We are seeking to maintain a fixed line phone, with unlimited data broadband connection, and in home wi-fi for a laptop and iPad(s).
Does the wi-fi facility cover mobile phone usage (at home) as well? John.
Well... maybe, depending upon what you mean by mobile phone usage.
A WiFi connection is essentially a hardware issue – get an ADSL2+ fixed line connection with a WiFi modem, and you'll be able to broadcast that WiFi signal around your house. That means that you'll be able to access your home ADSL2+ connection on any device you have in your house that can connect to the internet – laptops, PCs, tablets, ereaders, and, yes, mobile phones.
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When you connect your mobile to your home WiFi connection, you'll be able to access the internet on it without using up the data plan you have with your mobile provider. That means that you can save those few GBs that are given on a mobile plan for when you really need them – usually when you're out and about, but it can also come in handy during a fixed line connection outage at your house.
However, your WiFi network will not cover any phone calls you make on your mobile, which will still come out of your capped amount from your provider. There's no way to hook a mobile up to a fixed line connection for your calls.
What you could look into doing, however, is setting up a VoIP service on your phone. VoIP involves making a phone call over the data, and some companies will allow you to do it free of charge. It uses a lot of data, but if you're on your unlimited home WiFi connection when you're using it, that won't matter. Try a company like Skype, or search through the app store – there are lots of ways to do it. Just make sure you only download a trusted app!
In terms of finding the best unlimited broadband provider, you're in luck. There are some great providers out there. We'd recommend:
TPG: 1300 106 571
Dodo: 1300 136 793
Dodo and TPG will both give you unlimited broadband for around $59.99 per month. Go to TPG if you value a short contract and don't mind paying a bit to set the connection up; go to Dodo if you don't mind going on a 24 month contract, and would like the possibility of a free set-up and free modem as part of that plan.
Optus: 1300 137 897
If you use your landline a lot, Optus are a great option because they tend to give you a lot of calls included, like local and national calls. They can give you plans on a 0 month contract or a 24 month contract, depending upon what suits you best.
I hope this helps clarify some things, John! If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to give us a call on 1300 106 571.