Bigpond cuts broadband costs

Broadband provider Bigpond has cut the cost of its broadband plans and offered higher data allowances to customers.

Telstra has reduced its range from 12 plans to four and customers on BigPond's Elite 200GB plan will see the biggest cut, with costs falling from $179.95 a month to $89.95 a month. The plans are available to new and existing customers.

BigPond Plan 12 month with
Telstra full service fixed phone    Old price per month    New price per month

BigPond Turbo (2GB)                  $39.95                       $29.95
BigPond Elite (2GB)                    $49.95                       $39.95
BigPond Elite (50GB)                   $109.95                     $69.95
BigPond Elite (200GB)                 $179.95                     $89.95

Elite refers to either ADSL2+ broadband speeds or cable speeds of up to 30Mbps, or even 100Mbps in some areas. Turbo refers to ADSL1 broadband speeds of up to 1500kbps and cable up to 8Mbps.

Telstra executive director consumer, Ms Rebekah O’Flaherty, said: "Telstra realises customers' needs are changing, which is why our new BigPond broadband plans deliver  greater data allowances at lower prices, allowing household members to do more on the internet for less."

Customers can also receive up to $20 off their broadband monthly access fee by combining a new 24-month broadband plan with a Telstra full service fixed line phone and an additional BigPond wireless broadband, Telstra post-paid mobile, or Foxtel service.

Telstra's competitors have also been cutting the cost of broadband, putting pressure on the telecoms provider to reduce its prices.

TPG offers home phone and internet bundles which include line rental for $1 or $0 on some plans, while Exetel is offering a free wireless broadband option as a 'backup' on some of its plans.