Telstra has lopped prices and done away with excess usage fees on its BigPond Next G wireless broadband services.
Telstra's Next G mobile network is the gold standard when it comes to coverage and speed, but Telstra sticks a premium price tag on as a result. Today, though, Telstra has come through on new CEO David Thodey's promise to bring prices back in line with reasonable expectations by providing upgraded download allowances and new plans to provide more pricing options.
Telstra has doubled the 200MB $29.95 monthly plan to provide 400MB for the same price, and introduced new $49.95 3GB and $79.95 6GB plans. The 5GB plan which had been set at $89.95 has been discontinued.
Meanwhile, the 1GB plan, which had been priced at a rather unpalatable $59.95 a month has had $20 lopped off the price, to $39.95 a month.
The bundling discounts are good, too. If you're already a Telstra customer on full home landline (local + long distance) you get $10 off the monthly price, and if you also have a Telstra mobile, you can get a further $10 off each month.
Those discounts mean you can get 400MB of Next G wireless broadband for $9.95 a month if you're an existing landline and mobile customer, which is enough if you just need to use wireless broadband lightly for a few days a month. You do have to go on a two year contract to get the bundling discounts though.
The best thing Telstra has done, though, is get rid of the outrageous excess usage fees it used to charge people who went over their monthly limit. It used to charge a ridiculous $250/GB of excess usage on its lower-end plans, but this has now been removed entirely in favour of slowing down your internet connection if you hit your limit.
All these price changes only apply to Telstra's BigPond-branded Next G wireless broadband -- Telstra Mobile also offers wireless broadband plans
, and these still cost $59 for 1GB, $89 for 5GB and $119 for 10GB -- but have the big advantage that you can use the SIM card in any device (such as a smartphone) whereas the BigPond SIM cards can only be used in the modem they are sold with.
You can see the new BigPond Wireless prices here
-- they'll be available from 18th January. Three cheers to David Thodey (pictured above) for bringing Telstra pricing back to a more approachable level.