Making ends meet in a world of rising prices can be a tricky balancing act. And with the Internet now almost as essential a service as electricity or the home phone, nobody wants to go without. Here’s how you can find the right Telstra internet deal for you.
What are the best Telstra Seniors and Broadband Plans for Pensioners?
While Telstra used to maintain a special package set aside for pensioners that included home phone and broadband, you won’t find it on their list of plans anymore. Similarly, Foxtel has decided awhile ago to retire their Seniors Plan and replaced it with even greater cost-saving packages.
Believe it or not, that’s not a bad thing. The plan that was on offer came with a very small monthly download allowance, suitable for casual web browsing and not much else. The price of that plan was only a couple of bucks under the current entry-level bundle price, which is a much better deal all round. More on that and the alternatives in a moment.
What Telstra Internet Discounts are Available for Seniors?
Telstra does not offer any special discounts for seniors and pensioners (aside from some concessions like discounted line rental and the waiving of paper bill fees). But despite that, they’ve managed to completely revamp their range of broadband plans to suit pretty much every need — and even make them more flexible by offering them on a no lock-in contract basis. Seniors can choose from a download limit of 500GB per month or just opt for worry-free unlimited data.
Best Telstra Internet Bundles for Seniors
The thing to note with Telstra’s current range of broadband plans is that all of them are now effectively “bundles” – no matter which plan you choose, you’ll be getting a home phone line included, with no line rental to pay and unlimited free phone calls to all phones across Australia (including mobiles). By itself, that home phone with unlimited calls costs $55 per month from Telstra, so when you get it bundled in with your internet, you can see just what a bargain the internet can be.
Coming in at the value end of things is the 500GB Data Plan, at $75 per month with no lock-in contract. That gives you a home phone line, a broadband connection with 500GB of data allowance per month on the NBN25 tier, and a Telstra Smart Modem™ to enable wireless broadband throughout your home. There’s a $99 connection fee, which Telstra will waive if you sign up online.
Is 500GB of data enough for you, though? It depends on what you plan to use the internet for. If browsing through websites and reading and writing email is the main reason you want to get online, 500GB should be more than enough. It’s only when you get into the more data-hungry internet pastimes that you might need to think about a higher data allowance. Telstra has an Unlimited Home Internet Plan that might be better suited to you if you plan to spend a lot of time online (including watching streaming services like Netflix). Whether on paid services like BINGE or Netflix or free ones like ABC iView, data usage can climb very quickly. Likewise, if you’re going to be connecting any device that can have high download demands, such as a game console, it’s best to have the peace of mind of not having to worry about a download limit.
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Best Internet Plans for High Data Users
In cases where you’ll need more data to use for your streaming needs, we’d recommend you spend an extra $15 a month and move up to the Unlimited Data Plan, which as the name suggests, gives you unlimited data on the faster NBN50 speed tier. It’s currently offered with $10/month credit for the first six months. Aside from getting more data, you’ll get peace of mind – no surprises at the end of the month when you open the bill.
For greater speed in a household with multiple users, Telstra offers Unlimited Data on NBN100 at $110/month (now $100/month). As Telstra continues to be Australia’s #1 NBN provider for Netflix streaming, you’re guaranteed that your broadband and entertainment offer a top-notch experience.
If you’re not sure how much data you’ll need, don’t worry – Telstra allows you to change between plans without penalty at the end of any month. You can sign up without any contract commitment with Telstra’s new standalone internet plans; you just need to pay a one-off modem fee of $216, although that fee is waived in the plan package if you stay connected for 24 months.
Streaming Movies and Sport with Free BINGE
If you like watching movies and sport like most people in Australia, you should consider adding Netflix and Kayo to your monthly Telstra bill. And if you sign up to Kayo via Telstra, you even get the Basic Plan at a discounted fee of only $15/month for 12 months – a big saving on the regular price of $25. It adds your Kayo subscription to your Telstra bill so you don’t have the hassle of managing multiple payments. And you can log in using your Telstra customer ID, which means fewer usernames and passwords to store somewhere around your home (safety first!).
And now there’s even more to enjoy – the arrival of streaming service BINGE brings a world of premium TV and movie entertainment to you, on your TV or on the go. And as a Telstra broadband customer, you get three months of free BINGE subscription. Apart from BINGE, you can also enjoy one month of Foxtel Now for simply being a Telstra subscriber.
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Best Telstra Home Phone and Internet Entertainment Bundles
If you’re looking for some entertainment bundled in with your internet and phone plan, then Telstra’s bundles are the place to look. You can get the Telstra TV streaming box in the Telstra TV + Unlimited Data bundle for $99, which is the perfect all-in-one, easy-to-use device to access the world of streaming services like Foxtel Now, Netflix, BINGE, Stan, and popular catch-up services like ABC iView and SBS On Demand. Adding the new Telstra TV on a monthly repayment plan also qualifies you for 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points, which you can use to redeem rewards.
If you’re keen on sports or movies, amazing value can be had with the two Foxtel bundles, which give you the internet, home phone and a full Foxtel installation with either the Sports HD or Movies HD premium channel packs added. Bundling services together like this is always a great way to save money and keep things simple.
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Best Telstra NBN Plans for Seniors
All Telstra plans are “NBN Ready” – in other words, when the NBN arrives in your area, you can just move over to the new network without hassle or cost. Regardless of what type of NBN service your home ends up getting, you’ll still have access to your home phone and internet without having to shop around all over again.
Which Telstra Internet Plan is right for you?
If you’re a pensioner who wants to get online with a reliable and fast broadband service – and keep the home phone active without needing to change your phone number – then take advantage of Telstra’s internet plans. You’ll have a nice big data allowance or even an unlimited one, as well as unlimited phone calls to everywhere in Australia, saving a huge amount of money compared to the traditional cost of a home phone line and calls. For an all-in-one home phone and internet, these plans and bundles are a great choice with the option to add an entertainment package of your choosing at any time.