Hi I would like information on the best ADSL and ADSL2+ plans.
I do not want to pay for line rental, just the internet connection and usage. I notice Club Telco has 10GB for $30 per month. Can you please advise which is the most suitable plan for me? Thanks, Michael
The type of broadband you can get at your premises depends on your location, as well as the infrastructure in the area. If you are able to get ADSL2+, the Club Telco (1300 138 155) option you mention won’t be the cheapest plan, as it is standalone internet. You would still need to have an active phone number on a landline that uses the Telstra network. You’ll end up paying $30 for the phone line, and $30 for your broadband.
We think you are better off going with a bundle like the TPG ADSL2+ 20GB plan for $9.99 plus $30 home phone rental. You get 10GB in peak time and 10GB in off-peak for a total of $39.99 a month. This can be purchased on a 6-month contract for $99.95 set-up fee. Call us on 1300 106 571 for more details about this TPG plan.
We are aware you don’t want to pay telephone line rental, but the truth is you will not be able to find Naked DSL for less than $50 a month. If you are adamant about not having a phone (a lot of people on the TPG bundle simply do not plug one in – it isn’t necessary to do so), the iPrimus Naked DSL Starter Plus 40GB plan for $49.95 a month is a great option. This plan can be purchased on a 12-month contract for a $99 set-up fee. You cannot use a normal telephone handset on this line, but if needed you could make phone calls over the internet with a VoIP enabled modem. Call iPrimus on 1300 137 794 for more details.
Another cheap ADSL2+ bundle option is the Exetel OT-20 $19.50 40GB plan plus $20 phone line rental. For $39.50 you’ll get 20GB in peak time and 20GB in off-peak, and this can be purchased on a 12-month contract for a $109 set-up fee. Note: the broadband costs $40 to set-up, while the landline phone costs $69. Of course this phone line set-up fee is waived if you already have an active phone number. Give us a call on 1300 106 571 to find out more about this Exetel plan. Exetel uses the Optus network, so you’ll need to find out if the service is available in your location.
Spintel (1300 106 571), Eftel (1300 106 571) and Internode also have Naked DSL plans starting at $49.99 a month ($59.99 for Internode, as it has impeccable onshore customer support). Make a few calls to compare prices. Ensure you ask about contract length, monthly cost, data limit, on and off-peak time periods, modem cost, set-up fee, and the shaping speed (the speed your connection will be slowed down to if you reach your quota), and/or excess usage charges. All of these costs vary a lot between plans and providers.
Thank you for the enquiry,
Jesse, Compare Broadband