Australian Broadband Connections and Contracts
Most Australian broadband internet providers offering ADSL, ADSL2+, Cable, Mobile Broadband or Naked DSL broadband plans will have a range of plans with different contract periods. It is important to consider the length of the contract you are signing up for when connecting a broadband service. You will be required to pay a fee for ending a broadband plan before the end of the contract, especially if you have taken advantage of discounts or free modem offers.
ADSL broadband plans are available on 0, 6, 12, 24 and 36 month contract and you should consider the total cost of the broadband service over the contract period before signing up to a plan.
Taking an ADSL broadband plan with a contract can be a great way to save money on modem and connection costs if you plan to stay at your current address for the length of the contract. Relocation fees can be expensive and can also require a disconnection and reconnection fee.
Dodo, Netspace, iPrimus and Internode all offer ADSL broadband plans without a contract, but you will usually pay a higher connection fee when signing up. If you are waiting for ADSL2+ to become available in your area, no contract broadband can give you the freedom to change you broadband plan without waiting for the end of your current contract.
Disconnection and relocation fees will apply on ADSL broadband plans and will need to be considered before signing up.
ADSL2+ and Naked DSL contracts
ADSL2+ broadband connections are available on a range on contract including 6, 12, 24 and 26 month contracts. Connecting to an ADSL2+ broadband service can save you money on connection and modem costs but you will need to be aware of disconnection and relocation fees before you sign up to a plan.
TPG offers free connection on ADSL2+ broadband plans when you sign up to an 18 month contract.
Because Naked DSL often requires a more involved connection process, most Naked DSL providers will require a minimum contract period on their Naked broadband plans.
Dodo, Netspace, Internode and Optus all offer 0 month contracts for ADSL2+ broadband plans.
Dodo, Internode and Netspace can also offer Naked broadband without a minimum contract period that is a great idea if you don’t feel comfortable being locked in to one provider.
Disconnection and relocation fees will also apply on ADSL broadband plans and will need to be considered before signing up.
Cable broadband is available from less Australian broadband providers than ADSL or ADSL2+ broadband and as such there is less commercial pressure for the providers to offer no contract cable broadband plans. Telstra Bigpond and Optus are the main providers of Cable broadband services in Australia. Telstra Bigpond offers cable broadband on either 12 or 24 month contracts. Optus currently only offers 24 month contract on its broadband plans.
Disconnection and relocation fees will also apply on ADSL broadband plans and will need to be considered before deciding if cable broadband is right for you.
Many mobile broadband plans will require a 24 month contract, especially when a free mobile broadband modem is included as part of your broadband subscription. Your provider will factor in the cost of your mobile broadband modem in the length of your contract.
Exetel offers no contract mobile broadband plans but you will need to purchase a modem at an additional cost.
Mobile broadband plans will require a cancellation fee including modem costs if you decide to end the service before the end of your contract.