Telstra overhauls mobile plans ahead of iPhone 8 launch

Telstra has overhauled its mobile plans just in time for the iPhone 8 announcement next week, not only altering its post-paid and pre-paid options but also offering bonus Foxtel Now content for certain plans.

Users signing up to post-paid SIM-only plans of $79 and above, or $99 and above for plans that include handsets, will receive a free 12-month subscription to a select number of Foxtel Now “Starter Packs”. 

Customers get to choose one, two, or three Starter Packs, depending on the plan, and can pick from the Pop, Drama, Docos, Lifestyle or Kids categories.

If you're interested in Telstra's latest offering, it’s worth noting that although SIM-only plans are 12-month contracts, you will have to sign up to a 24-month contract if you’re also after a handset. This means that you’ll need to either cancel your subscription or start paying for Foxtel Now halfway through your contract if you want to keep the service and are also after a new handset.

What's the plan, man?

Along with the new Foxtel Now offer, Telstra has changed the pricing and structure of all of its plans, adding some extreme options such as the “premium” $199 a month, 100GB post-paid plan with a handset.

The pre-paid plans have also had an overhaul, with the Data Bank feature allowing you to save up to 50GB of your pre-paid if you recharge before it expires, allowing you to accumulate quite a stockpile of extra data.

You can check out the full array of new Telstra plans over here and see if any of them tickle your fancy, or otherwise you can hang out for the iPhone 8 launch announcement Tuesday September 12. 

  • If you simply can't wait, check out the best Australian iPhone 7 plans and see how Telstra stacks up against the competition.

The best T-Mobile plans for August 2017

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T-Mobile's data plans have been some of the best and most affordable since it took up the mantle of the 'Uncarrier' and dropped the old way of mobile networks. The good prices didn't come with a lack of solid features either.

T-Mobile has made it easy to become a new customer, easy to pick up a new smartphone, and thanks to a recent change in its plans, it's easier than ever to pick one of T-Mobile's plans.

If T-Mobile is the carrier you want, check out the details on each plan it offers to find the one that fits your needs and budget.

  • Just straight there: view the plans at T-Mobile.com
  • See also: The best T-Mobile phones available this month

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T-Mobile One plan: Explained

The T-Mobile One plan just about explains itself. T-Mobile has completely streamlined the process of selecting a post-paid plan by simply offering one plan. The One plan includes unlimited calling, texting and data. That's with music and video streaming and mobile hotspot.

T-Mobile makes the prices simple, too, by offering a clear monthly price that includes all fees and taxes for the service. The price varies based on how many lines are added, so you can get a lower rate if you sign up with family and friends.

There are also a couple of add-ons to the service that we'll dive into shortly.

  • Jump straight to the T-Mobile One plan

Previously T-Mobile had offered its mobile data plans with clear data caps and a Data Stash features to roll over unused data, but that's no longer necessary with unlimited data for everyone on the One plan. The old Music Freedom and Binge On services that allowed users to stream music and video without counting it toward their data is also gone, because data limits are gone.

Users on the One plan may face reduced speeds during times of network congestion, but that is aimed primarily at users who exceed 32GB of data usage a month. Video and hotspot data rates may also be limited depending on the plan you choose.

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T-Mobile simple choice plans explained

Finding the right T-Mobile plan for you:

You will still have the choice of deciding whether you want to pick any of the add-ons the T-Mobile One plan offers, and you may also want to check out the pre-paid options if the One plan doesn't seem right for you. 

We'll include all the details so you can pick the plan that's right for you, whether you hardly use your phone or hardly put it down. 

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T-Mobile One plan: Unlimited calls, texts, and data | from $40 per line per month
The price of the T-Mobile One plan varies based on how mnay people sign up. The price for one line is $70 per month. For two lines it's just $100 per month. Three lines are $140, and four lines cost $160. Split the price with friends, and you could be paying just $40 per month for unlimited data, calls, and texts.

  • View this plan: at T-Mobile.com

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T-Mobile One Plus add-on: | Bonus features and increased speeds | $10 more per line per month
For users that want to up the quality of their One plan, an additional $10 per line each month will allow for unlimited HD video streaming in the US, 10GB of mobile hotspot at LTE speeds, along with increased data speeds abroad, free in-flight Wi-Fi through Gogo, voicemail to text functionality and Name ID.

  • View this plan: at T-Mobile.com

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T-Mobile One Plus International| unlimited hotspot and more international features| $25 more per line per month
If the One Plus plan looked good but you want even more from it, the One Plus International add-on is just $25 more per line each month and has all the features of the One Plus plan but adds unlimited LTE-speed mobile hotspot and unlimited calling to landlines and mobile phones in multiple countries.

  • View this plan: at T-Mobile.com

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T-Mobile Unlimited 55+| Unlimited data, calls and texts | $60 per month for 2 lines
For mobile users over the age of 55, T-Mobile is offering two lines of it's service with all the same features as the One plan but for only $60. For a bunch of unlimited services, that's a great price if you've got someone to split the plan with.

  • View this plans: at T-Mobile.com

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T-Mobile: Prepaid plans

T-Mobile also has prepaid plans if your credit is an issue or if the One plan simply isn't striking your fancy. Some of them include unlimited data, with caps on how much you can use at LTE speed, and many include unlimited talk and text. Take a look at the offers T-Mobile has available.

  • T-Mobile One No Credit Check: $75/month with deposit
  • T-Mobile One Prepaid: $75/month
  • 4GB: $45/month
  • 6GB: $55/month
  • 10GB: $50/month for a limited time

T-Mobile also offers some pay-as-you-go options for users who don't think they'll use their phone very much, but want the option available.

  • Talk/Text: $3/month – Any combination of 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts, plus 10 cents for each additional text or minute
  • Data: $5/day – 500MB of 4G LTE
  • Data: $10/week – 1GB of 4G LTE

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  • Read more about all of T-Mobile’s various plans

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The best AT&T plans in August 2017

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Finding the best AT&T plan is something modern smartphone users can't overlook. If you've settle on AT&T as your carrier, it's time to make sure you're getting the best plan for you.

We've sorted through all of AT&T's plans and have all the info you need to make your choice, whether that's a high-data, streaming ready plan, or a simple low-cost plan.

Check out all the AT&T plans available to you.

  • Jump straight there: View the plans at att.com
  • Choose your phone: The best AT&T phones available this month

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AT&T Plans: Explained

You don't have to worry so much these days about paying huge fees for making calls while you're out of town or during peak hours. But mobile data is the big budget killer these days. AT&T has a number of plans with unlimited calls and texts and data allotments ranging from 1GB to 25GB, and ranging in price from $30 a month to $110 a month.

You can save money on these plans by taking advantage of AT&T data-sharing plan. Through this service you can add additional devices to the account and share the data allotment across all of them, up to 10 devices. 

With these shared plans, each phone requires a monthly access charge of $20, including the first phone on the plan. Tablets and wearable devices that connect to data are $10 each month.

With these plans, you don't have to worry about fees for going over the data allotment. Data speeds will simply be slowed down once you hit the cap. If there is any unused data, it will roll over the next month.

For 10GB plans and higher, calls and texts to Mexico and Canada are free as well, with no roaming charges for use in Mexico.

AT&T's Unlimited plans

If you don't want to spend a bunch of time thinking about which data allotment is right for you, you can just opt for one of AT&T's Unlimited plans. It has an Unlimited Choice and Unlimited Plus plan with varying features that we'll discuss further in.

If you're really big into streaming content from your mobile device, AT&T also has a few packages that bundle streaming services into its Unlimited plans. All of these Unlimited plans have a cap of 22GB a month after which data speeds will be reduced, but you won't be charged any fees for going over that cap.

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  • 1GB: $30/Month
  • 3GB: $40/Month
  • 6GB: $60/Month
  • 10GB: $80/Month
  • 16GB: $90/Month
  • 25GB: $110/Month

How much data do you really need?

While 1GB of a data might be enough for someone who mostly uses their phone for calling and texting, and the occasional search on Yelp, it may not be enough for most of us. If you stream a lot of video you may be looking at 10GB plans and up. For a lot of Internet browsing and Instagram use, somewhere in the ballpark of 5GB may be enough. Thankfully, even if you use up all of your high speed data, AT&T continues to provide data at lower speeds, so you can still get that Instagram photo uploaded.

AT&T Next: Device installment and upgrade plan

If the upfront cost a new phone for your new data plan is too much, AT&T offers an installment plan service to spread the cost of the device over 24 to 30 months. The Next and Next Every Year plans also offer a change to trade-in your phone and upgrade before you've finished paying off the device. Here's how each plan works.

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AT&T Next

AT&T Next lets you break up your device payments over 30 months. At the end of the 30 months your monthly payments will drop, since the phone is paid off. Alternatively, after 24 months, you have the option of trading in your phone to upgrade to a new phone.

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AT&T Next Every Year

If you can afford slightly higher monthly payments and want to have a new phone every year, the AT&T Next Every Year installment plan spreads the cost of a device over 24 months but lets you upgrade to a new phone every year. You After 12 payments, you can trade in your device and switch to a new one.

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The best AT&T plans for you:

Now that you know about the types of plans, how you can share them with family and friends, and how to get a device on an installment plan, let's take a look at the plans themselves.

These Mobile Share Advantage plans are a simple way to pay for just the amount of data you need, and save big if you have more people to split the monthly bill with. Keep in mind that every device you add costs $20, including the primary device on the plan, so the prices listed are just for the data plan itself.

Let's take a look at each tier of AT&T's plans and see which one fits your needs the best.

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1. AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan | 1GB data | $30 per month
If you're a pretty light mobile user, you can probably get away with this plan. If you like to watch any video on your data plan, this may not cut it. While youc can still use data after you hit the 1GB cap, it will be significantly slowed down. View this plan at AT&T

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2. AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan | 3GB | $40 per month
If you use your phone's data a fair amount but aren't crazy about streaming video when you're away from Wi-Fi, this will be a much safer plan for you At only $10 more, you get an extra 2GB of wiggle room. View this plan at AT&T

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3. AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan | 6GB | $60 per month
This plan is at a sweet spot for multiple users, as the 6GB can be split two ways for moderate users while keeping the price within reason. It can even be split three ways if everyone agrees to go easy on the streaming. View this plan at AT&T

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4. AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan | 10GB | $80 per month
For bigger families or heavy mobile users, this plan may work out nicely. For a single line, you'd be looking at $100, which is a reasonable price when you get 10GB to use. But the plan looks even better when you split that 10GB with multiple users. View this plan at AT&T

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5. AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan | 16GB | $90 per month
At this tier, the shared aspect becomes even more impressive. While every phone added will still need to pay the access charge, the cost of data could be just $18 per person if split five ways, and that's still a hair over 3GB each. View this plan at AT&T

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6. AT&T Mobile Share Advantage plan | 25GB | $110 per month
25GB is just that much more to share between a group of friends or a family. At this tier, single line customers would be smarter to look at the AT&T's Unlimited Plans, which comes with 22GB of full-speed data at a lower price. View this plan at AT&T

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AT&T Unlimited plans

1. Unlimited Choice Plan | $40 per month
This is something of a no frills plan, but if you use a lot of data and have a limited budget, it's an affordable option. Mobile hotspot is not allowed, video streaming is limited to 1.5Mbps and data speeds are limited to 3Mbps, but you still get 22GB of data to work with each month. See the unlimited plan on AT&T

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2. Unlimited Plus| $70 per month
AT&T sweetens the deal with this Unlimited Plus plan. The plan allows full speed data for 22GB, after which the speeds are throttled. HD video quality is allowed, and so is mobile hotspot for up to 10GB a month per line. Topping it off, AT&T adds in HBO access, so you have content to stream with all that data. See the unlimited plan on AT&T 

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Extra: Streaming and DirecTV packages
If you're really into video, AT&T offers a few streaming packages that can be added onto its Unlimited Choice and Unlimited Plus plans. You can add HBO or DirecTV streaming to your plan, or even get DirecTV installed in your home as part of the plan. See AT&T's streaming and DirecTV packages here

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AT&T Prepaid options

  • Check out AT&T's prepaid plans

If none of the plans have seemed right for you so far, AT&T also offers a number of prepaid plans with a lot of the same perks as the other plans and reasonable prices. You can get 1GB, 6GB, unlimited data, or even no data at all. No contract is required and you don't need a credit check to get started with these plans. See AT&T's prepaid plans here

Apple may launch a supersized 6.46-inch iPhone 9 Plus next year

The iPhone 8 isn’t even here yet, but apparently Apple has already started work on the iPhone 9, and the latest rumor suggests that one model will be very, very big indeed.

According to sources speaking to The Investor, Apple plans to launch a 5.85-inch iPhone 9 and a 6.46-inch iPhone 9 Plus. The former is likely to be the same size as the upcoming iPhone 8, while the latter would be larger than even the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Supposedly both phones will have an OLED screen sourced from Samsung, and work on them is said to have begun earlier than usual due to funding, facility investment and production plans – possibly to avert any possible supply issues.

Big plans

The sources added that apparently Apple had originally planned on launching a 5.28-inch iPhone 9 alongside the supersized iPhone 9 Plus, but scrapped the idea due to the growing popularity of massive screens.

As with any rumor this far out from a product launch we’d take all this information with a huge side of salt, as even if it’s accurate plans can change and Apple is known to prototype multiple versions of possible iPhones before deciding on a final form factor.

Surprisingly though this isn’t even the first iPhone 9 rumor we’ve heard, with an earlier leak pointing to a big battery. Again though, with the phone not likely launching for over a year we can’t be confident of anything.

  • The iPhone 8 could be just weeks away

Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors suggest ‘disappointing’ spec list

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched, we're automatically turning our attentions to the Galaxy S9, but the latest rumors suggest it might be a slight disappointment for some super smartphone fans.

According to a source speaking to XDA Developers the Samsung Galaxy S9 will have just 4GB of RAM. That’s the same amount as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and 2GB less than the Galaxy Note 8.

That’s unlikely to be a major issue for the bulk of users, as the Galaxy S8 is a very speedy phone and most flagships are still using 4GB with no issue, but it’s sure to disappoint some buyers.

More of an issue

However, there's something that's going to bother more people: Samsung will apparently be keeping the fingerprint scanner on the back for the Galaxy S9.

This is rather than moving it under the screen, as it’s long been rumored to be working on, or even moving it back to the front or the side, where it would be easier to reach.

However, there is apparently one change coming there, as the fingerprint scanner will apparently be in the center of the back, rather than at the top and near the camera where it's hard to reach.

The source also adds the very obvious fact that the Galaxy S9 will apparently use a Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is likely to be one of the highest-end mobile chips available at that point, and that it will retain the 1,440 x 2,960 QHD+ 18.5:9 aspect ratio display of the S8 and Note 8, though there’s no word on what size it will be.

Finally, the source says that apparently the Galaxy S9 will have an overall similar design to the S8 and will come with 64GB of internal storage and run Android 8.0 Oreo.

Subject to change

It’s worth noting that even if this information is accurate it could be subject to change, as it’s apparently based on a very early prototype of the Samsung Galaxy S9, but it's all thoroughly inline with what we expect.

Although Samsung tends to deliver cutting edge specs, if it thinks 4GB of RAM will get the job done it wouldn’t necessarily pack in more just to tick a box.

The news about the fingerprint scanner is no surprise, as the technology to build it into the display has reportedly been a struggle for multiple tech companies, and moving it anywhere else could mean redesigning the phone.

The rest of the specs listed here are even less surprising – indeed they’re exactly what we’d expect. But with the Samsung Galaxy S9 likely not launching until March or April 2018, there's plenty of time for change as a brand goes through a number of prototypes to see what will be the best option to bring out.

  • Could the Samsung Galaxy S9 have a modular design?

Via Phone Arena