Earlier today Motorola announced a the newest member of its G7 family, the Moto G7 Power. As the name suggests, this big boi packs a massive battery and we're understandably impressed.
Telstra has been named as the exclusive carrier partner and despite it being a relatively cheap phone, the telco is offering plans that are extremely not worth it.
If you haven't heard the news this week - Energizer has unveiled a bloody mammoth of a phone at MWC. Now I've made as many 'thicc' jokes as the next tech journo about this big boi. In a world where smart phones are becoming increasingly more powerful within as slim a package as possible, this thing seems ludicrous. But here's the thing. I genuinely want one.
While it isn't the fanciest phone on the market, the Moto G7 Power is quite good bang for buck when it comes to the specs, especially when you consider the batter life. At 5,000mAh it now holds the title of largest phone battery available in Australia - which Motorola is claiming can last up to three days. As someone who is a big fan of ridiculously massive batteries, I'm here for this.
Other key specs include a 6.2-inch HD+ display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. It also has fast charging, as well as a fingerprint scanner. Considering that you can buy this thing outright for $349, this isn't bad at all.
And this is why we're confused by the Telstra plans for the G7 Power. They're all on 24-month contracts, with the cheapest costing you $1416 overall with only 3GB of data inclusions. At the top end, the Unlimited Data plan will cost you $199 a month or $4776 over 24-months.
These are not good deals for such a cheap phone. In fact, they're huge wastes of money.
If you're interested in this phone and want to be on a plan, consider dropping your cash up front and choosing a much cheaper SIM-only plan instead.
Telstra itself has SIM-only plans that cost less, are half the contract length and come with exponentially more data:
Our recommendation here is the $49 a month BYO Plan. It comes with 25GB of data on a 12 month contract and will only cost you a minimum of $588 overall. Adding the G7 Power for $349 brings your total spend to $937, which is $479 less than the cheapest Telstra G7 Power plan.
That is a good deal. You get far more value for less, as well as Telstra's network coverage which is still the best in Australia.
If you would rather some non-Telstra, there are plenty of other networks out there that offer SIM-only plans both on and off-contract:
The cheapest contract plan here is Pennywise (powered by Optus), which offers 25GB of data for $22.50 a month (plus $12.37 up front) across 12 months, which brings the minimum total to $282.37. Taking the cost of the outright handset into account thats only $631.37, or $802.63 less than the cheapest Telstra G7 Power plan.
The cheapest non-contract plan is Moose (also powered by Optus), which costs only $24.80 a month for 10GB of data.
The Moto G7 Power is available from today and can be picked up over on the Motorola website for $349. Once again, it's always worth researching plan options before you commit to anything, whether it be this phone or any other. There's always the possibility of a better deal out there.