Quick Summary – Telstra Prepaid Plans
||MMS||Data||Call Cap/Credit||Voice mail1||Extras||2 Min Call3||More|
|Beyond Talk – $30||78c||39c||29c||30||50c||200MB||$30 + 200 TXT + 200 minutes||78c||1c TXT to Telstra. Excess data $2/mb chg p/KB||$1.95/115 calls||Buy Telstra!|
|Beyond Talk $40||78c||39c||29c||30||50c||300MB||$40 + 300 TXT + 300 minutes||78c||$1.95/170 calls|
|Beyond Talk – $50||78c||39c||Unlimited||30||50c||400MB||$50 + 500 minutes||78c||Excess data $2/mb chg p/KB||$1.95/275 calls|
|Beyond Talk – $70||78c||39c||Unlimited||30||50c||600MB||$70 + 700 minutes||78c||$1.95/385 calls|
|Beyond Talk – $100||78c||39c||Unlimited||30||50c||1GB||$100 + 800 minutes||78c||$1.95/450 calls|
|Simplicity – $20||15c||0c||12c||30||50c||10c/MB||$20||15c||Data charged p/MB||30c/66 calls||Buy Telstra!|
|Simplicity – $30||15c||0c||12c||60||50c||10c/MB||$30||15c||30c/100 calls|
|Simplicity – $50||15c||0c||12c||90||50c||10c/MB||$50||15c||30c/300 calls|
|Simplicity – $100||15c||0c||12c||180||50c||10c/MB||$100||15c||30c/333 calls|
|Browse Pack – $5
Not available for Telstra Freedom plan
|Browse Pack – $10||200MB|
|Browse Pack – $20||700MB|
|Browse Pack – $39||1GB|
|Browse Pack – $49||3GB|
|Browse Pack – $59||4GB|
|Telstra Long Life – $20||78c||39c||29c (Int 35c)||60||50c||$2/MB||$20||78c||Excess $2/MB chg p/KB||$1.95/10 calls||Buy Telstra!|
|Telstra Long Life – $30||78c||39c||29c (Int 35c)||180||50c||$2/MB||$30||78c||$1.95/15 calls|
|Telstra Long Life – $40||78c||39c||29c (Int 35c)||180||50c||$2/MB||$40 + 50 mins||78c||$1.95/45 calls|
|Telstra Long Life – $50||78c||39c||29c (Int 35c)||180||50c||$2/MB||$50 + 100 mins||78c||$1.95/96 calls|
|Telstra Long Life – $70||78c||39c||29c (Int 35c)||365||50c||$2/MB||$70 + 100 mins||78c||$1.95/85 calls|
|Telstra Long Life – $100||78c||39c||29c (Int 35c)||365||50c||$2/MB||$100 + 200 mins||78c||$1.95/151 calls|
|Freedom $30||89c||39c||29c||28||50c||800MB||$220 + $30 recharge credit||89c||Excess data $2/MB charged p/KB + bonus option of either unlimited talk & TXT 6pm till 6am or unlimited talk and TXT to Telstra mobiles anytime of the day.||$2.17/115 calls||Buy Telstra!|
|Freedom $40||89c||39c||29c||28||50c||1.5GB||$510 + $40 recharge credit||89c||$2.17/253 calls|
|Freedom $50||89c||39c||29c||28||50c||2GB||$950 + $50 recharge credit||89c||$2.17/460 calls|
1 – rate per minute
2 – expiry period in days
3 – cost of a 2 minute call. Number of 2 minute calls made using credit provided to any network (excludes calls within network).
Where no minimum credit is indicated, $20 is used.
Prepaid Mobile Review – Telstra Prepaid Plans (April 2014)
Having invested in a Samsung S4 4G smartphone, I thought it was time to review what the 4G experience was like. My intention is to test both Telstra Prepaid Plans and Optus Prepaid on 4G.I decided to purchase my Telstra Prepaid Plans sim from a Woolworths retail store. My ID was checked as usual and the whole experience was quite easy really.Activating the sim card was a little harder however. This is the second sim I have activated with Telstra this year and the second time I have had to use the chat service to complete the activation. As I already have a prepaid mobile broadband sim card with Telstra for my iPad, I decided to activate under this account. Because I had logged into my account there did not seem to be any ID requirement. The activation request was sent almost instantly. The problem however was that almost as instantly, I received an email from Telstra advising that there would be delays in my activation. I waited 24 hours and nothing.I jumped online via the chat service and the young lady activated my sim pretty quickly. My ID was requested. Not sure why my activation was lost (no explanation was given).Once the activation came through, I inserted the sim in my phone and all was ready. Lucky for me my home (eastern suburbs of Melbourne) had 4G access and this appeared on my phone.
Given 4G is still limited to Metro and inner city regions (see map) 4G across will cross over to 3G when it needs to. I experienced this in the train on the way to work in the morning. Now you see it now you don’t.
The difference between 3G and 4G speeds is significant. As an example, using my Optus 3G sim in my Samsung S4 can achieve a ping of 46ms, download speed of 4.70Mbps and 1.16Mbps upload. Using the 4G Telstra sim, I reached close to 20Mbps download and 3.5Mbps upload (3 x better). However, the results do bounce around from test to test, but the differences even at the lower levels are significant.
All Telstra prepaid plans give you access to its 4G network. I selected the Prepaid Cap Encore plan with a $30 recharge as it had the largest data allowance of 400MB. In total you receive $250 in calls allowance and 400MB (charged per KB). If 4G data speed is what you are after, this is the best plan by way of data value.
I was warned via Twitter that my 400MB would last me a whole 5 mins. In fact I used a quarter of my allowance in less than 45 minutes of active usage. What this means is that whilst the image above shows 11 hours of usage, 10 hours of this was overnight and into the morning. Being a smart phone it has a mind of its own and updates are being run whilst I am not using the phone. No doubt this led to some/most of the usage.
My actual manual usage consisted of a total of 6 speed tests and browsing on under 10 web pages. I also spent 20 minutes on twitter. 25% of my allowance used in less than 1 hour. At this rate, I would need several GBs per month. (or a $70 recharge with 1.5GB on this plan).
My Samsung S4 is one of the fastest phones available at the moment and so even 3G speeds should perform well and general do. I don’t have a need for the fastest speeds on my phone but could be persuaded on my iPad where I do most of my browsing and work.
- Speeds are very fast at the moment and if you demand performance, then Telstra prepaid Plans on 4G is the way to go. Enjoy it while it lasts.
- $30 is easy entry and applies equally to Optus’ offer. Difficult to know if 400MB will really be enough given my initial experience.
- I would expect that activation would be simpler than my experience for the bulk of Telstra Prepaid Plans clients. Chat support was quick and effective.
- You do use the data quicker than on the 3G network even though data increments are per KB with the Prepaid Cap Encore plan. With my regular Live Connected 3G plan, I would use under 1GB per month. My 4G usage in the limited hours I have had it, is unlikely to last me more than 1 week.
- Be prepared to spend more than what you do via your 3G network. Note however that there are providers like Vaya (Optus network) offering much better 4G value than this plan.
Would I swap?
I wouldn’t swap to a Telstra Prepaid Plans at $70/mth but at $20 or $25 maybe, particularly if I could share the data with my tablet and still achieve these speeds. I suppose most people would jump at 4G at the prices I want to pay. It is unlikely that I am going to get them. Note: Vaya is offering 1.5GB for under $20 (special offer).