Telstra and Optus vie for each other’s customers with credit toward early exit fees

Optus, on Sunday, announced that it would provide customers who break a contract with another telco up to $450 credit if they switch to Optus. Customers are being offered $200 credit for their early exit fees, and up to $250 credit for trading in their own smartphone. Optus’ offer concludes on November 2nd.

Optus, on Sunday, announced that it would provide customers who break a contract with another telco up to $450 credit if they switch to Optus. Customers are being offered $200 credit for their early exit fees, and up to $250 credit for trading in their own smartphone. Optus’ offer concludes on November 2nd.

Telstra today followed suit, providing an almost identical promotion. Telstra will also offer customers $200 credit when they switch to Telstra, and up to $250 of credit for their old smartphone. In addition, Telstra is waiving the $10 a month fee it charges for its “New Phone Feeling” add-on, an offer that allows users to switch to a new handset half way through their plan. Telstra’s promotion begins September 16, but an end-date is yet to be provided.

Both telcos require customers to sign-up for a new 24 month contract.

A Vodafone representative confirmed the telco has no plans to offer a similar deal, citing value-driven plans, metropolitan 4G coverage, and $5 a day international roaming among the reasons customers choose the Vodafone network. “Customers will save simply by staying with Vodafone,” said the spokesperson.

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