Telstra contract perks: What do you get?

Telstra's contract plans come with a wide variety of perks that add a lot of value to its mobile plan offerings.

Taking its cue from the T-shirt industry, Telstra's mobile phone contracts use a simple S-M-L-XL tiered model. Each plan includes unlimited calls and messages to standard Australian numbers along with a fixed monthly data cap, but it's the extra perks that help distinguish Telstra's offerings from the competition.

Regardless of whether you're signing up for a 24 or 36-month contract to pay for a new phone or jumping into a month-to-month SIM-only plan, Telstra gives you the following extras for free:

Free Telstra Air Wi-Fi data

While all Telstra mobile contracts include some quantity of Internet data (from 15GB on the Small SIM-only plan up to 150GB with the Extra Large plan), they also benefit from unlimited access to the Internet via any of the 1 million Telstra Air hotspots across the country.

To take advantage of Telstra Air, you simply need to be within range of a Telstra Air hotspot. You'll then be able to connect to it as you would your home Wi-Fi network. Telstra Air hotspots use fixed-line networks, so sometimes they can be faster or more reliable than your 4G LTE connection.

It's also worth noting that benefits don't stop at the coast: Overseas, Telstra is connected to more than 19 million Fon Spots, and all of those are available for free as well.

Just bear in mind that Telstra Air is a public, unencrypted network. As such, it's best to avoid using services like online banking when connected to Telstra Air, as it is not as secure as when you're connected to your private mobile or home broadband connection.

Live Sport

All Telstra mobile plans come bundled with free access to a range of sports streaming services including AFL, Netball and NRL. By linking your Telstra account with the AFL, AFLW, Netball and Football mobile apps, you can watch live matches, on-demand replays, press conferences and more on your phone at no extra charge. Better yet, it's all delivered data-free, so you can stream as much as you like without impacting your monthly data cap.

Data-free music

If your entertainment preferences run more towards Radiohead and Taylor Swift rather than the Bombers and the Rabbitohs, Telstra still has you covered.

No matter what your taste in music, you can listen to as many songs as you like via Apple Music, quota free. Apple Music is fully compatible with a number of non-Apple devices in addition to iPhones and iPads, including Android smartphones and tablets as well as Windows PCs.

New Phone Feeling

If you opt for a Telstra contract plan with an included handset, you have the option to upgrade your handset after the first 12 months regardless of whether it's because a newer, fancier model has been released or you simply decide that your existing phone isn't right for you. Telstra calls this deal the New Phone Feeling, and while conditions do apply, it's a decent perk if you fancy always having the latest and greatest phone in your pocket.

Want to enjoy these benefits for yourself? Compare the latest Telstra plans below:

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