Telstra boosts iPhone Plans

Anthony Caruana
31 July, 2008
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It had to happen. Telstra has boosted the anaemic data offerings on their iPhone plans. 

The $10 mobile data pack now includes 150 megabytes of data – up from 20 megabytes. However, most of Telstra’s iPhone plans include the $29 mobile data pack. As of tomorrow this will now include 300 megabytes of data – up from 80 megabytes. Better yet, excess data usage rates have been reduced on these two data packs from $1 per MB. Customers are sent a reminder SMS when they are get to 80% of their data allocation and again at 100 per cent. Data use on the web.

If you’re a Telstra customer already using a $10 or a $29 browsing pack  you’ll automatically have the additional data allowance added to your plans over the coming months. Why they’re saying the “coming months” is a bit of mystery. Other telcos, such as Three, are able to increase user caps overnight so we’d be hoping Telstra customers see the extra capacity on their usage meters pretty darn quickly.

Frankly, while Telstra’s plans still aren’t as cheap as Optus’s they are now much more competitive. Telstra’s $59 per month package costs $1815 over two years and includes $399 up front, $25 of calls and 300MB of data. In contrast, Optus’s $59 plan costs $1584 including $350 per month, 500MB of data and $7 for the handset. Optus still offers the better value in our view but the difference isn’t so great now.

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