Pre-Paid for tablets

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Telstra Pre-Paid
for tablets

Whether you've purchased a Pre-Paid tablet from Telstra, or have your own Telstra Next G® compatible device, you can take advantage of Australia's largest national mobile broadband network on the Pre-Paid Data+ Cap Offer. And, because it's Pre-Paid, you can choose to recharge as often as you like, with no need to be locked into a 12 or 24-month fixed term contract.

Getting started

Once you have your new Telstra Pre-Paid SIM card, just follow these steps to get going:

Step 1

You can Activate your SIM card by going to or by calling 12 58887, and following the prompts for Tablets.

If you're calling from a non-Telstra service and are having trouble getting through, call 13 2200 and say "Pre-Paid" when prompted.

You'll also need:

  • identification such as driver's license or passport and your date of birth
  • the service number and SIM serial number that can be found on the back of starter pack, or box
  • authority to create a new account, or to link this new service with an existing service.
Step 2

Insert the SIM into your tablet and then turn the device on.

More information on how to get started can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Things you need to know

Next G® coverage depends on your location, device and whether your device has an external antenna attached. Visit our mobile broadband coverage page to check if you are covered.


Pricing for standard use in Australia

Data rate per MB Data Allowance (up to) Expiry
$20 8c 250MB 21 days
$30 4.29c 700MB 30 days
$40 3.91c 1GB
$50 1.63c 3GB
$80 1.95c 4GB 60 days
$100 1.63c 6GB 90 days
$140 1.71c 8GB 180 days
$180 1.46c 12GB 365 days

Voice and SMS

Standard national voice call rates 40c / 30 seconds (+ 35c connection fee)
Standard national SMS per SMS recipient in Australia 25c
International SMS per SMS recipient in Australia 35c

Things you need to know

  • The data rate per MB is determined by your most recent recharge denomination.
  • Your credit can be used for standard national calls and SMS to Australian and International numbers. Excludes calls to premium numbers (e.g. 19xx numbers)To access call and SMS capability, your Next G® SIM card must be placed in a call/SMS capable device.  Some Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband devices allow you to send and receive SMS on your computer.
  • All call/SMS usage will be charged at the rate in the table above.
  • If you recharge your service before your recharge expiry date, the new credit expiry date for your recharge amount will be the longer of either:
    • the expiry date for your existing balance (before you recharged); or
    • the expiry date for your new recharge amount.

Delays of up to 48 hours may apply for picture, audio and video message charges to be deducted from your account. Go to our rates page for a complete list of call rates and options on international calling.

How to

Recharge as and when you need to, whether you just want to check your email each day, or get involved in some heavy duty internet access, such as videos and music.

The easiest way to recharge is to set up a shortcut to My Account on your tablet home screen. You won’t need any recharge credit to access this. You just need access to the Telstra Next G® network.

You can do this as follows:

Step 1

Open the internet browser and type in the address bar, then press Go or Return.

Step 2

Once the page loads, save this page to your home screen as a Bookmark.

A My Account icon will be created on your home screen. You then have the following options to recharge your Telstra Pre-Paid Data+ Cap account.

Handy Hint: To access My Account from your tablet, you must turn off any Wi-Fi connection that you have open.

You can recharge using the following payment options:

  • Credit/debit card
  • Electronic voucher or card
  • Credit Me2U®
  • BPAY®
  • PayPal™

For detailed information on these recharge methods, see the ways to recharge your Telstra Mobile Broadband.

Things you need to know

BPAY® is registered to BPAY Pty Ltd, ABN 69 079 137 518
PayPal™ is a trade mark of PayPal, Inc. PayPal allows you to recharge online without revealing your financial information. Find out more at the PayPal website.


Travelling overseas with your tablet? International Roaming Browse Plus Packs can help keep your data costs under control when you're travelling abroad in selected countries.

International Roaming

International Roaming Browse Plus PackData allowance includedExpiry
Plus $29100MB30 days
Plus $85300MB30 days
Plus $160600MB30 days

Not sure how much data you'll need? Use our handy calculator to estimate your possible data usage so you can select the right Browse Plus Pack for your needs.

Please note that the data allowance in Browse Plus Packs cannot be used for call, SMS, or MMS charges while overseas. The data allowance also cannot be used in Australia. If you're not using a Browse Plus Pack, or your allowance has run out, a Pay As You Go rate of $3 per MB (charged per Kb or part thereof) will apply to all downloaded content.

How to buy

You can buy a Browse Plus Pack before you leave Australia or while you're overseas. We recommend that you visit on your Tablet, because data charges do not apply to access this site.

You can also buy a Browse Plus Pack using the following options – but please be aware that data usage charges may apply:

The cost of the pack will be deducted from your Telstra Pre-Paid Balance and you'll receive confirmation of your purchase. You can check your balance via the My Account icon in the Connection Manager.

Things you need to know

Your data allowance can only be used in selected countries. If you use up your data allowance, or if you don't purchase an International Roaming Browse Plus Pack (or if you roam in a country which is not a selected country in which you can use your Browse Plus Pack) we will charge you $3 per MB (charged per Kb or part thereof) of data you use, which will be deducted from any Pre-Paid credit you may have on your service.

The data allowance in Browse Plus Packs cannot be used for call, SMS, or MMS charges while overseas. Check our itinerary builder to find out how much those services cost in the countries you are visiting.

The data allowance in the Browse Plus Packs cannot be used in Australia. Any unused data will be forfeited at the end of the 30 day period.

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