I want to get started with Unlimited ADSL at a good price without any hidden fees.
I just got a laptop but I don't have a landline setup, or a modem. Can you point me into the right direction? Thanks, Joseph
There's a number of providers who can offer an Unlimited data plan, but they all use ADSL2+ - that is, they use a live telephone connection as the means of transmission. Mobile Broadband (what some people call 'wireless') is incapable of providing unlimited data.
You've mentioned that you 'don't have a landline set up', but I take that to mean you don't currently pay Telstra to activate a dial tone on your line. Unless you live in a very new house, you probably still have an inactive landline connection point in the house, and that's what you would need.
What you'd be paying for
Part of your monthly fee would go towards paying Telstra to have that line active, to allow for the transmission of an internet connection. You would be provided with a telephone voice service as well, but it's important to remember - you a) don't have to use it, and b) you are not 'paying for a service you don't use'. You're paying for the line to be active (which you WILL be using), and the phone service is provided by Telstra with the sincere hope that you use it, and drive in some extra money for them. If you never plug an actual telephone handset to the line, you'll be fine. They can't charge you extra is you don't use that service :)
The other part of your charge is what you're paying the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the actual connection to the internet. If you pay the ISP for the Telstra line rental, they'll cut you a deal. This is called a Bundle, and it's generally the cheapest and easiest way to get a stable, high value, fixed-line broadband connection.
Who can provide an Unlimited connection?
TPG - 1300 106 571
TPG were the first service provider to offer Unlimited data connections back in 2010. They're able to do this largely because they own their own submarine cable connecting them to the internet, rather than relying on cables owned by Telstra and Optus.
TPG still offer the cheapest Unlimited plan with the best network behind it. In a bundle deal, TPG charge $30 for the internet connection, and $30 for line rental.
TPG can offer Unlimited plans at about 400 out of the 2000 exchanges that dot the Australian landscape. These 400 exchanges connect over 70% of the population.
TPG will not offer a free connection, but they will offer contracts as short as 6 months. Connection fees vary depending on contract, but are usually around $100.
TPG will provide a free wireless modem on 24 month contracts, but otherwise they sell modems for $110 (delivered).
We are dealers for TPG. You can call us to see if you are in an area that can receive this offer, on 1300 106 571.
Club Telco - 1300 106 571
Club Telco are part of the Eftel Group. Eftel has a small network connecting some 70 or so exchanges, mostly heavily populated metro exchanges.
If you are within this network, your Unlimited Bundle is just $55 a month.
Outside of this network, Club Telco use Optus and sometimes TPG as wholesale internet providers. In this much wider network area, your bundle would be $70 a month.
In regional and rural areas only serviced by Telstra, Club Telco can offer a $90 Unlimited Bundle.
Dodo - 1300 136 793
Dodo's pricing on Unlimited plans is similar to Club Telco's, and also uses the Eftel, Optus, TPG and Telstra networks depending on area.
iPrimus - 1300 137 794
Primus have their own significant network reaching to 200 exchange areas. In these areas, they can offer a $70 Unlimited bundle.They have a range of options to include free connections and free modems.
You'll need to call each provider to check on availability.
Hope this helps,
Adam at CompareBroadband
1300 106 571