Telstra plan updates: unmetered Apple Music, free Netflix, Presto AND Stan

Angus Kidman 18 August 2016

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Plus there's an app to help you search them all.

Telstra mobile customers on all its contract and prepaid plans will be able to use Apple Music unmetered from next Tuesday (23 August).

As part of a broader update of its contract plans, Telstra will make Apple Music unmetered across all mobile plans. That means listening to music through the service won't count against your data allowance.

Telstra currently offers six months free access to Apple Music for new contract customers, and that deal will continue.

Telstra's plan update will also include a three-month free subscription to Netflix, Stan and Presto (yes, all three of them) for some customers. New customers who sign up for plans costing $95 a month or more (with a bundled phone included) or $80 or more (on a BYOD plan) will be eligible.

We'll be covering full details of the new Telstra plans when they're officially announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday will also see the launch of the Telstra TV+ app on Android and iOS, which will allow customers to search through shows available on Stan and Presto, movies from BigPond Movies, and music on Apple Music. It will also show which free media offers are available with your current plan.

Currently, the Telstra TV+ app won't search Netflix, but Telstra says the app will be frequently updated and that feature may appear in a future release.

Customers who own a Telstra TV set-top box will also be able to pause viewing on the box and then resume it on a mobile device using the app.

Music is becoming a major differentiating feature of mobile plans. Optus offers unmetered access to Spotify, Google Play Music, iHeart Radio, Pandora and Guvera, but only to prepaid customers. Vodafone offers free Spotify subscriptions to customers on Red Plans.

One more data bonus: customers viewing live AFL or NRL matches for the remainder of the season can do so on their mobile devices without eating into their data allowance. Note you'll still need to have paid for a Footy Pass for your preferred code, but at least you won't be chewing through data.

Sporting rights are also becoming a key battleground for mobile and broadband providers looking to differentiate their services. As well as its AFL and NRL packages, Telstra has streaming deals for netball and basketball. Optus has exclusive Australian broadcast rights for EPL soccer matches, and you need to be a broadband or mobile customer to watch them. OVO has a similar deal for V8 Supercars broadcasts.

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