Home Your Tech Mobility OMG - Telstra 'listens', giving consumers more iPhone 4 data!

Will wonders never cease - Telstra is actually doing something about its rather woeful included iPhone 4 data on its plans and, until November 1 this year (if not longer) is actually increasing them! Are you ok, David Thodey?

Quick! Someone call the doctor. No, not that one, he's busy saving the universe or Planet Earth in the year 5934 or something. And heck, this mystery is probably even too much for Dr Who anyway.

No, we need a medical doctor to check on the people at Telstra, because something very weird is happening - Telstra is actually listening to its customers and to journalists who have been a bit miffed over Telstra's lousy data inclusions on its iPhone 4 plans.

We're not sure whether Telstra's feeling right, or not, but hey, who cares! If you're a Telstra customer, or a customer-to-be for the iPhone 4, you just got some good news: more iPhone 4 data included as standard, available until November 1, and for the 24 month length of your contract.

Maybe the MasterChef stars who will be at Telstra's flagship T-Life Store on George St opposite the Apple Store tonight have put something into Telstra's food over the past 24 hours.

If so, perhaps we should urge Telstra to hire the MasterChefs permanently, for who knows? We might hear of cheaper Next G pricing for BigPond wireless users next, although not yet'¦

Anyway, here's what Telstra has to say at the Telstra Exchange blog this morning, after the first paragraph talks about MasterChef plating up some special data deals:

'We know our customers love accessing the mobile internet on the Next G network as much as they love a MasterChef cook-off. And, over the past couple of days you've told us that you'd like more data included to use with some of our hottest smartphones - including the iPhone 4.

'So, from midnight tonight until November 1 we're increasing data allowances on our most popular plans for some of our most popular smartphones.'

The better consumer plans (with the offer apparently not available for the business plans) get a welcome data boost, with the top-end plan now coming with a whopping 6GB of data, and it's not just the iPhone 4 that benefits, but the HTC Desire and Nokia N97, too.

More details listed on page two, please read on!


Telstra says: 'Here's what is available to customers purchasing the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, HTC Desire or Nokia N97 on the following plans from 30 July until 1 November 2010.

Telstra's $49 Consumer Next G plan will now get 500MB of data, up from the previous 200MB.

Telstra's $79 and $99 Consumer Next G plans will now both get 1GB of data, up from the previous 500MB.

Telstra's $129 Consumer Next G plan will now get an amazing 6GB of data, up from the previous 1GB.

Then there's Telstra's 'Ultimate II' plans.

The first is a $55 Ultimate II plan which is likewise upgraded to 500MB from 200MB.

The $85 and $110 plans go to 1GB from 500MB.

Finally, the $150 'Ultimate II' plan again goes to a whopping 6GB from the original 1GB.

Telstra's Exchange blog continues, saying: 'As you can see, customers signing up to our plans can enjoy between two and six times the standard mobile data for the same price for the duration of their 24 month contract.

'The special plans are being offered to customers connecting to Telstra for the first time, as well as existing customers who are re-contracting to these new smartphones.

'We know customers want data they can use - rather than simply more data. That's why we invested more than $2 billion dollars in the Next G network. So even with these increased data allowances our customers will continue to receive the speed and coverage you have come to expect from Telstra.

'Revised data boosted plans for iPhone 4, iPhone 3G S until 1 November 2010'.

Telstra also notes the following bits and pieces:

'Offer available 30 July to 1 November unless extended by Telstra. Offer available to new or re-contracting customers who purchase an iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4, HTC Desire or Nokia N97 on a Next G Cap Plan or Ultimate II Plan ($55 or above) for 24 months. Offer not available on Business Plans.

'Offer only applies to data included on customer's plan and to additional data purchased at time of connection. Unused data expires each month. Usage excludes content and international roaming charges. Bonus data allowance applies for the full term of the customer's eligible contract plan. If the customer's eligible contract plan is cancelled, the bonus offer will cease to apply.

'Bonus data offer available 30 July-1 November 2010 unless extended by Telstra. Offer available to new or re-contracting customers who purchase an iPhone 3G S, iPhone 4, HTC Desire or Nokia N97 on a Next G Cap Plan or Ultimate II Plan ($55 or above) for 24 months.

'Offer not available on Business Plans. Offer only applies to data included on customer's plan and to additional data purchased at time of connection. Unused data expires each month. Usage excludes content and international roaming charges. Bonus data allowance applies for the full term of the customer's eligible contract plan. If the customer's eligible contract plan is cancelled, the bonus offer will cease to apply.'

 

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

 

 

 

 

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