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 tiered model, with the occasional bonus size thrown in for a little variety. As you might expect, each plan includes calls and messages (to standard Australian numbers and, in the higher tiers, to 10 selected countries), but Telstra sets itself apart by offering a number of add-on features as well.
No matter whether you're choosing to use a 24-month contract to pay for a new phone, or jumping into a SIM-only plan (offered as either a 12-month plan or a casual month-to-month arrangement), you'll get the following extras for free.
Free Telstra Air Wi-Fi data
While all Telstra mobile contracts include at least a little Internet access (from 500MB on the XS SIM-only plan up to 75GB with an XXL Mobile deal), the telco's giving you more for free. All you need to do is connect to one of the 1 million Telstra Air hotspots across Australia. Even if you have plenty of data allowance available, it's often worth checking out the Wi-Fi if there's one nearby. The 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.
You can watch live sports streamed directly to your mobile phone as all Telstra mobile plans come bundled with AFL Live, NRL Live and Netball Live. Offerings include the entire 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, all of the 2017 NRL matches and every 2017 Suncorp Super Netball game and Australian Diamonds game played in Australia, not to mention on-demand full-match replays from the archives, additional exclusive content and coverage of key events.
Music and Movies
If your entertainment preferences run more towards Radiohead and the Avengers rather than the Bombers and the Rabbitohs, Telstra still has you covered.
Want something to watch? You can rent two new release movies from the BigPond Movies catalogue, within your first month after registering.
No matter what your taste in music, you can listen to as many songs as you like via Apple Music, quota free. As an added sign-up bonus, all Telstra mobile contracts include a six-month trial subscription to the streaming service, giving you half a year of ad-free tunes. If you choose not to continue with the subscription, listening to Apple Music still won't eat into your data allowance.
And before you point out that you're using an Android handset, Apple Music is fully compatible with a number of non-Apple devices, including Android smartphones and tablets as well as Windows PCs.
Your new smartphone might have limited space (particularly once you fill it up with music and movies), but as a final incentive to sign up for a contract, Telstra is also giving eligible customers 200GB of cloud storage through Microsoft OneDrive.
It is worth noting that while the OneDrive storage is free, the data to transfer it is not, so transferring your 200GB of files will chew through your 4G LTE allowance pretty quickly.
New Phone Feeling
If you opt for a Telstra contract plan with an included handset, you have the option to upgrade your handset annually, 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.
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