Which is the best terabyte or unlimited broadband plan?

In the last month the stakes have been raised with the highest download broadband plans. There are terabyte, three terabyte and unlimited broadband plans, and we have provided a comparison of each below.

Key features of these plans which customers should be aware of are:

•    peak and off peak times
•    price
•    contract length
•    whether the plan needs to be bundled with a home phone, and
•    if uploads and downloads are counted toward the monthly data quota

iiNet and Westnet

ADSL2+ bundled: $99.95 + phone line rental
ADSL1 bundled: $119.95 + phone line rental

Who would we recommend the plans to? Heavy downloaders who want to set up a premium and easy-to-use VoIP service.

Pros: ADSL1 plan is 8000kbps speed, cheap home phone call rates, plans can be bundled with BoB™ netphone.

Cons: split 500GB peak and 500GB off peak, plans need to be bundled with an iiNet home phone, both uploads and downloads are counted toward the monthly quota, 256kbps shaping speed, not available as a standalone broadband plan (i.e. if you have your home phone line rental with a third party).

To sign up or find out more about these plans: call 1300 106 571 (iiNet) or 1300 768 134 (Westnet).

Netspace

ADSL2+ bundled: $99.95 + phone line rental
ADSL1 bundled: $119.95 + phone line rental

Who would we recommend the plans to? Heavy downloaders who are happy to pay a higher setup cost in return for a no-contract plan.

Pros: ADSL1 plan is 8000kbps speed, flexibility in contract length (no contract, six-month, 12-month and 24-month contracts), and discount on all modem types when you sign up for longer.

Cons: split 500GB peak and 500GB off peak, plans need to be bundled with a Netspace home phone, both uploads and downloads are counted toward the monthly quota.

To sign up or find out more about these plans: call 1300 115 225

iPrimus

ADSL2+ 1.1TB $99.95
Naked DSL 1.1TB $119.95

Who would we recommend the plan to? Data junkies who don’t want to pay a lot of money upfront, but are happy to sign a longer contract.

Pros: free installation on a 24-month contract (limited time only), plan does not need to be bundled with an iPrimus home phone, peak time is from 10am-2am, Naked DSL plan can be connected from an inactive phone line (i.e. it doesn’t need to be active with Telstra).

Cons: Split 511GB peak, 600GB off peak, only 12 or 24-month contracts, both uploads and downloads are counted toward the monthly quota, plans only available in iPrimus ADSL2+ areas.

To sign up or find out more about these plans: call 1300 137 794

TPG

ADSL2+ Unlimited $75
Naked ADSL2+ Unlimited $79.99
Home Phone and Unlimited Broadband $79.99

Who would we recommend the plans to? Very heavy downloaders who live in metro areas. We would recommend the home phone and unlimited broadband plan as a cheap alternative to Naked DSL (particularly for customers who don’t yet have an active phone line).

Pros: cheap prices, no shaping speeds, bundle includes phone line rental, ADSL2+ plans don’t have to be bundled with a TPG home phone.

Cons: plans only available in metro areas, customers need to have an active phone line to connect to the Naked DSL plan, minimum 12-month contract on the ADSL2+ plan, modem not included in setup fees, local calls with TPG home phone are 25 cents each.

To sign up or find out more about these plans: call 1300 106 571

Dodo

ADSL2+ Unlimited $39.90 + phone line rental
ADSL2+ 3Terabyte $39.85 + phone line rental
ADSL Unlimited $59.90 + phone line rental

Who would we recommend the plans to? Very heavy downloaders who don’t require premium customer support.

Pros: cheap prices, no peak or off peak times, no shaping speeds on unlimited plans, large data plans available to metro and regional Australia, no shaping on unlimited plans, plans don’t need to be bundled with a Dodo home phone, plans available on a 12-month, 24-month or no fixed-term contract, modem included in low-cost setup fees.

Cons: some negative feedback on Dodo customer service, both uploads and downloads counted, ADSL1 plan is 1.5mbps speed.

To sign up or find out more about these plans: call 1300 136 793

Optus

‘yes’ Fusion unlimited $99
(price is limited time only for new customers, normally $129)

Who would we recommend the plan to? Customers who use their home phone to make a lot of phone calls (to landlines or mobiles), but don’t do a massive amount of downloading.

Pros: Optus home phone is unlimited local, national and Australian mobile calls, $0 connection fee, and line rental is included in cost.

Cons: plan must be bundled with an Optus home phone, 24-month contract, once customer exceeds 50GB speed is shaped to 256kbps for the remainder of the month, expensive cost for only 50GB.

To sign up or find out more about these plans: call 1300 137 897 (free call)