Broadband internet services save you time, effort and money

For people who have never used the internet and want to know if it can improve their lives, you’ll be amazed at how much time, effort and money you can save by simply completing your general services online.

We know what it’s like starting something new such as a language or course of study, and this daunting feeling could be one reason why you haven’t tried doing things on the internet yet.

On our site, we have plans suitable for large families, people in temporary accommodation, pensioners and seniors, light, heavy and medium users, plans for those who like to use their home phone service and plans for those who could do without it. So once you know what you want from the internet, we can help you find the right plan to get started.

There is one point you should consider: the internet has been designed for everyday people to make their lives easier. It’s not nearly as difficult to use as you might think. Here are some services you can access on the internet to make your life easier:

Internet banking

How much time do you spend at the bank each month? With internet banking facilities you can transfer funds between your accounts, pay off your credit card, transfer funds to other people’s or business’s accounts at any type of bank, and pay bills via online BPAY services.

You may find some water, gas, telephone and electricity providers offer discounts for customers who pay online instead of receiving the traditional paper bill in the post. Think of the trees you’ll save too!

Government and local council services


When you get an unsightly parking ticket stuck on your car’s windscreen by the local council, you can now pay your fine online, instead of waiting in a queue at the government shopfront.

This also rings true for payment of police fines like speeding tickets, and payment of your yearly car registration. Horror stories of the DMV will quickly fade into history.

If you want to make a claim on your private health insurance, most providers now offer online claim services.

Communication

One of the main purposes people use the internet for is as a communication device. There are so many different ways to stay in touch or meet new people.

You can use email, instant messaging, audio calls, video calls, online journals (blogs), chat rooms, forums and various other social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube, podcasts and video blogs.

Finding places

The internet is a great tool for finding the places you need to go. There are numerous websites like Google Maps, Whereis.com and Street Directory, which can show you where you’ll need to go, give you directions on how to get there, tell you how long it will take, if there are tolls or not, and even provide you with a photo of the place you are looking for. There really is no reason to ever get lost again.

Finding a job

The internet could also be the key to finding the position you’ve been looking for. Various websites like Seek, CareerOne, and MyCareer let you look through lists of jobs, as well as apply for them right from your computer.

You can even set up email alerts so every time a new job is advertised and relates to your desired occupation, you’ll instantly get wind of it.

General research

One of the most important elements of the internet is your ability to find information. It’s like having a library at your fingertips. Any topic you can ever imagine searching for can be found, as long as someone else has written about it. And you can bet someone already has!

Going shopping

From the weekly food shop to buying a new bicycle, it can all be done online. You can visit numerous shops without having to travel to different locations around town, and if you have trouble finding something, you can contact stores based overseas. Bid for items of interest on eBay, buy books at The Book Depository and stuff in general at Amazon or Alibaba. Payments are made secure via PayPal, as your bank or credit card information is encrypted.

There are also comparison sites like Get Price where you can see different companies’ product prices right next to each other. This will help you to make an informed consumer decision.

Checking the weather

This could be very useful for people that work outdoors, or who live in a place like Melbourne where there are four seasons in one day. Various websites can show you satellite images, forecasts and radar loops, current down to the present minute.

Staying safe online

You may have heard of internet scams but staying safe online is very straightforward. Banks take internet security seriously and their systems are very sophisticated. Checking your account online regularly can help keep you safe from scammers, as you won't have to wait until you receive your statement to find out if there is unusual activity on your account.

When shopping online, you should be taken to a secure site to enter your credit card details. A secure site will have an extra 's' at the beginning of the web address (https instead of http) or you will see an image of a locked padlock. Using passwords that can't easily be guessed will keep all your online accounts safe and remember that no reputable organisation will ask for your password in an email. If you get an email asking for your password, report it to your ISP.

Provided you have some anti-virus software installed and you follow these simple tips, you should have no problems using the internet and can enjoy all the time and money saving benefits of surfing the web.