I am currently paying $48/mth with Exetel and have been on the same plan for at least 3 years.
I am not a big user of the internet and do not require a large download limit, but do prefer a fast speed. What are my options as i feel that i am paying more each month than I need to? Should I consider ADSL2?
You haven't said how much data you are currently getting with Exetel, or what your speed is, so it's difficult to say if you could get a better offer. However, the Australian broadband market has become more competitive recently so there is a good chance you could either upgrade to a better deal with Exetel, or switch to another provider for a better value plan.
Before comparing plans, you need to find out what your current speed is from Exetel. ADSL1 plans are generally sold at a 512kbps, 1,500kbps or an 8,000kbps speed. If you are on the slowest speed, consider upgrading to a 1,500kbps or an 8,000kbps plan instead.
In the three years since you signed up with Exetel, ADSL2+ may have come to your area. ADSL2+ is faster than ADSL1 and often cheaper so this is certainly an option worth exploring. Try calling a few broadband providers to find out if ADSL2+ is available at your address. If it is, there are plenty of light plans on the market that would suit your needs and hopefully save you some money.
Give iPrimus (1300 137 794), iiNet (1300 106 571), Westnet (1300 768 134), and Optus (1800 509 491) a call to find out if ADSL2+ is available at your address. You can also call us on 1300 106 571 and we can find out if TPG can offer you a faster connection.
If the provider you are calling tells you ADSL2+ is now offered in your area, ask about bundle deals. A bundle deal is getting your phone service and internet through the same provider and can save you money.
On the other hand, if all the providers are telling you that only ADSL1 is available, ask for a quote for a light plan so you can compare prices with Exetel.
You can find Exetel plan, and plans from the other leading ISPs, on our website.