Telstra has dropped the pricing of its NextG 3G service – with its number of plans being reduced. Now, the starting plan will be 400MB – effectively removing the 200MB plan, and removed the speed crippled plans that use 256Kbps.
A brand new addition is that there is now a 10GB plan, costing 129.95/month; and most plans have dropped between $10-$20, but even with the changes, the prices are still beaten by other carriers like Vodafone.
Bad news is that they have changed the excess usage charge to 25c/MB – or $250 for 1 GB, from the previous 15c/MB – or $150GB for 1GB. This is because it no longer pricing its "mobile" plans at a higher rate – when they were the same service as the "modem" plans.
Press release after the jump.
BigPond introduces new wireless broadband plans
The freedom of BigPond® Wireless Broadband is now even more attractive with the launch of a new range of plans for lovers of the speed, coverage and service only BigPond can provide.
BigPond has introduced a new 10GB wireless plan and reduced the number of wireless broadband plans making it simpler for customers.
Announcing the new range of plans, BigPond Group Managing Director, Mr Justin Milne, said customers value the wireless broadband service, which uses the Telstra Next G™ network, from Australia’s leading internet service provider which is growing four times faster than its nearest competitor.
"The new BigPond Wireless Broadband plans reflect the exceptional value we offer customers who are looking for a reliable wireless broadband service," Mr Milne said.
"New customers with multiple Telstra services can receive a discount of 12 months half price off their wireless broadband access. When you consider our superior speed and coverage with our wireless broadband plus all the benefits BigPond provides such as access to unmetered entertainment like news, music, movies, sport and games, the choice is simple and it’s why customers are connecting with BigPond.
"We have also removed the different speed plans which may have confused some customers, so all of our wireless broadband plans are now available with the fastest network speeds available," Mr Milne added.
BigPond has removed the separate pricing plans for mobile cards and modem customers. The additional usage charge has been simplified to $0.25 per MB across all plans. The new plans are available from Sunday, 24 August.
BigPond has a choice of wireless broadband devices which include either a 7.2Mbps express card or USB mobile card or the new BigPond 7.2 Home Network Gateway modem with built-in WiFi.
Existing BigPond Wireless Broadband customers can change to the new pricing at bigpond.com by visiting the My BigPond section.