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12 Month pre-paid "long life" expiry with free starter kit

Posted By: ninkasi, posted 2007/10/19 06:29
Purchase a $10 Telstra "Starter Kit" from Australia Post, and if you recharge $30 or more you get 12 months to use the credit *and* if you buy the recharge at the same time as the kit, you get $10 off ie the starter kit is free.... May be (if you have an old 'phone somewhere) a good way of having an "emergency" phone for a kid or the car ie one that's hardly ever used, or at least not used to *make* many calls.
Expiry date:2007/10/31
28°-+
$30.00
  • nod2007/10/19 21:48:09
    Thanks for the deal Ninkasi and Welcome to Buckscop :flowers:

    What are the Prepaid Telstra phone charges like Ninkasi?
  • ninkasi2007/10/19 22:06:19
    Pretty ordinary, frankly. Something like $0.40 per 30 seconds, although there are special rates they call "offers" you can choose to join that give you things like free text/calls to selected Telstra numbers etc. Basically, better deals out there (such as with Virgin) for prepaid, but this is probably fairly decent given the 12 months for $30 - again, on the assumption it's not going to be used to *make* many calls. On the other hand, for $50 you can get credit from Virgin that lasts a year and has cheaper rates... so as with all things, best to break out the spreadsheet & check to make sure it's right for you! Cheers.
  • nod2007/10/19 22:18:08
    The 40 cents per 30 seconds is a bit steep and I guess they have a flagfall with each call too - this is usually about 25c or so.
    I would be ok for emergencies as you say Ninkasi.

    And the Virgin offers look to be better value:
    https://www.virginmobile.com.au/images/rates/prepaid_rates.gif
  • jayne2007/10/19 22:53:57
    ninkasi;20870
    Pretty ordinary, frankly. Something like $0.40 per 30 seconds, although there are special rates they call "offers" you can choose to join that give you things like free text/calls to selected Telstra numbers etc. Basically, better deals out there (such as with Virgin) for prepaid, but this is probably fairly decent given the 12 months for $30 - again, on the assumption it's not going to be used to *make* many calls. On the other hand, for $50 you can get credit from Virgin that lasts a year and has cheaper rates... so as with all things, best to break out the spreadsheet & check to make sure it's right for you! Cheers.


    Some very good advice there ninkasi. Welcome to the forums :)
  • port2007/10/20 09:21:05
    All the gory details about pricing can be found at their web site.
  • lilpretzel2007/10/20 10:18:08
    Great deal Port.

    My kids use Telstra prepaid the great thing about it, is the Credit Me 2 U feature.

    You can transfer credit to other telstra prepay users $10 at a time [ 25c fee ] so I buy the $25 starter kits on special, last time I paid $10 for $25 credit, register the sim than transfer the credit to the kids phones ;)

    :D
  • ozpete2007/10/20 10:48:31
    A good start to some future posts....
    But how can a $10 sim card be "free" as you have to spend $30.

    Its the usual marketing "smarts' being applied here

    Isnt really Pay $30 get $40 worth of calls - or sorta 25% off

    I can get isim $20 starter kit (BYO phone) with $20 worth of calls then top up after 6 months with $10

    Then I have 12 months access for $30 AND my call rates are

    Call rates of 39c/min, billed per second (NOT 40c per 30 sec)
    No flag fall on national calls
    15c SMS (per message sent of 160 characters)
    19c/voicemail retrieval

    Plus I can check call costs etc online at anytime. No guess work

    This is even better than the virgin deal

    AND - of what I can tell with the Telstra offer, the 12 months credit is once only after the first year your recharge options change back to the normal recharge times

    ie

    $5* 14 days
    $20* 1 month
    $30 2 months
    $50 3 months
    $100 6 months
  • nod2007/10/20 17:12:13
    isim

    Here's a link.

    Thanks Ozpete, looks like a great sim card to pick up. Who would have thought of Optus :)
  • lilpretzel2007/10/20 18:08:34
    Never heard of iSIM thanks Ozpete, will keep them in mind for friends.

    I find 3 mobile good for what I need since most family members use them.

    $50 Recharge gives me $100 credit + freebies, since I enter competitions I use premium sms's it great value than as the whole $100 can be used on them.

    3 Prepaid
  • nod2007/10/20 19:25:57
    Thanks for the extra info on the pricing Port :)
  • port2007/10/21 08:32:04
    nod
    Thanks for the extra info on the pricing Port :)


    No worries. I'm an ex-customer, so I know where the details are. :) (It pays to know, given the pricing.)

    If you want long expiry, there are better deals out there. Examples include SavvyTel and Vodafone 365 Days.
  • nod2007/10/21 16:25:03
    Feel free to write up a deal if you think it warrants it :)


    I was thinking your link would take me to the Savvytel deals page :D I was a little puzzled when Buckscoop popped up.

    But if you think there is even a better off with Savvytel, whom we don't seem to have up here, would be great to have a write up for them
  • port2007/10/22 12:53:01
    I don't really have much to add that hasn't been said here at buckscoop (either by myself or others). My pick would be iSIM, if you occasionally use the phone.

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