Telstra is the largest provider of telecommunications in Australia. It offers Satellite, Cable, ADSL2+, and NBN plans as part of its broadband services.
In addition to occasional specials, for example the set top box for the Telstra TV being offered as a component of a broadband agreement, Telstra provides a full range of bundles with separate broadband connections and packages that incorporate the landline rental.
The complexity of Telstra's entire set of packages can be overwhelming, but generally you will only be using one type of technology; for example an ADSL plan won’t apply to you if you live in an NBN area, and vice versa. We have reviewed the features of Telstra's month-by-month and 24-month contract packages.
Month-by-month ADSL packages are available from Telstra, and it’s discounted if you subscribe to the company’s home phone service using the same line.
You can get Telstra Cable broadband month by month if you’re in an area with Telstra HFC cable. The cost and the data provided vary based on whether or not you include a Telstra home phone line with the service. It also depends on whether or not you would like to boost the speed of your cable service.
Discounts for customers who have their home phones with Telstra, plans that have to be bundled with other services, and packages with Foxtel entertainment are just a few of the ADSL 24-month contract plans offered by Telstra.
You have a broad selection of 24-month contracts to select from If you live in an area serviced by Telstra HFC Cable, including Foxtel entertainment bundles and options for boosting your speed.
If you use NBN, Telstra offers a slew of plans, which you can bundle with supplementary services, for example, Foxtel, with three tiers of speed.
Regional and remote customers can subscribe to Telstra’s 24-month satellite service.
If you have a Telstra’s home phone service, you will usually qualify for a discounted broadband. In fact, a lot of the company’s plans revolve around customers having the home phone service. Some bundles include extras, for example free calls to certain numbers based on your chosen package.
TV and Movie Options
Telstra’s foray in the entertainment arena is because of its share in Foxtel, a subscription television platform. With the exception of Satellite, Telstra’s broadband services, excluding Satellite are available with a broad range of Foxtel subscription services if you pay an extra cost, based on the channels you’d like to access and whether or not they are available where you’re located.
Exceeding the Monthly Download Limit
Charges for excess usage do not apply to most Telstra plans. Instead, the company will shape your speed downwards, usually to 256kbps for the rest of your billing cycle.
Most Plans Offer Shaping. If you exceed your allocation on a shaped plan the company won’t cut you off or slug you with a gigantic bill.
Large variety of plans. This company has packages across all types of connection for each address in Australia.
Foxtel options. Telstra provides full Foxtel packages in a range of configurations in contrast to other providers, who just offer short-term subscriptions to Netflix.
Telstra Air. If you choose a Telstra Air compatible modem, for some types of plan you can use Telstra’s community Wi-Fi hotspot services as part of your general package. You can even use it when you’re abroad through the Fon network.
Premium priced plans. Telstra sees itself as a premium provider of both mobile and broadband services, and as a result its packages are often more expensive when compared to what’s offered by competitors.
No unlimited packages.If you stream lots of videos, you can burn through Telstra’s 1000GB limit. Telstra has not taken a cue from its competitors and jumped on the unlimited data bandwagon.