your access to cable services will depend on the network infrastructure available where you live.

To cater to the unpredictability of the modern world, Telstra offers its cable plans on both 24-month and month-to-month contracts. Picking the more flexible month-to-month contract means you won't get hit with any early termination fees if you decide to cancel your plan, but you'll face a steeper monthly bill and you'll have to pony up a Casual Plan Fee at the start of your contract.

If you're hungry for entertainment, Telstra offers 24-month cable bundles with your choice of Foxtel or Telstra's own Telstra TV streaming service packed in.

What are the different Telstra cable plans?

Telstra's cable plans follow the same structure as its other home broadband plans, with three core options available. The cheapest of these is the Essential plan, which includes 100GB of data a month along with a home phone service that includes unlimited local, national and Australian mobile calls. For those with a larger appetite for data, the Unlimited plan gets rid of the monthly data cap while also including the home phone service. At the top of the list sits the Unlimited + Streaming plan, which adds in a Telstra TV streaming box plus 24 months of Foxtel Now.

All three plans come with standard cable speeds of up to 30/1Mbps. Your actual speed will depend on a number of environmental factors like distance to your local exchange and the number of other users accessing the connection at the same time. If 30/1Mbps isn’t fast enough, you can purchase a Speed Boost package for $20 extra a month to soup your connection up to a maximum of 100/2Mbps.

How much do Telstra's cable plans cost?

Despite being the biggest name in the broadband business, Telstra prices its cable plans quite competitively. Its 100GB Essential plan clocks in at $70 a month, while its Unlimited plan increases that to $90 a month. For the full Unlimited + Streaming package, you'll be looking at $79 a month.

For 24-month contracts, all plans come with an activation fee of $99. On a casual month-to-month contract, this fee is bumped up to $240. There's no modem fee for new Telstra customers, as Telstra bundles in its own Wi-Fi modem at no extra charge. If you need to purchase one separately for some reason, it'll set you back $216.

24-month contracts will incur an early termination fee of up to $768 if you choose to cancel your plan before the two years are up.

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