Telstra hikes prices

Telstra has increased charges on residential and business phone line rental after reporting a 2002 calendar after-tax profit of $1.184 billion.

The price increase is offset by cheaper local calls. However, the cuts are minimal and only on Telstra’s most ‘popular’ local call services.

Telstra said the rental increase was consistent with the Commonwealth Government’s price control requirements, administered by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission).

Residential monthly line rental will increase by $1.60 per line (except on HomeLine Budget which has local call costs of 30 cents) and business monthly line rental by $1 per line for standard plans.

The ACCC requirements permit Telstra to increase line rental gradually over a number of years to fully recover the cost of providing customers with access to its network, a process begun by Telstra three years ago. The requirements dictate that call prices fall each year.

Telstra Consumer and Marketing Chief, Ms Holly Kramer, said Telstra was sensitive to the effects of any price increases on customers so it had kept increases to a minimum, particularly for pensioners and charities.

“The price changes contain some rises and some falls but we [Telstra] have again protected our one million plus pensioner customers and charities with increased concessions to reduce the effects of any increases,” she said.

Local call rates will decrease minimally on what Telstra describes as ‘popular’ plans. HomeLine Complete’s local call price reduces from 22 cents to 20 cents per call and HomeLine Plus’ local call price reduces from 18.5 cents to 17.5 cents per call.

The Telstra Neighbourhood Call, however, that was 15 cents per call will be removed completely.

Call connection fees for residential long distance and fixed line to mobile calls will be increased by 3 cents to 33 cents per call.

Ms Kramer said Telstra had obtained the consent of the ACCC to these residential line rental increases as required by the Communication Minister’s price control determination.

The Federal Communications Minister, Senator Richard Alston, was satisfied that Telstra was complying with the provisions approved by the ACCC.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?