Unsure what kind of service to get, have two boys, one loves Youtube, and the other wants to play online with his Playstation.
Also we live in Beaconsfield Tasmania, and apparently some providers don't work here and we have no home line. Thankyou, Meilin
Youtube and online gaming work best on stable, fast connections such as ADSL2+ or cable. As Beaconsfield is considered a regional area it is unlikely cable will be available but there may be a few Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offering ADSL2+ connections.
ADSL2+ is a type of internet connection conveyed to your home over the copper phone line. As ADSL2+ needs the phone line to be active to work, you will need a working home phone line.
You can either call Telstra or another telecoms provider to set up a phone service and arrange a separate internet connection once you have a dial tone, or you can set up both services at the same time by asking for a home phone and broadband bundle.
I would recommend setting both services up at the same time as it is easier and often cheaper too. You also won't run the risk of paying for a landline if it turns out ADSL2+ is not available.
Dodo is one ISP offering ADSL2+ services in your area. You will need to call Dodo, or request a call back here, in order to confirm your address is eligible.
Call Dodo on 1300 136 793 for more information on plans and prices.
You could also try iPrimus, another ISP offering ADSL2+ plans in regional areas. Call iPrimus on 1300 137 794.
If you are having no luck with these providers, you can keep trying with other ISPs but if the infrastructure is not available in your area you may be stuck with mobile broadband for the time being.
Virgin Mobile offers some good plans at competitive prices, although your connection won't be as stable or as fast as ADSL2+ - and your children may have to take turns on the internet.
You can call Virgin Mobile on 1300 106 571 for more information on plans and coverage for your area.
The good news is the National Broadband Network (NBN) is coming to your area soon.
Work is expected to commence in September 2013 and if all goes to schedule, you will have access to speeds of up to 100Mbps a year later.
The plans released so far on the NBN are priced at a similar level to metropolitan ADSL2+ plans, so you will get significantly better service at a cheaper cost.
Until then, good luck in finding a plan and call Compare Broadband on 1300 106 571 if you need any more help.