Telstra’s new “unlimited” plans include a $199 plan with no actual data limits
"Peace of Mind" on selected plans or for an additional $10 per month on Telstra's new mobile plans, plus its first truly "unlimited" plan.
Telstra dipped its toes into the "unlimited" data plans pool earlier this year with a 40GB plan that shaped down to 1.5Mbps once data limits were exhausted, before signalling last month that it would radically reshape its plans offerings, including an end to excess data charges.
It's taken the first steps towards that today, announcing a range of new plans with the option of what it's calling "Peace of Mind" data on selected plans. It's a fancy way of putting forward the same "unlimited" data provisions, where you don't get cut off from your Internet access, but it is capped at 1.5Mbps for the duration of your billing month. For plans that don't automatically qualify for it, you can opt to add it for an additional $10 per month.
One interesting quirk here is that Telstra is offering the option for excess data charges instead. Confused? Essentially you get the choice to either pay $10 for Peace of Mind data (if it's not included), or if you're on a plan with Peace of Mind data (or don't want the low speeds), you can pay an additional $10 for each 1GB of full speed data, the same as you could have previously. However, if you opt for excess data charges, you do have to remember to switch back to your Peace of Mind provision for the following contract months.
In the BYO SIM space, Telstra is simplifying with plans at $49, $69 and $89 per month with 15GB, 30GB and 60GB of full speed data. The $69 and $89 tiers both qualify for Peace of Mind/Unlimited data automatically. If you want to pair up with a mobile plan on lease or outright terms, tiers run at $59, $79, $99, $129 or the new $199 "Ultimate" tier.
The $59-$129 plans come with 3GB, 10GB, 30GB or 60GB of data respectively, although Peace of Mind data is only included at the $129 tier. For lower tiers, you can add it for an additional $10 per month.
The Ultimate plan, if your budget can afford it is Telstra's first "true" unlimited plan, because it promises as much data as you can slurp down at the fastest rates your device can handle it.
However, you can't quite go totally nuts on that plan. We were curious as to what happens to folks who use their phones as a hotspot. Telstra tells us that users that it feels are contravening the CIS and using "excessive" data may be shaped regardless.
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