Smart talk plans

1 month trial for $1

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Big T will offer new customers a month of its NBN 100 or NBN 250 plan for $1 with no obligation to stay longer. It’s pretty much a free trial of Telstra’s NBN broadband plans.

While older Telstra NBN plans had modem charges if you canceled during your first two years, this is no longer the case. On these plans, you can bail out at any time and return your modem. Just note that if you don’t return the modem, you’ll still be hit with a $200 fee.

Here are Telstra’s discounted NBN 100 and NBN 250 plans:

Telstra’s NBN 100 plan normally sells for $100 per month, while its NBN 250 plan costs $140. No matter what you choose, it’s quite expensive for internet. At the same time, getting your first month almost free gives them much better value.

If you stayed for six months, the first month’s discount means your effective monthly rate comes to around $91 per month for its NBN 100 plan or $116 for its NBN 250 plan. That doesn’t exactly make the plans cheap, but it brings them closer to the competition.

Of course, the longer you stay with Telstra, the less effective value you get from your first discounted month. And hey, you can always switch providers before being billed for a second month if you decide Telstra isn’t to your liking.

Telstra’s NBN 100 and NBN 250 plans are effectively congestion-free, with the phone company reporting typical evening speeds of 100 Mbps and 250 Mbps, respectively.

Telstra’s NBN plans include its new third-generation smart modem, which facilitates 4G backup at speeds of up to 25 Mbps. You’ll also get a free three-month subscription to Binge.

This agreement runs until May 31st.

Alex Choros is editor-in-chief of WhistleAustralia’s phone and internet comparison site.