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Mobile Lease Plans
Want a fresh phone
See how easy it is to get a new phone online
every 12 months, with our lease plans.
How leasing works
When you lease a phone, you don’t own it. Instead, you have the flexibility to get the hottest new phone now, and upgrade it to a brand new phone after one year.
How? Take up a new, eligible 24 month phone + service plan, pay a one-off upgrade fee of $99 after 12 months (or $0 after 18 months), and return your old phone to us in good working order within 14 days. Additional fees apply if you return the phone damaged.
Rest assured with Mobile Swap Assure
Add Mobile Swap Assure for just $10/month when you sign up to a lease plan and you can upgrade your phone anytime, regardless of damage, for a flat fee of $190 when you sign up to a new, eligible 24 month phone + service plan and return your old phone to us.
You can redeem Mobile Swap Assure twice in each 12 month period from the start of your initial lease plan. You can cancel Mobile Swap Assure anytime.
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How do I upgrade?What’s ‘good working order’?What if I damage my phone?What happens at the end of a lease?What about Mobile Swap Assure?
If you’re on a lease plan, your upgrade options depend on what stage of your lease you’re at and what condition your phone is in. If your phone is in good working order, you can upgrade it after 12 months for a one-off fee of $99, or $0 after 18 months, when you return your phone to us and take up a new, eligible 24 month phone + service plan.
If your phone is damaged, additional fees apply. See the section ‘What if I damage my phone?’ to learn more. If you have Mobile Swap Assure, you’ll pay a flat fee of $190 to upgrade your phone, anytime, regardless of damage, when you take up a new, eligible 24 month phone + service plan and return your old phone.
What to do before returning my phone?
When taking up a new 24 month eligible phone + service plan, you’ll need to do the following before returning your current phone:
- Back up your phone to ensure you have all of your personal information.
- Remove any device tracking on your phone and turn off Google Smart Lock or Find My iPhone.
- Remove your SIM and factory reset your phone.
How do I return my current phone?
When you place your order online, we’ll send you a postage-paid satchel, along with instructions. You’ll need to return your phone in the satchel to us within 14 days from the date that you sign up (or within 30 days if you took up a lease plan before 22/08/17).
The phone you return must be the phone that you originally leased with your plan. If your leased phone was replaced under warranty or insurance, you’ll need to provide proof of replacement.
A phone in good working order is one that is fully functional as intended and is not physically damaged, except for normal wear and tear, as reasonably determined by us. It must also have all locking features disabled.
When assessing your phone, check that:
- it turns on and off;
- it can make and receive calls and connect to the internet;
- it has a fully functioning battery;
- the touchscreen functions as intended;
- the screen has only minor scratches or scuffs, if any;
- there is no liquid damage;
- the screen shows no signs of discolouration;
- you can slide the ‘slider’ across the screen to unlock the phone;
- there are no signs of rust, corrosion or damage to other components like the headphone jack, SIM card slot or connection port;
- the screen and casing have no cracks, splits or fractures;
- it has no missing, disassembled, customised or non-original parts;
- all activation and device locking features are disabled (i.e. Find My iPhone on iOS devices); and
- the IMEI is not blocked.
If you don’t take up Mobile Swap Assure and your phone is damaged during your lease, you can either:
- get it repaired by Telstra or the phone manufacturer (fees will vary depending on the nature of the damage. You won’t be charged if it’s covered by warranty or Australian Consumer Law); or
- pay a damage fee when you upgrade after 12 months or when you return the phone to us.
If you upgrade or return a damaged phone, a fee of $229 will apply for minor damage – such as a cracked or split casing; or a cracked, chipped or discoloured screen.
For major damage, such as the phone not powering on (even when connected to a charger); liquid damage (i.e. pink/red water indicator has been activated); or the phone is disassembled or has missing, customised or non-original parts, the amount you’ll pay depends on how long you’ve been in contract at the time you upgrade or return the phone. You’ll pay:
- $499 if you’re 12-18 months in contract
- $399 if you’re 19-24 months in contract
- $299 after 24 months in contract.
These fees are in addition to any early termination charges and accessories charges, if applicable. We’ll help you assess the condition of your phone at the time.
At the end of your lease, you have three options. You can:
- return the phone in good working order. If the phone is damaged, additional fees will apply; or
- buy the phone at the fair market value (to be advised at the time); or
- continue to pay the monthly payment for your device and plan (including any Mobile Swap Assure fees) for up to 6 months. After which, you may either return the phone in good working order (fees will apply if the phone is damaged) or buy the phone at the fair market value (to be advised at the time).
If you have Mobile Swap Assure, the amount you’ll pay to upgrade your phone will never be more than $190, but could be less depending on the condition of your phone and what stage you’re at in your lease.
If your phone is damaged, you’ll pay $190 to upgrade, anytime, no matter what condition it’s in.
If your phone is in good working order, you’ll pay:
- $190 to upgrade to a new phone within the first 12 months of your plan
- $99 to upgrade after 12 months
- $0 to upgrade after 18 months
You can redeem Mobile Swap Assure twice in each 12 month period from the start of your initial lease plan.
Things you need to know
Our network: The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4GX in all major and regional cities and in over 1600 towns and communities around Australia. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G or 3G. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.
4GX: Typical download speeds in 4GX areas are 5-300Mbps with category 16 devices, 5-200Mbps with category 11 devices, 5-150Mbps with category 9 devices, 2-100Mbps with category 6 devices, and 2-75Mbps with category 4 devices. Speeds may vary due to factors such as location, distance from the base station, terrain, user number, hardware and software configuration, download source and upload destination.
Device Payment Contract: If you cancel early, your remaining device lease payments and total min cost may be higher.
Talk, Text and Data: Excludes calls/SMS/MMS to premium numbers, 13xx, satellite numbers, content charges and use overseas.
Extra Data: If you do not have Peace of Mind Data enabled on your plan and you go over your Monthly Data Allowance, we automatically add Extra Data at $10 per 1GB block for use that month.
Mobile Lease plans: You must lease an eligible phone for 24 months. You don’t own the phone, and must return it at the end of the lease unless you make an offer to purchase it. If your lease is cancelled within 12 months you must pay a fee based on the RRP of your phone. If your lease is cancelled after 12 months you can return the phone and pay $99 if in good working order. In both cases you must also pay any additional early termination charges or AROs. Additional fees up to $499 apply if you return a damaged phone, the locking features have not been disabled, you cancel your lease early and return a damaged phone or you don't return your phone at the end of your lease.
Peace of Mind Data: After your included data allowance, data speeds capped at 1.5Mbps (which is not suitable for HD video or high speed applications, and means that some webpages, video/social media content and files may take longer to load) and slowed further during busy periods. For personal use in a smartphone only. FairPlay Policy applies. For use in Australia.
Mobile Swap Assure: At the end of your lease you must return your phone to us. If your phone is damaged, additional fees of up to $499 apply. You may make an offer to purchase your phone for fair market value (to be advised at that time). Mobile Swap Assure is separate to your lease and can be cancelled at any time.