Compare Telstra mobile broadband plans

Matt Sayer 21 April 2017

Be online all the time with these mobile broadband plans from Australia's biggest telco.


What you need to know about Telstra's mobile broadband plans

With the largest telecommunications network in the country, Telstra is able to offer services other telcos simply can't. Its mobile broadband service is a perfect example of this. Covering all major metropolitan cities and a sizeable chunk of regional Australia, Telstra's 3G and 4G networks provide wireless Internet access whether you're at home or out and about. Supporting a wide range of phones, tablets, and many other mobile devices, Telstra's mobile broadband network is a strong step towards our fully wireless future.

Freedom is key to mobile technology, and Telstra's mobile broadband plans reflect that. Prepaid plans involve no lock-in contracts and no excess download charges, plus you can recharge at anytime and anywhere you find yourself in need of Internet access. On the other hand, if topping up turns you off, Telstra's 12-month and 24-month postpaid plans offer a range of monthly data caps to keep you online when you're on the go.

What are the different Telstra mobile broadband plans?

In addition to the prepaid and postpaid tiers, Telstra's mobile broadband plans include a variety of options to suit different online appetites. On the prepaid side of things, you can purchase standalone SIM cards to insert into your mobile device, ready to be recharged as needed. These SIM starter kits come with up to 1GB of data that you will need to use in either 7 or 28 days, depending on which kit you buy.

If you don't have a SIM-compatible mobile device, Telstra also offers a range of Wi-Fi access points pre-loaded with varying amounts of data. These devices act like portable Wi-Fi routers, letting you connect your phone, laptop, tablet, or any other Wi-Fi compatible device to the Internet wherever there's network coverage.

Most of the data packs in these prepaid bundles last no more than 30 days, and unless you recharge before the expiry date, all your unused data will be lost. If you'd prefer something with a little more leeway, Telstra sells a range of data passes with longer-term expirations, from 6GB with a 3-month expiry to 20GB with a 12-month expiry.

On the postpaid front, Telstra offers both standalone data plans and bundles with Wi-Fi access points. Basic data plans start at 1GB a month on the S plan. The M plan upgrades your data to 10GB a month, and the L plan doubles it to 20GB a month.

For the device bundles, you have two options: the Netgear Nighthawk M1, and the Telstra 4GX USB + Wi-Fi Plus. Both function as mobile hotspots, with the Nighthawk supporting more devices simultaneously and even including an Ethernet port. Device bundles are only available on 24-month contracts.

How much do Telstra's mobile broadband plans cost?

Having Internet access wherever you go is dead handy, but it gets pricey, too. Prepaid recharges start at $30 for 3GB with 30 days to use it all, but if you want the less-restrictive annual data pass with 20GB on a 12-month expiry, you'll be looking at $150. If you plan on sharing that data among multiple devices, Telstra's mobile Wi-Fi access points start at $39 at their most basic and go up to $109.

Standalone Post-Paid data plans will run you $15 a month for the 1GB S plan, $45 a month for the 10GB M plan, or $70 a month for the 20GB L plan. Bundling in the Telstra 4GBX USB + Wi-Fi Plus is free on all plans over 24 months, while the Netgear Nighthawk M1 is free on the M and L plans and an extra $9 a month on the S plan. Cancelling any of these plans before the end of the contract period will result in an early termination fee calculated based on how long you have left on your contract.

If you exceed your data limit on any of Telstra's postpaid plans, you'll automatically be charged $10 for every GB you use over your limit.


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