Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:12

DEAL! Telstra making 180GB for $65 per month for 12 months open to all, Friday 16 Oct 2020 Featured


If you want to save a whopping $50 per month on Telstra's XL plan, which delivers 180GB per month and which normally costs $115 per month, then sign up this plan over 12 months and you'll pay just $65 per month!

180GB. I'm currently paying $60 per month for 80GB, which is a $5 discount from the normal rate. However, on Friday, October 16, 2020, the date most people will be first reading this article, I'll be immediately signing up to pay $5 more, or $65 per month, to more than double the amount of data I'm currently getting!!

This plan obviously includes access to Telstra 5G network, which the company proudly boasts is at its biggest size yet, covering more than 41% of where the population lives, works and travels through, with this figure to grow to 75% by mid-2021.

You should be able to see the plan at Telstra's site here on the morning of Friday October 16. 

The plan also includes access to Telstra's "peace of mind" data, which will slow you down to 1.5Mbps if you download and upload your heart out and plough through 180GB before the month is up.

Of course, it would be nice if Telstra could follow Vodafone's lead and increase the capped speed of 1.5Mbps to the 2Mbps, 10Mbps or 25Mbps that Vodafone recently announced. Maybe Telstra could at least double it to 3Mbps, but 180GB of full speed data does, at least, make a big difference.

Telstra's 5G is also superior to that of Optus and Vodafone's, at least when it comes to Optus according to Telstra's own tests with Vodafone's yet to have a much bigger footprint officially announced as rolled out, but you can see Vodafone's current and planned 5G footprint here

Meanwhile, the Optus 5G footprint is here and Telstra's is here, which as the company reminds us, is Australia's largest.

It also makes me wonder if we'll start seeing 500GB and 1000GB mobile plans in the next couple of years from Telstra, Vodafone and Optus. I mean, Tangerine Telecom already offers a 1000GB 4G mobile broadband plan for $89.90 per month for the first six months, and then $99.90 per month thereafter, l but it is data only - no unlimited phone calls or text messages, and no "peace of mind" style data afterwards, either.

So, what are the conditions that we know of thus far with Telstra's $65 180GB 12 month plan?

Well, according to the information sent to the media by a Telstra spokesperson, the company says the following:

"Telstra will tomorrow [Friday 16 October 2020] launch a $50 per month discount for 12 months for any customer who takes up Telstra’s XL plan; a saving of $600 over 12 months.

"This means customers who take up the offer will pay $65 per month and receive 180GB of data monthly for 12 months. After this promotional period, customers are then free to move plans.

"The offer will be available to all new and existing customers on BYO plans or when you add a device, from 16 October 2020 until 16 November 2020".

Telstra Group Executive, Consumer and Small Business, Michael Ackland said: "We’re giving customers more data for less with this offer and it’s perfectly timed as new 5G devices hit the market so people can try Telstra 5G for themselves and see why it’s Australia’s best 5G.

“With Telstra 5G now available in more than 60 cities and towns, along with more 5G devices hitting the market, this offer is perfectly timed. Telstra is giving customers a big discount on big data allowances for the next 12 months so people can try Telstra 5G for themselves.”

Telstra also states that "The offer can be combined with customers who pre-order an iPhone 12 on a $65 plan or above (M, L or XL), who’ll receive 45,000 T+ Telstra Plus points to use towards our range of headset accessories.

"Customers can take advantage of the offer via the MyTelstra app or by contacting Telstra; online through, in store or on 13 22 00".

So, there you have it. I'm a paying Telstra customer and I'll be upgrading to this plan. Telstra must have absolutely no doubt that its network can handle what will likely be a giant surge of customers taking up the offer, along with what is sure to be a massive surge of customers using 5G where it's available, and growing.

It's good to see that Telstra is making it easier for its customers to use data liberally, with more 5G in more places, in what will surely be, despite tons of Telstra hiccups with customer service over some decades, the way many, many people will prefer to connect.

I also look forward to testing the 5G networks of all three major networks, and will be publishing results soon!

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