Even though Telstra has raised the price of its Australian DSL-based fast internet service twice in the past month, it still appears far cheaper than Telecom’s JetStream.
Cost comparisons are difficult, as Telstra’s DSL prices are based on both traffic and connection speed while Telecom’s JetStream prices are based solely on traffic. Telstra’s 5GB Residential plan, for instance, which has download speeds of 1.5Mbit/s, costs $A241.45 per month ($292). Telecom’s JetStream 5000 (5GB traffic limit), which has no set speed but can run at up to a theoretical maximum of 8Mbit/s, costs $549 a month. Neither plan includes modem costs or line rental charges.
However, both Telecom and Telstra claim that most DSL users average less than 1GB of traffic each month.
The nearest Telstra offering is Freedom Deluxe (a 3GB cap running at 512kbit/s), which costs about $128 a month, while the much faster JetStream 1500 (a 1.5GB cap with the same theoretical top speed of 8Mbit/s) costs about $200 a month.