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Telstra: Unlimited plans not “the right path to go down”

23 February 2016: Over the past couple of years there s been a marked shift in Australia towards mobile plans that include unlimited national calls and texts, to the point where it s often easier to list the telcos that don t offer those kinds of deals than those that do. Optus shifted all of its plans to offering unlimited calls and texts for Australian numbers in mid-2015, and Vodafone made a similar shift in August1.

Amongst the big players, Telstra is remarkable in that, outside the top tiers of its post and pre-paid plans, it still offers call value bundles (with offers like “$500 worth of credit”) rather than unlimited calls on its plans. In a discussion with Australian journalists at Mobile World Congress2, Telstra CEO Andrew Penn was asked about unlimited calling provisions. Despite the Optus and Vodafone shifts, he doesn t see unlimited anything as a particular path that Telstra s likely to go down any time soon.

“We don t bundle unlimited calls, but then we don t bundle unlimited data either. Unlimited is not a path that we think is the right path to go down.” he said to finder.com.au.

Penn s positioning for Telstra in the Australian marketplace rests strongly on the investments that Telstra makes into its network, and the resultant expected quality of that network.

“I think the whole concept of unlimited, in usage, ultimately, we invest an enormous amount of money in the network, and one of the reasons that we do that is to provide a great network experience.” he said. Ultimately it comes down to an issue of expenses and costs.

“Maybe if you declare the use of a network unlimited, you re sort of sending the message that there s no sort of incremental or marginal cost for the volume of usage, which there is.”

“Our value proposition, our point of differentiation, which isn t the same as everybody s, is to have the best network in Australia. We believe that has been important, and will only increase in its importance going forward. To do that though, we invest an enormous amount of money. So it s important that we reflect that in how we bundle our plans. Making that unlimited suggests something different.”

So what can you do if Telstra is your preferred or best carrier based on your tastes and location? Here are Telstra s current contract offerings with unlimited national call provisions.

You can click through the prepaid and monthly offerings to see Telstra s current tiers with unlimited calling provisions as well, as well as adjust other parameters to suit your needs.


  1. ^ similar shift in August (www.finder.com.au)
  2. ^ Mobile World Congress (finder.com.au)

NZSE-Vodafone | The Educations

Vodafone s desire to Help Kiwis do Their Thing Better comes together seamlessly with NZSE s vision of Transforming Lives through the Power of Learning . The Vodafone Technology Scholarship covers the full tuition fee of the two-year Diploma in Information Technology and the opportunity to work for New Zealand s leading Telecommunications Company.

What s in it for you?

  • An ability to get ahead with $20,000 worth of education
  • A two-year NZQA approved qualification in ICT
  • An opportunity to gain work experience at Vodafone to build your business skills and networks while studying
  • Possibility of full-time employment after successful completion of your studies

Who are Vodafone and why is this a truly awesome opportunity?

Vodafone is a leading global full service telecommunications company. Vodafone offers both mobile and fixed networks to help Kiwis do their thing better. Vodafone offers products and services for both personal and business use and they have over 2.3 million customers based in New Zealand. Vodafone is a technology company at heart, and like all good tech companies innovation is paramount.

The way Vodafone see it is that innovation is not just about the big ideas, but the little actions every day that allow them to deliver network and IS solutions to their customers across New Zealand from the family fertilizer businesses that needs tailor made technology solutions to enable their exports to simply export faster, to the New Zealand Police force who is using their technology to solve crime.

It s Vodafone s engineers, developers, BAS, Testers and Solution Architects that make this happen.

For more information on what is like working for Vodafone check out: www.vodafone.co.nz/careers1

Eligibility for Scholarship:

  • A New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident Holder
  • Recent school leaver within the last three years
  • NCEA Level 2 with Mathematics, English and Science/IT related subjects
  • Aged between 17-21
  • Agree to enter into a bonding agreement with Vodafone regarding terms and conditions of receiving the scholarship
  • Agree that if your application is unsuccessful you may be offered a limited self-funded place on the same programme by NZSE

Click here to apply for Vodafone Technology Scholarship or if you have any questions then mail us on


  1. ^ www.vodafone.co.nz/careers (www.vodafone.co.nz)
  2. ^ Apply Now (nzse09.wufoo.eu)
  3. ^

T-Mobile Offers AT&T Switchers half off EIP on Accessories …

T-Mobile1 is known for going after their competitors, and their CEO John Legere had stated that they had something special for each of their competitors customers. After giving Sprint customers an extra $200 to switch over to the magenta carrier, now they are offering AT&T customers some pretty spectacular deals. This is all in addition to the promos for paying off your ETF and device payment fees to switch (as well as all the goodies you get by signing up on a Simple Choice plan, like Binge On2, Music Freedom and more).

AT&T customers that make the switch will get 50% off of EIP accessories. That includes Fitbit, smartwatches, and anything else that T-Mobile sells. The only catch is that you do have to do the financing thing. So you can t just buy it outright. However, you are still paying the same price, it s just stretched over a longer period of time. This means that customers could get as much as $125 off of their favorite products. Don t forget they also sell speakers from some of the most well-known companies like JBL and Ultimate Ears.

This promotion isn t just for those on AT&T s postpaid plans either. If you are on their GoPhone or Cricket prepaid plans, you are also eligible to make the switch and get these discounts. T-Mobile also has a pretty sweet incentive for those looking to buy an iPhone, where you can get the 128GB model for the price of the 16GB model. It s the season of giving, and T-Mobile is doing plenty of giving. T-Mobile also reminds us in their press release, that a family of four can join T-Mobile and get Unlimited 4G LTE for just $45 per line. Something that AT&T has done away with for a few years (and in fact is raising the price of unlimited data on grandfathered plans).

There s all kinds of great promotions going on around the mobile industry as we get closer to the holidays at the end of December. We ll be sure to share them all with you.

So you can get the best promotions and deals this holiday season, no matter what you are buying.


  1. ^ T-Mobile (www.androidheadlines.com)
  2. ^ Binge On (www.androidheadlines.com)