Telstra has announced pricing and download limit changes across its BigPond dial-up and broadband plans, including price cuts for high-end ADSL and cable plans as well as bigger download allowances across entry-level offerings.
As of 1 December 2002, users on the entry-level 300MB cable and ADSL plans will have their download allowance increased to 500MB, with prices remaining at $54.95 and $59.95 respectively. The megabyte boost will raise the download limit of Telstra’s entry-level plans to that of its competitors Optus, Primus and iiNET.
Dial-up customers are also set to benefit from the proposed changes, with those on Telstra BigPond’s Internet Frequent plan gaining an extra 100MB download allowance per month. Telstra will also increase the 450MB download limit on its dial-up Internet Mega and BigPond Premium plans by 250MB to 700MB, with prices remaining unchanged.
Telstra director business management in broadband and online service, Omar Khalifa, said the changes were designed to make the plans more attractive to customers.
“The majority of new Telstra BigPond dial-up and broadband customers join at our 300MB plan level, so we are providing these and existing customers on these plans with a significant increase in their megabyte allowance,” he said.
But it’s the higher-end users who will feel the most significant effect from the proposed changes. Monthly charges on the BigPond 10GB ADSL plan will drop $100 to $329.95, and from $224.95 to $179.95 on the 5GB plan.
Likewise, those on Telstra’s 5GB and 10GB cable plans will see their monthly access bill drop by $10 and $40 respectively.
Additional usage charges across all of Telstra’s broadband offerings will remain the same, with the exception of the 5GB and 10GB plans, which will reduce in price by eight and 17 per cent respectively.