New phone every year down-under, Telstra hops on the annual upgrade train

New phone every year down-under, Telstra hops on the annual upgrade train
Australia’s largest carrier, Telstra, is introducing an option for subscribers to upgrade their handset every year. Like most upgrade plans with any carrier, there is some fine print however.

For Telstra, nothing changes on the rate plan at all. Nothing changes in the cost of the phone either. Instead, if you choose this option, you simply pay for the privilege. $10 per month, in addition to the rate plan and equipment costs, will be added to the bill.

Of course, there is still technically a two-year contract involved as well. Just like with comparable plans, you have to trade-in your old device and it has to be in good working order. Based on research conducted by Telstra, it appears that about half of its subscribers would be attracted by some sort of option what would allow them to upgrade part of the way through their contract.

The reasons behind that research are the same as everywhere else, new equipment, new features, and relief from boredom with existing devices. Along with the upgrade option, Telstra also revamped some of its service plans, offering a new lower-end and higher-end tiers of service, with individual data packages up to 3GB per month.

source: Delimiter

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5 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Vodafone is doing this in Greece since 2012 so the consumers can get new phone every year.

2. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Please do this in Sweden too!

3. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Only seems great on the paper but what happens when your handset is lost, broken, or stolen? I will give you the answer You have to pay off the rest of the handset and the $10 you paying so far means nothing to get a new handset Therefore this program basically is that You can borrow a phone from Telstra pay $10 more than you sign up with 2 years contract and if you bring it back the handset a year later which is working 100% fine and in good physical condition, you can borrow another new handset for a year and keep paying $10. "Otherwise, you are screwed" Still seems great, huh?

4. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Eh, I and most of my friends buy our phones outright (and definitely not from Telstra) and have done for years. Carrier subsidies just aren't worth it. Mix and match your phone with the plan and carrier. All you have to do is find a reliable handset retailer. Kogan is our favourite at the moment but I'm sure there'll be another competitor soon.

5. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Telstra is a rip off telstra ads = and now our brand new affordable $60 plan you'll be flying in 3g in on time

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