Telstra has today announced a new set of plans that will launch on the 4th of March. Telstra has also advised they will launch new upgrade options for customers who like to update their phone more regularly than the standard 24 month contracts normally allow.

Telstra has dubbed their new fast upgrade option – which will allow customers signing up to a 24-month contract, to upgrade to a new phone after 12 months – the ‘Telstra New Phone Feeling’, to get access to the new phone feeling, customers will have to pay a $10 fee per month($120 per year) on top of their monthly contract and handset repayments and at the end of the 12 months will be offered the option to hand their phone back and receive a new handset.

Telstra’s Group Managing Director for Product, Warwick Bray, speaking about how this new program is in response to their millions of custmers, said

We know lots of Australians really look forward to getting their hands on the latest smartphone technology and we want to give them the chance to experience that ‘new phone feeling’ more frequently. So we’re introducing the option for customers to get a new smartphone every 12 months as an add-on with selected handsets across our new 24-month consumer plans.

The new set of plans, known as ‘Mobile Accelerate’ Plans, come in four offerings that will replace the existing Telstra Mobile Consumer plans :

Optional data packs and data share packs to flexibly boost monthly data allowances.

The Mobile Accelerate plans come with a built-in safety net that covers MMS and Voice charges so customers will pay no more than $130 per month on the eligible call types.

The new Telstra Mobile Accelerate Plans which include a handset look like this :

Minimum Monthly Plan Charge
24 month minimum term
$55
 
$70
 
$95
 
$130
 
Monthly included allowance for calls, text and MMS to standard Australian numbers
$550
$700
$950
Unlimited
Monthly included data allowance to use in Australia
500MB
1.5GB
2.5GB
3GB
MMS picture messages to standard Australian numbers (per msg)
50c
Unlimited
MMS video messages to standard Australian numbers (per msg)
75c
Unlimited
Text messages to standard Australian numbers
 Unlimited
Unlimited Weekends (all day Saturday and Sunday)
No
No
Yes
N/A
Excess data usage within Australia (charged per KB)
3c per MB
Excess Voice Safety Net
$130 (MMC + eligible excess charges = $130)
Minimum cost
$1,320
$1,680
$2,280
$3,120
2 min standard call
$2.38
All to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas)

If you’d like to look at the new BYOD plans they look like this :

Minimum Monthly Plan Spend
 
$45
 
$55
 
$70 
$95
 
Plan Term
12 or 24 months
Monthly included allowance for calls, text and MMS to standard Australian numbers
$550
$700
$950
Unlimited
Monthly included data allowance to use in Australia
500MB
1.5GB
2.5GB
3GB
MMS picture messages to standard Australian numbers (per msg)
50c
Unlimited
MMS video messages to standard Australian numbers (per msg)
75c
Unlimited
Text messages to standard Australian numbers
Unlimited
Unlimited Weekends (all day Saturday and Sunday)
No
No
Yes
n/a
Excess data usage within Australia (charged per KB)
3c per MB
Excess Voice Safety Net
$130 (MMC + eligible excess charges = $130)
Minimum cost
12 months $540
24 months $1,080
12 months $660
24 months
$1,320
12 months $840
24 months
$1,680
12 months $1,140
24 months $2,280
2 min standard call
$2.38
All to standard Australian numbers (excludes use overseas)

The new plans look Ok, but the new plans do at least drop the price of excess data from their current rate of 10c per MB to 3c per MB.

The ‘New Phone Feeling’ options are at least an option for new phone afficianados but having to hand your phone back as well as paying $120 over 12 months for the privelege seems a little off to me. The new BYOD plans at least give some better options for people who want to bring their own phone.

With the added competition that an improved Vodafone network is bringing as well as an enticing offering from Optus, Telstra is finally having to start competing where it matters – on price. It will be worth it to see how these new plans go once they hit the market on the 4th of March. If you’re interested in the new plans, sign up to the Telstra mailing list for new plans.

Do these plans interest you? What do you think of the ‘New Phone Feeling’ program?

Source(s): Telstra
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  • ok

    Woolworths $29 prepaid byo with 5gb, yes 5 gigs.

  • Blake

    Absolute joke. My 4yr old BYO plan is much better – $49 for 1.5GB.

    Greedy ba$tard$.

  • freakapotamus

    I am still on the old $49 byo with 1.5 gig data why would I pay $6 a month more for the same plan?

  • mrjayviper

    Would jump on that byo $55 plan if it has more data

  • James

    Was going to ask if they even listen haha. Still insufficient data for the website trends on the horizon, not to mention the format sizes etc that will be coming in the next year or two

  • Frank

    Virgin Mobile have already tried this months ago….

  • Sean

    I just don’t get why people go contract anymore. You get such better deals and WAY more data on prepaid nowadays

    • mrjayviper

      “free” phone? large call/text allowance?

  • NOZXIV

    So its $240 to have the option to have a new phone. Most would just go an assume they are paying $120 and get to upgrade for free and not continue oaying the $10 a month. Its $10 a month for 24 months with an upgrade of phone at 12 months. AND they will have to give their current phone back too. Its not like they will end up with two phones…

  • David Watt

    So you have to pay an extra $10 per month, and you have to GIVE THE PHONE BACK? How about GTFO….I’ll stick to the 24 month plan, sell it after 12 months and use said proceeds to buy new phone.

  • GreviousMcG

    $45 a month on BYOD plan and you get only 500MB?? Bitch, please…

    • JeniSkunk

      Telstra must be braindead. Why go connedtract when pre-paid gibs it. Prepaid plan – Telstra Pre Paid Cap Encore – $40 recharge = $40 recharge and $510 cap credit and 600Mb data. - $50 recharge = $50 recharge and $950 cap credit and 800Mb data.

      • Stormjr

        But wait it get’s better – Telstra Pre Paid Cap Encore $40 recharge = $40 recharge $510 cap credit and 600Mb data Spend $39 (from recharge credit) on data plus pack for extra 1GB – $511 call/sms/mms credit and 1600Mb data all for $40p/m! Oh and it’s 4G!

      • mrjayviper

        how do I get the 1.6GB data? so it’s $40 + $39 to get 1.6GB data? I’m a bit confused. thanks

      • wpw

        Once you recharge you use your ($40 of real credit) to buy an extra data pack at $39 for 1GB As above

      • mrjayviper

        Gotcha. Thanks