Telstra to stop kilobyte-charging on prepaid wireless

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Telstra to stop kilobyte-charging on prepaid wireless

Offset by "improved recharge values"?

Telstra planned to revamp its prepaid wireless broadband plans next month.

The new plans start October 21, according to the text of a brief email sent to some customers this week that surfaced on the Whirlpool broadband forums.

A change would see the telco charge by the megabyte, rather than users being charged for each kilobyte transferred.

"This change will bring us in line with the market," a Telstra spokesman told iTnews.

Competitor Optus charged prepaid mobile broadband users "in 10 MB increments".

Telstra's current prepaid mobile broadband website said: "Your data is charged per kilobyte so you only pay for what you use".

Telstra's spokesman said the changes would "have little impact on most customers [because] we will be introducing improved recharge values and a wider choice of expiry periods on some plans".

The new plans will be announced soon.

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