The traditional home phone is slowly becoming a relic of the past. Today people are increasingly ditching the landline for the mobile phone. It makes sense as most mobile phone plans have extremely generous call values and most people find it sufficient to do all their phone communication on their mobile. Furthermore mobile phones today offer extra features that home phones cannot, such as access to the web, online networking, cameras, text messaging and mobility.
The trend of mobile phones replacing the home phone complicates the process of finding a broadband plan. It used to be that all home owners or renters wanted a home phone thus a broadband bundled with the home phone made complete sense. You need internet, you need a home phone, why not get it together in a bundle and get a discount from the company? Nowadays the idea that you must get a telephone line with the internet seems absurd. If your mobile phone is sufficient and you don’t need a home telephone why should you get a telephone line with your internet? What’s the telephone got to do with internet anyway? There are few reasons why the telephone line is sold with the internet and there are ways of getting around paying for the line rental. This article will go through this in detail.
Why broadband and home phones go together
If you have done a bit of research into broadband plans you will notice that many plans are offered as broadband and home phone bundles. If you don’t need a telephone line you may have attempted to purchase an “ADSL2+ only” plan only to find out you still need a home phone! To sign up to an ADSL only plan you need to provide your telephone number. It seems the home phone is intricately tied to the internet, and this can be frustrating if you don’t understand why.
To begin to explain, the internet needs the telephone line in order to work. When you access internet essentially what is happening is data is travelling to your computer. This data travels through cables all around the world and then to your telephone exchange. At your telephone exchange particular companies will have equipment installed that allows telephone lines to access the internet. The data will travel from the telephone exchange, through the copper wiring in your telephone line, to your house and then to your modem where you will receive the data and view the webpage.
The broadband and home phone bundles are not arbitrarily packaging two utilities together; broadband needs the telephone line to function. Even if you will not be using the telephone line for telephone calls you are still using it to access the internet. Thus, you must pay telephone line rental each month.
What if you really don’t want the home phone line?
If you really don’t want to pay for the telephone line there is a way around it. Some internet service providers offer to customers what is called Naked broadband or Naked DSL. These Naked plans are broadband plans with an inactive telephone line. The internet still works using the telephone line but you will not be able to telephone calls, it will be completely inactive. Furthermore the price you pay is for internet only and you will not need to pay for telephone line rental in a bundle. The following plans are all Naked plans without an active telephone service.
MyNetFone 200GB of data for $49.95 per month, to check availability call 1300 421 046
iPrimus 100GB of data for $59.95 per month, to check availability call 1300 137 794
Optus 55GB of data for $55 per month, to check availability call 1300 137 897
Do you want unlimited broadband?
The Naked broadband plans recommended above are great value for money and sufficient for moderate, regular users of the internet. However, if you are a heavy broadband user you may be interested in an unlimited broadband plan instead. For an unlimited broadband connection it is actually much cheaper and better value for money to get a bundle that includes phone line rental. This may seem counterintuitive but a simply comparison of unlimited prices will reveal that it is in fact true. Below are a top unlimited broadband plans which include telephone line rental.
Eftel Unlimited broadband and home line rental for $49.95 per month, call 1300 362 527
Club Telco Unlimited broadband and home line rental for $55 per month, call 1300 138 155
iPrimus Unlimited broadband and home line rental for $59.95 per month, call 1300 137 793
As you can see the unlimited broadband plans with line rental are similarly priced to Naked broadband plans. For example you can get unlimited broadband from Club Telco for $55 or 50GB of data from Optus for the same price, $55. At this point you may ask why can’t you get the bundle plan but minus the line rental price each month to get it even cheaper? The answer to this is that companies offer customers discounts if you bundle both the home phone and broadband together in one bill. It is an incentive to pay the company for both services. If you bundle both the home and broadband together you generally get a discount on the internet price, therefore the bundle is super cheap.
If you want to stop paying line rental each month then you want a Naked broadband plan. Naked broadband is broadband without the telephone service. These plans are great if you need around 50GB to 200GB. If you are someone who needs unlimited data then getting a bundle is actually much cheaper. You get a broadband discount for bundling and the price is only a little bit more per month if not the same as some Naked plans that have considerably less data.