When you move into a new house, you will probably need to set up the telephone landline in your name, and the cost of this may vary.
Where your property has an existing telephone socket, the cost to arrange a new connection can range from $59 upwards.
Initial Connection Costs seen in May 2010, at Telstra are:
$ 59 When a technician is NOT required to visit your property.
$125 When a technician IS required to visit your property.
$299 For a new telephone line where a property has never had a telephone line connected.
Short term connections
An extra $100 temporary connection charge applies if your home phone service is connected for three months or less.
An example of some of the Telstra Monthly Plan options as at May 2010.
Monthly charge $20.95
Local/dial-up internet calls 30c per call
Monthly charge $27.95
Local/dial-up internet calls 20c per call
Monthly charge $29.95
Local/dial-up internet calls 18c per call
Monthly charge $89.90 includes:
All local calls
All STD calls
Calls to mobiles
Calls to Telstra mobiles 50c max up to 20 min
Capped calls to non-Telstra mobiles $1.50 max up to 20 min
There are various plans in between, which can be checked at www.telstra.com.au together with any updated prices for the plans shows above