Telstra SIM-only mobile plans

Telstra SIM-only plans give you access to the carrier’s exceptional network without a bundled handset.

Save $120 on plan fee + 60GB data with unlimited calls and text for $59/month

Save $120 on plan fee + 60GB data with unlimited calls and text for $59/month from Telstra deals

  • $10/month off plan fee over 12 months.
  • Unlimited national & international calls/text.
  • 30GB + 30GB bonus data included.
  • No excess data charges.
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    Telstra runs the largest 4G network in Australia providing services on both contract and prepaid terms as well as the 12/24 month and month by month contract SIM-only services detailed here. It has the widest current deployment of 4G services through both metropolitan and regional areas of Australia. Its 4G network, which it dubs "4GX", offers the highest category speeds of any network in Australia in metropolitan areas, and in many regional areas it’s effectively the only network choice to speak of.

    How much does Telstra Mobile cost?

    Telstra’s SIM-only plans are offered on either a 12 or 24 month basis, with slightly different pricing structures but the same overall plan naming scheme. Like its contract mobile 24 month plans it offers plans with S, M and L naming schemes, relating largely to the cost of the plan and the inclusions, most notably the data inclusions.

    All Telstra's SIM-only plans come with unlimited standard calls and texts every month. The baseline 12-month S plan costs $39 per month and comes with 15GB of data, the M plan costs $59 per month and comes with 30GB of data and the L plan costs $79 per month and includes 60GB of data.

    What extras does Telstra Mobile offer?

    Telstra’s 12 month SIM-only plans include a bonus Apple Music subscription for 6 months, with all music streamed through the app free from data charges.

    If your home phone or broadband service is also via Telstra it’s worth investigating whether or not you might get a bundling discount on a SIM-only plan, or for your other services because of a SIM-only plan. Either way, you’re saving money.

    Telstra runs a public Wi-Fi network dubbed "Telstra Air" via its stores, many public phone booths (the ones with pink tops are the giveaway) and via its customer broadband networks, and access to the network is included with all its SIM-only plans.

    What excess charges could I face on these plans?

    Telstra's SIM only plans don't include a handset by definition, so there's no additional handset repayments to face. For plans with a fixed call quota, any calls made that exceed that quota will be added to your monthly postpaid bill when it rolls over. This isn't an issue for unlimited call plans, and all of Telstra's current SIM-only plans do include unlimited standard national text inclusions.

    Data is strictly metered on Telstra's SIM-only plans, and what this means is that once you've exhausted your data quota (if you do), any excess usage will be charged at a flat $10 per gigabyte or part thereof. As such, as soon as you go over quota you'll pay a minimum of $10 extra.

    Premium services, such as calls to numbers starting with 19 prefixes will attract additional charges, as will calls to some satellite services.

    Telstra's SIM-only plans don't generally include international call inclusions except at the highest level, which means that on most plans you will incur additional charges for international calls and texts. You can check Telstra's call rates for its international calling destinations on its web site.

    If you roam while travelling internationally, you will incur roaming charges for your usage. Telstra sells travel passes that offer unlimited standard calls and texts as well as data provisions for $30, $70, $140 and $300 if purchased upfront. Otherwise you'll be subject to variable call and data rates depending on the country you travel to. Telstra's full costings schedule for each country where roaming is available can be found here.

    Finally, if you cancel your contract early, you may be subject to an early termination charge.

    How to contact Telstra

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    Pre-paid Services - 125 8887
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    Alex Kidman

    Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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