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Hi why is our mobile broadband so low at 8gb? Optus have 12gb at $60. telstra is $65 for 8gb. Telstra recently doubled there adsl plans. What about mobile broadband users telstra. if it does not improve will be moving across to optus. have been with telstra all my life. mobile and foxtel.

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Re: Extra Data

Hello Dencal

The reason Telstra charge more than other networks for some products is because they market their services as the premium product in the market.

The reason they increased data limits for home adsl and cable services is generally supposed to be in response to other ISPs who do not meter some of the major new movie download services,


Why does mobile internet cost so much. Simple. Mobile infrastructure is many times more expensive to install and operate than cabled services eg adsl and cable.  In addition, each cell site can only handle a limited amount of traffic eg voice and data.    Even to take some of the extraordinarily    increased data capacity from the mobile network, it is an educated assumption that was the reason behind Telstra Air WiFi.


So, in summary, mobile transmitted services are multiple times more expensive to install, operate and maintain than in-ground fixed services. The last thing any mobile operator wants is to use up all their mobile capacity as not only is it extremely expensive to acquire sites, build new cell sites, pay rent for roof tops, and the myriad of equipment costs,  the limited radio spectrum needs to be preserved, as it is a finite resource.


Hope that answers your question.  No, I do NOT work for Telstra!

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Level 24: Supreme Being
Level 24: Supreme Being

Re: Extra Data

Optus must have changes those plans in the last week... I was looking the other day and they were charging $60 for 10GB... I have the brochure from the store right in front of me at the moment... because I was looking at a new tablet...

But they are really due for new plans on MBB, they haven't really changed in a while and the other mobile plans have changed this year, and apparently pre-paid is changing within a month from several reports.... might be the thing that comes next but who knows...

As PP said it al comes down to cost of network. Telstra have a network which is miles ahead of the other networks (literally miles and miles more coverage then the others), and as a result of having a significantly more investment in their network, have a higher price to reflect the service they are providing...
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