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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.

Telstra offers both prepaid and postpaid mobile broadband plans. 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 postpaid mobile broadband plans operate on a month-to-month basis and 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?

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 plans come with up to 50GB of data that you will need to use in either 14 or 28 days, depending on which plan you opt for. There are also long-term 12-month plans with up to 180GB of data for use over a full year.

If you don't have a SIM-compatible mobile device, Telstra has 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.

On the postpaid front, Telstra offers both standalone data plans and bundles with Wi-Fi access points. Basic data plans start at 5GB a month on the Extra Small plan. The Small plan upgrades your data to 10GB a month, the Medium plan ups it to 50GB a month and the Large plan increases it to 100GB a month.

For the device bundles, you have five options: the HTC 5G hub, the Netgear Nighthawk M2, the Telstra 4GX Wi-Fi Pro, the Telstra 4GX USB or the Telstra 4GX Modem. All function as mobile hotspots, with the Nighthawk and HTC 5G hub supporting the largest number of devices simultaneously. Device bundles are available on 24 or 36-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 $20 for 5GB with 14 days to use it all, but if you want the less-restrictive annual data pass with 40GB on a 12-month expiry, you'll be looking at $150.

Standalone Post-Paid data plans will run you $15 a month for the 5GB Extra Small plan, $25 a month for the 10GB Small plan, $50 a month for the 50GB Medium plan or $75 a month for the 100GB Large plan. Bundling in any of Telstra's Wi-Fi hubs will add an extra device repayment cost to your contract, with all repayments operating over 24 or 36 months, Cancelling any of these plans before the end of the contract period will mean paying out the remaining device fees in full all at once.

If you exceed your data limit on any of Telstra's postpaid plans, you won't have to pay any excess usage fees. Instead, your Internet speed will be slowed to a maximum of 1.5Mbps for the rest of your current billing cycle.


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