Compare Telstra fixed-line NBN plans for August 2018

It might not own the infrastructure anymore, but Telstra still has a lot to offer in the broadband space.

What you need to know about Telstra's fixed-line NBN plans

Telstra's fixed-line NBN plans deliver high-speed broadband Internet using fibre to the premises (FTTP), fibre to the node (FTTN) and fibre to the building (FTTB) technologies, with the particular technology used dependent on where you live. All plans come bundled with a pay-as-you-go voice over IP (VoIP) phone service that lets you make and receive calls over the Internet instead of the soon-to-be-obsolete copper network. You can upgrade this service with optional national and international call packs.

Telstra offers two standard fixed-line NBN plans on both month-to-month and 24-month contracts, plus two 24-month entertainment bundles that come with Telstra TV and Foxtel. Every fixed-line plan also benefits from three free data top-ups per year, each of which allows you to reset your data usage back to zero for the current billing cycle. If you've gone over your monthly data limit, this will also return your Internet to full speed.

What are the different Telstra fixed-line NBN plans?

For a standard NBN service, Telstra has two main plans available on both month-to-month and 24-month contracts: the Connect plan with a 100GB data cap and the Connect Plus plan with a 1000GB data cap. Both come with an NBN 25 connection by default, which Telstra claims will deliver an average speed of 15Mbps during the peak evening hours of 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Speed boosts are available at an extra monthly cost, with Telstra citing 30Mbps average peak speeds on NBN 50 and 60Mbps average peak speeds on NBN 100.

Telstra also offers two entertainment bundles, appropriately titled the Entertainment and Entertainment Plus plans respectively. These bundles are only available on 24-month contracts. The Entertainment plan comes with 2000GB of monthly data, the latest Telstra TV streaming box and a three-month subscription to your choice of Foxtel Now starter packs. The Entertainment Plus plan gets you 3000GB of monthly data, the Telstra TV box and your choice of 24 months of a single Foxtel Now starter pack or 24 months of traditional Foxtel with the Entertainment pack.

All 24-month fixed-line NBN plans from Telstra also include a free Telstra Gateway Wi-Fi modem. This modem is a separate purchase on month-to-month plans.

How much do Telstra's fixed-line NBN plans cost?

Telstra's fixed-line NBN plans start at $70 a month for the 100GB Connect plan and $80 a month for the 1000GB Connect Plus plan, with no difference in monthly cost on either a month-to-month or 24-month contract. The Entertainment bundles weigh in at $99 a month for the standard Entertainment plan and $130 a month for the Entertainment Plus plan.

On top of the monthly cost, you'll also need to cover a number of one-off costs when you first sign up for Telstra's fixed-line NBN service. If you opt for a month-to-month contract, you'll have to pay a $120 casual fee plus purchase a Telstra Gateway modem for $168. New Telstra broadband customers signing up to any plan will also be hit with a $99 activation fee.

To upgrade the included pay-as-you-go phone service, you can purchase the Australian Ultimate call pack for $10 extra a month and get unlimited calls to standard local and national landlines plus Australian mobiles. Or for an extra $15 a month, you can get the International Ultimate pack that comes with unlimited calls to landlines in 35 select countries and unlimited calls to mobiles in 17 of those countries.

For faster Internet speeds, the default NBN 25 connection can be upgraded to NBN 50 for an extra $20 a month or NBN 100 for an extra $30 a month.

If you're thinking of signing up for a 24-month contract with Telstra, you'll want to keep in mind that cancelling your service before the full two years are up will incur an early termination charge. On the Connect and Connect Plus plans, this charge can be up to $528; on the Entertainment and Entertainment Plus plans with Foxtel Now, it can be up to $720; and on the Entertainment Plus plan with traditional Foxtel, it can be as much as $828. This charge decreases the further you are into your contract.

You won't have to worry about excess data charges with Telstra's fixed-line NBN plans since going over your monthly download limit will simply see your Internet speed slowed to 256kbps for the rest of your current billing cycle.

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