When Telstra announced their new T-Box yesterday, they promised us new data bundles today. And for a company that has been doing its best to hang onto its "charge through the nose because we're the biggest" pricing philosophy, the bundles are actually pretty good.
There are three new bundles, and they're all detailed below:
Telstra Home 25GB Value Bundle at $109 per month for 24 months plus $35 upfront. This plan includes:
BigPond Elite™ Liberty – 25GB T-Box or T-Hub Unlimited local calls and $1 STD calls
Telstra Home 100GB Ultimate Bundle at $139 per month for 24 months plus $35 upfront. This plan includes:
BigPond Elite™ Liberty – 100GB T-Box or T-Hub Unlimited local and STD calls Unlimited calls to any Telstra mobile from your home phone
Telstra Home 200GB Ultimate Bundle at $159 per month for 24 months plus $35 upfront. This plan includes:
BigPond Elite™ Liberty – 200GB T-Box or T-Hub Unlimited local and STD calls Unlimited calls to any Australian mobile from your home phone $10 monthly credit towards International Direct Dial calls.
Obviously, you'll need to spend some time reconnecting with the concept of a home phone line again to get these bundles. But the 200GB plan, which includes a crapload of data and unlimited calls to any Australian mobile for $159 a month? That's actually really good!
All the bundles are also still eligible to be bundled with other bundles from Telstra (confused yet?). As in, if you have a Telstra mobile and Foxtel through the Big T, you can get them all on one bill and save some coin.
If you can't decide between having the T-Hub or T-Box included in your bundle, you can take both for an extra $35 up front and $11 a month over 24 months, or just $299 up front. Or you can take neither, if you prefer.
Let's face it... There are still better plans out there, and a large percentage of you guys - who know what you're after when it comes to broadband - aren't going to sign up to these plans. For a start, you've probably ditched your home phone number already. But for anyone who's still attached to their landline and is stuck with Telstra, this is a massive improvement over their previous offerings. I'd even go so far as to say it's a good deal. And considering there's a large percentage of the population who don't really have a choice of ISPs when it comes to getting faster internet, that's a huge step forward for the big T.