Review was updated on 11th June, 2019
Telstra has made a resurgence in recent years, adopting a fresh attitude alongside a willingness to change and improve. The result has been a company with the best network and reach in Australia acting in a way more akin to some of the smaller providers on the market. Telstra’s bundles have brought all your entertainment needs under the one roof.
Despite being the oldest and most experienced telco in Australia, Telstra started to do something a few years ago that’s very unusual for a communications company – they started listening more intently to their customers’ needs and concerns. For a long time, Telstra’s huge network and reputation had allowed them to get complacent, occasionally offering services on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. The onset of increased competition – along with some refreshing new thinking at the top level – has led to a change in the way they do things. And the customer is reaping the rewards.
Telstra has a deserved reputation for top-quality connections and excellent bundles.
A short while back, Telstra started offering a choice between month-to-month contracts and unlimited downloads. This move has seen Telstra again top the charts among Aussies and shows that after a period of time when they were sometimes criticised, they have become competitive again. They’ve also embraced bundling perhaps more than any other Aussie telco. Their current bundled streaming options include Telstra TV and movies from Telstra TV Box Office.
What makes Telstra Broadband unique?
Telstra’s most unique feature is the sheer size and experience of the company. No other Aussie telco can match Telstra’s extensive network and expertise in the industry. Telstra Broadband also has a lot of unique features. Every Telstra Broadband service comes with the Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2, which gives you excellent wi-fi speeds and uninterrupted internet access thanks to its built-in 4G backup. Telstra’s Broadband Protect gives you insulation from online threats, which is great for families or anyone who is concerned about their privacy and viruses online (which should be everyone). Telstra Broadband members get access to Telstra Air, which is a network of over one million Wi-Fi data hotspots across the country as well as millions more around the world.
Telstra TV is the ‘box with the lot’, offering perhaps the best streaming service support Australia has ever seen. With loads of different options like Stan, Netflix, Kayo Sports and YouTube – plus Foxtel Now and Telstra TV Box Office – Telstra TV is your gateway to the best streaming entertainment Australia has to offer. Add to that all the usual free-to-air channels via a built-in TV tuner, catch-up TV and live sport, and Telstra TV is the complete package. Even better, you can use your smartphone as a TV remote, putting the power well and truly in your hands.
Recently, Telstra launched the third generation of this powerful streaming box. Telstra TV 3 maintains the feature set of its predecessors, but adds a number of attractive features – not the least of which is the ability to control the box with your voice. You can command the Telstra TV to open streaming apps, or search for movies, shows and even actors just by asking. The ‘trending’ service also lets you see what’s hot on both streaming and TV, keeping you up with the water-cooler chat. Along with a more streamlined design that makes it easier to keep out of the way, this is the best version of the Telstra TV yet.
While Foxtel was the first to bring cable TV into Aussie homes, Foxtel Now looks seriously different than the original. For viewers, perhaps the biggest difference – other than the lack of a cable or satellite setup – is the flexibility. In the past, Aussie cable TV providers tended to adopt an all-or-nothing approach, meaning that sports fans or film buffs would have to sign up to the same expensive plan. Foxtel Now does away with that, with plenty of different packages to suit everyone’s tastes. There’s also an all-inclusive package if you just can’t decide.
One of – if not the only – downside of getting the wide variety of options that come with Foxtel is that you’ll now know what you’re missing. Thankfully, all Foxtel users also get Foxtel Go – letting you take your TV with you. Watch live TV from the Foxtel Go app on your phone or tablet. Best of all? It’s free.
Telstra Broadband plans
Telstra’s plans are available on a month-to-month or 24-month basis. The month-to-month deals don’t include the Telstra TV 3 – though you can buy one outright to add to your service – which doesn’t apply to the long contract. There’s a $99 connection fee for new customers on the plans, but that’s waived if you order your service online. Both the NBN and ADSL options come with either a 100GB (month to month) or 200GB (24-month contract) limit, or Unlimited Data plans.
Telstra ADSL offerings
For Telstra ADSL users, you’ll need to choose between a two-year contract or a month-to-month deal. The 24-month contract includes the Telstra TV 3 while the no-contract plans are focused on broadband alone. The next big decision you’ll have to make is whether or not you go with a download limit. There are two main choices: a data limit (100GB for month-to-month, 200GB for contract) or Unlimited. Speed will depend on where you are located, but given that even 200GB isn’t much these days, you might not be doing much streaming or gaming with the lower limit. If you want to bundle in streaming via Telstra TV, then you can only do so on the 24-month contract plans.
Telstra’s NBN plans
For month-to-month users, you can choose between 100GB (month to month), 200GB (contract) or Unlimited plans, and 24-month contract holders also get the latest version of the Unlimited + Streaming bundle with a Telstra TV 3 included. The 100GB and 200GB plans are offered at NBN Tier 25, which is a reasonably good speed – but the data limit is so low that you wouldn’t want to stream or download too much anyway. The Unlimited plans are offered at NBN Tier 50 which is far more flexible for uses like HD or 4K video streaming and responsive online gaming.
Telstra Broadband Plans
- Up to 40Mbps Standard Plus Evening
- Unlimited Data
- NBN 50™ Fixed Line
- Up to 20Mbps Standard Evening
- 100GB Data
- NBN 25™ Fixed Line
Stream on with Telstra
For fans of streaming – and who isn’t a fan of streaming? – there are few if any better providers than Telstra in Australia. They’ve got great connections and even better network speed. Telstra was named Australia’s No.1 NBN provider for streaming Netflix in 2019. 24-month contract plans include Telstra TV and $125 in Telstra TV Box Office credit (equivalent to up to 20 new release rentals) though unfortunately that option is not available for month-to-month users. For those of you who haven’t previously heard of Telstra TV Box Office, that’s because it’s the rebranded version of BigPond Movies – and it still offers the same great selection that you’ve come to know and love!
Phone Bundles with Telstra
Having built their reputation on the back of their comprehensive phone network, it stands to reason that Telstra have some quality bundles. Bundle in your local, national and mobile calls for free – that’s right, for free! – each month. You also get 500 free calls to numbers starting in 13 per month, every month. International calls will cost a bit extra, billed at Telstra’s international calling rates. You home phone line rental is included in your broadband bundle at no extra cost, making these bundles even better value for customers who still want to keep a home phone around.
Services and customer satisfaction
Call 13 22 00 from 8am to 9pm Australian Eastern Time to be connected to a Telstra customer service representative. They’ve also got a 24/7 chat function on their website, as well as the CrowdSupport forum which will be able to answer loads of your questions. Telstra’s call centre is primarily based in the Philippines with some supplementary Australian support.
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Awards and recognition
Telstra was named Australia’s No.1 NBN provider for streaming Netflix in 2019 by Netflix itself, while their NBN broadband plans were recognised in 2018 as being among the best by Whistle Out. Telstra – as Australia’s most experienced and biggest provider – has loads more awards in their cabinet, and they’re probably best recognised in broadband for their bundling. Although this can sometimes be more expensive, if you go all in on Telstra you’ll find it to be affordable, convenient and hard to beat for all-roundvalue. Therefore, Telstra is great for families and large households.
So why is Telstra Broadband for me?
As the biggest and most experienced telco in Australia, Telstra has a deserved reputation for top-quality connections and excellent bundles. Telstra has made several changes in recent years and while they used to be a tad expensive, that’s no longer the case. They get an 89 percent rating according to our score. If you want guaranteed top-quality broadband plus loads of extras, Telstra is the provider for you.