What?, I hear you say. Not even Telstra's most ardent supporter would be game to say how competitive Telstra is. (I must stop ended sentences with 'is'. I try sometimes)
Telstra is competitive in so far as they will crush their competitors with their full force, relying on their dominance in the area of infrastructure, most of which was built with taxpayer money.
They wired our building with their cables to supply broadband and cable tv and made it quite difficult to use other companies. Subsequently satellite has been installed, but even so.
I am always looking for viable alternatives to Telstra, but not just on cost alone. An alternative must work as well as Telstra mostly does. I have not found a viable one yet, but I will keep looking.
For $60 per month for cable, we get the very modest allowance of 12GB of data. Telstra is one of the few companies that charge for upload as well as download. We have been 'shaped' once, that is we exceeded the allowance and the net slowed right down to an almost unusable speed. Every month we almost get to the allowance. It is spoiling the pleasure of the internet.
I don't want to have to worry all the time about how much I am downloading. I don't want to have to check every few days that we are going along ok, so I have increased our plan to a 25GB model for another $20 per month. It pains me to do so, but not as much as the pain of worrying about how much we are downloading.
Now, how long do you think it will be before I start complaining about our 25GB limit? Two years? Less, maybe?