Telstra Finally Unveils Carrier Billing For Apple Music, Offers Free Subscriptions

Here's how to get free Apple Music after your three-month trial subscription ends: switch to Telstra.

On new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus plans across both 12- and 24-month contract options, Telstra will be giving customers a free year of Apple Music on Go Mobile plans.

We're also led to believe that the carrier is implementing carrier-side billing for Apple Music, allowing the subscription cost to appear on your monthly Telstra statement, rather than come out of your iTunes account.

Telstra hasn't explicitly said that it will do carrier billing for Apple Music, however the terms and conditions of the free subscription offer indicate that the telco will start charging you for your music service after 12 months:

If you sign up and agree to T&Cs to put Apple Music on your Telstra account this will roll on to a paying subscription at the end of the trial / free period unless you cancel it. You will receive an SMS 3 days prior to rolling over to a paid subscription.

It's unlikely that Telstra can shunt you from a free subscription onto a recurring bill cycle on your iTunes account as is the case with almost all Apple Music subscriptions, hence the assumption that carrier-side billing will be in place after 12 month.

Plus, since the launch of Apple Music, some Telstra customers have seen dialog boxes on their apps indicating that carrier billing was available, although these customers have been unable to complete the requests for said billing option.

Despite the fact that Telstra is getting cosy with Apple Music in the lead up to MOG's untimely shuttering in Australia, the telco won't be unmetering data from Apple's new streaming service. In large letters at the top of Telstra's offer page for the bundled music offer reads the words "data charges apply". Best get yourself a data pack on that Go Mobile plan, readers. [Telstra]



    Why would I opt for carrier billing when I can regularly snap up iTunes gift cards at a discount? This is an unsung advantage the Apple Music has over the other streaming music services.

      Agreed. What's missing is the enticement of un-metered data for streaming. Otherwise the service is effectively pointless.

    I would only bother if the data was unmetered. That would be compelling, otherwise it's not enough for me to shift from spotify.

      The data is not unmetered. The industry has been moving further and further away from that for years.

      The AFL/NRL are the last 2 exceptions.

    Someone up top at Telstra must've given the directive "I want every one of our mobile customers on a $100+ plan", and they're hoping cheap tricks like this will do it. Their current 'best value' plan is $110 a month, and anything less that $100 only nets 2.5gb of data.

      You can get a $70 sim-only plan that has 6gb attached to it. Don't know where you're getting $110 from.

    the lead up to MOG’s untimely shuttering in Australia

    Huh? MOG should have ended in Australia at least 12 months ago, when the rest of the world said goodbye to MOG and hello to Beats Music then Apple Music.

    Headline should be:
    Telstra finds another way to attempt to screw it's customers, so it's business as usual for Telstra customers...

      So it gives you something for free if you are a Telstra customer, and tells you before it becomes not free, and that is "being screwed" ? Odd definition - I think a little self examination is in order. #hatestelstrajustbecause

        Hahahaha, wow, someone doesn't seem to understand that offering this, while still metering the data used, isn't really much of an offer at all, how long would it take to use up your data allowance? Now, pair that with their low data allowance and high prices, and yes, I stand by my statement, if you have trouble understanding why that it is not my issue...

          To answer your question in actual terms, one hour's worth of Apple Music streaming equates to about 50mb of ceullular data usage.

          So look at every gig you have on your plan as 20 hours worth of Apple Music streaming.

    Un-metered data is the critical issue that needs to be addressed.

    The only reason I would consider this option is if the data was un-metered, so I can stream anywhere, anytime, without data usage concerns.

    You reading this, Telstra?

    All this will do is bring back billshock to Telstra customers...

    And there is no android app

    So if I give you a car for free and you choose to speed and crash it into a pole, I'm the bad guy for giving you a free car? Of course Telstra wants you to use more data but they aren't forcing you to. As captain planet would say, the power is yours.

    Telstra billing is great for people with Company phones! I'll get it if it's not coming out of my back pocket!!

    Hey guys, heard of wi-fi? In case you didn't know, Apple Music also works over wi-fi! As well on Mac and PC, not just mobile.
    So I get free streaming music for 12 months? And since Telstra just bumped up my NBN data from 200GB/month to 500GB it sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

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