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Now that we have the launch availability from Vodafone, Optus, and Virgin, it’s time for Telstra to join the party, and this morning, they have.

Telstra customers can purchase GALAXY S4 on the $80 Every Day Connect Plan with a $7 handset repayment per month (after using an included MRO Bonus) with $800 worth of standard national calls and MMS plus unlimited text messaging to standard Australian numbers and 1.5GB of data for use in Australia. Min cost over 24 months is $2,088. (2 minute standard call $2.11, excess data usage $0.10/MB with no data pack.)

Update: An earlier version of this post showed an incorrect version of this pricing, with excess data usage of $2/MB. This information was based on Telstra’s Exchange blog post, which was updated to show the new price.

Business customers can purchase GALAXY S4 on the $80 Business Performance Plan with a $7 handset repayment per month (after using an included MRO Bonus) with $800 worth of standard national calls and MMS plus unlimited text messaging to standard Australian numbers and 1.5GB of data for use in Australia. Min cost over 24 months is $2,088.

The phone will also be available outright in select Telstra stores from 27 April for $816, which is well less than the RRP of $899 we’ve seen last night.

On Saturday 27 April, you’ll be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 from selected Telstra outlets for the outright price or on a plan; for a full list of stores, check the Telstra Exchange post.

Telstra has one of the better networks (though it’s not without its irritating flaws) and so people looking for a premium smartphone may be looking for the (supposed) premium carrier to go with it. Will you be getting your Galaxy S4 through Telstra?

Source(s): Telstra Exchange
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003343238354 Marty Shead

    What gives Telstra>? I bought a GS4 (amazing product) through Telstra phone was using 800 – 1G Memory out of the box (stock)

    Rooted and installed RAW ROM STATUS: 500MB Memory! your ROM (firmware) is so bloated!

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Chris

      That’s pretty much the same for all GS4s, it’s not just Telstra. Blame Samsung ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/pupular Pupatrón Havusheenmyroof

    I’m an existing Vodafone customer and am out of contract… was waiting for the S4. Called up this morning to upgrade / resign with the S4 and was able to negotiate a cheaper handset price… mind you I was on the phone for over an hour, but that was mostly due to the staff I spoke to not knowing anything about the launch and presale as of 9:00am this morning.

    The handset is normally $5 per month on the $60 plan but I was able to talk that down to $1 per month on the $60 plan so basically $61 per month for the S4, $700 call credit each month, unlimited standard TXT and 2.5GB of data (for the first 12 months, 1.5GB thereafter). Handset should arrive next week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuelleung83 Samuel Leung

    I’ve just read (from the Telstra Exchange Blog) that they will in fact have the S4 available on a $60 plan with a $13 MRO. Which is worth considering. $13 x 24 months is $312.. and if you’re like me, who uses most of what is provided on a $60 plan. It’s a worthwhile option. Telstra should have just stated the $60 base plan from the start though, geesh. They just can’t get the PR right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/samuelleung83 Samuel Leung

    I’ve just read (from the Telstra Exchange Blog) that they will in fact have it available on a $60 plan with a $13 MRO. Which is worth considering. $13 x 24 months is $312.. and if you’re like me, who uses most of what is provided on a $60 plan. It makes sense. Telstra should have just stated the $60 base plan from the start.

  • chris

    No way, buy the nexus, 400 for phone and if you are happy with Droptus something like an exetel plan on $15 a month for 1.5g of data and 500 odd in calls etc you are so far ahead.

    • Matt

      Exactly. I’m paying $15 a month for pretty much the same thing from TPG. Which means I have $1080 to spend on a phone over 24 months, based on a $60 a month plan spend.

  • Darren_Ausdroid

    I’m with you on this one. I’m on the same plan with my GNex and I will probably buy my next phone outright so that I can stay on that plan. $80 is too much.

    • glennv17

      Yeah I’m thinking the same thing. Or I’ll move to an Optus reseller like Virgin or Vaya if their 4G coverage is decent enough. Don’t particularly want to fall back to Optus 3G in my area.

      If I buy a 4G phone outright and ask Telstra for a 4G SIM while remaining on my plan, will they just hand me one and let me activate my number onto that or will they make my pay something?

      • Dylan Pinn

        If you have a fairly new sim card it should pick up 4g if in a 4g capable device.

        You would need a new micro sim to work in the new Samsung though.

  • logical

    Sooo expensive, I am a customer with Galaxy Nexus on $59 plan, and I have no intention to pay any more than that for a plan