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Telstra Xbox All Access: Series X and Series S pricing
Telstra is set to offer the next-generation Xbox with 100 games for as little as $33 a month. If you're looking to buy an Xbox Series X at launch, this could be the best option in Australia. Here are the details.
What is Xbox All Access?Telstra Xbox All Access is a monthly subscription service for Xbox video game consoles. Available to new or existing Telstra customers on fixed broadband and mobile, it bundles an Xbox console with over 100 free games via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a subscription-based games library with on-demand access to some of the best Xbox titles, including plenty of brand new releases. There are over 100 games in the library – which is constantly updated – and you can play as many times as you like at no extra cost.
Previously available for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, the service is set to also offer the Series X and Series S when they launch in November.
Telstra Xbox All Access pricing
Telstra Xbox All Access with Xbox Series X will set customers back $46 a month on top of the cost of your Telstra plan. The Xbox Series S plan comes in $13 cheaper, at $33 a month. This is a premium on Telstra's existing Xbox One S or an Xbox One X deals, which cost $27 and $38 a month, respectively.
Both plans are on a 24-month contract after which you're free to cancel without incurring any penalties. (If you cancel your contract you will need to buy out the remainder of the console. You'll also need to keep paying for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate if you want to keep playing the free games.)
This works out to a total spend of $1,104 and $792 for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, respectively. When you factor in the price of an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, this actually works out slightly cheaper than buying the consoles outright.
The catch is you're required to sign up to a fixed broadband or mobile plan with Telstra if you're not a customer already. Nevertheless, if you're looking to avoid a big upfront payment or are planning to join Telstra anyway, this is arguably the best way to grab one of Microsoft's new consoles at launch.
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Xbox All Access requires a new or existing month-to-month plan from Telstra.
If you're not a Telstra customer and are planning to go down this route, we suggest signing up to an eligible plan before 10 November. Stock of the new consoles is expected to be limited worldwide, so you can expect Telstra to operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here are some available Telstra plans to consider. Click on the headings below to see the deals.
What happens if I'm already a member?
Sadly, Telstra does not appear to be offering an upgrade path for existing Xbox All Access customers. "Xbox All Access customers can buy out their existing hardware at any time and take up the Xbox Series X once its available," Telstra explains on its website. In other words, you can't swap your old console for the new one on a pre-existing contract.
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